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Subject: March Mini Challenge! - Winner announced!
Date Posted: 2/24/2009 10:41 AM ET
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The winner for March is Diana (FaintlyMacabre)! Congratulations, Diana!

I was going to get DS to choose the winner, but he refused to participate so I went with the good ole "names on slips of paper thrown into a cup" method.

 

 

I decided to go ahead and post the mini for March. February is almost over anyway. ;-)

For March, you are going to read about a person in history that you really admire. Use a book you already have unless you just really want to buy one. After you have read the book, come tell us about it. You can tell us why you admire this particular person in history.

The book doesn't have to be about the person you admire most.

The book can be either non-fiction or fiction, whichever you prefer.

You have all of March to read the book. Just make sure you post about it by midnight on the last day of March. I'll announce a winner April 1st.

Good luck!

Forgot to mention the important part! The Prize!!

The prize for this mini-challenge will be a book from your wishlist! A winner will be randomly selected by my son. History is his favorite subject in school and he will be reading what you have to say about your chosen book and then choosing the winner. You don't have to write an essay, just tell us about this person and what he/she did that made you admire them.



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Date Posted: 2/24/2009 1:09 PM ET
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Interesting challenge!  I might be in on this one.  I'm going to start Grania (March's BOM) today.  If there's still enough of March left for me to do this, I may  read one of the few HF books I have sitting here on Cleopatra.  I've always admired her simply for being a powerful woman in history, and other than the common legends, I don't know much about her. 

Date Posted: 2/24/2009 4:27 PM ET
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Shelley - if you haven't read Memoirs of Cleopatra by Margaret George, I highly recommend it.  It's a long one, though!

Changing my book selection:  I'm going to read Harriet and Isabella by Patricia O'Brien, about Harriet Beecher Stowe.  She had such an impact on literature, but I don't know anything about her as a person.



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Date Posted: 2/24/2009 10:22 PM ET
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Michelle - I do have that one on my bookshelf, so maybe I'll give it a go.  I also have another one on Cleo - When We Were Gods perhaps?  I'll pick one of those. 

Date Posted: 2/25/2009 8:35 PM ET
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Shelley- I read When We Were Gods as my first book for the challenge.  All-in-all, I really liked it, definately shows her as a very strong woman.

 

I was about to say that I don't know what I could read for this.  Then I looked at my TBR pile, and there are so many that I'm going to have trouble narrowing it down (historical fiction, non-fiction biographies, even a few young adult historical fiction biographies that I've been wanting to preview for my middle school classroom library anyway...one's on Cleopatra, so maybe I should just jump on board with that to stick with the Cleopatra theme, lol).

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Date Posted: 2/26/2009 8:01 AM ET
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Well, not sure if I will ever get the book finished, but I have an Einstein biography that I have been reading bit by bit for the past two months. (in all honesty, I started it in January and didnt touch it all month until yesterday.) I tend to read a biography between fiction books, but this month, i didnt read much at all. Maybe this will motivate me to get through Einstein. I feel like I am taking a physics class while reading this book, i needed to take notes, lol.

Date Posted: 2/26/2009 10:55 AM ET
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I don't know about admire, but I thought maybe I'd like to know more about Belle Starr.  Unfortunately, it appears that there was so much legend about her that they can't seem to sort out the truth. 

Also, some of the books were grade school level!  Now how on earth do you write a book about someone like that and make it suitable for a child?  I mean, her daughter became a successful brothel owner and her kids were among the list of people suspected of having murdered her.

I think the real story would be interesting though and it's too bad it's lost.  (I'll look for something appropriate.)

ETA:  Thank you, Valli, for thinking of interesting challenges :)



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Date Posted: 2/27/2009 11:44 AM ET
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What is the appropriate time frame for an HF biography?

Date Posted: 3/4/2009 11:30 AM ET
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Diana, that question is a hard one. It's like the "What qualifies as Historical Fiction?" question, lol.

I say for the biography - If the person is dead, they are automatically part of history, no matter when they lived or died. Did that help? LOL!

Date Posted: 3/4/2009 11:32 AM ET
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I finally decided which book to read for this challenge -

Marco Polo: From Venice to Xanadu by Laurence Bergreen. I admire Marco Polo's adventurous spirit.

Date Posted: 3/4/2009 1:56 PM ET
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My current plan is to read The Winthrop Woman, by Anya Seton for the March challenge. I have heard nothing but great things about this book ... and am probably among the last people in the world to read it!

Everything I've heard indicates that this is a woman of independent spirit ... and will be someone I will admire ... so away we go, loop-de-loo ..

Kelly

 

Date Posted: 3/4/2009 6:16 PM ET
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I think I will read Etta, by Gerald Kolpan, about Etta Place of Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid fame.  I think she sounds like a fascinating woman, independent and courageous.....not sure about admirable.  Maybe I will find out...........

Linda

Date Posted: 3/5/2009 12:41 PM ET
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Empress Valli - I forgot your ruling on this.  I know that the same book can't count for more than one regular challenge, but can a book count for a regular challenge and a mini challenge?  I'm almost done with Grania, and I want to start the March Mini Challenge book next.  It would be really sweet if I could use it for both this months' MC and one of my regular challenges.  (Hint. Hint.)



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Date Posted: 3/5/2009 2:02 PM ET
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I eagerly await your ruling as well, Valli. I may also be "double-counting" a book if you deem it acceptable. I was thinking of reading Legacy by Susan Kay (about Elizabeth I) as my mini-challenge book. It has been on my shelf for more than a year.

When I met Daphne last month, she raved about this book and encouraged me to read it.

Date Posted: 3/7/2009 10:02 AM ET
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I'm a lousy reader.  I thought it had to be a biography :) I just re-read the OP.

It doesn't really change the challenge for me though since I'd prefer something factual.  I'll await the Empress's decision but since we can't double up on the regular challenge, I wouldnt' think it would be okay for a mini-challenge either.  Would that count as a challenge then?

Date Posted: 3/7/2009 10:22 AM ET
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I think that we'll do a vote on this one. My first thought was to say no because these mini-challenges are ones we are doing to earn a prize, so I don't know if it's really fair for some of us to double up.

Then again, we really have a lot of books to read! We have the BOM, the mini-challenges, and the main challenge, plus we have some who are participating in other challenges as well. Being able to double up might make it easier for people to have the time to join in on the challenge and mini-challenges. I don't like to think that anyone is left out because they simply don't have the time to read so many books.

I think we should do a group vote on this one. I'll start a thread for it right now.

I just realized that I forgot to tell you all about the prize! I edited my first post and added the prize there.

Date Posted: 3/7/2009 3:32 PM ET
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I'm going to read Castile for Isabella by Jean Plaidy

Date Posted: 3/8/2009 7:24 PM ET
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I just finished up my book for this mini-challenge, Harriet and Isabella by Patricia O'Brien.  I chose this book initially because it was about Harriet Beecher Stowe, who wrote Uncle Tom's Cabin.  Lincoln has a famous quote he said to Harriet when he met her, "So, you're the little woman who wrote the book that made this great war!", referring to the Civil War.  Pretty amazing, for a woman in the 1800's to write a book that had so much influence on the country!  I realized I really knew nothing about her as a person, so I chose this book.

This book is about the relationship between Harriet and her younger sister, Isabella, and the falling out of their relationship over their brother, Henry's, adultery trial.  Apparently this was a very public trial at the time, and while Harriet sided with her brother, Isabella publicly questioned his innocence.  Because of that, she became an outcast to the Beecher family.  Isabella (who I had never heard of) was very involved in the women's suffrage movement along with Susan B. Anthony.  What was amazing to me when I read this book was how Harriet, who was so involved in the abolitionist movement against slavery, was very much against her sister's involvement in the women's suffrage movement.  I learned more about pieces of American history than I had expected reading this book, and it left me intrigued to read more. 



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Date Posted: 3/8/2009 10:37 PM ET
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Great comments, Michelle! Thanks ... another book to look forward to reading ... Linda has been thinking about reading this book for the mini-challenge also. With your positive review, she may be even more tempted! :D

Kelly

Date Posted: 3/9/2009 8:48 AM ET
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I started my book for this one on Saturday night. I'm reading When We Were Gods - A Novel of Cleopatra by Colin Falconer.  I'm about 70 pages into it and really enjoying it.  I like that it starts out with some action (the death of Cleopatra's father and her assumption of the crown) rather than going way back and starting when she was a little girl.  I prefer to get the main character's history in bits and pieces throughout the  story.  I think I'm going to really like Falconer's Cleopatra!  She seems vulnerable, scared and human, but also very courageous, strong, intelligent and ambitious. 

Date Posted: 3/9/2009 8:56 AM ET
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Well, Michelle, you have made me want to read "Harriet and Isabella"! I am adding to to my wishlist right now. Your review made me realize just how little I know about this and I'm eager to know more now. ;-)

Shelley, I read "When We Were Gods" a while back and enjoyed it. I'm eager to see what you think of it.

Date Posted: 3/12/2009 11:36 PM ET
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OK, I'm officially working on reading the Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin. It's been sitting on my bookshelf for a while, and I'm finally going to get it read (hopefully)!

Date Posted: 3/13/2009 10:09 AM ET
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I'm officially halfway through When We Were Gods, and I am indeed enjoying it very much.  Cleopatra is such an interesting character!  I'm tempted to read the other book I have on her, Memoirs of Cleopatra, right after I finish this one just to compare the two and get as much of Cleo as I can, but the voluminous April BOM is staring me in the face, and I'm thinking I should maybe just get started with that.  LOL! 

Date Posted: 3/13/2009 11:51 AM ET
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This one was kind of hard to decide on.  At first I immediately thought John Adams by David McCullough but want to save that for the PB book challenge coming up.  Then I thought I, Elizabeth by Rosalind Miles but then I realized I'm reading the Life of Elizabeth I by Alison Weir for one of my categories so I think I will do a 2nd attempt on Victoria Victorious by Jean Plaidy.  I barely got started with that one when the hard back book challenge started and I had to toss it aside to start that.   How can I not admire a lady who held down the fort in England for 64 years?  It would be awesome if Elizabeth II could beat that record but she'd be in her 90s if she did...

Date Posted: 3/13/2009 11:56 AM ET
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My rental came and I've started Here I Stand by Roland H. Bainton, a biography of Martin Luther.  The only problem is that, although I had read a review mentioning the issues with the typeface in this edition, somehow I had still put it at the top of my list.  OMG!  It's almost unreadable and there's a good chance I could have gotten the better printing instead if I had only put it at the top.

(I had listed two Luther bios and the one had two editions.)  I think I'll manage to read this one though.

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