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2013 Category Challenge

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Edited: Jan 28, 2013, 12:06pm Top

Last year I focused a lot on Science Fiction and the many sub-genre's therein. For 2013 I plan to do the same as I feel I have barely touched the tip of that particular bookberg. I also added last year a secondary challenge of another set of categories with a smaller quota to fill. I have really enjoyed doing that so it will also make it in to 2013 in the form of a stepped challenge, which will just increase my enjoyment of it. Also there is a space for The Sandman series, another for my categories for next year's challenge and a spot for my school books as I work in an elementary school library and it's just nice to have an accounting of how many books I read from work.

My Categories:-

1. Ray Bradbury. It was with great sorrow that he passed last year and my way of coping with this loss was to hunt down copies of the books of his that I do not own. I will never have them all but currently I have quite the TBR stack to be getting on with so I will be incorporating him in as many categories as I can (as he would have been the first to tell you that he isn't just a science fiction writer and I say that he was so much more).

2. From Books to Screen (I love hunting down the movies to go with the books).

3. Science Fiction (for those pesky books that will not fit into a specific genre).

4. Nebula Prize Winners.

5. Female Sci-fi Authors (borrowed from dorsvenabili).

6. Winston Science Fiction Series (from 1952 - 1960).

7. Doctor Who.

8. Steampunk.

9. Sookie Stackhouse. I have been following her story with great interest over the last couple of years and in 2013 her story will end at book 13.

10. Scandinavian Mystery.

11. Mystery.

12. 1001 Books.

13. Reading Fallout (books that are mentioned in other books, group reads, and recommendations from other LTer's).

Edited: Aug 13, 2013, 5:12pm Top

Science Fiction

1. Classic Science Fiction Stories Compiled by Tig Thomas.
2. Earthbound by Milton Lesser.
3. Android Karenina by Tolstoy and Winters. http://kpolhuis.blogspot.ca/2013/02/android-karenina.html
4. R is For Rocket by Ray Bradbury. http://kpolhuis.blogspot.ca/2013/03/r-is-for-rocket.html
5. S is For Space by Ray Bradbury. It is safe to say that I will never look at mushrooms the same way again...
6. The Sensorites by Nigel Robinson.
7. The Reign of Terror by Ian Marter.
8. Planet of Giants by Terrance Dicks.
9. The Rescue by Ian Marter.
10. Logan's World by William F. Nolan.
11. Logan's Search by William F. Nolan.
12. The Time Meddler by Nigel Robinson.
13. Doctor Who: Galaxy Four by William Emms.

Edited: Dec 3, 2013, 9:24pm Top

Edited: Nov 25, 2013, 9:43am Top

Winston Science Fiction Series

1. Step to the Stars by Lester Del Rey.
2. Mission to the Moon by Lester Del Rey.
3. The Ant Men by Eric North.
4. Attack From Atlantis by Lester Del Rey.
5. Vault of the Ages by Poul Anderson.
6. Battle on Mercury by Eric Van Lhin.
7. Find the Feathered Serpent by Evan Hunter.
8. Five Against Venus by Phillip Latham.
9. Islands in the Sky by Arthur C. Clarke.
10. The Lost Planet by Paul Dallas.
11. Moon of Mutiny by Lester Del Rey.
12. Missing Men of Saturn by Philip Latham.
13. Planet of Light by Raymond F. Jones. http://kpolhuis.blogspot.ca/2013/11/the-winston-science-fiction-series.html

Edited: Dec 3, 2013, 9:24pm Top

Doctor Who

1. The Macra Terror by Ian Stuart Black.
2. I Am a Dalek by Gareth Roberts.
3. Made of Steel by Terrance Dicks.
4. The Code of the Krillitanes by Justin Richards.
5. Shada by Douglas Adams. http://kpolhuis.blogspot.ca/2013/04/going-down-memory-lane.html
6. The Clockwise Man by Justin Richards.
7. Doctor Who: Marco Polo by John Lucarotti.
8. The Aztecs by John Lucarotti
9. The Romans by Donald Cotton
10. The Zarbi by Bill Strutton.
11. Doctor Who and the Crusaders by David Whitaker.
12. Doctor Who: The Space Museum by Glyn Jones.
13. Doctor Who: The Chase by John Peel.

Edited: Dec 2, 2013, 11:24pm Top

Reading Fallout

1. The Lathe of Heaven by Ursula K. Le Guin *it mentioned a few times in Among Others by Jo Walton and with good reason... it was a great read* http://kpolhuis.blogspot.ca/2013/01/the-lathe-of-heaven.html
2. Interview With the Vampire by Anne Rice. Honorably mentioned in Dead Until Dark by Charlaine Harris. http://kpolhuis.blogspot.ca/2013/01/more-vampires-sigh.html
3. Death in Venice by Thomas Mann. Refered to in Death is a Lonely Business by Ray Bradbury.
4. The Secret Adversary by Agatha Christie, read because I am currently reading her autobiography. http://kpolhuis.blogspot.ca/2013/03/the-secret-adversary.html
5. American Elsewhere by Robert Jackson Bennett (Librarything Early Reviewers book). http://kpolhuis.blogspot.ca/2013/04/american-elsewhere.html
6. The Dragon Turn by Shane Peacock (Librarything Early Reviewers book). http://kpolhuis.blogspot.ca/2013/04/the-dragon-turn-boy-sherlock-holmes-his.html
7. Whatever Doesn't Kill You by Elizabeth Wennick (Librarything Early Reviewers).
8. A Reading Diary by Alberto Manguel. http://kpolhuis.blogspot.ca/2013/07/a-reading-diary.html
9. Bobcat and Other Stories by Rebecca Lee (Librarything Early Reviewers book). http://kpolhuis.blogspot.ca/2013/08/bobcat-and-other-stories.html
10. If Only by Becky Citra (Librarything Early Reviewers book).
11. Fitzwilliam Darcy: The Last Man in the World by Abigail Reynolds.
12. Mr Darcy's Undoing by Abigail Reynolds.
13. To Conquer Mr Darcy by Abigail Reynolds.

Edited: Nov 7, 2013, 6:46pm Top

+1 Quilt book (with the added challenge of actually making a quilt out of it).

1. Material Obsession Two by Kathy Doughty.

Edited: Sep 21, 2013, 10:18pm Top

+2 Will be two chunky books.
1. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by J.K. Rowling.
2. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix by J.K. Rowling.

Edited: Apr 2, 2013, 4:38pm Top

+3 Poetry books in April

1. Macbeth For Kids by Lois Burdett.
2. Once Upon a Poem.
3. Where the Sidewalk Ends by Shel Silverstein.

Edited: Nov 17, 2013, 8:26am Top

+5 Japanese Authors

1. An Artist of the Floating World by Kazuo Ishiguro. http://kpolhuis.blogspot.ca/2013/02/travellling.html
2. Villain by Shuichi Yoshida.
3. Dragonball by Akira Toriyama.
4. Astro Boy by Osamu Tezuka.
5. After the Quake by Haruki Murakami.

Edited: Nov 25, 2013, 4:03pm Top

+7 Canadian Authors.

1. Ru by Kim Thuy. http://kpolhuis.blogspot.ca/2013/02/ru.html
2. Terran Times by Viola Grace.
3. The New Normal by Ashley Little.
4. Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery.
5. Charlie Wilcox by Sharon McKay.
6. Naomi's Road by Joy Kogawa. http://kpolhuis.blogspot.ca/2013/11/kid-lit-3.html
7. Unless by Carol Shields.

Edited: Nov 18, 2013, 8:33am Top

+9 Miles Franklin Award

1. The Irishman by Elizabeth O'Conner. http://kpolhuis.blogspot.ca/2013/06/the-irishman.html
2. Voss by Patrick White.
3. Eucalyptus by Murray Bail.
4. To The Islands by Randolph Stow.
5. Careful He Might Hear You by Sumner Locke Elliot.
6. The Well Dressed Explorer by Thea Astley.
7. Bring Larks and Heroes by Thomas Keneally.
8. Oscar and Lucinda by Peter Carey.
9. Schindler's Ark by Thomas Keneally.

Edited: Dec 3, 2013, 8:00pm Top

+10 English Authors

1. Oroonoko by Aphra Behn.
2. A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens.
3. Odd and the Frost Giants by Neil Gaiman.
4. The Celestial Toymaker by Gerry Davis.
5. The Gunfighters by Donald Cotton.
6. The Savages by Ian Stuart Black.
7. The War Machines by Ian Stuart Black.
8. The Smugglers by Terrance Dicks.
9. The Tenth Planet by Gerry Davis.
10. The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman. http://kpolhuis.blogspot.ca/2013/12/the-ocean-at-end-of-lane.html

Edited: Dec 24, 2013, 11:24am Top

+11 Will be by or of or from Jane Austen (because I really love Jane and all of those delicious sequels or alternate universes, or other neat ideas borrowed from her characters).

1. An Assembly Such As This by Pamela Aidan. A juicy first installment of the trilogy..
2. Jane Austen's Emma by Nancy Butler.
3. Duty and Desire by Pamela Aidan
4. These Three Remain by Pamela Aidan. http://kpolhuis.blogspot.ca/2013/03/indulging-romantic.html
5. Darcy's Voyage by Kara Louise.
6. Persuasion by Jane Austen.
7. Mr Darcy and the Secret of Becoming a Gentleman by Maria Hamilton.
8. Captain Wentworth's Diary by Amanda Grange. http://kpolhuis.blogspot.ca/2013/07/i-have-to-admit-that-as-far-as-these.html
9. Mr Darcy Came to Dinner by Jack Caldwell.
10. The Houseguest: A Pride and Prejudice Vagary by Elizabeth Adams. http://kpolhuis.blogspot.ca/2013/11/the-houseguest.html
11. A Pemberley Medley by Abigail Reynolds. http://kpolhuis.blogspot.ca/2013/12/abigail-reynolds.html
12. Mr Darcy's Letter by Abigail Reynolds.
13. What Would Mr Darcy do? by Abigail Reynolds.
14. Mr Darcy's Refuge by Abigail Reynolds.
15. By Force of Instinct by Agigail Reynolds.
16. Mr. Darcy's Noble Connections by Abigail Reynolds.
17. The Darcy's of Derbyshire by Abigail Reynolds.
18. The Darcys and the Bingleys by Marsha Altman.
19. His Good Opinion by Nancy Kelley.
20. Georgiana Darcy's Diary by Anna Elliot.
21. A Darcy Christmas by Sharon Lathan.

Edited: Aug 23, 2013, 2:06pm Top

+12 Non-Fiction.

1. Japanese Foods That Heal by John and Jan Belleme. A very informative useful book which I expect I will refer to often this year.
2. Unlikely Friendships by Jennifer S. Holland.
3. Agatha Christie: An Autobiography. http://kpolhuis.blogspot.ca/2013/05/true-stories.html
4. Naked Pictures of Famous People by Jon Stewart.
5. Superfoods For Dummies by Brent Agin et. al.
6. The Oxford Book of Health Foods by J.G. Vaughn.
7. Gorilla Food by Aaron Ash. http://kpolhuis.blogspot.ca/2013/08/non-fiction-noms.html
8. Raw Food by Erica Palmcrantz and Irmela Lilja.
9. Raw Garden by Lisa Montgomery.
10. Ideas For Creative Reuse by Garth Johnson.
11. The Book of Useless Information by Noel Botham.
12. Let's Explore Diabetes With Owls by David Sedaris. http://kpolhuis.blogspot.ca/2013/07/pushing-edge-irregular-non-fiction.html

Edited: Jun 13, 2013, 12:03am Top

+13 Anything Goes.

1. Fifty Shades of Grey by E.L. James.
2. Fifty Shades Darker by E.L. James.
3. Fifty Shades Freed by E.L. James.
4. Twilight by Stephenie Meyer.
5. New Moon by Stephenie Meyer.
6. Eclipse by Stephenie Meyer.
7. Breaking Dawn by Stephenie Meyer.
8. Always Darkest by Kimberly Warner
9. Maestro by Samantha van Dalen.
10. Three-Day Weekend by Lolita Lopez.
11. The Misbehaving Marquess by Leigh LaValle.
12. The Secret Christmas Ciphers by Carolynn Carey.
13. Drive Me Wild by Christine Warren.

Edited: Dec 6, 2013, 7:41pm Top

The Sandman Graphic Novels.

1. Preludes and Nocturnes.

Edited: Jul 21, 2013, 3:17pm Top

Ideas for next year.

1. Modern Classics (19th century).
2. Food and Beverages.
3. Pulp Fiction.
4. Historical Fiction.
5. English Mysteries.
6. Girls in Space.
7. Master Works of Science Fiction.
8. 1001 Books.
9. Award Winners (Hugo, Nebula, Giller, Miles Franklin, Pulitzer etc.,).
10. Fantasy Women.
11. Classics (18th century).
12. Books from...Science Fiction: the 101 Best Novels 1985-2010.
13. Doctor Who.
14. Mystery Fiction.
15. Non Fiction.

Edited: Dec 3, 2013, 9:23pm Top

Library Books.

1. Bake Sale by Sara Varon.
2. Ghostopolis by Doug TenNaple.
3. Macbeth For Kids by Lois Burdett.
4. Hereville: How Mirka Got Her Sword by Barry Deutsch.
5. Tommysaurus Rex by Doug TenNapel.
6. Giants Beware by Jorge Aguirre.
7. Bone: Tall Tales by Jeff Smith.
8. Beowulf adapted by Gareth Hinds.
9. Explorer: The Mystery Boxes edited by Kazu Kibuishi.
10. Hera: The Goddess and Her Glory by George O'Connor.
11. Upside Down: A Vampire Tale by Jess Smart Smiley.
12. The Great Big Treasury of Beatrix Potter.
13. The Asphalt Octopus by Lola Sneyd.
14. Poetry of Witches, Elves and Goblins compiled by Leland B. Jacobs.
15. Middle School Get Me Out of Here! by James Patterson.
16. Hold Fast by Blue Balliet.
17. The Day The Mice Stood Still by Paul Harrison.
18. Poison Most Vial by Benedict Carey.
19. Starring Jules (as Herself) by Beth Ain. http://kpolhuis.blogspot.ca/2013/05/for-kids.html
20. The Wonderful Wizard of Oz: The Graphic Novel by L. Frank Baum and Eric Shanower. http://kpolhuis.blogspot.ca/2013/05/girl-power.html
21. Bird & Squirrel On the Run! by James Burks. http://kpolhuis.blogspot.ca/2013/05/in-pictures.html
22. That One Spooky Night by Dan Bar-el.
23. Set the Record Straight! by Rachel Wise.
24. The Nixie's Song by Tony DiTerlizzi & Holly Black.
25. A Giant Problem by Tony DiTerlizzi & Holly Black.
26. The Wyrm King by Tony DiTerlizzi & Holly Black.
27. The One and Only Ivan by Katherine Applegate.
28. The Popularity Papers by Amy Ignatow. http://kpolhuis.blogspot.ca/2013/07/beautiful-books-for-kids.html
29. My Sister Lives on the Mantelpiece by Annabel Pitcher.
30. A Greyhound of a Girl by Roddy Doyle.
31. Skinny by Donna Cooner.
32. The Trap Door by Lisa McMann.
33. Arcade Catastrophe by Brett Hull. http://kpolhuis.blogspot.ca/2013/07/kid-lit-2.html
34. Who Could That Be At This Hour? by Lemony Snickett.
35. Professor Gargoyle by Charles Gilman.
36. Phineas L. MacGuire Erupts! by Frances O'Roark Dowell.
37. The Key to Rondo by Emily Rhodda
38. Bud, Not Buddy by Christopher Paul Curtis.
39. The Winter People by Joseph Bruchac.

Aug 29, 2012, 4:35pm Top

Lots of space for lots of books! Cool!

Aug 29, 2012, 10:17pm Top

Looks like you have covered most if not all of the bases with your categories!

Aug 29, 2012, 10:54pm Top

I try to! After an awful experience with my first challenge in 2010 this year was better, I am hoping next year will be even better than that.

Aug 30, 2012, 10:29am Top

Yay, a Jane Austen category! I'll definitely be checking to see what you read for that one!

Sep 13, 2012, 8:06pm Top

Woo hoo! Looking forward to your categories filling up!

Oct 6, 2012, 10:54am Top

I'm glad to see that someone else likes to try to read poetry in National Poetry month. I tried to get through the Oxford book of English verse one April and didn't succeed and had even less success with Leaves of Grass a previous April. I still love poetry and need to read more of it.

Oct 6, 2012, 10:30pm Top

Lots of great categories - looking forward to following along!

Jan 1, 2013, 9:02am Top

Happy New Year dear readers! May your book piles perpetually grow!

Jan 1, 2013, 6:00pm Top

Ha ha! Only LTers would take that as a wish and not a curse.

Edited: Feb 1, 2013, 12:08pm Top

Woo Hoo! A new month and a new challenge... everyone having fun yet? I am having a great time.

Oct 24, 2013, 11:11am Top

Phew! Finished the '13 by 13' this morning, now I can just cruise the next two months wrapping up the 'plus' leftovers. I have some serious doubts about doing the 14 challenge next year...

Oct 24, 2013, 12:17pm Top

Congratulations! Hope you decide to join us for 2014.

Oct 24, 2013, 1:31pm Top

I think that most people aren't planning on reading 14 books in 14 categories but are setting more realistic challenges. Hopefully you'll consider giving it a shot.

Oct 24, 2013, 3:40pm Top

It is only because I will be travelling next year as well as starting first year courses in literature that I am feeling ambivalent about next year's challenge... I haven't entirely made my mind up yet, but think that it would be nice to slow down a bit so that I can write more about what I read.

Oct 24, 2013, 6:01pm Top

Congrats on finishing your challenge!

Oct 24, 2013, 9:25pm Top

Congrats! I have set only a half challenge for myself next year - 7 books in 7 categories - so feel free to come up with what might fit with your busy year... no point setting up a challenge that isn't do-able because of real life commitments. ;-)

Nov 21, 2013, 12:01pm Top

Congratulations on finishing! Hope you will join us next year, abbreviated challenges are A-OK!

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