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The 11 in 11 Category Challenge

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1MarthaJeanne
Edited: Dec 31, 2011, 5:06pm Top

Books read:
New 23
Library 17
Secondhand 50
Rereads 82

Categories Finished: 11!

Heinlein
Anne McCaffrey
Valdemar
Taking place in Europe - 20th century and later
Taking place in Europe - 19th century and earlier
Taking place in North America - modern
Rest of the World
Children's books
Heyer
Marion Zimmer Bradley
Other
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Science Fiction http://www.librarything.com/topic/96717#2361114

Fantasy http://www.librarything.com/topic/96717#2361115

North America http://www.librarything.com/topic/96717#2361120

Europe http://www.librarything.com/topic/96717#2361121

Rest of World http://www.librarything.com/topic/96717#2361123

Classics and Children's Books http://www.librarything.com/topic/96717#2361124

Individual Authors http://www.librarything.com/topic/96717#2443270

2MarthaJeanne
Nov 15, 2010, 5:31am Top

Still just setting up.

3bruce_krafft
Nov 15, 2010, 8:01pm Top

I love the categories so far!

I might have to steal some, for a second challenge. I could have one for ordered from foreign countries, that would validate my Amazon UK habit. . and another for Thrift Store finds. . . antiquarian bookstore finds. . .maybe instead of library I could have former library books. I so hate to give them up once I get them. . . I know.

I am hoping for a Kindle for x-mass (or 1400 square feet of hardwood (oak) flooring. . . my daughter is moving into my hubbies townhouse at the end of December. . .to say it needs work would be an understatment of vast proportions!)

DS
(Bruce's evil twin :-))

4MarthaJeanne
Nov 16, 2010, 11:57am Top

Those aren't categories actually - just the way I keep my statistics.

7MarthaJeanne
Edited: Dec 2, 2011, 11:13am Top

North America

19th century and earlier
1 An Echo in the Bone
2 O'Hara's Choice
3 Loving Frank

20th century historical
1 Crossings

Modern
1 The guest of honor
2 The Lazarus child (or England)
3 Amazing grace, Steel
4 The girl next door
5 Handle with care
6 Sleeping Beauty
7 The R document
8 Deadly Cure
9 Out of the mist
10 Ursula, under (Main story. Also includes historical around the world.)
11 Sisters

8MarthaJeanne
Edited: Dec 31, 2011, 12:02pm Top

Europe

19th century
1 The River Girl (England, 19th Century)
2 Ben Retallick (Cornwall, 19th)
3 The kitchen maid (England, 19th)
4 Pauper's Gold (England, 19th?)
. Confessions of a Jane Austen addict
. Slightly married

Earlier
1 His Last Duchess
2 Long Dark Summer (England, 17th Century)
3 Lands of glass (England, 18th)
4 The White Queen (England 15th)
5 Holy fools (France, 17th)
6 Ransom my heart (England Medieval, well, sort of)
7 Ann of Cambray (England 12th)

20th century historical
!1 The friendly young ladies (England 1930s)
!2 Pure as the Lily
!3 Suite française (France WWII)
!4 Wish me Luck
!5 The Pursuit of Love
6 Love in a cold climate

Narrowboat: Credited in more
. The narrowboat Girl
. Water gypsies
. A boy off the bank
. A Girl at the Tiller
. The New Number One
. Starlight
. Ramlin Rose
- The boat girls

Modern
1 My best friend's girl
2 The Evangelist
3 Astrid and Veronika
(Lazarus Child)
4 The longing
5 The pilgrimage
6 Getting rid of Matthew
7 Minding Frankie
8 The accidental wife
9 The unnumbered
10 A labour of love

9MarthaJeanne
Edited: Dec 31, 2011, 11:59am Top

Rest of World (country/period)

1 Snow flower and the secret fan (China, historical)
2 Sayonara (Japan, 20th)
3 Imperial woman (China, historical)
4 My name is Red (Turkey, 17th century)
5 The last song of dusk (India, 20th)
6 The city of gold (South Africa, 19th)
7 The pleasantries of the incredible Mulla Nasrudin (middle east, ancient)
8 The jewel in the crown (India, 20th)
9 A sport of nature (South Africa, 20th)
10 The day of the scorpion (India, 20th)
11 The secret river (Austrialia, 19th)
12 An elegy for Easterly (Zimbabwe, modern)

Religious fiction
!1 The Gospel according to the Son
!2 Moses : Prince of Egypt
!3 People of the book

11MarthaJeanne
Edited: Jan 8, 2011, 2:41pm Top

Week 1

The River Girl (Europe, Historical)
An echo in the bone (North America, Historical)

Yes, this one could also go in Europe, but I am more likely to fill that one up anyway. I think I'm ready for a break. I love this series, but it is a lot of very long books! I'm struggling with a long one in German right now, too, so it will be good to read some lighter stuff.

His Last Duchess (Europe, Historical)

Snow flower and the secret fan (Rest of World)

13MarthaJeanne
Edited: Jan 14, 2011, 2:36pm Top

Week 2

Long Dark Summer (Europe, Historical)

The Nonesuch. (Heyer)
I will be alternating Heyer with the other fiction until I have a full category.

The Iron Ring (Children's Books)
Delightful!

14MarthaJeanne
Edited: Jan 23, 2011, 5:31pm Top

Week 3

A civil contract (Heyer)

The Looking Glass Wars (Fantasy)

My best friend's girl (Europe,modern)
I liked this one. Heartwarming.

15MarthaJeanne
Edited: Jan 29, 2011, 8:53am Top

Week 4

Black Sheep (Heyer)

The Gospel according to the Son (Rest of world)
This was really bad.

The quiet gentleman (Heyer)

Lands of Glass
At least I only paid 1 Euro for this.

16MarthaJeanne
Edited: Feb 6, 2011, 5:50am Top

Week 5

Sylvester (Heyer)

The White Queen

The Guest of Honor

17MarthaJeanne
Edited: Feb 11, 2011, 1:27am Top

Week 6

Sprig muslin (Heyer)
I really need to order a new copy of this one. I have read it into pieces.

Persuasion (Classics)
I don't like this one as much as some of her others.

Crossings
Love and romance among the rich and famous. This time with a WWII background.

Lady of quality (Heyer)

18MarthaJeanne
Edited: Feb 17, 2011, 4:49pm Top

Week 7

Sayonara (Rest of world)

Imperial woman (Rest of World)

Regency Buck (Heyer)
Not my favourite Heyer.

The blue hawk

19MarthaJeanne
Edited: Feb 27, 2011, 10:11am Top

Week 8

The Lazarus child
Reviewed. This is a weird one, but I liked it.

The Grand Sophy

20MarthaJeanne
Edited: Mar 14, 2011, 3:09pm Top

Week 9

The Evangelist
Very satisfying.

A Girl of the Limberlost
Wonderful. Even better than Freckles. Thank you LT!

The Toll-Gate

Holy Fools

Amazing grace

21bruce_krafft
Feb 27, 2011, 1:25pm Top

Those darn touchstone aren't working are they? So it's not just me :-(

DS
(Bruce's evil twin :-))

22MarthaJeanne
Feb 27, 2011, 3:52pm Top

They are working fine - I have only touchstoned in the categories, not in the weeks.

23bruce_krafft
Feb 28, 2011, 1:49am Top

>22 MarthaJeanne: so you're saying it is me . . . sigh. I must have soemthing weird on my list then.

DS
(Bruce's evil twin :-))

24MarthaJeanne
Edited: Mar 2, 2011, 2:32am Top

February

At the end of February I have finished 29 fiction books.

Hopefully by the end of March I will have a few categories to claim. From the numbers finishing should not be a problem.

25MarthaJeanne
Edited: Mar 14, 2011, 3:09pm Top

Week 10

The Load of Unicorn (Children's)

False Colours (Heyer)

This Scepter'd Isle

26MarthaJeanne
Edited: Mar 22, 2011, 1:19am Top

Week 11

Owlflight

The friendly young ladies
Wow!

Owlsight

The girl next door

Owlknight

27MarthaJeanne
Edited: Mar 25, 2011, 12:26pm Top

Week 12

The tale of Tobias
This one had been missing. I just found it and entered it, which meant that I also reread it. I bought it around the time it came out (1996) when I still had a small child at home. It remains one of my personal favourites. Reviewed.

My name is Red
Quite interesting.

Exile's Honor

Astrid & Veronika
Very moving.

28MarthaJeanne
Edited: Apr 2, 2011, 9:28am Top

Week 13

Exile's valor

Moses : Prince of Egypt
I managed to keep this together to read it this time, but it has come to the end of its useful life. Reviewed.

Take a Thief

People of the book (Religious fiction)
Really good book.

29MarthaJeanne
Apr 2, 2011, 9:31am Top

March

Total of 47 books.

Finished are:
Heyer
Taking place in Europe
Other

30bruce_krafft
Apr 2, 2011, 10:21am Top

>29 MarthaJeanne: My mother-in-law wondered how I got through life without reading any Georgette Heyer which is so popular with her family that there were duplicates in the house in Hope Town! So there were 4 of us happily reading her while I was down there. Bruce hadn't read any before either, so when his mother told him that they really aren't 'just romance novels' he read a couple. We all enjoyed The Grand Sophy.

DS
(Bruce's evil twin :-))

31MarthaJeanne
Apr 2, 2011, 6:53pm Top

As you see, I have only read 11 this year (so far). the list is here: http://www.librarything.com/topic/96717#2443270

I'm afraid I can't read mysteries, even when written by Heyer, but have 34 of her other books listed, and there are a couple more that I know are around somewhere, but seem to have missed getting in.

32bruce_krafft
Apr 2, 2011, 9:22pm Top

'only read 11' - made me laugh. You know for a lot of people that is more then they read in a year. I was just wondering the other day what life must be like for people who don't read, I guess they watch more TV. . .

DS
(Bruce's evil twin :-))

33MarthaJeanne
Apr 3, 2011, 4:19am Top

But it's less than a third of what I have on the shelf by her!

34MarthaJeanne
Edited: Apr 10, 2011, 8:25am Top

Week 14

The Black Gryphon

Journey to the River Sea
This particular formula went out of style a century ago. Reviewed.

The white gryphon

The longing
Reviewed. Good one.

35bruce_krafft
Apr 4, 2011, 9:54pm Top

>34 MarthaJeanne: I love Mercedes Lackey! And of course her hubby Larry Dixon is such a sweetie! I have had the honor of meeting them twice thanks to CONvergence. They are really great story tellers on paper and in person.

I didn’t enjoy The Black Gryphon as much as I did her earlier books though.

DS
(Bruce's evil twin :-))

36MarthaJeanne
Apr 5, 2011, 4:41am Top

I love all her gryphons. They have real personality.

37MarthaJeanne
Edited: Apr 12, 2011, 3:01am Top

Week 15

The silver gryphon

The song of the cardinal
Not as good as her later books.

38MarthaJeanne
Edited: Apr 23, 2011, 3:34pm Top

Week 16

Handle with care
Jodi Picoult wasn't satisfied with just dealing with OI in this book - the older sister has big problems, the lawyer is having problems dealing with having been adopted as a child... It all gets to be a bit much.

Storm Warning

Ben Retallick

Storm rising

39MarthaJeanne
Edited: Apr 30, 2011, 12:08pm Top

Week 17

Glory Road

Storm Breaking

The last song of dusk
I'm afraid I don't really care for books about malevolent houses.

40MarthaJeanne
Edited: May 1, 2011, 6:38am Top

April

Total of 63 books so far.

Categories Finished:

Heyer
Taking place in Europe
Valdemar
Other

41MarthaJeanne
Edited: May 5, 2011, 3:09am Top

Week 18

Restoree

Pure as the Lily
I do like Catherine Cookson.

Powers That Be

42AHS-Wolfy
May 1, 2011, 8:02am Top

You're doing amazingly well in all your challenges. Keep it up!

43MarthaJeanne
Edited: May 14, 2011, 4:10am Top

Week 19

The kitchen maid

Power Lines

Finding the Way
Not the best Valdemar anthology, but some of the stories are good. Reviewed

Power Play

44MarthaJeanne
Edited: May 21, 2011, 10:21am Top

Week 20

Suite française

The Ship Who Sang
This is listed under Fantasy, although it might be better under Science Fiction - I want to keep the MaCaffrey together, and most of hers is more fantasy than Sci-fi in my opinion. This I would porbably put just on the other side of whatever divide there is.

45MarthaJeanne
Edited: May 28, 2011, 10:52am Top

Week 21

Sleeping Beauty (Judith Michael)

Partnership

46bruce_krafft
May 22, 2011, 12:18pm Top

>44 MarthaJeanne: loved The Ship who Sang, but then I am a fantasy kind of girl :-)

DS
(Bruce's evil twin :-))

47MarthaJeanne
Edited: Jun 2, 2011, 6:06pm Top

Week 22

O'Hara's Choice

The City Who Fought
I knew there had to be a reason why I hadn't read this one in a long time. It's not very good.

The other side of truth
Another book that disappointed.

The Coelura

48MarthaJeanne
Jun 1, 2011, 10:30am Top

May

May has been a busy month, and I have not done as much reading as usual.

74 books read.

Heyer
Taking place in Europe
Valdemar
Other

No new categories finished, but several are filling up well. Still in line to finish.

49MarthaJeanne
Edited: Jun 10, 2011, 3:51pm Top

Week 23

Loving Frank
Did not like either of the main characters.

Crystal Singer

On the Edge.
Not my cup of tea.

Killishandra

50MarthaJeanne
Edited: Jun 17, 2011, 7:59am Top

Week 24

Alas, Babylon
Discussed in group read.

Crystal Line

The pilgrimage
I'm not sure whether this was meant to be fiction or nonfiction, but I'm considering it fiction.

51MarthaJeanne
Edited: Jun 24, 2011, 5:24pm Top

Week 25

Expanded universe
Some of the material in here I already knew. There were a few good stories that I hadn't read before. There were a good many opinion pieces that were interesting to read once.

The city of gold
I'd be interested in reading more of his works.

Tunnel in the sky

Tuck everlasting
Very good. If I had to live forever, I would prefer this way to the way in Gulliver's travels.

52MarthaJeanne
Edited: Jul 1, 2011, 5:33pm Top

Week 26

Beyond this horizon

The pleasantries of the incredible Mulla Nasrudin
Fun.

Revolt in 2100 & Methuselah's Children
Good vintage Heinlein.

Project solar sail

Assignment in eternity

53MarthaJeanne
Edited: Jul 4, 2011, 10:41am Top

June

92 read. 6 categories finished. On track.

Heyer
Taking place in Europe
Valdemar
Classics and Children's books
Anne McCaffrey
Other

54MarthaJeanne
Edited: Jul 20, 2011, 4:40pm Top

Week 27

The R document
My husband knew this book, and started laying bets with himself as to whether I would actually read the whole thing. I did, but didn't really enjoy it.

Podkayne Of Mars

Pauper's Gold

55MarthaJeanne
Edited: Jul 21, 2011, 1:58am Top

Week 28 (July 10-16)

Poppy at the Boat Show

Jolly Boatman's lesson

Hamish and the Falkirk Wheel

These three are from a rather a silly children's series about narrowboats. I bought them for my grandsons.

Wish Me Luck

The Narrowboat Girl

56MarthaJeanne
Edited: Jul 23, 2011, 12:02pm Top

Week 29

Each peach pear plum
One of the best picture books ever. For the grandsons. (You don't expect me to send it off without rereading it, do you?)

The biographer's tale
I managed to get through it.

57MarthaJeanne
Edited: Jul 30, 2011, 7:47am Top

Week 30

Ransom my heart
A silly book, and not really historical fiction, but fun.

Tomorrow, the stars
Good classic science fiction stories. Dated.

Getting rid of Matthew
Fun. Just goes to show you shouldn't have an affair with a married man.

58MarthaJeanne
Edited: Aug 7, 2011, 10:13am Top

Week 31

Farmer in the Sky

Deadly Cure

Red Planet

The sleeping beauty

59MarthaJeanne
Edited: Aug 12, 2011, 12:56pm Top

Week 32

Stranger in a strange land

The Pursuit of Love

Love in a cold climate
These two were in a single volume, and I think one would have been enough for me.

A Boy off the Bank

60MarthaJeanne
Edited: Aug 20, 2011, 10:24am Top

Week 33

Changing the world

A Girl at the Tiller

Out of the mist

The New Number One

Nemesis
Reviewed.

Warrior woman
Not one of her best books.

61MarthaJeanne
Edited: Aug 23, 2011, 9:17am Top

Week 34

Sword and Sorceress XXV

Night's Daughter

Starlight
I seem to be the only one on LT with any of Geoffry Lewis (2)'s books. Ah! Found one I didn't have listed as unknown, OK one other person has one of his books. Anyway the ones I have are very good 'young adult' books with an English canal background.

62MarthaJeanne
Edited: Sep 3, 2011, 10:41am Top

Week 35

The Mists Of Avalon

Ramlin Rose

Forest House

63MarthaJeanne
Edited: Sep 3, 2011, 3:22am Top

August

Books read: 124
New 20
Library 10
Secondhand 38
Rereads 56

Categories Finished: 9

Heyer
Heinlein
Anne McCaffrey
Valdemar
Taking place in Europe - 20th century historical
Taking place in Europe - Other
Taking place in North America
Children's books
Other

Obviously, I am going to finish. Actually my real question now is how many extra categories I can get using cross challenge categories of books that overfill categories and/or don't fill in one, but do if I combine books from all three.

64MarthaJeanne
Edited: Sep 10, 2011, 7:39am Top

Week 36

Ann of Cambray

Ancestors of Avalon

65MarthaJeanne
Edited: Sep 25, 2011, 10:23am Top

Week 37

The ruins of Isis

Confessions of a Jane Austen addict

66MarthaJeanne
Edited: Sep 23, 2011, 2:22am Top

Week 38

Priestess of Avalon
I'm sure I have read this before, but I didn't remember it at all. Really good to rediscover it.

Minding Frankie
Typical Binchie

Darkover Landfall

67MarthaJeanne
Edited: Sep 28, 2011, 12:57pm Top

Week 39

Ursula, under
Don't bother.

Two to Conquer

68MarthaJeanne
Edited: Oct 14, 2011, 4:04pm Top

Week 40

The jewel in the crown

The Heirs of Hammerfell

A sport of nature

Stormqueen

69MarthaJeanne
Edited: Oct 2, 2011, 4:33am Top

September

Books read:
New 21
Library 11
Secondhand 40
Rereads 62

Categories Finished:

Heinlein
Anne McCaffrey
Valdemar
Other Science Fiction and Fantasy
Heyer
Taking place in Europe - 20th century and later
Taking place in Europe - 19th century and earlier
Taking place in North America
Children's books

70MarthaJeanne
Edited: Oct 20, 2011, 4:20pm Top

Week 41

The ropemaker

Hawkmistress

71MarthaJeanne
Edited: Oct 29, 2011, 5:12pm Top

Week 42

The boat girls
Romance on the Inland Waterways in WWII. Reviewed.

Brightly burning

The day of the scorpion

72MarthaJeanne
Edited: Oct 30, 2011, 4:02pm Top

Week 43

Moving Targets

73MarthaJeanne
Edited: Nov 10, 2011, 8:38am Top

Week 44

Intrigues

Crossroads and Other Tales of Valdemar

74bruce_krafft
Nov 7, 2011, 5:39pm Top

>72 MarthaJeanne: - Ha! I'm reading that book right now! 'Great' minds!

DS
(Bruce's evil twin :-))

75MarthaJeanne
Nov 7, 2011, 6:15pm Top

I'm up to 18 Valdemar for the year so far (not counting the second reading of Foundation to prepare for Intrigues).

76bruce_krafft
Nov 7, 2011, 8:43pm Top

I had the joy of actually hearing her read her story in Moving Targets. Of course we were all like - it's Scooby Do! Ha Ha!

DS
(Bruce's evil twin :-))

77MarthaJeanne
Edited: Nov 19, 2011, 7:02am Top

Week 45

The accidental wife

Magic's pawn

The secret river

78MarthaJeanne
Edited: Nov 27, 2011, 3:13pm Top

Week 46

Magic's promise

The unnumbered
i wish this book had finished instead of just stopped.

79MarthaJeanne
Edited: Dec 2, 2011, 11:14am Top

Week 47

Frederica
Back to Heyer.

Madame Doubtfire
Most of the movie was not part of the book. Also both parents are a lot more likable in the movie.

Sisters
Not one of Danielle Steel's better efforts.

80MarthaJeanne
Dec 1, 2011, 2:04am Top

This challenge is finished.

81lkernagh
Dec 1, 2011, 2:16am Top

Yay,..... Congratulations on finishing this challenge!

82MarthaJeanne
Dec 1, 2011, 2:18am Top

Some people just overdo everything.

83ivyd
Dec 1, 2011, 11:25am Top

Congratulations, Martha!

84AHS-Wolfy
Dec 1, 2011, 12:19pm Top

Congratulations!

85cbl_tn
Dec 1, 2011, 1:05pm Top

Congratulations on finishing your fiction challenge!

86DeltaQueen50
Dec 1, 2011, 9:28pm Top

Congratulations!

87VictoriaPL
Dec 2, 2011, 3:37pm Top

Congrats!

88MarthaJeanne
Edited: Dec 11, 2011, 6:01am Top

Week 48
But of course I am still reading.

The left hand of darkness

An elegy for Easterly
Very well written, but depressing.

Faro's daughter

The mousewife

89mathgirl40
Dec 4, 2011, 6:46pm Top

Congratulations on finishing your fiction challenge!

90MarthaJeanne
Edited: Dec 18, 2011, 7:43am Top

Week 49

Pistols for Two

Miss Happiness and Miss Flower

Cousin Kate

A labour of love

91MarthaJeanne
Edited: Dec 18, 2011, 4:31pm Top

Week 50

Cotillion

The dragon of Og

92MarthaJeanne
Edited: Dec 31, 2011, 5:08pm Top

Week 51

Slightly married

Arabella

Heidi's children
This was one of my favourite books when I was a child. Glad to have a copy again.

The Boy with the Bronze Axe

The Convenient Marriage

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