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1PensiveCat
Edited: Apr 14, 2009, 10:40am Top

May be open to change as the year progresses.

1 History
2 Books/Reading/Writing/Writers
3 Italy/Rome (Ancient and Modern)
4 By a Lady
5 Historical Fiction
6 Food & Drink
7 Plays/Poetry
8 Kitchen Sink
9 1001

2PensiveCat
Edited: Dec 31, 2009, 9:55am Top

History/Biography/Memoir/Anthropology
1. Gimme Shelter
2. When Cats Reigned Like Kings
3. Mistress of the Monarchy
4. Watching the English
5. The Prince
6. What Jane Austen Ate and Charles Dickens Knew
7. Gimme Shelter
8.
9.

3PensiveCat
Edited: Dec 31, 2009, 9:59am Top

Books/Reading/Writing/Writers
1. Two Guys Read Jane Austen
2. The City of Dreaming Books
3. The Life of Samuel Johnson
4. The Lambs of London
5. Biblioholism:The Literary Addiction
6. Writing Past Dark
7. Coffee With Dickens
8. The Man Who Loved Books Too Much
9.

4PensiveCat
Edited: Dec 31, 2009, 12:36pm Top

Italy/Rome
1.I, Claudius
2.The Almond Picker
3.A Thousand Days in Tuscany
4.Nero, by Edward Champlin
5.Innocence, by Priscilla Fitzgerald
6.That Summer in Sicily
7.Following Hadrian
8.Claudius the God
9.

5RidgewayGirl
Nov 18, 2008, 7:54pm Top

I like your Italian category and will be watching to see what ends up there!

6PensiveCat
Edited: Sep 25, 2009, 11:28am Top

Thanks!

By a Lady
1. Eyes Like Stars
2. The Wednesday Sisters
3. The Joy of Eating: The Virago Book of Food
4. The Day I Became an Autodidact
5. Fairy Tale
6. High Tea
7. 84 Charing Cross Road - reread
8. When Wanderers Cease to Roam
9.Thrumpton Hall

7PensiveCat
Edited: Dec 22, 2009, 9:42am Top

Historical Fiction
1. The Autobiography of Henry VIII
2. The Coffee Trader
3. Shannon
4. The Book Thief
5. Pillars of the Earth
6. The Sunne in Splendour
7. The Last Prince of the Mexican Empire
8. Rooftops of Tehran
9.Cleopatra's Daughter

8PensiveCat
Edited: Dec 31, 2009, 9:56am Top

Food & Drink
1. A Homemade Life
2. Curry: A Tale of Cooks and Conquerors
3. Tea Bliss
4. A History of the World in 6 Glasses
5. Oolong Dead
6. The Empire of Tea
7. The Teashop Girls
8. A Guide to Tea
9.

9PensiveCat
Edited: Dec 31, 2009, 9:57am Top

Whatever
1. Macbeth
2. The Lost Art of Gratitude
3. The Doll People
4. Essays and Sketches by Leigh Hunt
5. A Season in Hell & Illuminations, Rimbaud
6. Shades of Grey
7.Hamlet
8. Tales of Mystery and Imagination
9.

10PensiveCat
Edited: Aug 10, 2009, 9:55am Top

YA/Fantasy/Graphic Novel
1. Jane Eyre The Graphic Novel
2. The Last Olympian
3. Wings
4. Fragile Eternity
5. Need
6. Persepolis
7. Wicked Lovely
8. Ink Exchange
9. Wondrous Strange

11PensiveCat
Edited: Dec 31, 2009, 9:58am Top

12VictoriaPL
Nov 19, 2008, 8:29am Top

I knew we'd see something about Tea in your Food group! I'm looking forward to seeing what else you select. I almost chose a Food category.

13PensiveCat
Nov 19, 2008, 10:24am Top

Yeah, big surprise, huh?

14DevourerOfBooks
Nov 19, 2008, 10:30am Top

Oh, The Autobiography of Henry VIII is a good one. Margaret George is good in general, and I definitely think that one is better than her Cleopatra book.

15PensiveCat
Nov 19, 2008, 10:47am Top

That's great: I read Cleopatra and loved it, even if it was rather long.

Looking at this list, I realize this will be my most ambitious reading year evar! I'm pretty sure it won't be completed by 9/9/09.

16DevourerOfBooks
Nov 19, 2008, 11:00am Top

I think the main difference for me was that The Autobiography of Henry VIII didn't FEEL as long, even though it was.

17PensiveCat
Nov 19, 2008, 11:43am Top

Even better! Actually, I started it recently, and am thinking about not waiting til next year to continue.

18BeyondEdenRock
Nov 19, 2008, 11:56am Top

You are more strong minded than me then!

You have some great categories and great books. I'll be interested to read your views in due course.

19lahochstetler
Nov 19, 2008, 7:13pm Top

Oooh, I've got Tea Bliss on my list for my Tea category.

20cocoafiend
Nov 19, 2008, 8:17pm Top

Great lists so far! I've been thinking of reading A History of the World in 6 Glasses myself. I'm also intrigued by Curry: A Tale of Cooks and Conquerors.

21cmbohn
Nov 19, 2008, 11:01pm Top

I have What Jane Austen Ate and I think it's a very cool book. It's set up like a reference guide, so it would be good to read a section or two at a time. I really enjoyed it!

22PensiveCat
Nov 20, 2008, 12:26pm Top

Great - I was supposed to read it this year, but 09 is as good a time as any.

23socialpages
Nov 29, 2008, 12:33am Top

Tristram Shandy has been sitting on my bookshelf mocking me all through 2008. I plan to read it as part of my 999 Challenge so will be watching for your thoughts on it. I'm not sure if it's the number of pages that put me off or the mixed reviews I've read. Have you seen the movie of the book?

24justjim
Edited: Nov 29, 2008, 5:51am Top

Oooh, I want to do Food and Drink too! May I suggest, if you need a crossover: Food and Drink/Historical Fiction, Lobscouse and Spotted Dog.

Stupid touchstones! this work

25PensiveCat
Nov 29, 2008, 12:07pm Top

I have a really fancy copy of Tristram, and I think I put off reading it because I can't lug it around for fear of tarnishing its gold-edged pages. I haven't seen the movie - I rarely read a book after I've seen the movie. Jane Eyre was ruined for me by that.

Justjim - That sounds like a fun book! I love stuff like that.

26justjim
Nov 29, 2008, 6:44pm Top

Which it is my pleasure m'Lady. There is a brief discussion from someone who actually cooked something from Lobscouse and Spotted Dog over at the HMS Surprise group.

Jim

27PensiveCat
Dec 1, 2008, 9:41am Top

Ooh fabulous!

28PensiveCat
Dec 17, 2008, 10:06am Top

I have added some books that were started either this year or previously. Now that it's in the challenge I think I'll have more incentive to finish them (anyway, my yearly record is usually about 62 books, so I needed all the help I could get!)

29PensiveCat
Jan 1, 2009, 9:41pm Top

Now that it's 2009, I'm gonna really start in earnest! I'm already into The Autobiography of Henry VIII, and it's really fun.

30jhedlund
Jan 1, 2009, 11:00pm Top

If you still need a ninth book for your Italy category, I suggest you consider The Sixteen Pleasures by Robert Hellenga. It takes place in the sixties, if memory serves, after the Arno flooded. A woman travels to Florence to help restore books. I won't say any more, other than I loved it. It's been years since I read it, and it still stays with me.

31PensiveCat
Jan 1, 2009, 11:15pm Top

Wow! Will look for it, thanks!

32catherinestead
Jan 2, 2009, 10:51am Top

I'll second the recommendation for The Sixteen Pleasures - I read it last year and really enjoyed it. And yes, it is set in the 60s.

33sherton
Jan 2, 2009, 11:10am Top

#2 Okay, ladygata. I am adding When Cats Reigned Like Kings to my "Books About Cats" list. It looks like a fun read!

Thanks.

34PensiveCat
Jan 11, 2009, 5:34pm Top

The big, chunky Autobiography of Henry VIII is completed...now I can turn to slightly smaller books.

35PensiveCat
Jan 21, 2009, 4:39pm Top

I've tweaked a few of the categories to fit in other TBR's. Nothing monumental.

36PensiveCat
Feb 28, 2009, 4:05pm Top

I'm falling a little bit behind - think I'm reading too many massive, serious books. It's all good.

37PensiveCat
Mar 15, 2009, 8:58pm Top

I haven't gotten to the 1001 list yet, but when I do, I'm not too particular about which 1001 list (I understand there's more than one now.) It's all good.

38PensiveCat
Apr 14, 2009, 10:42am Top

My Virago list wasn't doing too well, so I tweaked it once again and it's now the category "By a Lady". This will consist of books written by the female gender, whether novel or non-fiction.

39PensiveCat
May 28, 2009, 1:31pm Top

In yet another effort to squeeze my 09 reads into a category, I've included in Historical Fiction anything, not fantasy, that is fiction and took place before I was born. It's a stretch, but it works for me!

40PensiveCat
Sep 25, 2009, 3:12pm Top

In the compromising trend, I've converted a category to "whatever", as I keep taking in books that don't fit anywhere.

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