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Editado: Dic 31, 2011, 5:06pm

Books read:
New 23
Library 17
Secondhand 50
Rereads 82

Categories Finished: 11!

Anne McCaffrey
Taking place in Europe - 20th century and later
Taking place in Europe - 19th century and earlier
Taking place in North America - modern
Rest of the World
Children's books
Marion Zimmer Bradley

Science Fiction


North America


Rest of World

Classics and Children's Books

Individual Authors

Nov 15, 2010, 5:31am

Still just setting up.

Nov 15, 2010, 8:01pm

I love the categories so far!

I might have to steal some, for a second challenge. I could have one for ordered from foreign countries, that would validate my Amazon UK habit. . and another for Thrift Store finds. . . antiquarian bookstore finds. . .maybe instead of library I could have former library books. I so hate to give them up once I get them. . . I know.

I am hoping for a Kindle for x-mass (or 1400 square feet of hardwood (oak) flooring. . . my daughter is moving into my hubbies townhouse at the end of December. . .to say it needs work would be an understatment of vast proportions!)

(Bruce's evil twin :-))

Nov 16, 2010, 11:57am

Those aren't categories actually - just the way I keep my statistics.

Editado: Dic 2, 2011, 11:13am

North America

19th century and earlier
1 An Echo in the Bone
2 O'Hara's Choice
3 Loving Frank

20th century historical
1 Crossings

1 The guest of honor
2 The Lazarus child (or England)
3 Amazing grace, Steel
4 The girl next door
5 Handle with care
6 Sleeping Beauty
7 The R document
8 Deadly Cure
9 Out of the mist
10 Ursula, under (Main story. Also includes historical around the world.)
11 Sisters

Editado: Dic 31, 2011, 12:02pm


19th century
1 The River Girl (England, 19th Century)
2 Ben Retallick (Cornwall, 19th)
3 The kitchen maid (England, 19th)
4 Pauper's Gold (England, 19th?)
. Confessions of a Jane Austen addict
. Slightly married

1 His Last Duchess
2 Long Dark Summer (England, 17th Century)
3 Lands of glass (England, 18th)
4 The White Queen (England 15th)
5 Holy fools (France, 17th)
6 Ransom my heart (England Medieval, well, sort of)
7 Ann of Cambray (England 12th)

20th century historical
!1 The friendly young ladies (England 1930s)
!2 Pure as the Lily
!3 Suite française (France WWII)
!4 Wish me Luck
!5 The Pursuit of Love
6 Love in a cold climate

Narrowboat: Credited in more
. The narrowboat Girl
. Water gypsies
. A boy off the bank
. A Girl at the Tiller
. The New Number One
. Starlight
. Ramlin Rose
- The boat girls

1 My best friend's girl
2 The Evangelist
3 Astrid and Veronika
(Lazarus Child)
4 The longing
5 The pilgrimage
6 Getting rid of Matthew
7 Minding Frankie
8 The accidental wife
9 The unnumbered
10 A labour of love

Editado: Dic 31, 2011, 11:59am

Rest of World (country/period)

1 Snow flower and the secret fan (China, historical)
2 Sayonara (Japan, 20th)
3 Imperial woman (China, historical)
4 My name is Red (Turkey, 17th century)
5 The last song of dusk (India, 20th)
6 The city of gold (South Africa, 19th)
7 The pleasantries of the incredible Mulla Nasrudin (middle east, ancient)
8 The jewel in the crown (India, 20th)
9 A sport of nature (South Africa, 20th)
10 The day of the scorpion (India, 20th)
11 The secret river (Austrialia, 19th)
12 An elegy for Easterly (Zimbabwe, modern)

Religious fiction
!1 The Gospel according to the Son
!2 Moses : Prince of Egypt
!3 People of the book

Editado: Ene 8, 2011, 2:41pm

Week 1

The River Girl (Europe, Historical)
An echo in the bone (North America, Historical)

Yes, this one could also go in Europe, but I am more likely to fill that one up anyway. I think I'm ready for a break. I love this series, but it is a lot of very long books! I'm struggling with a long one in German right now, too, so it will be good to read some lighter stuff.

His Last Duchess (Europe, Historical)

Snow flower and the secret fan (Rest of World)

Editado: Ene 14, 2011, 2:36pm

Week 2

Long Dark Summer (Europe, Historical)

The Nonesuch. (Heyer)
I will be alternating Heyer with the other fiction until I have a full category.

The Iron Ring (Children's Books)

Editado: Ene 23, 2011, 5:31pm

Week 3

A civil contract (Heyer)

The Looking Glass Wars (Fantasy)

My best friend's girl (Europe,modern)
I liked this one. Heartwarming.

Editado: Ene 29, 2011, 8:53am

Week 4

Black Sheep (Heyer)

The Gospel according to the Son (Rest of world)
This was really bad.

The quiet gentleman (Heyer)

Lands of Glass
At least I only paid 1 Euro for this.

Editado: Feb 6, 2011, 5:50am

Week 5

Sylvester (Heyer)

The White Queen

The Guest of Honor

Editado: Feb 11, 2011, 1:27am

Week 6

Sprig muslin (Heyer)
I really need to order a new copy of this one. I have read it into pieces.

Persuasion (Classics)
I don't like this one as much as some of her others.

Love and romance among the rich and famous. This time with a WWII background.

Lady of quality (Heyer)

Editado: Feb 17, 2011, 4:49pm

Week 7

Sayonara (Rest of world)

Imperial woman (Rest of World)

Regency Buck (Heyer)
Not my favourite Heyer.

The blue hawk

Editado: Feb 27, 2011, 10:11am

Week 8

The Lazarus child
Reviewed. This is a weird one, but I liked it.

The Grand Sophy

Editado: Mar 14, 2011, 3:09pm

Week 9

The Evangelist
Very satisfying.

A Girl of the Limberlost
Wonderful. Even better than Freckles. Thank you LT!

The Toll-Gate

Holy Fools

Amazing grace

Feb 27, 2011, 1:25pm

Those darn touchstone aren't working are they? So it's not just me :-(

(Bruce's evil twin :-))

Feb 27, 2011, 3:52pm

They are working fine - I have only touchstoned in the categories, not in the weeks.

Feb 28, 2011, 1:49am

>22 MarthaJeanne: so you're saying it is me . . . sigh. I must have soemthing weird on my list then.

(Bruce's evil twin :-))

Editado: Mar 2, 2011, 2:32am


At the end of February I have finished 29 fiction books.

Hopefully by the end of March I will have a few categories to claim. From the numbers finishing should not be a problem.

Editado: Mar 14, 2011, 3:09pm

Week 10

The Load of Unicorn (Children's)

False Colours (Heyer)

This Scepter'd Isle

Editado: Mar 22, 2011, 1:19am

Week 11


The friendly young ladies


The girl next door


Editado: Mar 25, 2011, 12:26pm

Week 12

The tale of Tobias
This one had been missing. I just found it and entered it, which meant that I also reread it. I bought it around the time it came out (1996) when I still had a small child at home. It remains one of my personal favourites. Reviewed.

My name is Red
Quite interesting.

Exile's Honor

Astrid & Veronika
Very moving.

Editado: Abr 2, 2011, 9:28am

Week 13

Exile's valor

Moses : Prince of Egypt
I managed to keep this together to read it this time, but it has come to the end of its useful life. Reviewed.

Take a Thief

People of the book (Religious fiction)
Really good book.

Abr 2, 2011, 9:31am


Total of 47 books.

Finished are:
Taking place in Europe

Abr 2, 2011, 10:21am

>29 MarthaJeanne: My mother-in-law wondered how I got through life without reading any Georgette Heyer which is so popular with her family that there were duplicates in the house in Hope Town! So there were 4 of us happily reading her while I was down there. Bruce hadn't read any before either, so when his mother told him that they really aren't 'just romance novels' he read a couple. We all enjoyed The Grand Sophy.

(Bruce's evil twin :-))

Abr 2, 2011, 6:53pm

As you see, I have only read 11 this year (so far). the list is here:

I'm afraid I can't read mysteries, even when written by Heyer, but have 34 of her other books listed, and there are a couple more that I know are around somewhere, but seem to have missed getting in.

Abr 2, 2011, 9:22pm

'only read 11' - made me laugh. You know for a lot of people that is more then they read in a year. I was just wondering the other day what life must be like for people who don't read, I guess they watch more TV. . .

(Bruce's evil twin :-))

Abr 3, 2011, 4:19am

But it's less than a third of what I have on the shelf by her!

Editado: Abr 10, 2011, 8:25am

Week 14

The Black Gryphon

Journey to the River Sea
This particular formula went out of style a century ago. Reviewed.

The white gryphon

The longing
Reviewed. Good one.

Abr 4, 2011, 9:54pm

>34 MarthaJeanne: I love Mercedes Lackey! And of course her hubby Larry Dixon is such a sweetie! I have had the honor of meeting them twice thanks to CONvergence. They are really great story tellers on paper and in person.

I didn’t enjoy The Black Gryphon as much as I did her earlier books though.

(Bruce's evil twin :-))

Abr 5, 2011, 4:41am

I love all her gryphons. They have real personality.

Editado: Abr 12, 2011, 3:01am

Week 15

The silver gryphon

The song of the cardinal
Not as good as her later books.

Editado: Abr 23, 2011, 3:34pm

Week 16

Handle with care
Jodi Picoult wasn't satisfied with just dealing with OI in this book - the older sister has big problems, the lawyer is having problems dealing with having been adopted as a child... It all gets to be a bit much.

Storm Warning

Ben Retallick

Storm rising

Editado: Abr 30, 2011, 12:08pm

Week 17

Glory Road

Storm Breaking

The last song of dusk
I'm afraid I don't really care for books about malevolent houses.

Editado: Mayo 1, 2011, 6:38am


Total of 63 books so far.

Categories Finished:

Taking place in Europe

Editado: Mayo 5, 2011, 3:09am

Week 18


Pure as the Lily
I do like Catherine Cookson.

Powers That Be

Mayo 1, 2011, 8:02am

You're doing amazingly well in all your challenges. Keep it up!

Editado: Mayo 14, 2011, 4:10am

Week 19

The kitchen maid

Power Lines

Finding the Way
Not the best Valdemar anthology, but some of the stories are good. Reviewed

Power Play

Editado: Mayo 21, 2011, 10:21am

Week 20

Suite française

The Ship Who Sang
This is listed under Fantasy, although it might be better under Science Fiction - I want to keep the MaCaffrey together, and most of hers is more fantasy than Sci-fi in my opinion. This I would porbably put just on the other side of whatever divide there is.

Editado: Mayo 28, 2011, 10:52am

Week 21

Sleeping Beauty (Judith Michael)


Mayo 22, 2011, 12:18pm

>44 MarthaJeanne: loved The Ship who Sang, but then I am a fantasy kind of girl :-)

(Bruce's evil twin :-))

Editado: Jun 2, 2011, 6:06pm

Week 22

O'Hara's Choice

The City Who Fought
I knew there had to be a reason why I hadn't read this one in a long time. It's not very good.

The other side of truth
Another book that disappointed.

The Coelura

Jun 1, 2011, 10:30am


May has been a busy month, and I have not done as much reading as usual.

74 books read.

Taking place in Europe

No new categories finished, but several are filling up well. Still in line to finish.

Editado: Jun 10, 2011, 3:51pm

Week 23

Loving Frank
Did not like either of the main characters.

Crystal Singer

On the Edge.
Not my cup of tea.


Editado: Jun 17, 2011, 7:59am

Week 24

Alas, Babylon
Discussed in group read.

Crystal Line

The pilgrimage
I'm not sure whether this was meant to be fiction or nonfiction, but I'm considering it fiction.

Editado: Jun 24, 2011, 5:24pm

Week 25

Expanded universe
Some of the material in here I already knew. There were a few good stories that I hadn't read before. There were a good many opinion pieces that were interesting to read once.

The city of gold
I'd be interested in reading more of his works.

Tunnel in the sky

Tuck everlasting
Very good. If I had to live forever, I would prefer this way to the way in Gulliver's travels.

Editado: Jul 1, 2011, 5:33pm

Week 26

Beyond this horizon

The pleasantries of the incredible Mulla Nasrudin

Revolt in 2100 & Methuselah's Children
Good vintage Heinlein.

Project solar sail

Assignment in eternity

Editado: Jul 4, 2011, 10:41am


92 read. 6 categories finished. On track.

Taking place in Europe
Classics and Children's books
Anne McCaffrey

Editado: Jul 20, 2011, 4:40pm

Week 27

The R document
My husband knew this book, and started laying bets with himself as to whether I would actually read the whole thing. I did, but didn't really enjoy it.

Podkayne Of Mars

Pauper's Gold

Editado: Jul 21, 2011, 1:58am

Week 28 (July 10-16)

Poppy at the Boat Show

Jolly Boatman's lesson

Hamish and the Falkirk Wheel

These three are from a rather a silly children's series about narrowboats. I bought them for my grandsons.

Wish Me Luck

The Narrowboat Girl

Editado: Jul 23, 2011, 12:02pm

Week 29

Each peach pear plum
One of the best picture books ever. For the grandsons. (You don't expect me to send it off without rereading it, do you?)

The biographer's tale
I managed to get through it.

Editado: Jul 30, 2011, 7:47am

Week 30

Ransom my heart
A silly book, and not really historical fiction, but fun.

Tomorrow, the stars
Good classic science fiction stories. Dated.

Getting rid of Matthew
Fun. Just goes to show you shouldn't have an affair with a married man.

Editado: Ago 7, 2011, 10:13am

Week 31

Farmer in the Sky

Deadly Cure

Red Planet

The sleeping beauty

Editado: Ago 12, 2011, 12:56pm

Week 32

Stranger in a strange land

The Pursuit of Love

Love in a cold climate
These two were in a single volume, and I think one would have been enough for me.

A Boy off the Bank

Editado: Ago 20, 2011, 10:24am

Week 33

Changing the world

A Girl at the Tiller

Out of the mist

The New Number One


Warrior woman
Not one of her best books.

Editado: Ago 23, 2011, 9:17am

Week 34

Sword and Sorceress XXV

Night's Daughter

I seem to be the only one on LT with any of Geoffry Lewis (2)'s books. Ah! Found one I didn't have listed as unknown, OK one other person has one of his books. Anyway the ones I have are very good 'young adult' books with an English canal background.

Editado: Sep 3, 2011, 10:41am

Week 35

The Mists Of Avalon

Ramlin Rose

Forest House

Editado: Sep 3, 2011, 3:22am


Books read: 124
New 20
Library 10
Secondhand 38
Rereads 56

Categories Finished: 9

Anne McCaffrey
Taking place in Europe - 20th century historical
Taking place in Europe - Other
Taking place in North America
Children's books

Obviously, I am going to finish. Actually my real question now is how many extra categories I can get using cross challenge categories of books that overfill categories and/or don't fill in one, but do if I combine books from all three.

Editado: Sep 10, 2011, 7:39am

Week 36

Ann of Cambray

Ancestors of Avalon

Editado: Sep 25, 2011, 10:23am

Week 37

The ruins of Isis

Confessions of a Jane Austen addict

Editado: Sep 23, 2011, 2:22am

Week 38

Priestess of Avalon
I'm sure I have read this before, but I didn't remember it at all. Really good to rediscover it.

Minding Frankie
Typical Binchie

Darkover Landfall

Editado: Sep 28, 2011, 12:57pm

Week 39

Ursula, under
Don't bother.

Two to Conquer

Editado: Oct 14, 2011, 4:04pm

Week 40

The jewel in the crown

The Heirs of Hammerfell

A sport of nature


Editado: Oct 2, 2011, 4:33am


Books read:
New 21
Library 11
Secondhand 40
Rereads 62

Categories Finished:

Anne McCaffrey
Other Science Fiction and Fantasy
Taking place in Europe - 20th century and later
Taking place in Europe - 19th century and earlier
Taking place in North America
Children's books

Editado: Oct 20, 2011, 4:20pm

Week 41

The ropemaker


Editado: Oct 29, 2011, 5:12pm

Week 42

The boat girls
Romance on the Inland Waterways in WWII. Reviewed.

Brightly burning

The day of the scorpion

Editado: Oct 30, 2011, 4:02pm

Week 43

Moving Targets

Editado: Nov 10, 2011, 8:38am

Week 44


Crossroads and Other Tales of Valdemar

Nov 7, 2011, 5:39pm

>72 MarthaJeanne: - Ha! I'm reading that book right now! 'Great' minds!

(Bruce's evil twin :-))

Nov 7, 2011, 6:15pm

I'm up to 18 Valdemar for the year so far (not counting the second reading of Foundation to prepare for Intrigues).

Nov 7, 2011, 8:43pm

I had the joy of actually hearing her read her story in Moving Targets. Of course we were all like - it's Scooby Do! Ha Ha!

(Bruce's evil twin :-))

Editado: Nov 19, 2011, 7:02am

Week 45

The accidental wife

Magic's pawn

The secret river

Editado: Nov 27, 2011, 3:13pm

Week 46

Magic's promise

The unnumbered
i wish this book had finished instead of just stopped.

Editado: Dic 2, 2011, 11:14am

Week 47

Back to Heyer.

Madame Doubtfire
Most of the movie was not part of the book. Also both parents are a lot more likable in the movie.

Not one of Danielle Steel's better efforts.

Dic 1, 2011, 2:04am

This challenge is finished.

Dic 1, 2011, 2:16am

Yay,..... Congratulations on finishing this challenge!

Dic 1, 2011, 2:18am

Some people just overdo everything.

Dic 1, 2011, 11:25am

Congratulations, Martha!

Dic 1, 2011, 12:19pm


Dic 1, 2011, 1:05pm

Congratulations on finishing your fiction challenge!

Dic 1, 2011, 9:28pm


Dic 2, 2011, 3:37pm


Editado: Dic 11, 2011, 6:01am

Week 48
But of course I am still reading.

The left hand of darkness

An elegy for Easterly
Very well written, but depressing.

Faro's daughter

The mousewife

Dic 4, 2011, 6:46pm

Congratulations on finishing your fiction challenge!

Editado: Dic 18, 2011, 7:43am

Week 49

Pistols for Two

Miss Happiness and Miss Flower

Cousin Kate

A labour of love

Editado: Dic 18, 2011, 4:31pm

Week 50


The dragon of Og

Editado: Dic 31, 2011, 5:08pm

Week 51

Slightly married


Heidi's children
This was one of my favourite books when I was a child. Glad to have a copy again.

The Boy with the Bronze Axe

The Convenient Marriage