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Hi Helen,
My challenge to you is Catch 22 - it might encourage me to finally get round to it too!!

Thanks,
Cheryl
How does 'Destination Tent City AZ' by Mark Feuerer sound for your challenge?
Happy New year and thanks for the challenge which I think is one you sent to me!
My challenge is: Balthazar Jones and the Tower of London Zoo by Julia Stuart
I liked it
Louise x
Happy New Year Helen, my challenge for 2014 is for you to read Astonishing Splashes of Colour by Clare Morrall. Hope that is ok, love Shona
Hi Helen
Have you had any problems accessing the book group forum? It keeps timing out on me, and has done for the past couple of days. I don't have access to Facebook, so don't know if there's any discussion there. I'll post to a couple of others too.

Cheers, Will
Hi Helen. Thanks for the challenge. I would like to challenge you to The Mosquito Coast by Paul Theroux. Beth
Hi Helen

I'd like to challenge you to read The Last time they Met by Anita Shreve - I've got this one too.

Madeleine
Thanks for your challenge, Helen. My challenge for you is The Seance by John Harwood. Hope you enjoy it as much as I did!
Hi Helen

Thanks for the challenge. Doesn't look long to me, and looking forward to it! One of those books I keep meaning to get around to - I've loved everything else of hers I've read. Just the trigger I needed.

Cheers, Will
Hi Helen

My challenge to you is The Rainbow - DH Lawrence. I've yet to read it too, so will be including it in my challenge list.

Happy Christmas!

Will

Hi,

I hope you just about remember me! I thought I would just let you know I finally got around to writing another book after The Magic Lands. It's only available on Amazon Kindle and it's called Bad Holiday in Witch Town. I hope you're doing well!
My challenge is Brideshead Revisited by Evelyn Waugh, I loved it when I read it.
Can't see any stars!
Hi Helen. Sorry I forgot to do this. I will challenge you to A Demon in My View by Ruth Rendell. Beth x
Hi Helen, thanks for the challenge, I'm sure I will (enjoy it) - one of those I've been meaning to read for sometime having loved Curious Incident.

Thanks for the challenge Helen. I have liked all the Jodi Picoult books I've read so far, so am looking forward to this one. :)
Thanks Helen!
Hi Helen, my 2013 challenge to you is The Talented Mr Riple, by Patricia Highsmith. It's on my tbr too, so I'm going to try and read it as well. Hope you enjoy it! Ruth x
Hi Helen, my challenge for your is The American Boy by Andrew Taylor. I loved it and I hope you enjoy it, too. x
Hi Helen

I've stuck to your To Read list, as you asked last year, which proved sort of challenging, as we share very few on that front! However, one did stand out: The Shipping News by Annie Proulx, which I haven't read yet either, so will add to my list to read too. Hope that's OK and that I haven't jumped the gun.

Hi Helen, Can I challenge you to read Cold Mountain by Charles Frazier please . Thanks, Shona
Hi Helen. I challenge you to read On Chesil Beach by Ian McEwan. Beth x
Hi Helen

My 2013 challenge is Ready Player One by Ernest Cline. Happy reading :)

Sam
Hi Helen

I'd like to challenge you to read "Mr Golightly's Holiday" by Salley Vickers. I read it years ago and would be interested to see what you think.

Madeleinex
That's great - thanks Helen. I will have to check why I didn't rate the other one!! Thanks anyway xx
Hi Helen,
Unfortunately I have already read this. You need to choose a book either with an unread tag of from my to read collection.

Sorry
Cheryl
Hi Helen,
I challenge you to read The Remains of the Day - I hope you enjoy.

Cheryl xx
Hi Helen, my challenge to you is 'Holy Fools' by Joanne Harris and is one I'll read along with you. :)
Hi Helen

I'd like to challenge you to The Book with No Name by Anonymous.

Beth x
Hi Helen.

My challenge to you is virtually the only book we have in common according to your list. It's also one of my favourites: "I Capture the Castle". Hope you enjoy it too.

Best wishes, Will
Thanks Helen, I keep meaning to read more by Anita Shreve but her covers don't jump out to me as much as others so they haven't been coming to the top of my piles!
Love Shona x
Hi Helen, As I can't believe you haven't read it I'm challenging you to a sci-fi classic - The Day of the Triffids by John Wyndham. I have read it but may read it again as it was as a teenager and interested to see what my adult self makes of it!
Love Shona x
Hi Helen, thanks for the challenge. I would like to challenge you to read The Robber Bride by Margaret Atwood. I enjoyed it, so hope you do, too. x
Please could I challenge you to read Little Face by Sophie Hannah
Louise
Hi Helen,

My challenge to you is 'The Heart is a Lonely Hunter' by Carson McCullers. Hope this is ok, if not I will choose something else.

Tess
xxx
Hi Helen,
Thank you for your challenge, its been on the TBR pile for quite some time now so looking forward to reading this. My challenge to you is The Tenth Circle - Jodi Picoult.
Hi Helen

My challenge to you is Falling by Elizabeth Jane Howard. I have this one on my tbr pile as well so wil be interested to see what you think of it.
Hi Helen, my challenge to you is 'Jamaica Inn' by Daphne Du Maurier. Sam x

Hi Helen, thanks for the challenge. I'd like to challenge you to Grasshopper by Barbara Vine.

Beth
Hi Helen

Thanks for choosing The Girl Who Played With Fire for me, I'm sure I'll enjoy it. The book I'm picking for you for your reading challenge is Not That Sort Of Girl by Mary Welsey. I haven't picked this book for any particular reason but I hope you enjoy it.

Ceri x
Thanks, Helen. I enjoyed Love and Summer by him last year and look forward to trying another.
Thank you Helen - that's one that's been tucked away on the tbr shelves for a while, so I'm glad you've brought it to the fore now!
Thanks for your challenge, Helen. I'm sure I shall enjoy it as I liked Angry Housewives Eating Bon Bons and The Tall Pine Polka. xx
Hi Helen,

Thanks for the challenge. I love Tudor fiction, so am looking forward to reading it!

Ruth
xx
Hi Helen, I'd like to challenge you to read 'How to talk to a widower' by Jonathan Tropper and as it is on my tbr pile I'll try to read it too, love Shona x
Hi Helen. I would like to challenge you to read My Cousin Rachel by Daphne du Maurier. I have it left on my 2010 challenge list and hope it's a good read.
Hi Helen
My challenge to you this year is "The Beekeeper's Apprentice" by Laurie King, a book (and series) I absolutely love. Hope you do too.

Will
hi
My challenge to you is "Silver Bay" by Jojo Moyes hope you enjoy.
Hi Helen,

My challenge to you is Sacred Hearts, by Sarah Dunant. I have it on my tbr, so am also going to try and read it.

I hope you enjoy it!

Ruth
xx
Hi Helen, my challenge for you is The Secret Scripture by Sebastian Barry. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did. xxx
Hi Helen,
My challenge to you is Fingersmith by Sarah Waters - I think it is one of her best - I hope you enjoy.

Cheryl
Hi Helen, I'm challenging you to read The Pull of the Moon by Diane Janes, as I really enjoyed it when I read it earlier this year.

Nicola x
I checked EarlyReviewers and saw that they had added the book manually, so I gave in and did as well, using their book data as much as possible. You can write your review in the same screen that you add the book data, or you can edit it once you add the book. If you get the ISBN, I think it will combine automatically.

Here is a link to the book record in the EarlyReviewers library:
http://www.librarything.com/work/10367902/details/64186198

Hopefully we are helping LibraryThing learn to handle ebooks better!
If you still have trouble, I'm sure you can email Sonya or start a thread on the Early Reviewers Talk section.

Good luck and I hope you enjoyed the book!
Hi Helen.
I have chosen House of Echoes - Barbara Eskrine for the 2010 challenge. Hope this is ok
Nixy
Hi Helen

Thanks for the challenge - I could do with a few lighter reads, so this one is very welcome! My challenge to you is The Magicians' Guild by Trudi Canavan, which sounds like an interesting book. I'm going to try and get hold of it as I'd like to read it too.

Michaela
x
Hi Helen,

Thankyou for your challenge, I've been meaning to read this for some time as it was a SS gift. For your 2010 challenge I would like you to read one of my favourite horror/fantasy books ever, 'Abarat' by Clive Barker. I'm a huge fan of Clive Barker and I've read this one twice. I really hope you enjoy as much as I did.

Tess
xxx
Thanks for your choice, which I'll look forward to. I'm going to try and read my challenge to you too.

ailie x
No I haven't read it but I knew it was an author you liked and you didn't seem to have any other Sci-fi challenges so thought I pick one.
Hi Hash,

I'd like you to read Altered Land by Jules Hardy. I haven't read this yet and so it will be interesting to see what you make of it.

ailie x
Hi Helen. Thanks for your challenge, looking forward to reading it. My challenge to you is Mrs Kimble by Jennifer Haigh. I read it a couple of years ago and enjoyed it very much, so hope you do too.
Hi Helen, thanks for the challenge. I would like you to read Iron Council by China Mieville for your challenge.
Hi
Thanks for the challenge - great minds thinking alike, Meg Rossoff How I live Now which I loved (and poss a good one for M)
Louise x
Thanks Helen - only problem is it is part of a trilogy!!! Will probably be adding to my pile, love Shona
Hi helen,
Thanks for the challenge. I've chosen for you The Divine Secrets of the Ya-ya Sisterhood. To be honest there isn't many books in your library that I'm familiar with so I plucked this one out as one I have actually read. I was a long time ago but I remember enjoying it.

Cheryl
Hi Helen, thanks for your challenge, which I'm looking forward to.

I have chosen Small Island by Andrea Levy for your challenge. I also have this on my tbr, so will also try and read it.

Hope you enjoy it!

Ruth
xx
Thanks for the selection Helen - looking forward to it. I wondered - to encourage you even more, am I allowed to challenge you with the same book with which you challenged me? If so, then Moll Flanders will be my challenge to you. Please let me know if that's OK or even legitimate!

Will.

Hi Helen, I'd like to challenge you to read 'Starter for Ten'by David Nicholls and I'll try to read it too, love Shona
Hi Helen, thanks for my challenge. I enjoyed Affinity and Fingersmith, so I'm sure I'll enjoy Nightwatch. I would like to challenge you to read Company of Liars by Karen Maitland. I loved it and I'm sure you will enjoy it, too. I just know you're dying to read it! Vanessa
Hi Helen.

Can I challenge you to read The Ninth Life of Louis Drax by Liz Jensen. I hope you enjoy it.

Caroline x
Hi Helen
Thanks for the challenge, I'd like to challenge you to read Strangers by Taichi Yamada as I have it on tbr tpoo and need some encouragement to pick it up. It is a short read though so hope that helps too, liz x
lol, just realised in my original post I got the title wrong ha!
I'm the same with 'Emma & Me' Helen hence the reasoning behind choosing it for you, hopefully it'll spur me on to read mine!
Hi Helen, for your 2010 reading challenge I'd like you to read 'Me and Emma' by Elizabeth Flock. Sam :)
Hash, for the 2010 reading challenge I have chosen The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold for you to read. It's one I have tried before and failed to finish, but I want to give it another go before the film comes out, and I'd like to know your opinions on it too.

Nicola
Hi Helen,
I've finished Instances of the Number 3 by Salley Vickers and it was an enjoyable light read. Thanks for challenging me with it.
Hi Helen,

I'm so glad you enjoyed my choice for the 09 reading challenge. As you enjoyed it so much I have decided to start reading tonight as I have just finished my current book. I'll look forward to discussing it with you when I finish it.

Tess
xxx
Hi Helen, I finished The Diving Bell. Thankyou for the challenge. It was very intriguing to be inside the mind of someone with Locked in syndrome. I had so many q's I would like to have asked him. I didn't want the book to end. Amazing feat to think how he dictated that book! Thanks again!
Hi, I would like to challenge you to read The Tenko Club as I wouldn't mind reading this myself, with a nice cuppa!!

I must apologise because I was doing my librarything a few months ago when my computer brokedown. We have just got a new one and are back in the e-world. Could I ask you to just look over my library and choose a different book for me please as I hadn't tagged them as unread before the breakdown! I have done now and have found that now I'm back online people have chosen books for me that I've read. My fault I know and I must apologise, hope it's not too much of an inconvenience. Many Thanks Michelle
Hi helen,
I don't mind which one but I will probably read the Resurrectionist becuase it is here anyway - if I can fit the other one in my case when I go home I will read that too.
Hi Helen
Thanks for the challenge. However, if you include the ratings when you view my library, you'll see that I've already rated it, which means I've read it, so could you please give me an alternative? Any of the unrated ones are yet to be read (ignore the TBR tag, that's for my own reference).

As to my views on Doomsday Book - superb, on my all-time short list. I loved the concept, and the way she dealt with the historical side. She's done another couple of stories using the same idea: To Say Nothing of the Dog (set in Victorian times) and the novella Fire Watch (set in the Blitz).
Hi Helen

I thought I'd already sent you my challenge for the forthcoming year, but I can't find it, so many apologies. Anyway, it's Robert Louis Stevenson's "The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde". A quick but interesting read! I hope you enjoy it.

Regards, Will.
Hi Helen,
My challege for you is Castle Dor because I want to read more Du maurier books but they are all in UK at the moment!!! Enjoy.

Cheryl
I will let you know when I am reading Another World, Helen. My challenge to you is A Dark Ship by Anne MacLeod
thanks helen
i also have the others in the series, so your challenge is a great motivation to start, liz x
hi helen
i'd like to challenge you to read Engleby by Sebastian Faulks, liz x
Hi Helen. thanks for your challenge and I'm going to challenge you to read One True Thing by Anna Quindlen. I've read a couple of hers and enjoyed them so hope you do too.
Hi Helen. Thanks for the challenge. I have read all the other Maggie O'Farrell books and enjoyed them. I would like to challenge you to read Plain Truth by Jodi Picoult. It's a while since I read this but I thought it was one of her better ones.

Caroline xx
Hi How about The Shakespeare Secret J Carrell!
Hi Helen,
I challenge you to read The Resurrectionist by James Bradley. I have this on my tbr to read too so can hopefully read it with you!
Becky x
Hi Helen, Sorry I've read but not rated that one - my unread should be tagged 'unread', look forward to your next choice for me, love Shona x
Hi Helen

I challenge you to read Recipes for Cherubs by Babs Horton (because I gave it to you!).

Hope you like it.

Nicola x
Hi Helen, I'm going to read along with choices I make for others so I've chosen 'The Savage Garden' by Mark Mills, see you Friday, love Shona
Thanks for my challenge, its the second in a series and the first was good!
My challenge for you is: The Other Boleyn Girl - Phillipa Gregory
Helen

Thanks for your challenge - I've not read any Barbara Kingsolver books yet, so am looking forward to The Bean Trees. I've also got Poisonwood Bible, so perhaps I'll read that one too. I currently seem to have about 1001 books on my TBR mountain and just keep buying more, and more, and more...! Can you get help for a book addiction do you know?

Michaela
Hash, great choice for me - thank you - I'll look forward to reading it. I enjoyed the other Salley Vicker's novels that I've read (Miss Garnet's Angel and The Other Side of You) - ailie
Hi Helen

My challenge to you for 2009 is for you to read "The Other Boleyn Girl" by Philippa Gregory. It's one I haven't read yet, and so am looking forward to comparing notes on it!

Michaela
Hi Helen,

Thanks for picking Un Lun Dun - I am really looking forward to this one. I know Amber loved it!

Ruth
xx
Hi Helen, thanks for your challenge - look forward to it. Funnily enough I nearly chose it for you as seeing it on your list reminded me that I had it and hadn't added it to my Librarything! Vx
Hope you enjoy Ailie's choice better than I did Helen. I had to read this for the weekend that Hec, me and my friend Alison went on. Sam x
Helen, your choice of Donna Tartt as well as Vanessa is fine. They are both books I'd like to read and not got round to so I'm happy with that. Cheers. Sam xx
Hi Helen,

Thanks for your challenge, this is one I'm really looking forward to reading.

Tess
xxx
Hi Hash - my 2009 challenge to you is to listen to Purple Hibiscus by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie. I hope that you enjoy it - ailie
Hi Helen, I would like to challenge you to read a book which is also on my TBR pile, The Penelopiad by Margaret Atwood. Hope you enjoy it! I shall be interested to know what you think of it Vx
Hi Helen, for the 2009 reading challenge, I have picked My Lover's Lover by Maggie O'Farrell, for you to read. I read it a few years ago and really enjoyed it - I hope you do too!

Ruth
xx
Hi Helen, for the 2009 reading challenge will you read The Harmony Silk Factory by Tash Aw.
Hi Helen, for the Reading Challenge 2009 please could you read THE RAW SHARK TEXTS by STEVEN HALL. It's one that I keep meaning to read so I will pobably join you in reading it. Hope that's OK.

Tess
xxx
Hi Helen, for your 2009 Reading Challenge would you read 'Perfume' by Patrick Suskind. I'll more than likely read it about the same time as you (or within 2009) as I'm trying to choose books for other people that I have. Sam xxx
Hi Helen,

I challenge you to read Eragon because it's one I'd love to read myself!

Vicky
Great choice for me, thanks.
I'm challenging you to listen to Atonement by Ian McEwan. I hope you enjoy it.
Hi Helen

I challenge you to read The Memory Keeper's Daughter by Kim Edwards. I loved it.
Hmmmmmmmmmmmmmm
The End of Mr Y?!?
Hi helen - no rush.

I choose for you Miss Garnet's Angel. I really liked this book and have tried other Salley Vickers since but didn't enjoy any of them. I hope this one suits you too.

Cheryl
Great choice, will challenge when have more time!
Hi Helen,
I have chosen for your 2008 challenge - Saturday - Ian McEwan
hope this is ok.
Ta Nicola
Hi Helen, I challenge you to read Endymion Spring by Matthew Skelton and mine looks great fun so the longer length ain't a problem!
Hi Hash,
I challenge you to read The Kite Runner- one of my favourite books last year! I hope you enjoy it!
Hash,

I challenge you to read Speaking of Love-Angela Young

I hope that's ok!

BL
Helen, I have chosen for your challenge The Book Thief by Marcus Zusak - hope this is ok. This is one I have on my TBR pile, so I will be interested to hear your thoughts on it.
Hi Helen, thanks you so much for choosing Saturday. It's one I should have read when it first came out but didn't. Now at last I shall get around to it.
Hi Helen, Thank you for your choice of book for the Reading Challenge (I see Sam has chosen the same book for you so we can compare notes!). I challenge you to read, 'The Star of the Sea' by Joseph O'Connor.
Hiya Helen, will you read this one http://www.librarything.com/work/1013972/book/28591058 for your challenge?

I was just looking at Ruth's choice for you, I loved that book, hope you enjoy it as much.
Hi Helen, your reading challenge from me is Pigs in Heaven by Barbara Kingsolver. Hope you enjoy it.
Thanks for your choice Helen, it's one of those books I've been meaning to read for ages and never seem to get to. Am looking forward to it.
Hi Helen,

Thank you for choosing a book for me - the Anita Shreve one looks good (must say I have been very pleased and relieved with all the choices people have picked for me, including this one).

For you, I have picked Hide and Seek, by Clare Sambrook - hope that's okay. I picked it because I am reading it (and thoroughly enjoying it) at the moment, and would be interested to read your thoughts on it.
Actually, I take that back you've only got 66 listed so far so yes 20 is quite a lot!
It's not a lot (20) when you think Louise and I share 178!!!! I had a sneaky feeling you'd choose that one and I'm quite pleased you have as it's a one I keep looking at. Choosing yours in a minute and will leave you a message.
Glad your pleased with my choice, Helen.
Helen, for the 2008 Reading Challenge, please would you read 'Rebecca' by Daphne Du Maurier. It's one of my favourites, such a beautiful story. Hope that's OK.
I look forward to reading it Helen. I will now go and find one for you.
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