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Friday, March 30, 2018

Literary Escapes Challenge - 2018

United States

Alabama -
Alaska -  The Great Alone - Kristin Hannah (20)
Arizona - Nancy Drew and the Mystery at Shadow Ranch - Carolyn Keene (16)
Arkansas -
California -  January First - Michael Schofield (7)
Colorado -
Connecticut - Orange is the New Black - Piper Kerman (22)
Delaware -
Florida - Bad Monkey - Carl Hiaasen (19)
Georgia -
Hawaii -
Idaho -  Trixie Belden and the Sasquatch Mystery - Kathryn Kenny
Illinois -
Indiana -
Iowa -  Trixie Belden and the Happy Valley Mystery - Kathryn Kenny
Kansas -
Kentucky -
Louisiana -
Maine -
Maryland -
Massachusetts -  A Garland for Girls - Louisa May Alcott (18)
Michigan - 
Minnesota - Trixie Belden and the Mystery of the Galloping Ghost - Kathryn Kenny
Mississippi -  Trixie Belden and the Mystery on the Mississippi - Kathryn Kenny
Missouri -  Trixie Belden and the Mystery of Bob-White Cave - Kathryn Kenny
Montana -
Nebraska -
Nevada - 
New Hampshire - A Separate Peace - John Knowles (3)
New Jersey - Mailer, His Life and Times - Peter Manso (11)
New Mexico -
New York - Trixie Belden and the Mystery of the Phantom Grasshopper - Kathryn Kenny (1)
North Carolina -
North Dakota -
Ohio - Ancestor-Birth-Boyhood - U. S. Grant (9)
Oklahoma -The Outsiders - S. E. Hinton (8)
Oregon -
Pennsylvania - Man in Lower Ten - Mary Roberts Rinehart (12)
Rhode Island -  The Case of Charles Dexter Ward - Culbard and Lovecraft (5)
South Carolina -
South Dakota -
Tennessee -
Texas -
Utah -
Vermont -Trixie Belden and the Mystery at Mead's Mountain - Kathryn Kenny (24)
Virginia -
Washington -
Washington, D. C. - 
West Virginia -
Wisconsin - 
Wyoming -

Countries of the World

Canada - The Golden Road - L. M. Montgomery
Czechoslavakia - The Unbearable Lightness of Being - Milan Kundera (13)
England - Into the Gauntlet - Margaret Pearson Haddix (10)
France - Less - Andrew Sean Greer
Germany - Christopher and His Kind - Christopher Isherwood (23)
India - Last Man in Tower - Adiga Aravind (15)
Israel - The Lemon Tree - Sandy Tolan(17)
Liberia - Madame President - Helene Cooper (6)
Pakistan - Three Cups of Tea - Greg Mortenson  (21)
Sierra Leone - Radiance of Tomorrow - Ishmael Beah (4)
Spain - The Dialogue of the Dogs - Miguel De Cervantes(2)
Sweden - A Man Called Ove - Fredrik  Backman (14)
The Netherlands - The Diary of Anne Frank - Anne Frank




Saturday, March 10, 2018

2018 Reading Challenge - 10 to TRY

Read a :

Biography or Memoir - Down the Rabbit Hole - Holly Madison
Book recommended by King County Library (KCLS) Staff - The Hate U Give - Angie Thomas (3)
Book with a Title Longer Than 4 Words - The Enneagram in Love & Work - Helen Palmer (6)
Book in Translation - The Unbearable Lightness of Being - Milan Kundera (1)
Book That's Been Made Into a Movie or TV Show - Orange is the New Black - Piper Kerman (2)
Young Adult Book - Monster - Walter Dean Myers (5)
Banned Book - Naked Lunch - William Burroughs
Book Set in a Place You've Never Been - Last Man in Tower - Adiga Aravind (4)
Book by a Native American Author - The Turquoise Ledge - Leslie Marmon Silko
Book about Food - Food Can Fix It - Dr. Oz (7)

Friday, February 9, 2018

52 Books in 52 Weeks - 2018

A book by a Canadian author- The Golden Road - L. M. Montgomery
A childhood favorite - Trixie Belden and the Mystery of the Phantom Grasshopper - Kathryn Kenny (2)
A novel that is considered a "classic" - Far from the Madding Crowd - Thomas Hardy (28)
A mystery novel - The Man in Lower Ten - Mary Roberts Rinehart (20)
A book you've been meaning to read but haven't got to - Peter and the Shadow Thieves - Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson (18)
A science fiction novel -Voodoo Planet - Andre Norton (38)
An adventure/espionage novel - Into the Gauntlet - Margaret Person Haddix (14)
A biography - The Golden Willow - Henry Bernstein
A book that challenges your viewpoint - Christopher and His Kind - Christopher Isherwood (39)
The first book in a trilogy - The Golden Compass - Philip Pullman (7)
A book with over 600 pages- Mailer, His Life and Times - Peter Manso(16)
A book you can read in a day - The Case of Charles Dexter Ward - I. N. J. Culbard and  H. P. Lovecraft (6)
A book that has won a Pulitzer Prize - any year - Less - Andrew Sean Greer
Any book from 2017 Good Reads Choice Awards - Talking as Fast as I Can - Lauren Graham
A book that has been made into a movie -  Orange is the New Black - Piper Kerman (37)
A book chosen solely by its cover - Wintergirls - Laurie Halse Anderson (9)
A book on theology - A Grief Observed - C. S. Lewis (22)
A celebrity memoir - Down the Rabbit Hole- Holly Madison
A book with a six word title - The Enneagram in Love and Work - Helen Palmer (29)
A book set in a country you want to visit - Last Man in Tower - Adiga Aravind (25)
Makes you laugh out loud - Bad Monkey - Carl Hiaasen (32)
You read in school - Nancy Drew and the Secret of Shadow Ranch - Carolyn Keene (26)
With a green spine - Meditations for Stressful Situations - David Michie (1)
With a character that shares your name - Jan Has a Doll - Janice Earl (17)
Published in 2018 - The Great Alone - Kristin Hannah (33)
Recommended by a friend - Madame President - Helene Cooper (8)
Recommended by a librarian -The Hate U Give - Angie Thomas (24)
Written by an author under 30 - The Outsiders - S. E. Hinton (11)
Written before 1920 - A Garland for Girls - Louis May Alcott (31)
Makes you cry - The Unbearable Lightness of Being - Milan Kundera (21)
An e-book - My Man Jeeves - P. G. Wodehouse (35)
With a bad review - Wise Blood - Flannery O'Connor (36)
A young adults bestseller - A Separate Peace - John Knowles (4)
Historical nonfiction - The Diary of a Young Girl:  Anne Frank
That inspires you - Seeking the Light of God's Comforter - Lynn L. Severance
A short story - Ancestor-Birth-Boyhood - U. S. Grant from his Memoirs in American Childhood Anthology - David W. McCullough, Editor (13)
Been on the NYT best seller list for more than 10 weeks - The Whistler - John Grisham
Political book (fiction or non-fiction) - What Happened - Hilary Clinton
By a Scandinavian author - Pippi Longstocking - Astrid Lindgren
With non-human characters - Dialogue of the Dogs - Miguel de Cervantes (3)
About a topic you're passionate about - Quiet Power - Susan Cain (27)
Set in the Mid-East - The Lemon Tree - Sandy Tolan (30)
Already on your bookshelf - The Ministry to the Imprisoned - Joan Campbell (12)
Was once banned - Naked Lunch - William Burroughs
Originally published in your birth year - Joy in the Morning - P. G. Wodehouse (15)
About travel - On the Road - Jack Kerouac
Translated into English - A Man Called Ove - Fredrik Backman (23)
With the letter "Y" in the title - January First - Michael Schofield (10)
With food on the cover - Food Can Fix It - Dr. Oz (40)
About a current world issue - Three Cups of Tea - Greg Mortenson (34)
By Agatha Christie - The Hollow - Agatha Christie (19)
Set in Africa - Radiance of Tomorrow - Ishmael Beah (5)


Alphabet Soup Challenge - 2018

A  Andrew's Brain - E. L. Doctorow
Blood Brothers - Elias Chacour & David Hazard (17)
C  The Case of Charles Dexter Water - I. N. J. Culbard (4)
Dialogue of the Dogs - Miguel de Cervantes (1)
E  The Enneagram in Love and Work - Helen Palmer (16)
Far from the Madding Crowd - Thomas Hardy (15)
G A Garland for Girls - Louisa May Alcott (18)
Homer and Langley - E. L. Doctorow (11)
Into the Gauntlet - Margaret Person Haddix (7)
J January First - Michael Schofield (6)
K Kitchen Confidential - Anthony Bourdain
L Last Man in Tower - Adiga Aravind (12)
M The Man in Lower Ten - Mary Roberts Rinehart (9)
N  Naked Lunch - William Burroughs
Orange is the New Black - Piper Kerman (20)
Peter and the Shadow Thieves - Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson (8)
Q Quiet Power - Susan Cain (14)
  Radiance of Tomorrow - Ishmael Beah (3)
S   A Separate Piece - John Knowles (2)
Tea Soup - Pat Schwiebert and Chuck DeKlyen (13)
U  The Unbearable Lightness of Being - Milan Kundera (10)
Voodoo Planet - Andre Norton (19)
Wintergirls - Laurie Halse Anderson (5)
X  Excellent Women - Barbara Pym
Y  The Yiddish Policeman's Union - Michael Chabon
Z  Zeitoun - Dave Eggers

Tuesday, January 9, 2018

#80 - Jesus Always - Sarah Young



Title:   Jesus Always
Author:  Sarah Young
Genre:  Spiritual Non-Fiction
Publisher/Date:  Thomas Nelson/2016
Dates read:   1/1/17 - 12/31/17
ISBN:  978-0-7180-3950-9

This daily devotional, sub-titled Embracing JOY in His Presence, kept me sane this past year.  Fraught with uncertainty, fear and emotional pain, I clung to the passages that Sarah provided each day.  When our days were filled with what would, could or should my dear husband expect from this painful cancer we were living with, I sought refuge in this small, but powerful book.  For example, in the month of March, the gospel of John pointed me to “From the fullness of His grace we have all received one blessing after another.”  And when I look back now I realize the whole year, not just March or July or even into 2018, we were so blessed with His grace (and will be).  In particular on March 29, “Good things are better and bad things are more bearable when you share them with Me.”  
I loved the action words like “share” and supporting Bible verses from July 23, “have no fear of bad news, for I am able to bring good out of evil” (Psalm 112:7).

And now only a few days since John’s passing, I continue to be blessed with each person that entered our lives and continues to come into my life.  I see Christ from their God-given gifts and I am humbled by this experience, whether an on-line comment, a letter, or card, or phone call, a text – you name it, it soothes my soul, calms my heart and quiets my mind.

Monday, December 25, 2017

#79 - The Prophet and Other Stories - Kahlil Gibran




Title:  The Prophet and Other Stories
Authors:  Kahlil Gibran
Genre:  Philosphy 892.7
Read by:  Jonathan Reese
Originally published:  1923, 1920, and 1918
Publisher/Date:  Blackstone Audio/2005
Dates listened to:   12/22/17 - 12/25/17
CDs/Hours:  3/3
ISBN:  078617584-2

The three sections of this book read like parts of the Bible – the psalms, the proverbs and the parables of Jesus.  You will even hear a bit of what sounds like Aesop and his fables.  No wonder it was a best-seller in 1923 when The Prophet was first published.  “…the book begins with a discourse on love and then turns to everyday concerns and to such high matters as good and evil, religion, and death.”  Published in 1920, Gibran makes clear in the next story, The Forerunner, that we are masters of our own destiny, not toys of a blind fate.   The last story, The Madman, “asserts that we tend to be what society expects from us, even when these expectations might be detrimental for the development of our self-identity.”  All in all, these homilies are very apropos in this generation nearly 100 years later, and like the Bible are timeless.

Tuesday, December 19, 2017

#78 - A Wedding in December - Anita Shreve




Title:   A Wedding in December
Author:  Anita Shreve
Genre:  Fiction
Read by:  Linda Emond
Publisher/Date:  Time Warner Audio Books/2005
Dates listened to:   12/11/17 - 12/19/17
Downloadable Audiobook:  10 hours
ISBN:  1594832579

Anita Shreve, at one time, was my favorite author and then I must have tired of her or was diverted elsewhere.  In my quest to find a December book I came across this one in which she tells a story within the story, something which I didn’t at first quite catch on to as I listened!  

I liked what Agnes, the character who was writing the book within this story said, “What was the point of fiction … if not to edit reality, if not to re-write history, if not to soothe one’s fevered dreams.”  The story Agnes was writing paralleled her own life.  And it is this quote upon which much of fiction hangs and, in the case of Shreve's books, makes for such a great love story!