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Subject: Around the World In 80 Days - 2011 HF Achievement Award
Date Posted: 12/24/2010 8:37 AM ET
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It seems that there are a few of us going for this achievement award first thing in 2011.  Let's discuss what we're reading and keep track of our progress together!



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Date Posted: 12/26/2010 1:44 PM ET
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I'm in! I'm going to get my books together for this today. Today is a day to be lazy and enjoy youself so I'm going to spend it digging around in all my books. It will be a perfect day. I'm already planning to take plenty of breaks for cheesecake and brownies though! :-D

 

I can't wait to get started on this challenge!!!!!

Date Posted: 12/26/2010 2:23 PM ET
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I can't wait to get started on this challenge!!!!!

Me either.....whenever I look at my books for this challenge I just want to pick one up and jump in!

BTW:  I'll be here!  wink



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Date Posted: 12/26/2010 3:24 PM ET
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If we start this on Januery 1st, we need to have it completed on March 21st, right? Did I add that correctly?

Date Posted: 12/26/2010 8:23 PM ET
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That's what I come up with too, Valli.

Date Posted: 12/26/2010 10:21 PM ET
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Those 2nd grade remedial math classes really paid off. I'm so glad I took those classes last month. ;-)

 

I'm going to sign up for the spelling ones next month so I can learn to spell January. Yep.



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Date Posted: 12/27/2010 9:01 AM ET
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Baby steps, Valli, baby steps! You don't want to cram too much knowledge in that pretty little head of yours too quickly! wink JK!!

So, anyone have any idea of what books they're using for this challenge (and achievement)?  So far I know I'll be using Morgan's Run for Australia and Ines of My Soul for South America.  Other than that, I haven't planned anything.  I may attempt to pick some possible books this afternoon.  I'm almost done with How Far to Bethlehem and then I'll start my first book for this challenge.  I believe we can start a book for the 2011 challenge in 2010, as long as we finish it in 2010.  I realize then I'll have to finish before March 21.  Whenever I actually start the first book, I'll figure out exactly 80 days from that date.  Valli, I may need your help with that one!  LOL! 

Date Posted: 12/27/2010 10:13 AM ET
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LOL, Shelley! I don't know what is wrong with me lately...I can't add, can't type, and I can't spell. It's like I'm regressing!

CHALLENGE STARTED:  JANUARY 6TH, 10:00 PM

I chose the books I need yesterday. Here they are:

  • North America: Heartbroke Bay by Lynn D'Urso - Finished!
  • South America: Our Lives are the River by Jaime Manrique
  • Europe: Roselynde by Roberta Gellis
  • Asia: The Street of A Thousand Blossoms by Gail Tsukiyama - Finished!
  • Africa: The African Queen by C.S. Forrester - Finished!
  • Australia/Oceania: The Exiles by William Stuart Long - Finished!
  • Antartica: I don't know yet! I'm sure I have something set there on my shelves, just need to search for it.

I was wanting to read "Our Lives Are the Rivers" for the "Recommended by a forum friend" one (Alice), but I don't think I have another S. Am. book. If I do, I'm going to swap it out.

Are you going for the Antartica one during this 80 day time period?

I might read all my books one right after the other, just so I don't have to keep up with dates and do so much addition. :-D

 



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Date Posted: 12/27/2010 11:34 AM ET
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Okay, just perused Mt. TBR for this category, as I figured I ought to have a game plan as I won't have time to order books and wait for them.  With an eye toward keeping the books relatively short, this is what I've come up with -

North America - Red Water

South America - Ines of My Soul

Europe - Bless this House or Eleanor the Queen (both by Norah Lofts)

Asia - Rasputin's Daughter or Peony In Love - Hey, is Russia considered to be part of Asia or Europe??

Africa - Trade Wind or possibly one of my many books on Cleopatra - although those are soooooooo long!

Australia/Oceania - Morgan's Run

I had so many books for these categories, but I want to keep them on the short side, so these are what I came up with.

 

Date Posted: 12/27/2010 2:59 PM ET
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The geographical answer is that Russia west of the Urals is Europe, east of the Urals is Asia.

Date Posted: 12/27/2010 3:37 PM ET
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I also plan to start this challenge first thing in 2011.

  North America - Redemption Falls

  Sourh America - Our Lives are the Rivers, or Ines of my Soul

  Europe - Claude and Camille, or Luncheon of the Boating Party

  Asia - Peony in Love, or My Splendid Concubine

  Africa - Poisonwood Bible

  Australia - Outback

 

(Subject to change, of course)

 

Linda

 

 

Date Posted: 12/27/2010 3:51 PM ET
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I have the Mistress of Abha from a Goodreads win I've been putting off so I'll use that for Africa, Southern Cross by Terry Coleman heading my wya for a group read at GR and an Emma Drummond novel set in China that will work perfectly for Asia.

I loved Trade Winds, and would recommend that as well. You might also look at a lesser known Dumas novel, Georges. It is set on a very tiny island off the southern coast of Africa. The name of the island escapes me, but Dumas does deal with racial issues - and it is one of his shorter novels. 

ETA, I can't recall if I mentioned it here or on another thread but another good choice for Africa is Emma Drummond's The Burning Land. South Africa, Boer War.



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Date Posted: 12/27/2010 7:08 PM ET
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After reading Mimi's post, I may have to change my Asia book.  Whatever link I went to to check Continents, it showed all of Russia in Asia.  Will have to think on that.  In the meantime, these are the books I have:

  1. North America  One Thousand White Women: The Journals of May Dodd - Jim Fergus
  2. South America  A Samba for Sherlock - Jose Eugenio Soares
  3. Europe  The Secret History of the Pink Carnation - Lauren Willig 
  4. Asia  The Jewel of St. Petersburg - Kate Furnivall 
  5. Africa   A Beautiful Place to Die - Malla Nunn 
  6. Australia/Oceania  The Battling Prophet - Arthur Upfield 
  7. Antarctica  In the Land of White Death - Valerian Albanov (nf)
Date Posted: 12/28/2010 2:32 PM ET
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I've picked mine.  I have all except the Incas.  It's on my wish list, but I may end up going with something else. 

  1. North America -- The Winthrop Woman by Anya Seton
  2. South America -- The Incas by Daniel J. Peters
  3. Europe -- the Champion by Elizabeth Chadwick
  4. Asia -- The Far Pavillions by M.M. Kaye
  5. Africa -- The Covenant by James A. Michener
  6. Australia/Oceania -- The Touch by Colleen McCoullough
  7. Antarctica -- Endurance: Shackleton's Incredible Voyage by Alfred Lansing (NF)
Date Posted: 1/3/2011 10:13 PM ET
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I'm going for this award, and I was going to postpone starting it to read The Friday NIght Kniting Club. I got about 30 pages into yesterday and decided I'm just too anxious to start this challenge, so I'm bailing on it.  I'm going to start Morgan's Runby Colleen McCullough now.  It's the longest book I have planned for this challenge, so I thought I'd start with it first.  So I guess since I'm starting today, January 3, I have until March 24 to complete the challenge.



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Date Posted: 1/3/2011 10:21 PM ET
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Shelley, I'm not surprised you bailed on FNKC.  I read the whole thing and never got into it.  I guess being a Southern girl all my life, I don't really relate to that big city Yankee life.  LOL!  For some reason, I'm much more comfortable with a twelfth century hovel than an 21st century NYC walk-up! 

Date Posted: 1/4/2011 10:36 AM ET
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Christa - I think I'd actually like TFNKC, but I really want to start the new year off with this challenge and achievement award.  So, I may ATTEMPT to read two books at once.  That's hard for me. I like to devote my limited reading time to one books.  I really need to quit my job.  Then I could spend equal time doing all the things I love, reading, hooping, knitting, keeping up with my on-line forums, and blogging!

Date Posted: 1/4/2011 10:50 AM ET
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Morning!  I am 10 pages away from having my first book done.  Woo Hoo!!!  Africa - A Beautiful Place to Die.  While its a fictional mystery, it gives a good understanding of the beginnings of the aparteid laws and the segregation each race (white, colored, black) had from each other. Good friends torn apart by such idiotic laws. So heart wrenching

Date Posted: 1/4/2011 11:07 AM ET
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I had every intention of starting this challenge on the first, but it didn't work out. I'll be joining you soon though! I just have to read a couple of books that were requested from my shelf. The books I culled from my shelves, thinking I'd never get around to reading them, are finally being requested and now I've found that I can't send them on without at least giving them a try. Four of those books got requested this week, so I've been reading like a fiend. I am never doing this to myself again!

 

I'd rather be reading Morgan's run with you all! I actually have a copy that I started to read ages ago, but I set it aside because I couldn't get into it. I'm sure it was probably my mood at the time though because I just about always love McCullough.

Are any of you finding Morgan's Run to have a slow start?

Date Posted: 1/4/2011 11:11 AM ET
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Decided to read My Antonia by Willa Cather next.

ETA:  Oh my eyeballs!  That's a book for the Classic challenge! frown

Am now reading for the Historical Fiction Around the World in 80 days challenge......The Battling Prophet by Arthur W. Upfield.

 



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Date Posted: 1/4/2011 11:46 AM ET
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Aaaggghh --- posted in the wrong thread.  SORRY!



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Date Posted: 1/4/2011 2:23 PM ET
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I just finished my second book for this challenge.  I loved Outback, my choice for Australia, which I blazed through on New Year's Day, finishing on January  2.

Less enthralled with my South America choice, Our Lives Are the Rivers.  It was certainly worthwhile, increased my knowledge of S. Amer. history, and the role Simon Bolivar played in it.  And, I had never even heard of Manuela Saenz, the heroine of this book.  Learning something from the novels we read is always good, but I never warmed up to Manuela.

On to Europe and Luncheon of the Boating Party.

Linda



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Date Posted: 1/4/2011 3:11 PM ET
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Linda, did you see that the author of Outback also has two books set in New Zealand? I just had to request them!! Especially after you said you were enjoying Outback. I'm excited to get some H/F featuring the Maori!

Date Posted: 1/4/2011 3:21 PM ET
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A group of us read Outback and the next one Outback Station at Goodreads. We noticed some writing differences between the two and wondered if it was the same author. Tried every avenue to find info on him (even asking my local librarian) and there is just nothing on the web any where. There are three more in the OZ series. I have the first of the two New Zealand books on the pile somewhere. The cover's a hoot.

Date Posted: 1/4/2011 3:26 PM ET
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Did you not find the 2nd one as good as the first? Or, just different?

I have Outback requested too. I found someone who had the New Zealand books and Outback on their shelf so I just got them all.

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