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LePensuer out of his comfort zone!

2018 Category Challenge

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Edited: Nov 24, 2017, 10:28pm Top

This will be my first challenge ever. My favorite category is suspense, psychological thrillers, so this year will be a new experience since I will be out of my comfort zone.

I decided to do 6 categories; fiction, humanities, travel, biography, history, and transportation. Why did I choose these categories? I don’t know.

I will be updating this post once I pick which books I will be reading. So if you have any suggestions, please by all means let me know.

Nov 24, 2017, 10:44pm Top

Welcome to the challenge! Looking forward to seeing what books you read for each category. (And if the categories don't work out for whatever reason, go ahead and change them -- the only rule here is that there are no rules.)

One of our group challenges, the MysteryCAT, will have a month featuring "mysteries involving transit", so that might help with your transportation category :)

Nov 25, 2017, 8:24am Top

Glad to see a new face. Welcome! Hope your reading, for whatever category is fun and worthwhile!

Nov 25, 2017, 11:16am Top

Welcome! I hope you enjoy the challenge.

Nov 25, 2017, 2:33pm Top

Welcome to the group! I hope you enjoy the books you pick. :)

Nov 26, 2017, 1:30pm Top

Welcome to the challenge. Enjoy your reads!

Nov 26, 2017, 9:26pm Top

Welcome! Can’t wait to see what you’re thinking about reading. Maybe then I can better give some recommendations once I see what types of books you generally like. For history, I’d say you can’t go wrong with anything by David McCullough.

Nov 27, 2017, 11:42am Top

Welcome to the group! I have been pleasantly surprised by some of the "out of my comfort zone" reads I have had because of this group. Looking forward to following your 2018 reading.

Nov 27, 2017, 1:50pm Top

Hope you have a great first challenge year!

Nov 27, 2017, 3:49pm Top

I always like to respond to requests for recommendations. When I checked your library to see if you've read mine I was happy to see you've read all the Louise Penny books. They are among my favorites. My recommendation is for your biography category - Mountains Beyond Mountains. I read it after being totally disappointed in Three Cups of Tea. The two men could not be more different! Dr. Paul Farmer did something monumental for people who simply needed his help, not pull his ass out of trouble. Very inspiring.
Glad you are joining us. Have a wonderful year of reading.

Nov 27, 2017, 5:17pm Top

Welcome to the challenge. As RabbitPrincess mentioned above, you should check out the MysteryCat thread as every month we are planning to read mysteries and thrillers with different themes. Looking forward to seeing what you choose to read for your different categories.

Edited: Dec 3, 2017, 3:38pm Top

Thanks to all for replying! I got my books for 2018; however, based on some of the suggestions from RabbitPrincess, and mamzel and Little Takio I might change and/or add books to my list. Well not without further due ...

1. Transportation: Van Life: your home on the road.
2. History and Social Science:
a. Between the world and me.
b. Hillbilly Elegy
c. The Great Bridge: The Epic Story of the Building of the Brooklyn Bridge
3. Biography: Born a Crime: Stories from a South African Childhood
4. Travel: On trails: an exploration
5. Humanities: Details for soul Pancake, chew on life's big questions
6. Fiction: Waking Lions

Later on I will be writing the reasons why I got these books and then after reading them I will post my thoughts on them.

Dec 3, 2017, 3:34pm Top

Hi there! Would you mind mention what you didn't like about Three Cups of Tea?

Dec 3, 2017, 3:39pm Top

Little Taiko I followed you suggestions and added The Great Bridge: The Epic Story of the Building of the Brooklyn Bridge to my 2018 reading list. Thanks

Dec 4, 2017, 7:11am Top

I second that recommendation for The Great Bridge - an excellent read!

Dec 4, 2017, 3:33pm Top

>13 lepensuer: Of course the story of how the Sherpa went and found him after he was separated from his group, saved his butt, and brought him back to his village was touching. What annoyed me was how he got in that predicament in the first place. Then there was the news that he wasn't using all of the donated money for the intended purpose. I stay away from stories about people who attempt such challenges, aren't as prepared as they should be, and/or leave their garbage (even dead bodies) behind for prosperity.

Dec 5, 2017, 8:54pm Top

As you can see, we're happy to have your company. I hope you have a great reading year!

Dec 6, 2017, 12:38pm Top

Welcome to your first challenge! After this, you will be hooked!

Dec 8, 2017, 11:56am Top

Enjoy your first challenge! It's a great way to get yourself to read outside your norm.

Dec 8, 2017, 12:53pm Top

>14 lepensuer: - That's one of his I haven't read yet but own. I think I'll read it in 2018 as well so we can compare notes. Hope you enjoy it!

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