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Topic: 2013 Contemporary Lit Challenge -- LISTS ONLY

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Date Posted: 5/7/2013 10:33 PM ET
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Yea Barbara!

I guess I have also finished the challenge but since it is only May, I am going to try to fill all the spaces.

Date Posted: 6/30/2013 8:59 AM ET
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Congratulations, Barbara.   Looks like Bruce is done too.

Pamela, congratulations to you too!   I am going to do the same as you, I have one more book to go for the challenge, then will work on others just to fill it in.

Just finished a challenge read - Garden Spells by Sarah Addison Allen.  This was a wonderful book, so engrossing I could'nt put it down!!  It was a paranormal book, but not in the usual sense.  The witchcraft was quiet and subtle, kind of like the movie with Sandra Bullock Practical Magic.  I really enjoyed it and will be posting one of my copies soon.  Somehow I wanted to read it so much that I ended up with two copies.

How's everyone doing?  Updated your lists lately?

Date Posted: 8/14/2013 8:02 AM ET
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Updated my list and I finished the challenge.  May read a couple of others I had planned later in the year, but I will be working on the mystery challenge for a bit.

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Date Posted: 10/6/2013 3:08 PM ET
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Date Posted: 11/13/2013 3:59 PM ET
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Time and time again - Read a work…

  1. that takes place in the past or in which a character delves into the past (Eg. Alias Grace, Angle of Repose) Devil in the Smoke by Justin Richards
  2. that includes a time-related word in the title (Eg. Year of Wonders, Midnight's Children) Old Before My Time by Hayley Okines
  3. that involves time travel Magic of the Angels by Jacqueline Rayner


Second chances - Read a work…

  1. from a genre you don’t normally read Ender's Game by Orson Scott Card
  2. by an author you were unsure about (or downright didn’t like) the first time around Crossed by Ally Condie
  3. for the redux category: repeat a category from the 2012 or 2011 challenge

What comes around, goes around - Read a work…

  1. that takes inspiration from a classic work of art/literature (Eg. The Handmaid’s Tale, Ahab's Wife)
  2. that is part of a series Forever by Maggie Stiefvater
  3. that involves books, storytelling or writing (Eg. The Book Thief, The Secret Scripture) The Last Word by Lisa Lutz

Where in the world? - Read a work…

  1. that takes place in a capital city
  2. that takes place in a small town Murder at the Vicarage by Agatha Christie
  3. that takes place near you

What’s in a name? - Read a work…

  1. that has a title more than 4 words long (Yes, you may count articles like "the" and "an") The Mystery at Lilac Inn by Carolyn Keene
  2. that has a name in the title Candy for Christmas
  3. that has one of your first initials in the title

PART B (SC = 2 books, C = 2 books, Lite = 1-3 books)

Miscellanea - Read a work…

  1. that involves a secret or something hidden
  2. in which a non-human character plays a key role (Eg. Bear Comes Home, The Art of Racing in the Rain) Deadlocked by Charlaine Harris
  3. that is set in another country (different from the one in which you live) Dutch Me Deadly by Maddy Hunter
  4. in which a senior citizen is a central figure (Eg. Alice I have Been, Disgrace)
  5. that involves cultural conflict Cinder by Marissa Meyer
  6. that alludes to or directly involves one of the five senses (Eg. Perfume, Like Water for Chocolate)