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Subject: A Challenge to Finishing Reading Lists for Your Challenges
Date Posted: 9/30/2012 1:59 PM ET
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Some of us, myself included, tend to enroll in what may be too many reading challenges.   In addition, I sign up for light challenges and find myself reading for as many categories as I can.  With this in mind I'd like to suggest a challenge to finish what we started.   I'll give a credit to the top three people who finish the most challenges this month (October).  It doesn't matter what genre(s) you list.  In addition, I'll provide a WL book at random (my choice from your WL), drawn out of a hat, to someone who participates in this challenge.  So you don't have to read many titles to win.  Hope to see you on this thread!  

Don't forget to list the books read at the end of the month and the challenge(s) you've finished!       

Here's my list which could change depending on what strikes me as interesting at the time:

YA Challenge - 2 books for the full challenge:   Anthology - A Girl's Guide to Guns and Monsters Edited by Martin H. Greenberg and Kerrie Hughes, quite good!  I do like anthologies.  Author from a Country other than the U.S., the U.K., Canada, or Australia:  Dragon Rider by Cornelia Funke, nice read for young YA - lots of excitement and adventure without violence;  William C. Morris YA Debut Award:   Graceling Seven Kingdoms, Bk 1 by Kristin Cashore,  Excellent!; Young Reader's Choice Award:  Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince by J. K. Rowling; and Best or a Recommended Book for Boys:  Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets by J.K. Rowling, fun, fun read.

DONE!!!  Contemporary challenge:  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. GOOD ONE!  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 - essentially a romance and adventure story (interweaves stories), good romance/adventure with fictional characters - one of Chadwick's early books; and Three's Company (Bonus books): Read 3 works with something in common - Magic Strikes by Ilona Andrews (only one left of the three).

Historical Fiction Mini Mystery Challenge originally signed up for the mini but will try to finish the full challenge - 1 to go.:  6.) Pyramids, Scarabs, Ankhs and Ra!! HF mystery set in, around or involving Egypt.  The Seventh Scroll by Wilbur Smith; A Bad State of Decay! Historical mystery that's been on your shelf the longest.  The Masque of the Black Tulip by Lauren Willig; and Bonus: An Historical mystery that won a book award.  A Conspiracy of Paper by David Liss.  I liked it.  I liked it a lot.

 

 



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Date Posted: 9/30/2012 3:02 PM ET
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Ha, ha....good idea!  I assume (hope) you mean the month of October?

Date Posted: 9/30/2012 8:47 PM ET
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October it is.  And, yes, I hope it's appealing to a number of HF friends.  Somehow I thought it was Oct. 1!  Woe is me!  Another frantic month ahead.



Last Edited on: 9/30/12 8:48 PM ET - Total times edited: 1
Date Posted: 10/1/2012 8:40 AM ET
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Okay, I'm game!  I only need to read two more books to finish my Mystery challenge.  And there it sits!  I need this kick in the pants...thanks!

Update:  Well, if I choose to go with the light version of the HF challenge this year...I'M DONE!!    I have some "work" reading coming up, which is good.  But I was finding my single minded obsession with these challenges to be a) holding me back and b) making them seem like a chore!  Can you imagine??  So...I'm done for now.  I may finish up the Non-fiction History challenge, who knows.  But for now, I've got other things to read..smiley

 

ETA:  I finished the HF mystery challenge.  But I still need:

Finished the "Happy Sparrow" HF challenge~~Finished on Oct. 12th (Storming Heaven; book set near my home)

4 books for the Non-Fiction challenge (light version)

Finished the Mystery challenge~~Finished one on Oct. 8th. (Ruby in the Smoke; mystery with a gem in the title); finished last one on Oct. 16 (Billy Boyle; mystery set during any U.S. war).



Last Edited on: 10/16/12 9:16 PM ET - Total times edited: 6
Date Posted: 10/1/2012 3:37 PM ET
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I'm with you Vicky - I just lack one book from finishing the main 2012 HF Challenge - October's as good a month for that last book as any!

 

Date Posted: 10/1/2012 7:49 PM ET
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I have lost my booklist twice from DEATH TO COMPUTER this year.  So I have no clue where I'm at, but I know it wasn't much. lol

Date Posted: 10/2/2012 7:30 AM ET
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For most of my challenges I signed up for the light - finished HF, HF mini, and biograpical.  See my lists under the challenge description.  Of course, since I am such an eclectic reader the titles could change!



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Date Posted: 10/2/2012 8:00 AM ET
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I completed a Contemporary Fiction challenge and have the following challenges to finish:

HF - 1, HF Mystery - 3, History - 10, Classics, 9, Nonfiction - 5, and a personal challenge of 60 books read - 12 more to go.

Date Posted: 10/2/2012 8:55 AM ET
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Lori, what a pain!!  That's one of my biggest fears, losing all the crap I have stored on my computer.  

But it's good to see you here again!  And Donna...I thought you were new based on your avatar.  Yeah, it's easy to fool me...cheeky

Date Posted: 10/2/2012 2:49 PM ET
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Vicky - just finally figured out how to do the avatar pics!  :-)

Date Posted: 10/2/2012 3:02 PM ET
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Vicky - It is a pain.  Had books I had read since 2008 listed in a spreadsheet and then my working sheet with all of my challenges and what has been completed and what needs to be.  Lost both of them in April when the ambulance crew was in there.  Rebuilt my working sheet on my new computer and some kind person took full control of my computer to try and get into my brother's network that I was "cruising on top of" for internet access.  My brother had to wipe my brand new computer totally clean and its a high possibility that he won't let me "ride" to get internet access. :(  People shouldn't be so naughty.

Date Posted: 10/2/2012 8:50 PM ET
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I am always working on finishing series - and then I seem to be working on starting new ones. What's a reader to do? There is no end! I'll just keep on keepin' on in my own fashion.

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Date Posted: 10/3/2012 10:30 AM ET
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I am mostly done. Not doing the library section as I don't use the library.

 

Alice

Date Posted: 10/3/2012 1:21 PM ET
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Library section is the only one I have left, but I don't use the library either.  My local one DID finally join the ebook universe, but I have to find time to go over and get a card and their hours are SO bad for me.

Date Posted: 10/7/2012 8:04 PM ET
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I just wanted to say this is a great idea for a challenge.  I could join this, but it wouldn't be fair, because I have 3 different challenges that only need one more book.

I took a break from the challenges during a good part of the summer so in September I started reading nothing but challenge books figuring I'd better get going.  My plan was to finish most of them this month--I have 10 books left to finish all my 7 challenges (total 71 books) and I'm half way through 2 of them.

So I won't formally participate in this one, but I'll be watching to see how everyone does!

Diane



Last Edited on: 10/7/12 8:05 PM ET - Total times edited: 1
Date Posted: 10/8/2012 7:36 AM ET
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Diane:  Do join the challenge.  There are others who have only one book in challenges to complete.  OK?



Last Edited on: 10/30/12 5:47 PM ET - Total times edited: 1
Date Posted: 10/8/2012 5:30 PM ET
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I just finished a book for the Mystery challenge: The Ruby in the Smoke by Philip Pullman.  Excellent little YA mystery, and the first of a trilogy.  I needed a mystery with a gemstone in the title.