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Subject: 2012 Contemporary Lit. Challenge: categories & lists
Date Posted: 10/30/2011 3:20 PM ET
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  • Super Challenge: Read works from any 12 categories plus the bonus category
  • Challenge: Read works from any 12 categories
  • Lite Challenge: Read works from any 8 categories

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Categories:

  1. Other voices: a work that has been translated into English:
  2. Back to the garden: a work having to do with gardens, the land or the environment:
  3. Brave new world: a work in which the “world” is other than your own (could be set on a different planet, a foreign country, a different time or place from your own):
  4. Crabgrass frontier: a work set in suburbia:
  5. Out of the mouths of babes: a work told from a non-adult point of view:
  6. Of another mind: a work that centers around mental disorder:
  7. Portrait of the artist: a work about a member of the creative class:
  8. The gang’s all here: a work about friends, family or community (including the workplace):
  9. One word says it all: a work with a one-word title (but will accept 2 words such as "The Infinities"):
  10. Road trip: a work that has to do with a literal or spiritual journey:
  11. Thou shalt not kill: a work in which a character does just that (for example, a mystery – but doesn’t have to be a mystery):
  12. In the Mix: a work that mixes genres, interweaves stories, or is told from more than one point of view:
  13. 2011 Redux: a work from your favorite category in the 2011 challenge:

*Three's Company (Bonus or "opt out" category): Read 3 works with something in common -- either to complete the "Super Challenge" or to replace one of the above categories.



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1. Other voices: skip category

2. Back to the garden: Ship Breaker by Bacigalupi 10/22/12 (4.5 stars)

3. Brave new world: Game of Thrones by Martin 1/13/12 (4 stars)

4. Crabgrass frontier: replacement category

5. Out of the mouths of babes: Nervous Conditions by Dangarembga 10/4/12 (4.5 stars)

6. Of Another Mind: Lowboy by Wray 1/8/12 (4.5 stars)

7. Portrait of the artist: The Cellist of Sarajevo by Galloway 1/20/12 (5 stars)

8. The gang’s all here: A Discovery of Witches by Harkness 7/14/12 (3 stars)

9. One word says it all: Doc by Russell 6/30/12 (4.5 stars)

10. Road trip: Dead Man's Walk by McMurtry 7/22/12 (3.5 stars) 

11. Thou shalt not kill: A Storm of Swords by Martin 8/4/12 (4 stars)

12. In the mix: A Clash of Kings by Martin 2/22/12 (3.5 stars)

13. 2011 Redux (Science Fiction): The Drowned Cities by Bacigalupi

 *Three's Company (Bonus): Supernatural/Occult: Pandemonium by Gregory; The Magicians by Grossman 2/5/12 (5 stars); Eternal Night by del Toro & Hogan 4/5/12 (3 stars)



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Super Challenge: Read works from any 12 categories plus the bonus category Finished this challenge August, 2012

 

1. Other voices: a work that has been translated into English. Under the Jaguar Sun. Italo Calvino Completed 1/8/2012

2. Back to the garden: a work having to do with gardens, the land or the environment Wallace Stegner.  All the Little Live Things Completed 3/31/12

3. Brave new world: a work in which the “world” is other than your own (could be set on a different planet, a foreign country, a different time or place from your own. Peter Ackroyd. The Clerkenwell Tales. Completed 1/25/12

4. Crabgrass frontier: a work set in suburbia. Jennifer Weiner. Best Friends Forever  Completed 1/18/12

5. Out of the mouths of babes: a work told from a non-adult point of view The Lightning Thief (Percy Jackson and the Olympians, book 1)Completed 1/29/12

6. Of Another Mind: a work that centers around mental disorder Ruth Rendell. St. Zita Society.Completed 9/8/12

7. Portrait of the artist: a work about a member of the creative class. Sarah Dunant. Sacred Hearts. Completed 8/24/12

8. The gang’s all here: a work about friends, family or community (including the workplace) Tom Rachman. The Imperfectionists. Completed 2/26/12

9. One word says it all: a work with a one-word title (but will accept 2 words such as "The Infinities") Chris Pavone. The Expats. Completed 4/8/12

10. Road trip: a work that has to do with a literal or spiritual journey.  Ariana Franklin. Murderous Procession Completed 2/20/12

11. Thou shalt not kill: a work in which a character does just that. Benjamin Black. Death in Summer. Completed 2/12/12

12. In the Mix: a work that mixes "genres," interweaves stories, or is told from more than one point of view  Helen Humphreys. The Frozen Thames Completed 1/1/2012

13. 2011 Redux: a work from your favorite category in the 2011 challenge : work/author you keep hearing about but haven't yet read: Gone Girl ,Completed 7/4/2012

*Three's Company (Bonus or "opt out" category): Read 3 works with something in common -- either to complete a "Contemporary Challenge Plus" or to replace one of the above categories.TBD, but I can see that I have books on my TBR shelf that have titles that sound like they have something  to do with food: Mary Ann Shaffer. The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society Completed 2/17/12 ;      Tom Perrota The Leftovers (Completed 5/17/12. Has nothing to do with food, but title evokes food)  The Hunger Games Completed 8/09/12.

 



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FINISHED!  Yay!

Categories:

  1. Other voices: a work that has been translated into English:  The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest by Stieg Larsson, 5 stars  So enjoyed this series and this one wrapped up the scenario created by the author.  Lisabeth can now get on with her life.  Too bad he will write no more books.
  2. Back to the garden: a work having to do with gardens, the land or the environment:  Creatures of Accident by Wallace Arthur, 3 stars  Interesting story about the development of animals through the ages.  Discovered how much biology and zoology had changed since I took these classes.
  3. Brave new world: a work in which the “world” is other than your own (could be set on a different planet, a foreign country, a different time or place from your own):  The Windup Girl by Paolo Bacigalupi.  5 stars  A fascinating story with many messages - ecological, technological, human foibles and bravery and much, much more.
  4. Crabgrass frontier: a work set in suburbia:   The Wednesday Sisters  by Meg Waite Clayton.   Five women who live in Palo Alto form a friendship that bonds them throughout their lives as the experience all the ups and downs that life can hand to them.  Nice change from heavier reads.  3 stars
  5. Out of the mouths of babes: a work told from a non-adult point of view:  Kissing the Rain by Kevin Brooks (15-year-old tells story)  4 stars  Getting into the mind of a15-year-old alienated from his peers because he is overweight is a great experience not to mention the issues he must face when he inadvertantly witnesses a murder.
  6. Of another mind: a work that centers around mental disorder:  Still Alice by  Lisa Genova, 4/14/2012.  5 stars  A brilliant woman copes with early onset Alzheimers disease. 
  7. Portrait of the artist: a work about a member of the creative class:  The Paris Wife by Paula McLain (wife Ernest Hemingway), 4 stars  One of the first early novels I read was by Hemingway so this book was quite enjoyable for me.  The author did a good deal of reading about Hadley Hemingway and read some of Hemingway's work to prepare for this novel.  I quite enjoyed the love story as told by the fictional Hadley.  Makes one want to go back and reread some of Hemingway's novels such as The Sun Also Rises and A Moveable Feast. 
  8. The gang’s all here: a work about friends, family or community (including the workplace):  Aztec Gold by Miki Banavige, 8/10/2012, 2 stars.  A group of women who have encountered life altering events travel to Mexico supposedly to view the monarch wintering ground.  I felt that the book went well until after the monarchs are viewed.  For me, the author should have stopped at that point.  The rest was merely a journal about the remainder of their trip and seemed disconnected.    
  9. One word says it all: a work with a one-word title (but will accept 2 words such as "The Infinities"):  Chocolat by Joanne Harris, Completed 9/16/2012  4 stars  A delightful story about a woman who opens a chocolate shop in a town.  Is she a witch or just someone who wants to help others?
  10. Road trip: a work that has to do with a literal or spiritual journey:  Miles from Nowhere by Barbara Savage  4 stars  Imagine traveling around the world on a bicycle!  She tells it like it was from country to country including her personal memories and emotions.
  11. Thou shalt not kill: a work in which a character does just that (for example, a mystery – but doesn’t have to be a mystery):  Assassin's Quest by Robin Hobb.   4.5 stars because it has so many chases that I wondered if Fitz would survive.  After consuming a drug to imitate death, he is buried but Chade and Burrich dig him up and revive him.  Fortunately, Patience had cleaned and dressed all his wound.  He tries to kill Regal but does not succeed.  Time after time he escapes Regal's soldiers and coterie attack and injure him but somehow he always escapes.  Once he is on his way to find Verity, the book moves quickly to a climax that is so exciting one has difficulty putting it down.   Excellent!    
  12. In the Mix: a work that mixes genres, interweaves stories, or is told from more than one point of view:  The Love Knot by Elizabeth Chadwick.  3.5 stars  This is both a romance and an adventure so I am putting it here thinking that it probably fits "interweaves stories."  Oliver and Catrin fall in love but Oliver has a future that leaves Catrin bereft.  As he copes with his adventures and works to untangle his life and free him from a beythroal commitment so he can marry the love of his life. 
  13. 2011 Redux: a work from your favorite category in the 2011 challenge (fantasy):  A fantasy retelling of the romantic story of Tristan and Iseult:  The White Raven by Diana L. Paxton  5 stars  A wonderful romantic tale about Tristan and Iseult, spelled differently in this novel.  The first in a trilogy devoted to the topic.The ."

*Three's Company (Bonus or "opt out" category): Read 3 works with something in common -- either to complete the "Super Challenge" or to replace one of the above categories.  Magic Bites by Ilona Andrews, 8/4/2012, well done.  I wasn't certain I was going to like this one but it ends up being fun, exciting and quite imaginative.  4 stars  Magic Burns by Ilona Andrews, 8/17/2012, with the action continuing.  Thought it dragged a bit in the middle but it picked up at the end and I loved the climaxing battle.  So I look forward to the next in the series.  4 stars  Magic Strikes by Ilona Andrews, 4 stars.  This one is better than Magic Burns, full of excitement, bloody and violent but well written!



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  • Super Challenge: Read works from any 12 categories plus the bonus category
  • Challenge: Read works from any 12 categories
  • Lite Challenge: Read works from any 8 categories

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Categories:

  1. Other voices: a work that has been translated into English:   Apocalypse Z: The Beginning of the End by Manel Loureiro.      
  2. Back to the garden: a work having to do with gardens, the land or the environment:   Lone Wolf by Jodi Picoult
  3. Brave new world: a work in which the “world” is other than your own (could be set on a different planet, a foreign country, a different time or place from your own):    Beside A Burning Sea by John Shors. 4.5*   Rule Number Two: Lessons I learned in a Combat Hospital by Heidi Squier Kraft 5*
  4. Crabgrass frontier: a work set in suburbia:  Left Neglected by Lisa Genove 5 *     Love and Meatballs by Susan Volland 3.5*
  5. Out of the mouths of babes: a work told from a non-adult point of view:  True Grit by Charles Portis 4*
  6. Of another mind: a work that centers around mental disorder:  Still Missing by Chevy Stevens 4.5*
  7. Portrait of the artist: a work about a member of the creative class:  The Sari Shop Widow by Shobhan Bantwal
  8. The gang’s all here: a work about friends, family or community (including the workplace):  Clay's Quilt 3*   Pope Patrick 4*     The Blessings of the Animals 4.5*    Sweetwood Bride by Pamela Morsi
  9. One word says it all: a work with a one-word title (but will accept 2 words such as "The Infinities"):  Matterhorn by Karl Marlantes                            
  10. Road trip: a work that has to do with a literal or spiritual journey:  The Widows' Adventures by Charles Dickinson 3*
  11. Thou shalt not kill: a work in which a character does just that (for example, a mystery – but doesn’t have to be a mystery): This is non fiction, but I just read You Got Nothing Coming by Jimmy A. Lerner.  Fantastic and at times just hilarious.  And well written. 3.5* 

This one is fiction:  The Scent of Rain and Lightning by Nancy Packard.  One of the very first murder mysteries that I didn't guess the solution before the end.  A total surprise and a really good book.

  1. In the Mix: a work that mixes genres, interweaves stories, or is told from more than one point of view:  People of the Book by Geraldine Brooks 4*
  2. 2011 Redux: a work from your favorite category in the 2011 challenge:Enduring Light by Carla Kelly

From challenge 2011

  1. contemporary political issue: (terrorism, immigration, etc):   My Own Country by Abraham Verghese

  2. work by one author that alludes to an earlier work:   Enduring Light by Carla Kelly

     

     

  3. work/author you keep hearing about but haven't yet read:  Texas Boardinghouse Brides trilogy by Vickie McDonough

  4. non-fiction:  My Own Country by Abraham Verghese

  5. science fiction/fantasy:  The White Plague by Frank Herbert

  6. work by an author from a "developing" country:

  7. work made into a film:

  8. work by one of a country's greatest contemporary writers:   Rumors of War by Phillip Caputo

  9. work by a contemporary author that takes place in another century:  Double the Bounty and Blood Trail to Kansas by Robert Randisi

  10. mystery/horror:   Swear by the Moon by Shirlee Busbee

  11. "non-novel" (short stories, play, poetry, essays):  Don't Mean Nothing by Kate O'Neill        A Piece of My Heart:  The Stories of 26 American Women Who Served in Vietnam by Keith Walker    

  12. work translated into English:

  13.  major literary prize winner:   State of Wonder by Ann Prachet

*Three's Company (Bonus or "opt out" category): Read 3 works with something in common -- either to complete the "Super Challenge" or to replace one of the above categories. Robert Randisi:  The widow Maker, The Bounty on a BaronBackshooter, Gallows   Love those westerns.



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Thanks for organizing this challenge. I AM IN.

Mary



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Categories:

  1. Other voices: a work that has been translated into English: * The Keeper of Lost Causes/Jussi Adler-Olsen  finished 1/6/12
  2. Back to the garden: a work having to do with gardens, the land or the environment:
  3. Brave new world: a work in which the “world” is other than your own (could be set on a different planet, a foreign country, a different time or place from your own):*
  4. Crabgrass frontier: a work set in suburbia:
  5. Out of the mouths of babes: a work told from a non-adult point of view: * The Weed That Strings the Hangman's Bag/Alan Bradley finished 9/22/12
  6. Of another mind: a work that centers around mental disorder: Turn of Mind/Alice LaPlante finished 9/4/12
  7. Portrait of the artist: a work about a member of the creative class: *
  8. The gang’s all here: a work about friends, family or community (including the workplace):  American Music/Jane Mendelsohn  finished 3/29/12
  9. One word says it all: a work with a one-word title (but will accept 2 words such as "The Infinities"): Offshore/Penelope Fitzgerald  finished 9/11/12
  10. Road trip: a work that has to do with a literal or spiritual journey:  Finding Nouf/Zoe Ferraris  finished 10/23/12
  11. Thou shalt not kill: a work in which a character does just that (for example, a mystery – but doesn’t have to be a mystery): * The Princess of Burundi/Kjell Eriksson  finished 2/7/12
  12. In the Mix: a work that mixes genres, interweaves stories, or is told from more than one point of view: *
  13. 2011 Redux: a work from your favorite category in the 2011 challenge:  TRANSLATED INTO ENGLISH Death Angels/Ake Edwardson finished 4/20/12

*Three's Company (Bonus or "opt out" category): Read 3 works with something in common -- either to complete the "Super Challenge" or to replace one of the above categories.



 



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Here's my list.

1. other voices--Stieg Larsson: The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo

2. back to the garden--omit

3. brave new world--Isabel Allende: Island Beneath the Sea

4. crabgrass frontier--James Kaplan: Two Guys from Verona

5. out of the mouth of babes--Emma Donoghue: Room

6. of another mind--Jeffrey Eugenides: The Virgin Suicides

7. portrait of the artist--Lyndall Gordon: Lives Like Loaded Guns/Emily Dickinson and Her Family's Feuds

8. the gang's all here--Leif Enger: Peace Like a River

9. one word says it all--Anita Brookner: Strangers

10. road trip--Elyn Aviva: The Journey/A Novel of Pilgrimage and Spiritual Quest

11. thou shalt not kill--M.C. Beaton: The Quiche of Death

12. in the mix--Joanne Harris: Five Quarters of the Orange

13. 2011 redux-favorite category from 2011 challenge: work by one pf the country's greatest contemporary writers--Chris Bohjalian: The Night Strangers

BONUS: 3 works with something in common--a) ed. Sean Manning: Bound to Last/30 Writers on Their Most Cherished Books; b) Jane Mallison: Book Smart; c) Thomas Wright: Built of Books/How Reading Defined the Life of Oscar Wilde.

I made most of my choices from books I already own; the rest I'll try to download on my Nook--or buy outright.

                                                                                                                                       Rose

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I just noticed that my list was posted twice.  It must have happened when I tried to correct a spelling error.  I deleted the extra list, but this space doesn't want to go away!

 

 

 



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1. Other Voices-- Visitation by Jenny Erpenbeck (Completed 8/23/12)

2. Back to the Garden--An Available Man by Hilma Wolitzer (Completed 5/16/12)

3. Brave New World--The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood

4. Crabgrass frontier--The Three Weissmans of Westport by Cathleen Schine (Completed 7/30/12)

5. Out of the mouths of babes--OMIT

6. Of another mind--Still Alice by Lisa Genova  (Completed 2/11/12)

7. Portrait of the artist--Longing by J.D. Landis (about Clara and Robert Schumann)

8. The gang's all here--Leaving Cold Sassy (and re-read Cold Sassy Tree) by Olive Ann Burns (Completed 11/20/12)

9. One word says it all--Faith by Jennifer Haigh  (Completed 1/15/12)

10. Road trip--In the Company of Liars by Karen Maitland (Completed 4/18/12)

11. Thou Shalt Not Kill--A Trick of the Light by Louise Penny (Completed 6/10/12)

12. In the Mix--A Long Time Ago and Essentially True by Brigid Pasulka

13. 2011 Redux (Work by an author you keep hearing about but haven't read yet)--Skeletons at the Feast by Chris Bohjalian (Completed 3/2012)



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Great lists so far.  I hope some others join us. 



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This sounds like fun, I got some interesting ideas from reading the lists for last year's challenge. 

Categories:

  1. Other voices: a work that has been translated into English: Elegance of the Hedgehog by Muriel Barbery- last one of the year done!
  2. Back to the garden: a work having to do with gardens, the land or the environment: Thirteen Moons by Charles Frazier - finished 3/26/12 - Terrible book, don't recommend.
  3. Brave new world: a work in which the “world” is other than your own (could be set on a different planet, a foreign country, a different time or place from your own):  Year of Wonders: A Novel of the Plague by Geraldine Brooks - finished 2/27/12, an interesting fictionalzied account of a real event.  Set in 1665 in rural England, a village quarantines itself for an outbreak of the plague.  Not for the faint of stomach as some of it is pretty gruesome.
  4. Crabgrass frontier: a work set in suburbia: Ties That Bind by Marie Bostwick (book 5) - finished 10/22/12 - as wonderful as the rest of the series.
  5. Out of the mouths of babes: a work told from a non-adult point of view: Thereby Hangs a Tail by Spencer Quinn- finished 4/2/12 - Four stars for a wonderful mystery told by the dog. 
  6. Of another mind: a work that centers around mental disorder: A Beautiful Mind by Sylvia Nasar - couldn't read it, 400 pages in 10 point type, trade size, and booooorrrrring!!!   And I realized it was non-fiction.  Will be my category to skip.
  7. Portrait of the artist: a work about a member of the creative class:The Quick and the Thread: An Embroidery Mystery by Amanda Lee - finished 10/31/12 - standard cozy fare, enjoyable light read.
  8. The gang’s all here: a work about friends, family or community (including the workplace): Summerhouse by Jude Deveraux - finished 1/5/12, overall a good read with thought provoking ideas of how our choices make a difference.  Also read A Single Thread by Marie Bostwick - Finished 9/22/12 - a wonderful story about a woman that loses all she knows only to find herself achieving her dreams in a new community of friends.  
  9. One word says it all: a work with a one-word title (but will accept 2 words such as "The Infinities"): The Historian by Elizbeth Kostova - finished 6/8/12 - long and involved it is a bit boring, those that enjoy minutia will like it, those that like plot will want to pass it by.
  10. Road trip: a work that has to do with a literal or spiritual journey: The Saucier's Apprentice by Bob Spitz - finished 2/2/12 - a bit rambling at times, and somewhat morose as he obsesses over a lost love, but the characters he meets along the way are interesting, and it ends well.
  11. Thou shalt not kill: a work in which a character does just that (for example, a mystery – but doesn’t have to be a mystery): Glazed Murder by Jessica Beck - finished 4/28/12 - typical cozy, a bit easier to figure out than others I have read.
  12. In the Mix: a work that mixes genres, interweaves stories, or is told from more than one point of view:  The Help - finished 1/9/12, a spectacular read, totally engrossing.
  13. 2011 Redux: a work from your favorite category in the 2011 challenge: work/author you keep hearing about but haven't yet read: The Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfiel - finished 3/10/12 - totally engrossing with a few surprises in the plot.

*Three's Company (Bonus or "opt out" category): Read 3 works with something in common -- either to complete the "Super Challenge" or to replace one of the above categories.  Completed 10/4/12.  Read the second, third and fourth novels in the series by Marie Bostwick all books with thread as the common theme -  A Thread of Truth, A Thread So Thin and Threading the Needle.  This is a wonderful series about women overcoming adversity and the power of friendship.  Highly recommend!

 



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Carol,

To find books, I often trawl through other people's lists & steal their ideas. I also regularly browse at my local bookstore/library & make note of whatever looks interesting.

Re: the "Other voices" category: I often recommend Perfume by Patrick Suskind to people -- but you have to have the stomach for it.

-K



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Thanks, Kristin.  I'll take a look at that one.  Will also look at last year's picks.

Carole (with an 'e')

 

Update, found one.



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At what point do we have to commit to our lists?  I realized that I will read some of the things I had down during the Christmas season, so they couldn't count for next year.  I haven't found the right things in my TBR pile, at least not yet but the pile is huge so there might yet be something suitable for the categories I am missing. 

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  1. Other voices: Wolf Totem, by Jiang Rong
  2. Back to the garden: Annals of the Former World, by John McPhee
  3. Brave new world: Water Logic, by Laurie J. Marks. Start date: 1/9/12. Finish date: 1/9/12. Rating: 3 1/2 stars.
  4. Crabgrass frontier: White, Black, Other, by Joan Steinau Lester?
  5. Out of the mouths of babes: The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian, by Sherman Alexie
  6. Of another mind: Wide Sargasso Sea, by Jean Rhys
  7. Portrait of the artist: Every Third Thought, by John Barth. Start date: 1/1/12. Finish date: 1/3/11. Rating: 3 1/2 stars.
  8. The gang’s all here: Purple Hibiscus, by Chimamanda Ngoze Adichie
  9. One word says it all: Stay, by Nicola Griffith
  10. Road trip: a work that has to do with a literal or spiritual journey:
  11. Thou shalt not kill: Graveyard Dust, by Barbara Hambly
  12. In the Mix: a work that mixes genres, interweaves stories, or is told from more than one point of view:
  13. 2011 Redux: a work from your favorite category in the 2011 challenge:


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  • Super Challenge: Read works from any 12 categories plus the bonus category
  • Challenge: Read works from any 12 categories
  • Lite Challenge: Read works from any 8 categories

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Categories:

  1. Other voices: "The Hypnotist" by Lars Keppler (Swedish)   3/17/12
  2. Back to the garden: "The Year of the Hare" Arto Paasilinna  7/22/12
  3. Brave new world: "The Blade Itself" by Joe Abercrombie  1/19/12
  4. Crabgrass frontier: "Never Look Away" Linwood Barclay  2/16/12
  5. Out of the mouths of babes: "Emory's Gift" W. Bruce Cameron  3/25/12
  6. Of another mind: "Before I Go To Sleep" S. J. Watson 9/03/12
  7. Portrait of the artist: "Lust for Life" Irving Stone (about Vincent Van Gogh) 6/14/12
  8. The gang’s all here:  "The Likeness" Tana French  2/7/12
  9. One word says it all: "The Lion" by Nelson DeMille 1/11/12
  10. Road trip: "The Unforgiving Minute: A Soldiers Education" by Craig M. Mullaney  1/14/12
  11. Thou shalt not kill: "The Jefferson Key" by Steve Berry  1/15/12
  12. In the Mix: "Once an Eagle" by Anton Myrer  2/29/12
  13. 2011 Redux:  #9 "Sovereign" by C.J. Sansom  1/26/12

*Three's Company (Bonus or "opt out" category): Read 3 works with something in common -- either to complete the "Super Challenge" or to replace one of the above categories.

Centered Around 20th Century Military Conflict

"The Rising Tide" Jeff Shaara 3/23/12

"Winter In Madrid" C. J. Sanson 3/29/12

"The Steel Wave" Jeff Shaara  4/03/12



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You can commit to your list whenever you choose. :-) Personally, I update (i.e. change) mine throughout the year as I find new books that interest me. (In other words, I never commit-lol.)



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  • Super Challenge: Read works from any 12 categories plus the bonus category COMPLETED
  • Challenge: Read works from any 12 categories (completed this, but will try for higher challenge)
  • Lite Challenge: Read works from any 8 categories (completed this, but will try for higher challenge)

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Categories:

  1. Other voices: a work that has been translated into English: Visitation - Jenny Erpenbeck, Susan Bernofsky (Translator) 5/30/12
  2. Back to the garden: a work having to do with gardens, the land or the environment: Garden of Dreams - Patricia Rice 4/6/12 
  3. Brave new world: a work in which the “world” is other than your own (could be set on a different planet, a foreign country, a different time or place from your own): Death of a Red Mandarin – Christopher West  [Hong Kong on the brink of returning to Chinese rule] 9/11/12
  4. Crabgrass frontier: a work set in suburbia: subUrbia - Eric Bogosian 10/8/12 
  5. Out of the mouths of babes: a work told from a non-adult point of view: Room - Emma Donoghue 10/23/12
  6. Of another mind: a work that centers around mental disorder: SKIPPED
  7. Portrait of the artist: a work about a member of the creative class: Composed, a memoir - Roseanne Cash 11/6/12
  8. The gang’s all here: a work about friends, family or community (including the workplace): Prayers for Sale - Sandra Dallas 2/15/12 
  9. One word says it all: a work with a one-word title (but will accept 2 words such as "The Infinities"): Alyx – Lolah Burford  8/14/12 
  10. Road trip: a work that has to do with a literal or spiritual journey: Vanilla: travels in search of the ice cream orchid – Tim Ecott  7/25/12 
  11. Thou shalt not kill: a work in which a character does just that (for example, a mystery – but doesn’t have to be a mystery): Justice - Karen Robards 4/18/12 
  12. In the Mix: a work that mixes genres, interweaves stories, or is told from more than one point of view: When the Emperor Was Divine – Julie Otsuka  8/20/12
  13. 2011 Redux: a work from your favorite category in the 2011 challenge: work by one of a country's greatest contemporary writers: Caleb's Crossing - Geraldine Brooks 9/28/12 

*Three's Company (Bonus or "opt out" category): Read 3 works with something in common -- either to complete the "Super Challenge" or to replace one of the above categories. Memoirs

1. Walking the Trail: one man’s journey along the Cherokee Trail of Tears – Jerry Ellis  6/5/12

2. Between You and Me: a memoir – Mike Wallace  11/4/12

3. Gypsy Boy: My life in the secret world of the Romany gypsies – Mikey Walsh  11/23/12

 



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Categories:

  1. Other voices: a work that has been translated into English:
  2. Back to the garden: a work having to do with gardens, the land or the environment:
  3. Brave new world: a work in which the “world” is other than your own:
  4. Crabgrass frontier: a work set in suburbia:
  5. Out of the mouths of babes: a work told from a non-adult point of view:
  6. Of another mind: Other People by Martin Amis (finished 1/20/12)
  7. Portrait of the artist: The Rachel Papers by Martin Amis (finished 2/4/12)
  8. The gang’s all here: a work about friends, family or community (including the workplace):
  9. One word says it all: Crash by J.G. Ballard (finished 1/7/12)
  10. Road trip: a work that has to do with a literal or spiritual journey:
  11. Thou shalt not kill: American Psycho by Bret Easton Ellis (finished 2/29/12)
  12. In the Mix: a work that mixes genres, interweaves stories, or is told from more than one point of view:
  13. 2011 Redux (Nonfiction): The Dragons of Eden by Carl Sagan (finished 1/29/12)

*Three's Company (Bonus or "opt out" category): Read 3 works with something in common -- either to complete the "Super Challenge" or to replace one of the above categories.



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1.  Other voices:  a work that has been translated into English

2.  Back to the garden:  a work having to do with gardens, the land or the environment The Snow Child by Eowyn Ivey - completed on 2/13

3.  Brave new world:  a work in which the "world" is other than your own  State of Wonder by Ann Patchett - completed on 3/25

4.  Crabgrass frontier:  a work set in suburbia

5.  Out of the mouths of babes:  a work told from a non-adult point of view Room by Emma Donoghue - completed on 3/27

6.  Of another mind:  a work that centers around mental disorder The Swan Thieves by Elizabeth Kostova - completed on 1/28

7.  Portrait of the artist:  a work about a member of the creative class

8.  The gang"s all here:  a work about friends, family or community (including the workplace) The Sense of an Ending by Julian Barnes - completed on 2/29

9.  One word says it all:  a work with a one-word title Doc by Mary Doria Russell - completed on 1/13

10.  Road trip:  a work that has to do with a literal or spiritual journey The Sisters Brothers by Patrick deWitt - completed on 1/10

11.  Thou shalt not kill:  a work in which a character does just that (for example, a mystery - but doesn't have to b a mystery) On Canaan's Side by Sebastian Barry - completed on 2/16

12.  In the mix:  a work that mixes genres, interweaves stories, or is told from more than one point of view

13.  2011 Redux:  a work from your favorite category in the 2011 challenge Child 44 by Tom Rob Smith - completed on 3/20 (category 3)

 

*Three's company (Bonus or "opt out" category):  Read 3 works with something in common -- either to complete the "Super Challenge" or to replace on of the above categories.

 



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  • Super Challenge: Read works from any 12 categories plus the bonus category
  • Challenge: Read works from any 12 categories
  • Lite Challenge: Read works from any 8 categories

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Categories:

  1. Other voices:  We by Yevgeny Zamyatin, trans. Mirra Ginsburg Complete, really reads as a precursor to Huxley's Brave New World. Written during the Soviet Era, it is rather dystopian and I enjoyed it immensely.
  2. Back to the garden: a work having to do with gardens, the land or the environment:
  3. Brave new world: Bel Canto by Ann Patchett, completed 4 Jan 2012. Loved it, read it while visiting family in Puerto Rico, gave it to my mother in law. 5/5
  4. Crabgrass frontier: a work set in suburbia:
  5. Out of the mouths of babes:
  6. Of another mind:
  7. Portrait of the artist: White Oleander by Janet Fitch, completed 3 Jan 2012. Beautifully vivd portrayal of a poet and her daughter, not for the faint of heart, deals with very adult subject matter. 4.5/5
  8. The gang’s all here:
  9. One word says it all:  Choke by Palahniuk. Completed 31 Jan 2012.
  10. Road trip: a work that has to do with a literal or spiritual journey:
  11. Thou shalt not kill: a work in which a character does just that (for example, a mystery – but doesn’t have to be a mystery):
  12. In the Mix: For Colored Girls who have Considered Suicide when the Rainbow is Enuf, Ntozake Shange. Finished 24 Jan. 3/5, not quite what I expected it to be, but enjoyable nontheless. It would make a better play than a book.
  13. 2011 Redux: a work from your favorite category in the 2011 challenge:

*Three's Company (Bonus or "opt out" category): Read 3 works with something in common -- either to complete the "Super Challenge" or to replace one of the above categories.



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bump.  I have to get my books posted.  I have been too busy.....

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Bump - Updated my list. 

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I had to bump this to get a highlighted listing on my screen.  since it is only May I am going to try to do both challenges:  2012 and repeat 2011.

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