Thursday, December 4, 2014

Another made up challenge

After looking at the top books of 2014 as determined by the users of Goodreads, I decided to challenge myself to read five of the top books from any five categories.

So these are the books I'm reading:
1. Landline by Rainbow Rowell (Best Fiction)
2. All the Light We Cannot See (Best Historical Fiction)
3. The Martian by Andy Weir  (Best Science Fiction)
4. The Romanov Sisters (Best History/Biography)
5. We Were Liars (YA Fiction)

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Updated TBR pile for 2015

2015 Version of my TBR list.

These are books that I own, either paper copies or on my Kindle, that I have had for at least a year. This list always grows faster than I can read them, but I hope to make a good dent in 2015.

Les Miserables by Victor Hugo
North and South by Gaskell
Law and Gospel by CFW Walther
Churchill by Paul Johnson
Swallows and Amazons by Arthur Ransome
The Bondage of the Will by Martin Luther
Dead Souls by Gogol
The Road to Serfdom by F.A. Hayek
Immortal Wife by Irving Stone
The Great Shame by Thomas Keaneally
Where Men Win Glory by Jon Krakauer
1491 by Charles C. Mann
The House of Morgan
The First Tycoon
The Fate of Africa
The Decline and Fall of the Ottoman Empire

Courage and Consequence
Known and Unknown
Decision Points by George W. Bush
Statecraft by Margaret Thatcher
Theodore Rex (or any of the Teddy Roosevelt books by Morris)

Wodehouse: A Life
John Adams by David McCullough
Thunderstruck by Erik Larsen
A Pirate of Exquisite Mind: The Life of William Dampier: Explorer, Naturalist, and Buccaneer by Diana Preston
Don Quixote
Anything Goes by Theodore Dalrymple 
The Examined Life by ""
Second Opinion by  "   "
The Policeman and the Brothel by  "  "
The Economics of Freedom by Bastiat
Typhoon by Joseph Conrad
She's Come Undone by Wally Lamb
The Shoemaker's Wife by Trigiani
Smoke and Mirrors by Neil Gaiman
The Redbreast by Jo Nesbo
Winter's Tale by Mark Helprin
An Account of Egypt by Herodotus
The House of the Whispering Pines by Anna Katherine Green
Evelina by Fanny Burney
The Way We Live Now by Anthony Trollope
The Wedding Gift by Marlen Suyapa Bodden
Containment by Christian Cantrell
Twice Told Tales by Nathaniel Hawthorne
The Custom of the Country by Edith Wharton
Summer by Edith Wharton
 The Oregon Trail: Sketches of prairie and Rocky Mountain Life by Frances Parkman
A Journal of the Plague year by Daniel Defoe
Shoeless Joe by Kinsella
Catherine the Great by Robert Massie
The City of Falling Angels by John Berendt
Nicholas and Alexandra by Massie
River of Doubt
Stardust by Neil Gaiman
The Things They Carried
The President and the Assasin
Lost States
How the States Got their Shapes
Tim Gunn's Fashion Bible
Neither Here Nor There by Bill Bryson
Ethan Frome
Sixpence in Her Shoe
Faust by Goethe
The Dark Monk by Oliver Potzsch
Collapse by Jared Diamond
The Path to Tyranny by Michael Newton
Starship Troopers by Robert Heinlein
Musicophilia by Oliver Sacks
Happy Days Were Here Again by WF Buckley, Jr.
Never Dies the Dream by Margaret Landon
The Child From the Sea by Elizabeth Goudge
Natural Law: A Lutheran Reappraisal
Women Pastors?

The Silmarillion by JRR Tolkien
Any Narnia aside from TLTWaTW
Land and Property Research in the United States
Venezia by Tessa Kiros
Mrs. Dalloway
The Art of the Commonplace by Wendell Berry
Broke by Glenn Beck
Cowards by Glenn Beck
The Great Hunt by Robert Jordan
The Dragon Reborn "
The Shadow Rising "
The Fires of Heaven "
Lord of Chaos " etc, etc, etc.
Dust by Hugh Howey
Shift by Hugh Howey
The Courts of Chaos by Roger Zelazny
Trumps of Doom by "  "
Blood of Amber by  "  "
Signs of Chaos by    "  "
Knight of Shadows by "  "
Prince of Chaos  by  "  "
Agatha H and the Airship City
The Sirens of Titan by Kurt Vonnegut
Watership Down
History of Tom Jones, A Foundling by Henry Fielding
The Path Between the Seas by David McCullough
Parallel Roads: Lost on Route 66 by Dennis Higgins
All Seated on the Ground by Connie Willis
No Name by Wilkie Collins
My Bondage and My Freedom by Frederick Douglass
Island of the Swans by Ciji Ware
Hotel Angeline: A Novel in 36 Voices
Winter Sea by Susanna Kearsley
Twice Told Tales by Nathaniel Hawthorne
Only Time Will Tell by Jeffrey Archer
Towards yesterday by Paul Jones
The Mine by John Heldt
The Time Traveler's Apprentice by Kelly Grant
Ishmael, or in the Depths By Emma Southworth
Danielle Kidnapped by John Silviera
Daybreak by Ingolfsson
The Gauguin Connection by Estelle Ryan
The Sea beggars by Cecelia Holland
Beautiful Day by Elin Hildebrand
The Group by Mary McCarthy
Anthem by Ayn Rand
The Boleyn Inheritance by Philippa Gregory
Collapse by Jared Diamond
The Time Traveler's Guide to medieval England
Everything's Eventual by Stephen King
The Gunslinger by Stephen King
Fragile Things by Neil Gaiman
A Voyage Long and Strange
The Good, the Bad, and the Mad
Rush Revere and the Brave Pilgrims
Gregor books 3,4,5
The Art of the Commonplace

2015 Reading Challenges

It's that time again! For me, the time of the year when I pick the next year's reading challenges is reminiscent of a new school year or picking new classes. I love thinking about what I'm going to read next year! I don't let my challenges rule me, but I do let them nudge me sometimes. And most of the time the books are well worth it.

I don't know how much reading I'll do in 2015, since I am starting a new business in January, and have two sons getting married, but I am going to proceed with my challenges, and see how it ends up. I also have several ongoing challenges, including my Filling in the Gaps challenge, which ends in December 2015.

Here are the challenges I am doing this coming year:

A little help from my friends 2015

This challenge is my challenge, for me. If anyone else wants to take part, that makes it more fun, but I'm going to do it.
So here's the challenge:
--In some way, get a list of book suggestions from your friends.
--From those suggestions choose between five and ten books that you will read in 2015.
--Make a list of the books that you will read and a few alternates. (I like some flexibility.)
--Copy the picture above, if you like, and post it on your blog. If you don't blog, join us anyway. Just let us know in the comments what you are reading and when you are done.
--Make a post on your blog where you will keep track of the books for this challenge, and link back to this post.
--Please post a comment below with  link to that blog post. Come back and post again when you've finished. Reviews aren't required but they're always fun!
--No book started before 1/1/2015 counts. Books can be used for other challenges.

I will do 10 again this year.

1. The Maze Runner by James Dashner
2. Peace Like a River by Leif Enger
3. The 19th Wife by David Ebershoff
4. Season of Saturdays by Michael Weinreb
5. A Little Book on Joy by Matthew Harrison, et al.
6. Margot by Jillian Cantor
7. 11/22/63 by Stephen King
8. The All-Girl Filling Station's Last Reunion by Fannie Flagg
9. Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein
10. Faith, Hope, and Ivy June by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor

1. The Thief by Megan Whalen Turner

2015 Eclectic reader

I love this challenge.

I'll be picking one book to fill each of these categories.

  1. Retellings (of fairytale, legends or myth)
  2.  A book set in a country starting with the letter S (eg. Sweden, Singapore, South Africa, Spain, Slovakia)
  3.  PI Crime (fiction featuring a private investigator)
  4.  A novel published before you were born
  5. Contemporary romance
  6. Fiction for foodies (fiction featuring food/food related business)
  7. Microhistory (Non Fiction)
  8. Science Fiction set in space
  9. Sports (Fiction or Non fiction)
  10. Featuring diversity
  11. Epistolary Fiction (fiction written in the format of letters/emails/diary entries)
  12. Middle Grade/YA Adventure

I Love Library Books

I'm so glad to have a library book challenge again this year!

I am going for the "just insert IV" level,  50 books.

2015 TBR Pile

This challenge. It makes me commit ahead of time. It makes me read things in spite of not being in the mood for them. And it is very good for me.

I will have my twelve books and two alternates--all books that I have had on my list for at least a year, and that I own--by the end of December.

1. Mrs. Dalloway  by Virginia Woolf
2. The Silmarillion by J.R.R. Tolkien
3. The Bondage of the Will by Martin Luther
4. Dead Souls by Gogol
5. Tom Jones by Henry Fielding
6. The Courts of Chaos by Roger Zelazny
7. Anthem by Ayn Rand
8. Shift by Hugh Howey
9. The Gauguin Connection by Estelle Ryan
10. The Great Hunt by Robert Jordan

1. The Things They Carried
2. Lost States