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The 11 in 11 Category Challenge

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1countrylife
Feb 12, 2011, 12:12pm Top

We've just gone through a major life change that culminated in moving to a very small house, which is yet waiting for us to get bookshelves built. Meantime, my books languish in boxes. Realistically, I'm afraid that shelf-building and box-unpacking will interfere with actual reading. So, I won't set myself up for failure by setting a goal of 121 books. My goal will be about half that.

Since I had a lot of packing help from the munchki, my book boxes aren't consistently marked as to their contents. My categories, since I don't know which boxes hold which, therefore, won't fall into genre, time-line, geography, awards, or any of the other fancy category selections I've been reading about here. (How OCD am I? I've just spent a 52 page document of copy/paste from some of these interesting category threads in order to give myself ideas for my first category challenge, and then end up with this!)

I'm going to make things easy on myself and aim for half of my challenge reads to come randomly out of boxes, and half to specifically search out from the library. I'm a late-comer to this challenge, but shall count backwards to my January reads. I'll call it my “Modified 11 in 11 Challenge”.

Goal: 62 books

2countrylife
Edited: Apr 3, 2011, 12:39pm Top

FROM THE LIBRARY – Categories 1 through 10:

One of my favorite pastimes on LT is review surfing, so I end up with a lot of notes of member recommendations/reviews that struck a chord with me and caused me to wishlist a book. Of the member reviews I've discovered so far, these reviewers ended up with the most notes in my catalog. (Each of these members have public reviews, so I hope they don't mind my bringing attention to their names in this way.)

What THEY liked:
(Goal: 32 books from this category division; distribution commiserate with cataloged notes.)

Progress:
As of 3/31/2011: 7/32 = 25 to go.

3countrylife
Edited: Jan 19, 2012, 1:17pm Top

Category 1: Whisper1 – 2 books (COMPLETE)

Fever 1793 by Laurie Halse Anderson (2/1/2011)
The Sugar Queen by Sarah Addison Allen (6/18/2011)

Category 2: Cait86 – 2 (COMPLETE)

The Housekeeper & The Professor by Yoko Ogawa (4/15/2011)
Down From Cascom Mountain by Ann Joslin Williams (7/10/2011)

Category 3: LadyLo – 2 (COMPLETE)

Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier (7/3/2011)
84, Charing Cross Road by Helene Hanff (11/20/2011)

Category 4: rbhardy3rd – 2 (INCOMPLETE)

4countrylife
Edited: Jan 19, 2012, 1:22pm Top

Category 5: laytonwoman3rd – 3 (COMPLETE)

Home by Marilynne Robinson (5/7/2011)
Fried Green Tomatoes by Fannie Flagg (6/21/2011) 2.5 stars
Crooked Letter, Crooked Letter by Tom Franklin (7/29/2011)

Category 6: etxgardener – 3 (COMPLETE)

Sarah's Key by Tatiana de Rosnay (1/27/2011)
Rules of Civility by Amor Towles (9/19/2011)
Not Becoming My Mother by Ruth Reichl (9/22/2011)

5countrylife
Edited: Jan 19, 2012, 1:29pm Top

Category 7: karenmarie – 4 (COMPLETE)

Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
Falling Leaves by Adeline Yen Mah (5/13/2011) 2.8 stars
Whose Body by Dorothy L. Sayers (5/30/2010)
The Vanishing Act of Esme Lennox by Maggie O'Farrell (10/21/2011)

Category 8: cbl_tn – 4 books (COMPLETE)

The Whistling Season by Ivan Doig (3/2/2011) 5 stars
Defiance by Nechama Tec (5/11/2011) 3.8 stars
The Night Journal by Elizabeth Crook (11/18/2011)
Parnassus on Wheels by Christopher Morley (12/28/2011)

6countrylife
Edited: Jan 19, 2012, 1:36pm Top

Category 9: wisewoman – 5 books (COMPLETE)

Jacob Have I Loved by Katherine Paterson (1/7/2011)
Beauty: A Retelling of the Story of Beauty and the Beast by Robin McKinley (2/27/2011)
All Things Wise and Wonderful by James Herriot (3/25/2011) 4 stars
The View From Saturday by E.L Konigsburg (6/24/2011)
The Midwife's Apprentice by Karen Cushman (8/2/2011)

Category 10: lindsacl – 5 books (COMPLETE)

The Snow Goose by Paul Gallico (3/1/2011) 5 stars
Stone Diaries by Carol Shields (3/23/2011)
The Memory of Love by Aminatta Forna (8/16/2011)
Angle of Repose by Wallace Stegner (8/31/2011)
Beasts of No Nation by Uzodinma Iweala (10/24/2011)

7countrylife
Edited: Apr 3, 2011, 12:40pm Top

FROM THE BOXES – Category 11:

Because, I've got to face it, books must go, and I'd like to get as many of them as possible actually READ first.
Goal: 30 books from this category.

Progress:
As of 3/31/2011: 12/30 = 18 to go.

8countrylife
Edited: May 5, 2011, 5:17pm Top

Category 11 / A: Random reads from a box – January through April:

The Secret Life of CeeCee Wilkes by Diane Chamberlain (1/2/2011)
Latitudes of Melt by Joan Clark (1/5/2011)
The Browns at Mt. Hermon by Isabella Alden (1/14/2011)
Sarah's Key by Tatiana de Rosnay (1/27/2011)
Sing Them Home by Stephanie Kallos (1/31/2011)
(January - 5 books)(25 to go)
Memory Keeper's Daughter by Kim Edwards (2/2/2011)
Tisha by Robert Specht (2/6/2011)
An Acquaintance with Darkness by Ann Rinaldi (2/8/2011)
Freckles by Gene Stratton-Porter (2/9/2011)
The Quilt by T. Davis Bunn (2/12/2011)
A Daughter of the Land by Gene Stratton-Porter (2/15/2011)
(February - 6 books)(19 to go)
Slow Waltz in Cedar Bend by Robert James Waller (3/1/2011) 2 stars
(March - 1 book)(18 to go)
the Trail of Blood by J.M. Carroll (4/21/2011) 3 stars
the Parable of the Lily by Liz Curtis Higgs (children's book) (4/22/2011) 3 stars
(April - 2 books) (16 to go)

9countrylife
Edited: Jan 19, 2012, 1:52pm Top

Category 11 / B: Random reads from a box – May through August:

The Endless Steppe by Esther Hautzig (5/22)
The Bulletproof George Washington by Charles Barton (6/25)
ABC by David Plante (7/8)
Great Son by Edna Ferber (8/1)
4 books = 12 to go



10countrylife
Edited: Jan 19, 2012, 1:57pm Top

Category 11 / C: Random reads from a box – September through December:

Signers of the Compact Who Left Descendants by Esther Lindsey (9/23)
Northanger Abbey by Jane Austen (10/24)
The Quotable Will Rogers by Joseph H. Carter (10/25)'
Hark! The Herald Angels Sing by Charles Wesley (12/22)
4 books = 8 unfinished

This category INCOMPLETE by 8 books

11countrylife
Feb 12, 2011, 12:16pm Top

(reserved - in case I forgot anything protocol-wise)

12cammykitty
Feb 12, 2011, 12:25pm Top

Welcome to the challenge, & I hope your unpacking goes well. It can take years. ;) I like the idea of categories based on other LT members.

13LisaMorr
Feb 24, 2011, 4:57pm Top

I also really like your category based on recommendations from other LTers. I have kept a book of recommendations that I have gotten from threads here, and now use the WishList feature and note from which LTer I got the recommendation. I'll have to use that category in the future!

14countrylife
Feb 26, 2011, 7:49am Top

cammykitty/12: especially if I waste all my time on LT instead of in a box!

LisaMorr/13: I always like to hear how other people manage their recommendation lists. I peeked at your tags page and see that you do it that way, too. Your rec by memberA is akin to my boLT rec memberB (because of LT recommendation) or boLT rev memberC (review). But, dagnabit! I hate how that clutters up my tag page. So, periodically, I go move all those tags into comments. But such is my penchant for reading reviews that the tags proliferate again! I hope that some time all those RSI discussions about extra fields for our catalogs pays off, with a place to store that information!

15countrylife
Jan 19, 2012, 2:01pm Top

Well, I finally finished inputting my reads for the year into this challenge, and find that I ...

Flunked my first category challenge!

Category #4 - 2 books shy
Category #11 - 8 books shy

Missed my goals by 10 books!

16thornton37814
Jan 19, 2012, 8:44pm Top

Don't be so hard on yourself. Your grade is a solid B - an 85 (if I counted correctly when I averaged your grade, and I think I did).

17lkernagh
Jan 19, 2012, 9:27pm Top

No one can flunk their own challenge..... I am pretty sure that is one of the rules. Just think of all the great books you read over the year. And besides, 10 books off is pretty good in my books!

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