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1calm
Editado: Dic 24, 2011, 10:52am

Just getting set up. Categories will be:-

1 Ideas - Religion and Philosophy

2 The Past - Prehistory, Ancient History and History (non-fiction) COMPLETED

3 I Want to Know More - other non-fiction COMPLETED

4 Myth, Folklore and Legend - both original and retellings COMPLETED

5 Books in Translation - fiction translated into English COMPLETED

6 Around the World - contemporary fiction COMPLETED

7 The Way We Used To Live - historical fiction COMPLETED

8 Maybe - Fantasy and Science Fiction COMPLETED

9 Arthurian and Celtic Tales COMPLETED

10 It's a Mystery - stories with a twist. COMPLETED

11 It's About Time - Classic Fiction COMPLETED

I think that's it. I will be aiming for a minimum of five books per category and counting up to eleven (even if I read over that number)


COMPLETED




2calm
Editado: Dic 31, 2011, 1:55pm

Books Read List.

1) Homeland and other Stories by Barbara Kingsolver
2) The World Without Us by Alan Weisman
3) The Whirlpool by Jane Urquhart
4) The Tower and the Emerald by Moyra Caldecott
5) The Tenderness of Wolves by Stef Penney
6) Spirit : or The Princess of Bois Dormant by Gwyneth Jones
7) The Master and Margarita by Mikhail Bulgakov
8) Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen
9) The Bell at Sealey Head by Patricia A McKillip
10) The Corner That Held Them by Sylvia Townsend Warner
11) The Winter King by Bernard Cornwell
12) Weaveworld by Clive Barker
13) The Hound of the Baskervilles by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
14) The Normans and Their World by Jack Lindsay
15) Crow Lake by Mary Lawson
16) The Mouse God by Susan Curran
17) The Mind in the Cave by David Lewis-Williams
18) The Prodigy Project by by Douglas Flanders
19) Like Water For Chocolate by Laura Esquivel
20) Silas Marner by George Eliot
21) A Time For Everything by Karl Ove Knausgård
22) Old Man's War by John Scalzi
23) The Last Light of the Sun by Guy Gavriel Kay
24) Miss Smilla's Feeling For Snow by Peter Høeg
25) The genius of China : catalogue of an exhibition of archaeological finds of the People's Republic of China held at the Royal Academy, London by permission of the President and Council from 29 September 1973 to 23 January 1974 by William Watson
26) The Religious Experience of Mankind by Ninian Smart
27) The Flowers of Adonis by Rosemary Sutcliff
28) Remarkable Creatures by Tracy Chevalier
29) The Bhagavad Gita by Anonymous
30) Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
31) The Ghost Brigades by John Scalzi
32) The New York Trilogy by Paul Auster
33) Citadels of Mystery by L Sprague de Camp
34) Ambrosius Aureliana by Leon Mintz
35) The Last Colony by John Scalzi
36) Awakening by S J Bolton
37) The Lady in Blue by Javier Sierra
38) China by Edward L. Shaughnessy
39) When Christ and His Saints Slept by Sharon Kay Penman
40) Rose Madder by Stephen King
41) The Alienist by Caleb Carr
42) The Complete Idiot's Guide to Hinduism by Linda Johnsen
43) Affinity by Sarah Waters
44) How the Irish Saved Civilization : the Untold Story of Ireland's Heroic Role from the Fall of Rome to the Rise of Medieval Europe by Thomas Cahill
45) The Lollipop Shoes by Joanne Harris
46) The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini
47) The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
48) Vindication of the Rights of Women by Mary Wollstonecraft
49) Bending the Boyne by J. S. Dunn
50) Dust of Dreams by Steven Erikson
51) Sacrifice by S. J. Bolton
52) Animal Folk Tales Around the World by Kathleen Arnott
53) Rivers of London by Ben Aaronovitch
54) Death and the Penguin by Andrey Kurkov
55) Persian Fire by Tom Holland
56) Irish Fairy Tales by Padraic O'Farrell
57) Riddle of the Wren by Charles de Lint
58) Blood Harvest by S. J. Bolton
59) A Place of Greater Safety by Hilary Mantel
60) Company of Liars by Karen Maitland
61) Mansfield Park by Jane Austen
62) Mythangelus by Storm Constantine
63) The Crippled God by Steven Erikson
64) Theodora : actress, empress, whore by Stella Duffy
65) 84 Charing Cross Road by Helene Hanff
66) The Birth of Venus by Sarah Dunant
67) The Testament of Gideon Mack by James Robertson
68) The Red Tent by Anita Diamant
69) Books that Changed the World by Robert B. Downs
70) Prodigal Summer by Barbara Kingsolver
71) Angelology by Danielle Trussoni
72) The Bone People by Keri Hulme
73) Anansi Boys by Neil Gaiman
74) The Bloody Chamber by Angela Carter
75) So Many Ways to Begin by Jon McGregor
76) Blackberry Wine by Joanne Harris
77) Lucifer's Shadow by David Hewson
78) The End of Mr Y by Scarlett Thomas
79) Visitation by Jenny Erpenbeck
80) Watership Down by Richard Adams
81) Ghostwritten by David Mitchell
82) Emma by Jane Austen
83) If I Stay by Gayle Forman
84) A Distant Mirror by Barbara Tuchman
85) The Sky Mystery Magic and Myth by Jean-Pierre Verdet
86) The Wind-up Bird Chronicle by Haruki Murakami
87) King Arthur and his Knights of the Round Table by Roger Lancelyn Green
88) The Songlines by Bruce Chatwin
89) Enemy of God by Bernard Cornwell
90) The Circle Cast by Alex Epstein
91) The City of the Beasts by Isabel Allende
92) The Travels of Marco Polo by Marco Polo
93) A House for Mr Biswas by V. S. Naipul
94) Enchantment by Orson Scott Card
95) The Great Transformation : the world in the time of Buddha, Socrates, Confucius and Jeremiah by Karen Armstrong
96) Excalibur by Bernard Cornwell
97) Early Celtic Art in Britain and Ireland by Ruth and Vincent Megaw
98) The Snow Leopard by Peter Matthiessen
99) Borderliners by Peter Høeg
100) Silent Spring by Rachel Carson
101) The Suspicions of Mr. Whicher : or, The Murder at Road Hill House by Kate Summerscale
102) The Three Arthurs: History, Legend and Quest by Derek Bryce
103) Cannery Row by John Steinbeck
104) The Crystal Cave by Mary Stewart
105) A Very Long Engagement by Sebastien Japrisot
106) Pagans and Christians by Robin Lane Fox
107) The Hollow Hills by Mary Stewart
108) Celtic Heritage by Alwyn Rees and Brinley Rees
109) Persuasion by Jane Austen
110) Pooh and the Philosophers by John Tyerman Williams
111) A Study in Scarlet by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
112) Strange Things: the Malevolent North In Canadian Literature. by Margaret Atwood
113) The Last Enchantment by Mary Stewart
114) American Indian Myths and Legends by Richard Erdoes and Alfonso Ortiz
115) She-Wolves by Helen Castor
116) Theogony by Hesiod
117) Sisters of Sinai by Janet Soskice
118) Timaeus by Plato

Over Target Bonus Reads (not to be counted)

The Dark World by Henry Kuttner (category 8 -SF and fantasy)
The Cats of Seroster by Robert Westall (category 8 -SF and fantasy)
The Night Watch by Sarah Waters (category 7 - Historical)
If You Fall I Will Catch You by Eifion Jenkins (category 8 - SF and Fantasy)
The Gallows Curse by Karen Maitland (category 7 - Historical)
The Book of Atrix Wolfe by Patricia A. McKillip (category 8 - SF and Fantasy)
River Thieves by Michael Crummey (category 7 - Historical)


3calm
Editado: Dic 31, 2011, 1:56pm

Category 1 Ideas - Religion and Philosophy

1) The Religious Experience of Mankind by Ninian Smart (19 February - 13 March)

2) The Bhagavad Gita translated by Juan Mascaro (14 March - 20 March)

3) The Complete Idiot's Guide to Hinduism by Linda Johnsen (11 - 20 April)

4) The Great Transformation : the world in the time of Buddha, Socrates, Confucius and Jeremiah by Karen Armstrong (18 August - 7 September)

5) Pagans and Christians by Robin Lane Fox (15 October - 17 November)

6) Pooh and the Philosophers by John Tyerman Williams (27 - 29 November)

7) Theogony by Hesiod (14 - 15 December)

8) Timaeus by Plato (29 - 31 December)

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4calm
Editado: Dic 14, 2011, 8:19am

Category 2 The Past - Prehistory, Ancient History and History (non-fiction)

1) The Normans and Their World by Jack Lindsay (9 January - 10 February)

2) The Mind in the Cave by David Lewis-Williams (10 - 19 February)

3) The genius of China : catalogue of an exhibition of archaeological finds of the People's Republic of China held at the Royal Academy, London by permission of the President and Council from 29 September 1973 to 23 January 1974 by William Watson (5 - 11 March)

4) Citadels of Mystery by L. Sprague de Camp (20 - 27 March)

5) China by Edward L Shaughnessy (28 March - 11 April)

6) How the Irish Saved Civilisation by Thomas Cahill (20 - 23 April)

7) Persian Fire by Tom Holland (11 - 22 May)

8) A Distant Mirror by Barbara Tuchman (2 July - 7 August)

9) Early Celtic Art in Britain and Ireland by Ruth and Vincent Megaw (7 - 9 September)

10) Celtic Heritage by Alwyn Rees and Brinley Rees (17 - 27 November)

11) She-Wolves by Helen Castor (4 - 13 December)

5calm
Editado: Dic 24, 2011, 10:50am

Category 3 I Want to Know More - other non-fiction

1) The World Without Us by Alan Weisman (1 January - 9 January)

2) Vindication of the Rights of Women by Mary Wollstonecraft (23 - 30 April)

3) 84 Charing Cross Road by Helene Hanff (12 June)

4) Books that Changed the World by Robert B. Downs (14 June- 2 July)

5) The Songlines by Bruce Chatwin (8 - 14 August)

6) The Travels of Marco Polo by Marco Polo (14 - 31 August)

7) The Snow Leopard by Peter Matthiessen (9 - 23 September)

8) Silent Spring by Rachel Carson (23 - 30 September)

9) The Suspicions of Mr. Whicher : or, The Murder at Road Hill House by Kate Summerscale (2 - 9 October)

10) Strange Things: the Malevolent North In Canadian Literature. by Margaret Atwood (2 - 3 December)

11) Sisters of Sinai by Janet Soskice (16- 23 December)

6calm
Editado: Dic 6, 2011, 5:30am

Category 4 Myth, Folklore and Legend - both original and retellings

1) The Mouse God (Trojan War) by Susan Curran (14 - 17 February)

2) Animal Folk Tales Around the World by Kathleen Arnott (6 - 10 May)

3) Irish Fairy Tales by Padraic O'Farrell (3 - 14 May)

4) Mythangelus by Storm Constantine (14 May - 8 June)

5) The Red Tent by Anita Diamant (27 - 29 June)

6) Angelology by Danielle Trussoni (8 - 11 July)

7) Anansi Boys by Neil Gaiman (14 - 15 July)

8) The Bloody Chamber by Angela Carter (3 - 16 July)

9) The Sky : Mystery, Magic, and Myth by Jean-Pierre Verdet (6 - 8 August)

10) Enchantment by Orson Scott Card (31 August - 3 September)

11) American Indian Myths and Legends by Richard Erdoes and Alfonso Ortiz (15 May - 6 December)

7calm
Editado: Nov 14, 2011, 6:51am

Category 5 Books in Translation - fiction translated into English

1) The Master and Margarita by Mikhail Bulgakov (3 - 21 January)

2) Like Water For Chocolate by Laura Esquivel (19 - 20 February)

3) A Time For Everything by Karl Ove Knausgård (24 February - 1 March)

4) Miss Smilla's Feeling For Snow by Peter Høeg (5 - 9 March)

5) The Lady in Blue by Javier Sierra (31 March - 3 April)

6) Death and the Penguin by Andrey Kurkov (13 - 14 May)

7) Visitation by Jenny Erpenbeck (24 - 25 July)

8) The Wind-up Bird Chronicle by Haruki Murakami (5 - 10 August)

9) The City of the Beasts by Isabel Allende (21 - 23 August)

10) Borderliners by Peter Høeg (24 - 26 September)

11) A Very Long Engagement by Sébastien Japrisot (11 - 14 November)

8calm
Editado: Nov 19, 2011, 2:40pm

Category 6 Around the World - contemporary fiction

1) Homeland and other Stories by Barbara Kingsolver (1 January - 4 January)

2) Crow Lake by Mary Lawson (10 - 12 February)

3) The Prodigy Project by by Douglas Flanders (17 - 19 February)

4) The Lollipop Shoes by Joanne Harris (23 - 24 April)

5) The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini (24 - 25 April)

6) The Testament of Gideon Mack by James Robertson (17 - 19 June)

7) Prodigal Summer by Barbara Kingsolver (4 - 7 July)

8) The Bone People by Keri Hulme (11 - 13 July)

9) So Many Ways to Begin by Jon McGregor (15 - 18 July)

10) Blackberry Wine by Joanne Harris (18 - 20 July)

11) If I Stay by Gayle Forman (5 August)

plus more:)

9calm
Editado: Nov 19, 2011, 2:40pm

Category 7 The Way We Used To Live - historical fiction

1) The Whirlpool by Jane Urquhart (10 - 12 January)

2) The Corner That Held Them by Sylvia Townsend Warner (25 - 28 January)

3) The Flowers of Adonis by Rosemary Sutcliff (9 - 16 March)

4) Remarkable Creatures by Tracy Chevalier (16 - 17 March)

5) When Christ and His Saints Slept by Sharon Kay Penman (3 - 12 April)

6) Affinity by Sarah Waters (20 - 23 April)

7) Bending the Boyne by J. S. Dunn (28 April - 1 May)

8) A Place of Greater Safety by Hilary Mantel (14 - 27 May)

9) Company of Liars by Karen Maitland (27 - 30 May)

10) Theodora : actress, empress, whore by Stella Duffy (12 June)

11) The Birth of Venus by Sarah Dunant (14 - 17 June)

Over Target Bonus Reads (not to be counted)

The Night Watch by Sarah Waters (19 - 22 June)
River Thieves by Michael Crummey (24 - 27 June)

and more:)

10calm
Editado: Nov 19, 2011, 2:39pm

Category 8 Maybe - Fantasy and Science Fiction

1) Spirit : or The Princess of Bois Dormant by Gwyneth Jones (16 - 19 January)

2) The Bell at Sealey Head by Patricia A McKillip (24 - 25 January)

3) Weaveworld by Clive Barker (2 - 6 February)

4) Old Man's War by John Scalzi (1 - 2 March)

5) The Last Light of the Sun by Guy Gavriel Kay (2 - 5 March)

6) The Ghost Brigades by John Scalzi (23 - 24 March)

7) The Last Colony by John Scalzi (30 March)

8) Dust of Dreams by Steven Erikson (1 - 9 May)

9) Rivers of London (AKA Midnight Riot) by Ben Aaronovitch (11 - 12 May)

10) The Riddle of the Wren by Charles de Lint (22 - 23 May)

11) The Crippled God by Steven Erikson (2 - 11 June)


Over Target Bonus Reads (not to be counted)

The Dark World by Henry Kuttner (10 - 12 June)

The Cats of Seroster by Robert Westall (12 - 14 June)

and more:)

11calm
Editado: Dic 5, 2011, 5:18am

Category 9 Arthurian and Celtic Tales

1) The Tower and the Emerald by Moyra Caldecott (12 - 14 January)

2) The Winter King By Bernard Cornwell (28 January - 2 February)

3) Ambrosius Aureliani by Leon Mintz (26 - 29 March)

4) King Arthur and his Knights of the Round Table by Roger Lancelyn Green (6 - 13 August)

5) Enemy of God by Bernard Cornwell (14 - 18 August)

6) The Circle Cast by Alex Epstein (20 - 21 August)

7) Excalibur by Bernard Cornwell (4 - 8 September)

8) The Three Arthurs: History, Legend and Quest by Derek Bryce (10 - 13 October)

9) The Crystal Cave by Mary Stewart (2 - 6 November)

10) The Hollow Hills by Mary Stewart (15 - 20 November)

11) The Last Enchantment by Mary Stewart - (30 November - 5 December)

12calm
Editado: Ago 4, 2011, 12:11pm

Category 10 It's a Mystery - stories with a twist

1) The Tenderness of Wolves by Stef Penney (14 - 16 January)

2) The Hound of the Baskervilles by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (7 - 9 February)

3) The New York Trilogy by Paul Auster (19 - 26 March)

4) Awakening by S J Bolton (30 - 31 March)

5) Rose Madder by Stephen King (15 - 17 April)

6) The Alienist by Caleb Carr (17 - 20 April)

7) Sacrifice by S. J. Bolton (9 - 10 May)

8) Blood Harvest by S. J. Bolton (23 - 25 May)

9) Lucifer's Shadow by David Hewson (20 - 23 July)

10) The End of Mr Y by Scarlett Thomas (23 - 24 July)

11) Ghostwritten by David Mitchell (29 - 31 July)

13calm
Editado: Dic 4, 2011, 7:36am

Category 11 It's About Time - Classic Fiction

1) Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen (21 - 24 January)

2) Silas Marner by George Eliot (20 - 24 February)

3) Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen (20 - 23 March)

4) The Great Gatsby by F Scott Fitzgerald (26 - 28 April)

5) Mansfield Park by Jane Austen (30 May - 2 June)

6) Watership Down by Richard Adams (25 - 29 July)

7) Emma by Jane Austen (29 July - 5 August)

8) A House for Mr Biswas by V. S. Naipul (27 - 31 August)

9) Cannery Row by John Steinbeck (20 - 22 October)

10) Persuasion by Jane Austen - (26 - 29 November)

11) A Study in Scarlet by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (29 - 30 November)

14calm
Editado: Ene 5, 2011, 1:44pm

Category 6 Around the World - contemporary fiction (1 of 11)

Homeland and Other Stories by Barbara Kingsolver (1 January - 4 January)

I definitely like Kingsolver's writing and this short story collection is no exception. These are mainly stories of small town; poverty stricken individuals. I must say that there is a melancholy cast to these stories and none of them are very positive. Despite that I enjoyed the descriptive writing and the strong and memorable characters.

15Lman
Ene 5, 2011, 4:00pm

Hello! Just found your thread.
Great categories too.
I can see this will be another way to share more good books with you. :)

16calm
Ene 6, 2011, 1:25pm

Hi Lynn, nice to see you here. I'll have to take a look for your thread. I'm sure that there will be a lot of great reading suggestions there:)

17avatiakh
Ene 9, 2011, 3:11am

Ok, I've got this thread starred now so I can follow your choices especially the folklore and Celtic tales.

18calm
Ene 9, 2011, 8:04am

Thanks Kerry, I'm off to track down your thread:)

19Carmenere
Ene 9, 2011, 8:30am

Hi calm, just noticed you've decided to do the 11 in 11. Great categories and I look forward to following your progress.

20souloftherose
Ene 9, 2011, 9:53am

Found you over here and have you starred :-)

21calm
Ene 10, 2011, 9:09am

Category 3 I Want to Know More - other non-fiction (1 of 11)

The World Without Us by Alan Weisman (1 January - 9 January)

This was an interesting book. I liked the way Weisman presented his ideas. He looks at the effect that humans have had on the planet and what would be likely to happen if man completely disappeared. Each chapter looks at a different aspect but it does all come together. It is shocking in places - for example how much depends on human intervention on a day to day basis to keep what we think of as major infrastructure running and how rapidly that twentieth century inventions (such as plastics) have entered the environment. A very good and informative read.

22calm
Ene 10, 2011, 9:13am

Hi Lynda and Heather. Thanks for finding me. Not sure how well I'll do as I just managed to squeak in 55 books in my 1010 category last year.

I must admit that you'll get the same book comments here and on my 75 thread but maybe some different conversation.

23hailelib
Ene 10, 2011, 10:17am

I read The World Without Us last year and found it very interesting. One of those books I saw on a challenge thread and was able to order from the local library. Plastics do seem to be a real problem since they don't break down the way some other materials do.

You're off to a good start with some interesting categories.

24Bcteagirl
Ene 10, 2011, 2:13pm

I also read The World Without Us last year. Jut managed to get it in in December. I found it a very interesting read if a bit heavy in some places.I agree that the information about plastics in the environment was a real eye opener.

25calm
Ene 11, 2011, 10:34am

Hi hailelib and Bcteagirl, thanks for your comments. I also spotted The World Without Us on someone else's thread last year and borrowed it from the library. It was a very worthwhile read.

26calm
Nov 18, 2011, 10:38am

I'm reviving this thread to admit that I have been very remiss in posting to this group this year. I have been quietly filling in my categories throughout the year and have finally hit my original target of a minimum of 5 books per category.

There are still a few weeks to go before the end of the year and I'll continue trying to hit 11 per category and I only have 16 books to go to hit the target but there is no way that I am going to get there. Unfortunately my reading hasn't gone the way I hoped this year and 11 of those 16 are in my non-fiction categories and those are the ones that I am struggling with this year:(

I'm going to be doing 12/12 (I joined the group when it was first set up and have picked my categories - just need to set up a thread) but being more realistic about the categories and hoping that I can manage to post more..

27calm
Dic 31, 2011, 2:04pm

Well it's the last day of 2011 and, even though I read 170 books this year, I didn't quite make the full 121 books but I did complete 10 of the 11 categories. I have taken this into account for next years challenge and dropped the religion and philosophy category and split historical fiction into two categories and not combined SF and fantasy. Hopefully that means that I'll have a better chance of reaching 144 books in my chosen categories as 26 non-fiction is more likely than the 33 I tried for this year.

Also I hope that I will be able to post more next year as I have missed out on the social side of this challenge. Hope to see you here http://www.librarything.com/topic/127110 in 2012.

28lkernagh
Dic 31, 2011, 4:22pm

Hey, 170 books read, and completing 10 of the 11 categories, is an amazing achievement in my opinion! Well done!

29calm
Ene 1, 2012, 11:21am

Thanks Lori - see you in 2012:) I'm going to try to be more active in the group.