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Editado: Nov 1, 2011, 6:55pm

Even though I didn't get any where close to my goals for my 2010 challenge I still plan to attempt the 2011 challenge. I want to start by reading one book in each category and doing a step challenge ending the year with 66 books read.
2011 Categories are;
Categories for 2011 are as follows:

1. Banned Book: Complete
1. Canterbury Tales read 1-31-2011

2. Catholic Writers: Complete
1. Go in Peace read 10-10-2011
2. The Lamb's Supperand Study Guide for The Lamb's Supper read 12-30-2010

3. Poems: Complete
1. Idyll's of the King read 4-23-2011
2. Sonnets from the Portuguese read 3-14-2011
3. Robert Browning's Shorter Poems read 11-1-2011

4. Operas: Complete
1. L'Elisir D'Amore read 12-28-2010
2. Don Carlo read 12-28-2010
3. La Fille Du Regiment read 12-28-2010
4. Manon Lescaut read 12-23-2010

5.Horror: Complete
1. Dracula read 2-14-2011
2. Frankenstien read 2-13-2011
3. Dr. Jekyell and Mr. Hyde read 1-3-2011
4. Cask of Amontillado read 1-31-2011
5. The Invisible Man read 1-07-2011

Editado: Nov 5, 2011, 2:15am

6. Humor: Complete
Oh well you know women! AND Isn't that just like a man. read 1-29-2011
Life of the Party read 8-31-2011
A Man of Means read 11-05-2011
Flatland read 1-03-2011
A Guide to Men read 6-03-2011
Laughing Stock read 7-26-2011

7. Plays: Complete
The Unicorn from the stars read 1-10-2011
Becket and other plays read 8-27-2011
A Long Day's Journey into Night read 12-27-2010
A Streetcar Named Desire read 12-29-2010
The Glass Menagerie read 12-29-2010
What Every Woman Knows read 8-28-2011
Oscar Wilde: The Importance of Being Earnest and other plays read 8-27-2011

Editado: Nov 6, 2011, 1:16am

8. Audio Books: Complete
1. Lavender and old Lace heard 12-14-2010
2. How to Live on 24 Hours a Day Heard 12-12-2010
3. The Happy Prince and Other Tales Heard 12-26-2010
4. The Murder of Roger Ackroyd heard 12-28-2010
5. Starman's Quest Heard 12-31-2010
6. Four Max Carrados Detective Stories Heard 1-06-2011
7. Brain Twister heard 1-10-2011
8. Literary Taste and How to Form It heard 1-17-2011

9. Useful Stuff: Complete
1. Paint Techniques for Home Decorating read 9-11-2011
2. Ladies Book of Useful Information Read 12-09-2010
3. Ladies Work Book read 12-09-2010
4. Bookbinding and The Care of Books read 4-30-2011
5. Book Repair and Restoration read 5-29-2011
6. Hand Loom and Weaving read 1-08-2011
7. The Guide To Reading read 1-10-2011
8. Marketing Shortcuts read 8-11-2011
9. The United States Declaration of Independence, The Constitution of the United States of America, The United States Bill of Rights read 11-06-2011

Editado: Nov 1, 2011, 7:12pm

10. Recommended: Complete
1. Ellery Queen and the 8th Day read 9-11-2011
2. The Shepherd, The Angel, and Walter the Christmas Miracle Dog read 12-29-2010
3. Growing up Catholic read 1-08-2011
4. Blind Man's Alley read 2-06-2011
5. Cherry Cheesecake Murder read 8-30-2011
6. Jesus and the Jewish Roots of the Eucharist 3-22-2011
7. A Wrinkle in Time read 10-05-2011
8. Bobby Darin: A Life read 5-08-2011
9. Body in the Gazebo read 8-4-2011
10. Saints Preserved read 8-24-2011

Editado: Ago 28, 2011, 9:35pm

11. Mysteries: Complete
1. Eight Stokes of the Clock read 1-20-2011
2. Three Bedrooms, Two Baths, One Very Dead Corpse read 12-29-2010
3. The Wyvern Mystery read 1-06-2011
4. Where There's a Will read 1-12-2011
5. Gambit read 1-27-2011
6. The Cat who Turned On and Off read 1-21-2011
7. The Cat who went Bananas read 1-22-2011
8. The Body in the Library read 1-20-2011
9. Curtains for Three read 1-28-2011
10. Death Comes at the End read 2-06-2011
11. Five Little Pigs read 2-03-2011

These will be filled in at a later date. I have to dig through my stack on see what I NEED to read so I can get more books.

Dic 4, 2010, 8:43am

Interesting categories. I just downloaded Flatland from Gutenberg and have it on my TBR. I read it years ago, I think, but I'm curious about how I will seem from a more, ahem, mature age. And I'll watch for your conclusions on how classic horror ages. I recently read Frankenstein and the Poe, and I found them awfully tame, but looking back in time, imagining them being read aloud in a dark room lit by candlelight to listeners with no modern expectations, they must have been quite exciting.

Editado: Dic 12, 2010, 6:02pm

All the books for this Challenge I already own. Therefore I should be able not only to finish the challenge, since I don't have to wait for any books, but it will help bring down my TBR pile by at least 66 books.

Editado: Ene 7, 2011, 12:17am

1. I just Had to read The Ladies Book of Useful Information. Most of the information was taken from government pamphlets, and other articles. It was meant to be given to a girl when she turned twelve and it was designed to carry her through to old age. It covered everything from skin and hair care to finding a good husband, setting up house, childbirth, and taking care of the family. There were recipes for household cleaners as well as cures for what ailed ya. I found it very interesting and really enjoyed this peek into the past. And though quite a lot has changed over all it's not that different.

Editado: Ene 7, 2011, 12:18am

2. The Ladies Work Book was a beginners book for knitting, crochet and netting. Though it was a good book for this, I already knew the information in this book. I had hoped it would contain more challenging projects.

Dic 14, 2010, 4:29am

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Editado: Ene 7, 2011, 12:18am

3. How to live on 24 hours a Day was a really good book. I liked the info on finding what you want to do and making the time to do it. The author Arnold Bennett himself was a reader so you know I clicked with him right off the bat. The Reader for this was great and read it as though he himself was the author. I plan to listen to this book again.

Editado: Ene 7, 2011, 12:18am

4. Lavender and Old Lace is the kind of book you read on a warm spring day, sitting in the garden reclining on a comfy chaise, with a pot of tea and some biscuits. A wonderful tale of love lost and found , young love, lost love and finding out that blood has nothing to do with family.

Editado: Ene 7, 2011, 12:19am

5. Manon Lescaut loves the Chevalier Des Grieux, when he has money. And when he doesn't she loves whoever does. Of Course the Chevalier loves Manon knowing full well that once his money is gone so is she. Still he tries his best to get money and hold on to Manon. But in the end he fails at both.

Editado: Ene 7, 2011, 12:19am

6. I really enjoyed The Happy Prince and Other Tales by Oscar Wilde. They were heart warming and heart tugging. I plan on reading these again and again.

Editado: Ene 7, 2011, 12:19am

7. Poor Blanche DuBois she takes a Streetcar Named Desire to her sister's and discovers that Stella is living in a tiny two room apartment. Stella's husband Stanley is furious when he finds that his wife's family home, Belle Reve, had been heavily mortgaged and as a result lost. He was expecting to receive half of his wife's inheritance and blames Blanche for his loss. In his anger he thoroughly destroyed her as an act of revenge.

Editado: Ene 7, 2011, 12:19am

8. Nemorino is convinced that Dr. Dulcamara's L'Elisir d'Amore will cause Adina to fall in love with him. Adina decides to torment him by marrying Sgt. Belcore. But when Nemorino's uncle dies Adina finds she has competition for the first time. And not only that but to speed up the effects of the elixir Nemorino joins the army to get enough money for a second bottle.

Editado: Ene 7, 2011, 12:20am

9. Marie is La Fille du Regiment and finds that having an entire army regiment as fathers make her love life difficult, especially when she falls for a young civilian peasant named Tonio. But when the Marquise of Berkenfield claims Marie as her long lost niece and arranges a marriage with the son of the Duchess of Krackenthorp, Marie feels lost, till the regiment comes to her rescue and who has joined the regiment? None other than Tonio.

Editado: Ene 7, 2011, 12:20am

10. King Philip II of Spain has betrothed his son Don Carlo to Elizabeth daughter of King Henry II of France. Carlo and Elizabeth are truly in love with each other and happy at the idea of being joined together. But King Philip decides to take Elizabeth for himself. Don Carlo asks to leave Spain and wants one last visit with the Queen but The Princess of Eboli, thinking that Don Carlo loves her keeps the appointment. When she finds out it is the Queen he expected she vows revenge. Through her treasonous act the King discovers his wife's love and confronts Don Carlo.

Editado: Ene 7, 2011, 12:20am

11. In The Shepherd, The Angel, and Walter the Christmas Miracle Dog, Dave Barry recounts Christmas, 1960, when he was playing a shepherd in the Christmas play and the ceiling of the church fell in with the help of lots of bats and a very big dog named Walter.

Editado: Ene 7, 2011, 12:21am

12. I really liked the Questions for Reflection and Discussion in the Study Guide for the Lamb's Supper by Scott Hahn. The references to the Catechism of the Catholic Church and the Scripture verses were very helpful. The song was a real nice touch.

Editado: Ene 7, 2011, 12:21am

13. The Starman's Quest by Robert Silverberg
Allan's ship will on Earth for about a week and that gives Allan time to go to the Earth city to look for his twin brother, Steve, who jumped ship the last time the ship was on Earth, 6 weeks earlier. Only problem was that 9 years has since passed on earth in that 6 weeks and Steve is now 26 years old biologically. Having lived his entire 17 years aboard ship Allan was not prepared for the ways of the earthers or their attitude towards the starman.

Editado: Ene 7, 2011, 12:21am

14. To me the horror of The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde wasn't the cruelty of Edward Hyde but rather Dr. Jekyll's voluntary surrender to the darker side of his persona and then his disparate fight to gain control once again. We are Mr. Utterson watching our friend going through what, we never truly understand, until the end when Dr, Jekyll finally revels the horror of his existence to us much to late.

Editado: Ene 7, 2011, 12:22am

15. In Flatland A Square not only tries to explain his existence to a Line but attempts to conceive the existence of a Sphere. And just as the Line was unable to comprehend a Square, he was unwilling to perceive the Sphere. Once the Sphere lifted him off his Plane and took him "up" into space the Square could see his two dimensional world below him. He attempts to enlighten the others to the third-dimension but winds up being imprisoned to keep him quiet. It was a fun book to read.

Editado: Ene 7, 2011, 12:22am

16. The Wyvern Mystery was so dull that I finally had to put it down. This is what I imagine a Victorian three volume novel was like. I may give it a try in a couple of years. But I'm done with it this year.

Ene 6, 2011, 8:14am

I just recently read The Dot and the Line and now you have me curious about Flatland. Thanks for the review.

Ene 6, 2011, 11:56am

Have you read any other books by Scott Hahn? I haven't read any of his books, but I have seen him on EWTN, and he seems pretty insightful to me.

Loved your review of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. I have been wanting to read that for a long time.

Editado: Ene 6, 2011, 7:01pm

I have only read The Lamb's Supper so far and it was great. I have Hail, Holy Queen and Reasons to Believe on my wish list. Currently I am using his Bible study classes found online at and find his style easy to read and understand. You can get an idea of his writing there.

Ene 6, 2011, 9:25pm

Thanks for the tip about the Bible study online. I have been doing a Bible study at Church with dvds by Jeff Cavins, and it is really interesting. I am still slowly trying to read the whole Bible. Maybe by the end of 2012! :)

Editado: Ene 7, 2011, 12:29am

17. In the Four Max Carrados Detective Stories Carlisle learns that his school chum, Max Carrados, was blinded in an accident. But with the use of his other senses and the help of Porter, his butler, he can "see" what other have over looked. This turns out to be very helpful to Carlisle, a private investigator, in solving crimes.

Ene 7, 2011, 4:21pm

18. The horror of the Invisible Man was his decline into madness. And when he decides to let loose a reign of terror on a small village they fear there is little that can be done to stop him.

Editado: Ene 8, 2011, 7:16pm

19. Growing up Catholic
Being Catholic is not something you do on Wednesday and Sundays, it is a way of life and this book explains that in a laugh out loud with tears running down your face way.

Ene 9, 2011, 12:47am

20. Hand-Loom Weaving: A Manual for School and Home Has lots of good info in it and I really liked the hammock. I plan on making the face cloths from bias cut cheese cloth and the dish cloth made from cotton twine. The children's weaving games, songs and stories suggested at the end of the book sound like they would have been fun.

Ene 11, 2011, 12:13am

21. The Pocket University Volume XXIII A Guide to Reading by Dr. Lyman Abbott, Asa Don Dickinson
Has good ideas on how to get the most out of your reading an it also has a 15 minute a day, one year day-by-day reading list. I have to check out some of the authors and books but it looks interesting.

Ene 13, 2011, 2:09am

22. Where There's a Will
Noel Hawthorne leaves his sister June an apple, May a pear, a peach to April and one hundred thousand to his wife. So where does the other 7 million go? To his lover Naomi Karn. And what does that have to do with Nero? First he is to negotiate with Naomi to give the wife more money, second find out who killed Nolan and third find out who killed Naomi. Wolfe hates the job but he needs the fee.

Ene 17, 2011, 4:47pm

23. Literary Taste and How to Form It goes through the whys and hows of reading poetry and prose. He also has suggestions for books to build a personal library. So I've got some new authors and books to check out.

Ene 17, 2011, 6:59pm

>35 LA12Hernandez: That sounds like an interesting book. I sent myself an email at work because I discovered that we have a copy on the shelf. I will at least browse through it and probably check it out.

Ene 17, 2011, 7:31pm

I like Arnold Bennett's writing style I also have his How to live on 24 hours a day, I haven't read any of his stories yet but I have an eye out for one.

Ene 20, 2011, 5:03pm

24. When the Bantry's find The Body in the Library no one knows who she is or how she got there. So the first thing Mrs. Bantry does is call Miss Marple. Once the police start investigating they find lots of suspects but one who could have committed the murder. Then the second murder is discovered and Miss Marple knows who did it but not how to prove it.

Ene 21, 2011, 2:27pm

25. The Cat Who Turned On and Off was a cute story. Qwill thought he had a good heart warming story for Christmas but his editor wanted a fluff piece for Christmas. Still the two "accidental" death didn't set right with him. With KoKo's help he sets out to find out what really happened in Junktown.

Ene 22, 2011, 10:40pm

26. The Cat Who Went Bananas was boring and dull. I finished it hoping that it would get better but it didn't. Though I enjoyed the last book this was definitely not one of the better Cat Who... books.

Ene 27, 2011, 3:49pm

27. Gambit was too easy to guess. But like Nero you couldn't prove it. The frame up was perfect, the motive was flimsy, and the evidence was non-existent.

Ene 29, 2011, 1:36pm

28. Curtain for Three is a collection of three short Nero Wolfe stories. 1. The Gun with Wings, my favorite cause it's has a surprise motive. 2. Bullet for One, was used as a base for a "Bulldog Drommond" radio episode. As I read it I knew it was familiar. 3. Disguise for Murder. was a great switch-up.

Ene 30, 2011, 8:56pm

29. I found the Canterbury Tales by the higher Classes easier to read then the lower class ones. Chaucer really gave each character his own voice by using their own slang and words. Very cool.

Ene 31, 2011, 3:08am

30. I didn't know that the Cask of Amontillado was so short or that Montresor could be so cold hearted. He was truly the villian in this story having no empathy for his victim thinking only of his hurt pride. and poor Fortunato the victim to be buried alive and left to die.

Feb 3, 2011, 11:54pm

31. The Five Little Pigs Poirot is asked to look into a 16 year old open and shut murder case. All the evidence said Caroline poisoned her cheating husband and everyone accepted that but Poirot.

Editado: Feb 6, 2011, 2:00pm

32. Blind Man's Alley starts out slow but once you get past the set up things moved pretty quick. Duncan's defense of Rafael draws Leah Roth's attention. And draws Him into her world of High stakes real estate.

33. Death Comes at the End Renisenb returns to her father's house after husband of 8 years dies. At first she feels like she never left what with her brothers fighting and her father arranging another husband for her. But the deaths change everything especially her safety.

Editado: Mar 15, 2011, 2:05am

34. Frankenstein had no more empathy for his creation, then his creation had for him. Once he realized that he created a monster he believed he could simply turn his back on it and the creature would cease to exist. This was the real down fall of Dr. Frankenstein. Wanting to exist as a man was the creature"s.

Feb 13, 2011, 9:05pm

You are really zooming along with your reading!

Editado: Mar 15, 2011, 2:06am

35. Sonnets from the Portuguese I don't know why I haven't read this sooner. I loved this book and will be reading it again.

Mayo 3, 2011, 1:04am

36. Idyll's of the King has always been a favorite book of mine. I first read it in High School and have loved it every since. Every time I read this book I find something new in it.

Editado: Mayo 29, 2011, 2:57am

37. Since I make my own journals I found Book Binding and the Care of Books very informative. Lots of good tips.

Mayo 8, 2011, 6:49pm

UGH! I show 43 books read and only 37 reviewed. I need to do better.

Editado: Mayo 29, 2011, 3:04am

38. Book Repair and Restoration Had lots of good tips for fixing old books, including how to fix a broken binding, loose signatures, and worn covers. I found it very useful when I needed to fix a book for my niece.

Ago 27, 2011, 9:18pm

38. Bobby Darin; A Life
I have always been a fan of Bobby Darin's and this book was great. I only wish there were more pictures.

Editado: Sep 11, 2011, 4:24pm

39. Dracula
I wish the movies followed the book better. The book was very creepy. The movies just try to frighten but the book was a mental thriller.

Ago 27, 2011, 9:21pm

40. A guide to men
This was so funny. The more things change the more they stay the same.

Editado: Sep 11, 2011, 4:27pm

41. The Plays by Oscar Wilde I love the line in Earnest where Lady Bracknell tells Jack "To lose one parent, Mr. Worthing may be regarded as a misfortune: to lose both looks like carelessness."

Editado: Ago 27, 2011, 10:21pm

I have actually read 54 books in this challenge. I may be able to finish this challenge after all.

Ago 28, 2011, 9:40pm

42. What Every Woman Knows
Maggie save her husband John from himself and in doing so saves his career.

Ago 28, 2011, 11:58pm

Wow, I have 9 books left and I'll actually finish this challenge. I still have till 11-11-2011.

Ago 31, 2011, 6:58pm

43. The Cherry Cheesecake Murder, Everyone in town is excited about the movie crew. But The director isn't the easiest man to work with.

Sep 11, 2011, 4:00pm

44. Ellery Queen and the Eight day was a bit of a disappointment. Ellery gets lost in the desert and finds a paradise that turns out to be a mirage.

Sep 11, 2011, 4:05pm

45. Painting Techniques for Home Decorating lots of great ideas and painting tips.

Sep 11, 2011, 4:37pm

I just went through my reading journal and found the books I haven't written a review for. Most of them weren't really worth the time. But here are a few that were.

46. Mr. Leary was The Life of the Party and had a wonderful time at the costume party. That is until he tried to get home. Then he found himself on the streets dressed as a three year old. Bummer

Sep 11, 2011, 4:43pm

47. Long Days Journey into Night
Shows the effect an addictive parent can have on a family.

Oct 4, 2011, 3:18pm

47. The Longest Trip Home read Oct. 4,2011

Nov 1, 2011, 6:57pm

48. Robert Browning's Shorter Poems read 11-1-2011
I never read much Browning before, but these made me want more.

Editado: Nov 5, 2011, 2:18am

50. A Man of Means Loved the way things always worked out when the world was trying to take advantage of Roland.

Nov 5, 2011, 11:14pm

Congrats on finishing!

Nov 6, 2011, 1:18am

Thanks, It's the first category challenge I've ever finished. I had planned to start the 12-12 on 12-12-2012 but I may start now.

Nov 6, 2011, 1:21am

I finished my 11-11 Step Challenge, my 100 Books in 2011 Challenge, 50 books for the Off the Shelf Challenge and 4 different series for the Series Challenge. I am in total shock because I have never finished any of the challenges I've tried before.
I will be doing the 12-12 and the 100 books in 2012. I have to go through my TBR pile before I decide how many books I want to read for the Off the Shelf Challenge.

Nov 6, 2011, 2:02am

Congratulations! All that and it's still only early November!

Nov 6, 2011, 9:43am


Nov 6, 2011, 12:28pm

Congrats, and I look forward to seeing you at the 12 in 12!

Nov 6, 2011, 7:52pm

Congratulations of completing this challenge, along with your other challenges. A successful year.

Nov 6, 2011, 8:09pm

Congratulations on finishing all those challenges! Looking forward to seeing your 2012 reading!

Nov 7, 2011, 8:13am

Well done! Congratulations!

Nov 7, 2011, 9:42am

WOW.... new role model right here! Congrats!