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message 1: by Lisa (last edited May 10, 2016 03:20AM) (new)

Lisa (lisar87) | 35 comments X 1. A book you meant to read in 2015, but didn't: Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail by Cheryl Strayed (01/22/16)

2. A book set in a different continent: TBD

X 3. A book from the Goodreads Choice Awards 2015 (winner or nominated): Born with Teeth by Kate Mulgrew (3/5/16)

4. A book by an author you discovered in 2015: Carry On by Rainbow Rowell

5. A book with a title beginning with the 1st letter of your name: The Lathe of Heaven by Ursula K. Le Guin

6. The highest rated on your TBR : Harry Potter: The Character Vault by Jody Revenson

7. A book about books: The Little Bookstore of Big Stone Gap: A Memoir of Friendship, Community, and the Uncommon Pleasure of a Good Book by Wendy Welch

X 8. A classic book with less than 200 pages: Anthem by Ayn Rand (4/5/16)

9. A book that was mentioned in another book: Brave New World by Aldous Huxley

10. A book by an author you feel you should have read by now: Little Women by Louisa May Alcott

11. A book from the Rory Gilmore challenge: The Red Tent by Anita Diamant

X 12. A childhood classic: The Witches by Roald Dahl (5/8/16)

X 13. Reader’s Choice: Seriously... I'm Kidding by Ellen DeGeneres (4/3/16)

14. A book with one of the five W’s -or H in the title (Who/What/Where/When/Why/How):How to Make an American Quilt by Whitney Otto

X 15. A book set in the past (more than 100 years ago): Mary Jemison: White Woman of the Seneca: A Novel by Rayna Gangi (1/10/16)

16. A book from the top 100 mystery novels: Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier

17. A book with a beautiful cover: A Great and Terrible Beauty by Libba Bray

18. A book on a summer/beach reading list: What She Left Behind by Ellen Marie Wiseman

X 19. A non-fiction book: Brain on Fire: My Month of Madness by Susannah Cahalan (3/28/16)

X 20. A book with a first name in the title: Coraline by Neil Gaiman (4/5/16)

21. A book from the Goodreads Recommendations page: TBD

22. The first book in a new to you series: Suicide Forest by Jeremy Bates

23. The next book in a series you are reading: TBD

24. A "between the numbers" book of a series (0.5, 1,5, 2.5, etc.): TBD

X 25. A book whose main character is in a profession that interests you: Frontier Teachers: Stories of Heroic Women of the Old West by Chris Enss (3/13/16)

26. A book everyone is talking about: TBD

27. A book with a beautiful title (in your own opinion): The Memory Weaver by Jane Kirkpatrick

X 28. A biography, autobiography, or memoir: She Looks Just Like You: A Memoir of (Nonbiological Lesbian) Motherhood by Amie Klempnauer Miller (2/21/16)

X 29. A book by an author who writes under more than one name: Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them by Newt Scamander (4/22/16)

X 30. A fairytale from a culture other than your own: One from The Girl Who Married the Moon: Tales from Native North America by Joseph Bruchac (1/22/16)

31. A work of young adult fiction: The Mysterious Benedict Society by Trenton Lee Stewart

32. A historical fiction book: TBD

33. The 16th book on your TBR: The Road by Cormac McCarthy

X 34. A book about mental illness: Sickened: The Memoir of a Munchausen by Proxy Childhood by Julie Gregory (01/06/16)

35. An award winning book: Dragonflight by Anne McCaffrey

36. An identity book - a book about a different culture, religion or sexual orientation: Hiding in Plain Sight by Zane Thimmesch-Gill

37. A book that you've seen the movie of but haven't read: The Children of Men by P.D. James

38. A book about an anti hero: The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie by Muriel Spark

X 39. A previous suggestion that did not make it into the list: (A short non-fiction): Darkness Visible: A Memoir of Madness by William Styron (4/27/16)

40. A novella from your favorite genre: A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens

41. A book about a major world event (fiction or non-fiction): Voices from Chernobyl: The Oral History of a Nuclear Disaster by Svetlana Alexievich

42. A top 100 fantasy novel: TBD

43. A book about a thing that goes bump in the night: TBD around Halloween

44. A book you're embarrassed to read in public: Fanny Hill, or Memoirs of a Woman of Pleasure by John Cleland

45. A book related to a hobby or passion you have: Into the Wild by Jon Krakauer

46. A crime story: Helter Skelter: The True Story of the Manson Murders by Vincent Bugliosi

47. A book with a type of food/drink in the title: Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe by Fannie Flagg

X 48. A dystopia: The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood (4/22/16)

49. A book with a great opening line: Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs

X 50. A book originally written in a language other than English: Autobiography of a Geisha by Sayo Masuda (3/28/16)

51. A short story from a well-known author: The Yellow Wall-Paper by Charlotte Perkins Gilman

52. A book published in 2016: TBD


message 2: by Mai (new)

Mai | 70 comments we got a few books in common for the challenge.

I read the road for this year's challenge and I quite enjoyed it.

I'm thinking about reading red Queen for week 3 as well but I haven't fully decided on whether to put it in the challenge or have it as a side read.


message 3: by Lisa (new)

Lisa (lisar87) | 35 comments Mai wrote: "we got a few books in common for the challenge.

I read the road for this year's challenge and I quite enjoyed it.

I'm thinking about reading red Queen for week 3 as well but I haven't fully deci..."


Week 3 was hard for me to decide on also! I ended up just going with whatever I had as my first option for a lot of them to avoid having to decide.


message 4: by Sarah (new)

Sarah King (KingBxth) I think there are quite a number of us reading Fried Green Tomatoes next year! It'll make for a fun discussion


message 5: by Francesca (new)

Francesca | 822 comments I'm another Fried Green Tomatoes reader for next year and I'm also reading 1984.

I read The Handmaid's Tale this year and it was fantastic, I loved it, and I read Down the Rabbit Hole this year which was surprisingly very good. I listened to it on audio book though so I was able to listen to it as I walked round and no one had any idea that I was reading/listening to it!

After reading Margaret Atwood last year, I now have two of her books on my list for next year which are The Blind Assassin and The Heart Goes Last. I look forward to hearing your views on Handmaid's Tale and Oryx and Crake (which I haven't read yet but plan to), and I look forward to discussing the shared books with you!


message 6: by Francesca (new)

Francesca | 822 comments King wrote: "I think there are quite a number of us reading Fried Green Tomatoes next year! It'll make for a fun discussion"

I'm really looking forward to that now! I don't think I had that many books on my list this year that a lot of other people would also be reading but this year there seems to be a few that a lot of people are all planning to read.


message 7: by Nicole (new)

Nicole I just finished reading Wild! It made me want to go on a 3 month hike (if only life allowed it!) and I felt so sad when her journey ended. I just had so much fun reading about her adventures on the PCT, I didn't want it to end!


message 8: by Lisa (new)

Lisa (lisar87) | 35 comments Francesca and King, I agree! I've seen Fried Green Tomatoes listed several times. I've been meaning to read it for quite a while now, so what better time?

I'm glad to hear that The Handmaid's Tale is a good read, also! I'm really looking forward to that one!


message 9: by Lisa (new)

Lisa (lisar87) | 35 comments Nicole, I felt the same way after watching the movie. After I bought it I watched it kind of obsessively. I would love to be able to get away for that long and hike! I'm excited to finally start reading the book!


message 10: by Raeann (new)

Raeann (broadwaypants) | 105 comments We have a few books in common, and even more authors! I snagged The Girl Who Married the Moon from Anastasia's list so it's awesome to see it on your list, too! Plus we're both reading Down the Rabbit Hole and Miss Peregrine's Home for the same weeks, so that will be great!


message 11: by Lisa (new)

Lisa (lisar87) | 35 comments I actually got the ideas for Down the Rabbit Hole and The Girl Who Married the Moon from your plan, I think, Raeann! We have a few others in common too that I'm noticing now though (Little House, Red Tent, Miss Peregrine's...)! I'm looking forward to being able to discuss them. :)


message 12: by Raeann (new)

Raeann (broadwaypants) | 105 comments Awesomesauce!! Now I'm even more excited. It'll be great to have so many books to talk about!


message 13: by Manda (new)

Manda (BookWenchManda) | 1672 comments I'm loving your list. It's so diverse :)


message 14: by Lisa (new)

Lisa (lisar87) | 35 comments Thanks, Manda! I love reading just about anything, and tried to fit something in for every mood! :)


message 15: by Laura, Celestial Sphere Mod (new)

Laura | 2266 comments Mod
I'm also reading Oryx and Crake for the same week and I'm looking forward to it. I loved The Handmaid's Tale so hopefully she's an author I'll consistently love.

Wild was one of my favorites from this year. Hopefully you like it as much I did :)


message 16: by Raeann (new)

Raeann (broadwaypants) | 105 comments So Down the Rabbit hole has come in through the bookdrop twice while I've been staffing it, and I ended up reading the first 30 pages! Totally by accident, too. Then I had to put it on the cart to get shelved, since that's kind of my job and I really should have been doing it instead of reading. XD But I definitely could have kept going if I had the time! I think it's going to be a really good read.


message 17: by Lisa (new)

Lisa (lisar87) | 35 comments Great news! Thanks for the info. I envy your job, though! Haha :)


message 18: by Marta (last edited Nov 16, 2015 01:45AM) (new)

Marta (Gezemice) | 697 comments Oh, great list! I read several this year, Was very impressed by The Handmaid's Tale, Margaret Atwood jumped into my list of favorites, planning to read Oryx and Crake as well! Carry On just arrived from Amazon, I discovered Rainbow Rowell this year, too, and me and my daughter are now addicts. She read Carry On yesterday in 3 hours!!! It is 520 pages....

Thinking of Dragonflight too, my daughter loves that series :) And raise my hand for Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe as well.


message 19: by Lisa (new)

Lisa (lisar87) | 35 comments Thank you. :) That's awesome! So many titles in common! I have been hearing great things on here about a few of the titles I chose, so I'm pretty excited about it.


Deidre(Dee) ~ Official Bookworm ~ (Deidre53) You love 'Little House In The Big Woods' too! I really enjoyed their determination to survive the harsh winters there, and the relationship between Laura, and her Dad. I've never read '1984' by George Orwell, so could you let me know how you go? I'm thinking of reading it at some stage:)


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 Sinéad  O'Brien (sinead89) | 13 comments I'm reading The Red Tent for Rory's book challenge too!

If you like dystopian/spec-fic, you're going to love Oryx and Crake. It's one of my favourite series by one of my favourite authors. You'll also really enjoy Brave New World for the same reasons!


message 22: by Lisa (new)

Lisa (lisar87) | 35 comments Deidre(Dee) ~Young At Heart Mom~ wrote: "You love 'Little House In The Big Woods' too! I really enjoyed their determination to survive the harsh winters there, and the relationship between Laura, and her Dad. I've never read '1984' by Geo..."

I love the whole Little House series! I will let you know how '1984' is! I've been meaning to read anything by George Orwell for the longest time. I already own several of his books, but have never gotten around to reading any of them.


message 23: by Lisa (new)

Lisa (lisar87) | 35 comments Sinéad wrote: "I'm reading The Red Tent for Rory's book challenge too!

If you like dystopian/spec-fic, you're going to love Oryx and Crake. It's one of my favourite series by one of my ..."


I'm pretty excited about The Red Tent, actually. It's been hard for me not to start it early! And I do really enjoy dystopian, so I'm glad to hear that these are good choices! :)


message 24: by Zaz (new)

Zaz | 3469 comments I really enjoyed the atmosphere of The Road, not so much the writing, so I'm curious about his other books but not appealed. It will be interesting to see how you like it and Blood Meridian :)

We'll both read Oryx and Green Tomatoes and I'll try to "side-read" Red Queen, 1984 and The Handmaid. The sequel of Miss Peregrine’s Home is scheduled too, so I'll give a feedback about it.


message 25: by Lisa (new)

Lisa (lisar87) | 35 comments Zaz wrote: "I really enjoyed the atmosphere of The Road, not so much the writing, so I'm curious about his other books but not appealed. It will be interesting to see how you like it and Blood Meridian :)

We'..."


I'm really excited for Blood Meridian. I just feel an obligation to read The Road because I enjoyed the movie. A lot of the books on my list I feel like I should have already read long ago! Motivation!


message 26: by Zaz (new)

Zaz | 3469 comments I totally understand the feeling, this year I read for the first time HG Wells! I've several well known dystopias I need to check so I'll try to do it in 2016.


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