Full House Reading Challenge 2015



Library book:  City of Savages  by: Lee Kelly
A top book of 2015 for you:  The Martian  by: Andy Weir
You heard about the book online:  Shadow and Bone  by: Leigh Bardugo
Set in the southern hemisphere:  Life in Outer Space  by: Melissa Keil  (Australia)
Published in 2015:  Go Set a Watchman  by: Harper Lee
Novella:  The Little Prince  by: Antoine de Saint Exupery
Setting that you now want to visit:  
Award winning:  A Dance with Dragons  by: George R.R. Martin
First in a series:  The Rosie Project  by: Graeme Simsion  (Don Tillman series)
A keeper:
Author outside your own country:  J.K. Rowling (The Casual Vacancy)
Book by author you really like:  The Hypnotist's Love Story  by: Liane Moriarty
Published 2000-2013:  Major Pettigrew's Last Stand  by: Helen Simonson  (2010)
Outstanding hero/heroine:  
Won or borrowed:  The Dead Zone  by: Stephen King
Book set in northern hemisphere:  Someday, Someday, Maybe  by: Lauren Graham  (USA)
Debut novel:  The Girl on the Train  by: Paula Hawkins
Published pre-2000:  The Dead Zone  by: Stephen King (1980)
Author new to you:  Rosamund Hodge (Cruel Beauty)
Second book or more in a series:  First Frost  by: Sarah Addison Allen (#2 in Waverly Family series)
Been on your TBR list "forever": 
Published in 2014:  Bird Box  by: Josh Malerman
Type of book you rarely or never read: 
You love the cover: Illusions of Fate  by: Kiersten White

Updated: 8/5/15


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What's in a Name? 2015



The challenge runs from January to December. During this time you choose a book to read from each of the following categories:
  • A word including ‘ing’ in it:  The Paying Guests  by: Sarah Waters
  • A colour: The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender  by: Leslye Walton
  • A familial relation:
  • A body of water:
  • A city:
  • An animal:  Half Broke Horses  by: Jeannette Walls








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2014 Review



Challenges in which I participated:
Where Are You Reading?  My Map
What's in a Name? (finished 1 of 5)
Dystopia Reading Challenge (finished 4 of 7)
R.I.P. IX (finished 3 of 4)


# of books read:
58
Down from 60 in 2013, down from 75 in 2012, up from 39 in 2011, 30 in 2010, 28 in 2009, & 48 in 2008.  Down from 81 in 2007.

My favorites (in the order I read them):
Trim Healthy Mama  by: Serene C. Allison
The Fault in Our Stars  by: John Green
Room  by: Emma Donoghue
Big Little Lies  by: Liane Moriarty
Memoirs of an Imaginary Friend  by: Matthew Dicks
All the Light We Cannot See  by: Anthony Doerr
Outlander  by: Diana Gabaldon

Most recommended:
Room  by: Emma Donoghue

Least favorite:
The Ocean at the End of the Lane  by: Neil Gaimon

# of non-fiction:
3

Repeated authors:
Cassandra Clare (6) (Mortal Instruments)
AnnaLisa Grant (3) (The Lake)
Maggie Steifvater (5) (including The Wolves of Mercy Falls)
Liane Moriarty (3)
Amanda Hocking (4) (Watersong)
Lauren Oliver (2)
Alice Hoffman (2)









R.I.P. IX



I welcome you to join us.
September 1st is right around the corner. It is time to begin.
Mystery.
Suspense.
Thriller.
Dark Fantasy.
Gothic.
Horror.
Supernatural.
Or anything sufficiently moody that shares a kinship with the above.
That is what embodies the stories, written and visual, that we celebrate with the R.eaders I.mbibing P.eril event.
As time has wound on I’ve honed this event down to two simple rules:
1. Have fun reading (and watching).2. Share that fun with others.


I'm so excited about the R.I.P. Challenge this year!  I'm going to do Peril the First  - read 4 books. I may also watch a movie on Halloween, although I'm not usually into "scary" movies.  I will also read some short stories from the book Spooky South.

Here's my list:

1.  Nine Coaches Waiting  by: Mary Stewart
2.  The Ocean at the End of the Lane  by: Neil Gaimon
3.  The Vanishing  by: Wendy Webb
4.  'Salem's Lot  by: Stephen King








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I Capture the Castle

I Capture the Castle
By: Dodie Smith
Published: 1948
# of pages: 343

Official description: 
I Capture the Castle tells the story of seventeen-year-old Cassandra and her family, who live in not-so-genteel poverty in a ramshackle old English castle. Here she strives, over six turbulent months, to hone her writing skills. She fills three notebooks with sharply funny yet poignant entries. Her journals candidly chronicle the great changes that take place within the castle's walls, and her own first descent into love. By the time she pens her final entry, she has "captured the castle"--and the heart of the reader--in one of literature's most enchanting entertainments.
My opinion:  I loved the first half of this book, but not the second half.  And I really didn't like how it ended.  Cassandra is an enchanting narrator and it is neat to watch her growing up throughout the book, which is written as her journal.  Her honest musings made me laugh at times and gave me great respect for her at other times.  However, she just isn't as fun after she grows up and I found the love story in the book to be predictable.

Why I gave this book 4/5 stars:  Great main character, halfway unique story and halfway not.  Didn't like the ending.

Other reviews:
Have you reviewed this? Let me know and I'd be happy to post yours as well.








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2013 Review



Sure enough, I didn't read as many books this year as I did last year since I wasn't reading while nursing, but I still managed to read more than in previous years. I read more non-fiction this year than I ever have before (not including school).  

Next year I'm hoping to read at least as many books as I did this year and will hopefully complete more challenges.

What's in a Name? 6  (finished 4 of 6)
The Dystopia Challenge  (finished 10 of 15)
50 States Challenge  (finished 14 of 50)
R.I.P. VIII  (completed 4 of 4)

# of books read:
60
Down from 75 in 2012, up from 39 in 2011, 30 in 2010, 28 in 2009, & 48 in 2008.  Down from 81 in 2007.

My favorites (in the order I read them):
A Storm of Swords  by: George R.R. Martin

Most recommended:

Least favorite:
Proof of Heaven  by: Eben Alexander

# of non-fiction:
10

Repeated authors:
Allie Condie (3) (Matched series)
Lauren DeStefano (2) (The Chemical Garden series)(Internment series)
Gillian Flynn (2)
Hugh Howey (2) (Wool series)
Marie Lu (2) (Legend series)
George R.R. Martin (2) (A Song of Ice and Fire series)
Kate Morton (2)

Dystopia Reading Challenge 2014




Rules
> The challenge will run from January 1, 2014 to December 31, 2014. Each month will have its own link form so you will be able to share your book reviews. You do not have to review the books you read to participate, but only those who read/reviewed at least one dystopian book will be able to participate in the giveaway (you can track your reading without the reviews with Goodreads, Shelfari etc.).
> Books that count in this challenge must include any form of post-apocalyptic theme (book sites like Goodreads are good sources of genre information). The books must be full-length.
> All formats allowed.
Rereads allowed (but not the same book five times in a year!).
It does not matter whether it's a series or a stand-alone book.
If you are participating, grab the challenge button from below and post it on you blog. You can also make a post with the header (the code is also below). Please include the link back to this post so others will be able to participate as well.
If you will participate, put the sign-up link to your blog post (about the challenge) or blog (for the button) directly into the linky below. Sign-ups will be open until December 15, 2014.
You do not have to list your books in advance, go and do as you please. Read as many as you want and whenever you want, as long as you have fun!
Info about the giveaway will be available in December 2014.
> Do not cheat with books of other themes/genres/topics because I do check!

Levels
Level 1Recruit (1 to 6 books)
Level 2Rebel (7 to 12 books)
Level 3Revolutionist (13 to 18 books)
Level 4Leader (19+ books)



I've decided to try for Level 2: Rebel

1.  Dust  by: Hugh Howey
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What's in a Name? 2014



The challenge runs from January to December. During this time you choose a book to read from each of the following categories:


A reference to time:  The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time  by: Mark Haddon
A position of royalty:  His Majesty's Dragon  by: Naomi Novik
A number written in letters:  Ready Player One  by: Ernest Cline
A forename or names:  The Flight of Gemma Hardy  by: Margot Livesey
A type of element or weather:  Windhaven  by: George R.R. Martin & Lisa Tuttle


Extra information
  • Books can be any format (print, audio, ebook).
  • It’s preferred that the books don’t overlap with other challenges, but not a requirement at all.
  • Books cannot overlap categories (for instance my first example, Eleven Minutes, could be used for category 1 or 3 but not both).
  • Creativity for matching the categories is not only allowed, it’s encouraged!
  • You don’t have to make your list of books beforehand, you can choose them as you go.
  • You don’t have to read your chosen books in any particular order.








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Where Are You Reading 2014



I'm a geographer and a bookworm, so I'm super excited about this challenge!

How to get started

Set up a map under Google Maps (optional).  It is easy to do!  Every time you read a book in 2014, upload a cover picture to Picasa Web Albums (there may be other sites to use, feel free to use what works best for you).

ANDREA'S MAP









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What challenges are you participating in?

Let me know the challenge name and give me the link if you can!








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