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Bookwormjules' 2013 Category Challenge

2013 Category Challenge

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Dec 28, 2012, 12:01pm Top

This year I'm aiming to read 131 books for the category challenge. I'll have 13 categories, with 10 - 13 books in each category, except for one, which will only have five. I choose 131 books, because forwards and backwards it starts with he number 13. Hoping to complete a category challenge this year!

Edited: Dec 13, 2013, 10:05am Top

So some of my categories will have pre-selected books, others will be as I go along. The Wheel of Time category will have some re-reads, but I no longer remember what happened in the first half of the series, and my goal is to finish it off this year.

The Categories

1) MREs (Books from my list must read everything authors) (10 Books)
2) The Awards (10 Books)
3) Short Stories Addict (10 Books) - COMPLETED
4) O Canada (New to me Canadian Authors) (10 Books) - COMPLETED
5) Seriously Speculative (Speculative Fiction from a Series) (10 Books) - COMPLETED
6) Colour Your Library Library (Collection of books exclusive to Indigo/Chapters) (5 - 10 Books)
7) Read My Name - Bookworm Jules (13 Books) COMPLETED
8) Asian/Middle Eastern/African Lit (10 Books) - COMPLETED
9) Mysteries and Thrillers (10 Books) - COMPLETED
10) The List (Pre Selected TBR on shelf, that I keep meaning to read, but never get to) (10 Books)
11) Children and YA Lit (10 Books)
12) Wheel of Time (13 Books)
13) Mental Health Awareness (10 Books)

Edited: Dec 27, 2013, 10:23am Top

MREs (8/10)

Authors include: Margaret Atwood, Maeve Binchy, Timothy Findley, Penelope Fitzgerald, Marian Keyes, Alice Munro, Irene Nemirvosky, Michael Ondaatje, Carol Shields, Jane Urquhart, Virginia Woolf (and any other authors who might get added to the list)

1) Maeve Binchy - Whitethorn Woods My Review
2) Penelope Fitzgerald - The Beginning of Spring My Review
3) Virginia Wool - Between the Acts My Review
4) Margaret Atwood - Lady Oracle My Review
5) Alice Munro - Open Secrets My Review
6) Margaret Atwood -Erase Me: Positron Episode 3 My Review
7) Jane Urquhart - Changing Heaven My Review
8) David Adams Richards - Mercy Among the Children My Review

Edited: Dec 31, 2013, 10:52pm Top

The Awards 9/10

1) Governor's General Award - Two Solitudes My Review
2)Irish Times Irish Literature Prize First Book Award - The South Colm Toibin My Review
3) Stephen Leacock Award for Humour (1988) - King Leary - Paul Quarrington
4) The Bellwether Prize for Fiction - The Girl Who Fell From the Sky My Review
5) ALA Alex Award 2013 - Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore My Review
6) Black Caucus of the ALA Award for Firsth Novelist - The Twelve Tribes of Hattie - Anaya Mathis My Review
7) Isaac Frischwasser Award for Holocaust Literature - The Memory Man - Lisa Appignanesi My Review
8) Newbury Award (1963) - A Wrinkle in Time - Madeline L'Engle My Review
9) Giller Prize (1994) - The Book of Secrets - M. G. Vassanji My Review

Edited: Nov 24, 2013, 9:58am Top

Short Stories Addict - 10/10 -COMPLETED

1) The Sometimes Lake - Sandy Bonny My Review
2) Dance of the Happy Shades - Alice Munro My Review
3) Tales From Firozsha Baag - Rohinton Mistry My Review
4) Winter Well: Speculative Novellas About Older Women - Edited by Kay T. Holt My Review
5) The Mysterious Adventures of Sherlock Holmes - Sir Arthur Conan Doyle My Review
6) Men of the Otherworld - Kelley Armstrong My Review
7)The Best Place on Earth - Ayelet Tsbari My Review
8) HellGoing - Lynn Coady My Review
9) Clear Skies, No Wind, 100% Visibility - Theodora Armstrong My Review
10) How to Get Along With Women - Elisabeth de Mariaffi My Review

Edited: Oct 20, 2013, 10:18am Top

O Canada - New to Me Canadian Authors 10/10 - COMPLETED

1) Lisa Moore - February My Review
2) Richard Wagamese My Review
3) Chris Gudgeon - Song of Kosovo My Review
4) Lola Lemire Tostevin - The Other Sister My Review
5) Pascale Quiviger - The Perfect Circle My Review
6) Cathy Marie Buchanan - The Painted Girls My Review
7) Emily Schultz - The Blondes My Review
8) Dave Duncan - Wildcatter My Review
9) Tish Cohen - The Truth About Delilah Blue My Review
10) Claire Messud - The Woman Upstairs My Review

Edited: Dec 1, 2013, 11:12am Top

Seriously Speculative (Speculative Fiction from a Series) - 10/10 - COMPLETED

1) Time and Again - Jack Finney My Review
2) The Broken Kingdoms - N.K. Jemisin My Review
3) Club Dead - Charlaine Harris My Review
4) Insurgent - Veronica Roth My Review
5) Four Dragons - Diana Dru Botsford My Review
6) Secrets - Jo Graham and Melissa Scott My Review
7) The Inheritors - Jo Graham, Melissa Scott, Amy Griswold Jules' Book Reviews
8) Dead as a Doornail - Charlaine Harris My Review
9) Choke Collar: Positron, Episode 2 - Margaret Atwood
10) Definitely Dead - Charlaine Harris
My Review

Edited: Sep 21, 2013, 10:26am Top

Colour Your Library Library (Collection of books exclusive to Indigo/Chapters) 1/5

1) Sweetness in the Belly - Camilla Gibb My Review

Edited: Dec 13, 2013, 10:06am Top

Read My Name 12/13

1) B - Binchy, Meave - Quentins My Review
2) O - Otto, Whitney - Eight Girls Taking Pictures My Review
3) O - Ostenso, Martha - Wild Geese My Review
4) K - Kearsley, Susanna - Sophia's Secret My Review
5) W - Winter, Michael - Minister Without Portfolio My Review
6) O - O'Nan, Stewart - The Odds: A Love Story My Review
7) R - Roth, Veronica - Allegiant My Review
8) M - McEwan, Ian - On Chesil Beach My Review
9) J - Jemisin, N.J. - The Kingdom of Gods My Review
10) U - Urquhart, Jane - Away My Review
11) L - Laurence, Margaret - The Diviners My Review
12) E - Elliott, George - The Kissing Man My Review
13) S - Spalding, Linda - The Purchase My Review

Edited: Nov 23, 2013, 11:42am Top

Asian/Middle Eastern/African Lit - 10/10 - COMPLETED

1) Nigeria - Things Fall Apart - Chinua Achebe My Review
2) Macau - The Color of Tea - Hannah Tunnicliffe My Review
3) China - River of Stars - Guy Gavriel Kay My Review
4) China - Gold Mountain Blues - Ling Zhang My Review
5) North Korea - Forgotten Country - Catherine Chung My Review
6) Malaysia - The Garden of Evening Mists - Tan Twan Eng My Review
7) Rwanda - Baking Cakes in Kigali - Gaile Parkin My Review
8) India - A Fine Balance - Rohinton Mistry My Review
9) Cambodia, Laos, Thailand - Beauty Beneath the Banyan My Review
10) South Africa - The Lion Seeker - Kenneth Bonert My Review

Edited: Oct 12, 2013, 9:05am Top

Mysteries and Thrillers 10/10 - Completed October 2, 2013

1) The City and the city - China Mieville My Review
2) Heat Wave - Richard Castle My Review
3) The Informationist: A Thriller - Taylor Stevens My Review
4) Cream Puff Murder My Review
5) Gold Digger: A Klondike Mystery - Vicki Delany My Review
6) Dead to the World - Charlaine Harris My Review
7) A Brewing Storm - Richard Castle My Review
8) A Raging Storm - Richard Castle My Review
9) A Bloody Storm - Richard Castle My Review
10) And Then There Were None - Agatha Christie My Review

Edited: Jan 1, 2014, 10:21am Top

Children and YA Lit - 10/10

1) Out for Blood - Alyxandra Harvey My Review
2) Divergent - Veronica Roth My Review
3) Heidi - Joanne Spyri - My Review
4) Ink - Amanda Sun My Review
5) April Morning - Howard Fast My Review
6) A Wind in the Door - Madeleine L'Engle My Review
7) Nancy Clancy, Super Sleuth - Jane O'Connor My Review
8) Surprise Island - Gertrude Chandler Warner My Review
9) Anne of Avonlea - L. M. Montgomery My Review
10) The End of Days - Max Turner My Review

Edited: Aug 22, 2013, 2:46pm Top

The List - 2/10

1) Mists of Avalon
2) The Vicomte de Bragelonne
3) Emma - Jane Austen My Review
4) Anna Karenia
5) Sophie's Choice
6) The Hunchback of Notre Dame
7) The Blind Assassin
8) The Outlander
9) If On a Winters Night a Traveler
10) The Forgotten Garden - Kate Morton My Review

Dec 28, 2012, 12:18pm Top

Wheel of Time

1) The Eye of the World
2) The Great Hunt
3) The Dragon Reborn
4) The Shadow Rising
5) The Fires of Heaven
6) Lords of Chaos
7) A Crown of Swords
8) The Path of Daggers
9) Winters Heat
10) Crossroads of Twilight
11) Knife of Dreams
12) The Gathering Storm
13) Towers of Midnight

Edited: Dec 22, 2013, 4:56pm Top

Mental Health Awareness 9/10

1) The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time - Mark Haddon My Review
2) Lolita - Vladimir Nabokov My Review
3) The Age of Hope - David Bergen My Review
4) The Earth Hums in B Flat - Mari Strachan My Review
5) Away From Everywhere - Chad Pelley My Review
6) The Perks of Being a Wallflowers - Stephen Chbosky My Review
7) Norwegian Wood - Haruki Murakami My Review
8) Bone and Bread - Saleema Nawaz - My Review
9) The Empty Room - Lauren B. Davis My Review

Dec 28, 2012, 12:26pm Top

Your read your name category is so clever! Good luck with the challenge.

Dec 28, 2012, 1:04pm Top

Lots of interesting books and categories here.
Will your mental health awareness category be fiction, non-fiction or both?

Dec 28, 2012, 2:07pm Top

Welcome back, Julie! Great categories and I can see a lot of book bullets coming my way over the course of 2013. I read an article earlier this week about Chapter/Indigo's Colour Your Library books... based on the books you have listed as candidates, I need to check out the books in that collection further!

I also think your "read your name' category is pretty cool! Will it be authors, titles or a combination of both to come up with the books to fill that category?

Dec 28, 2012, 6:17pm Top

You are ambitious to read the Wheel of Time series. I made it through two of them last summer. Non-stop fantasy fun! Have a wonderful reading year.

Dec 28, 2012, 8:15pm Top

Great setup! Looking forward to seeing how you fill the Canadian authors and read your name categories in particular!

Dec 29, 2012, 3:25am Top

Plenty of categories of interest in this thread. Hope your challenge goes well for you.

Dec 29, 2012, 10:04am Top

16 - Thanks. Good luck to you too.
17 - They will be fictional book.
18 - Thanks! Aren't they lovely looking books? I couldn't resist them. I haven't decided yet for read your name, but I think I will stick to authors.
19 - I've been wanting to finish the series off the first few books were great. But I don't remember them. So half will be a reread. The rest, I can't wait to find out what happens next,
20 - Me too. There are a lot of books out there that have caught my interest because of long lists for awards (ie canada reads)
21 - Yours too.

Dec 29, 2012, 10:17am Top

22. Great. I'm on the lookout for fiction in that area. Will keep my eyes on this thread.

Dec 30, 2012, 10:24am Top

Looking good for 2013!

Dec 30, 2012, 2:24pm Top

Welcome back!! I have quite a few of your planned reads on Mt. TBR, so I'm looking forward to seeing what you think of them.

Jan 1, 2013, 5:27pm Top

Just starting to get back in, found and starred! Love your categories and looking forward especially to the O Canada one. :)

Jan 2, 2013, 5:45am Top

22 - I did this one as a challenge a couple of years ago, if you need some more book choices, Alias Grace, The Piano Man's Daughter, Halfway House, The Bell Jar, Women on the Edge of Time were some of the ones I read and were very interesting reads.

24 - It should be a good year

25 - Thanks. I'll have to keep an eye out for yours as well

26 - Thanks good luck to you!

Jan 3, 2013, 6:04am Top

I've already made a slight change to one of my categories - the colour your library category. Originally I planned on using The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time. But as I'm reading (and loving it) I realize it fits better in the Mental Health Awareness. Which means, I will have to travel to the book store and get a replacement. The horror!

Jan 3, 2013, 7:11am Top

28. Glad to hear you love The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time. It's in my TBR stack and I'll be reading it later this year.

Jan 4, 2013, 12:31am Top

> 28 - Half the fun of the challenge is seeing where the books read slot in. Sometimes a book is a better fit for a different category than we first thought.... and I am glad you mentioned this as I be keeping that in mind as I am reading!

Jan 5, 2013, 5:46pm Top

28 - So true. My biggest problem is when I have a book that can fit in many categories, and trying to figure which one it goes in.

Edited: Jan 9, 2013, 9:01pm Top

January Reviews (I find it easy to post all reviews together in on single post than multiple individuals, so check back often!) Also reviews are posted both here on LT and my blog.

1) The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time - Mark Haddon (Mental Health Awareness) - My Review

2) Whitethorn Woods - Maeve Binchy My Review

Jan 6, 2013, 3:53pm Top

Yay for such a great first book of the year! Your 10/10 rating is making me think I should move my copy up the TBR pile.... but I have some other stuff still ahead of it.

Jan 6, 2013, 7:01pm Top

Christopher has such a great voice, doesn't he?! It's on the Possibilities list for my reread category - hope I get to fit it in this year.

Jan 6, 2013, 8:36pm Top

33 - It was a great way to kick off the reading year! It's well worth bumping up the TBR list.

34 - this will be a book I'll retread at some point. I hope you get a chance to retread it

Jan 12, 2013, 10:15am Top

January Books 3 - 5

3) Things Fall Apart - Chinua Achebe - (Asian/Middle Eastern/African Lit) My Review

4) The Beginning of Spring - Penelope Fitzgerald - (MREs) - My Review

5) The Sometimes Lake - Sandy Bonny - (Short Stories) - My Review

Jan 23, 2013, 8:29pm Top

January Books 6 and 7

6) Away - Jane Urquhart (Read my Name) My Review

7) February - Lisa Moore (O Canada) My Review

Edited: Jan 25, 2013, 3:35pm Top

January Books 8 & 9

8) The Purchase - Linda Spalding (Read my Name) My Review

9) Indian Horse - Richard Wagamese My Review

Edited: Feb 9, 2013, 10:40am Top

January Books 10 & 11

10) The City & the City - China Mieville (Mystery & Thrillers) My Review

11) On Chesil Beach - Ian McEwan (Read my Name) My Review

Feb 9, 2013, 10:42am Top

January Books 12 - 14

12) Between the Acts - Virginia Woolf (MREs) My Review

13) Out for Blood - Alyxandra Harvey (YA and Children's Lit) My Review

14) Two Solitudes - Hugh MacLennan (The Awards) My Review

Feb 9, 2013, 10:43am Top

And January is over! A little behind on my reviews, but a good month nonetheless. 14 books down, 117 to go!

Feb 9, 2013, 9:11pm Top

Two Solitudes has been on my list forever and ever. Really have to read it, especially since I've read a few of his other books and this is his best-known one.

Feb 10, 2013, 11:17am Top

42 - It wasn't a bad read, I'm interested to see how it compares to his other books. Sometimes the lesser known ones end up being better reads.

Feb 10, 2013, 11:21am Top


15) Lolita - Vladimir Nabokov (Mental Health Awareness) My Review

16) The Age of Hope - David Bergen (Mental Health Awareness My Review

Feb 17, 2013, 11:20am Top


17) The Color of Tea - Hannah Tunnicliffe (Asian/Middle Eastern/African Lit)

Feb 24, 2013, 10:05am Top


- Divergent - Veronica Roth (Children's/YA Lit) - My Review

- Time and Again - Jack Finney (Seriously Speculative) My Review

Feb 28, 2013, 5:48am Top

February - 20 Books down, 111 to go!

- The Broken Kingdoms - N.K. Jemisin (Seriously Speculative) - My Review

Feb 28, 2013, 8:25pm Top

Great review of Divergent, I loved it as well. I was a little less taken with Insurgent but hold out high hopes for the third volume which is due out this October (I think).

Mar 3, 2013, 10:43am Top


- Lady Oracle - Margaret Atwood (MRES) - My Review

- Heat Wave - Richard Castle (Mystery/Thriller) - My Review

Mar 3, 2013, 10:44am Top

48 - Thanks. I got Insurgent a lot sooner from the wait list at the library, so I'll it read and reviewed by the middle of the month. Good to know about the third novel as well.

Mar 3, 2013, 11:11am Top

>49 bookwormjules:: I'm glad you liked Heat Wave. I tried reading it when it first came out and had to give up because it didn't feel like how I imagined Richard Castle would write. Do you watch the show as well?

Mar 3, 2013, 1:49pm Top

I just finished Divergent and liked it. Still on hold for the next one though but I think I should get that one shortly. I am always curious to see if the author can maintain the rhythm throughout a trilogy.

Mar 5, 2013, 6:28am Top

49 - I've seen a few episodes, just re-watched the first episode last night. I like the show, but it's not my favourite. I just found Heat Wave amusing. I think I went in with lowered expectations helped.

52 - I'm reading Insurgent now, and it seems to maintain the flow and that's all I'll say.

Edited: Mar 10, 2013, 11:24am Top


- Sophia's Secret - Susanna Kearsley (Read my name) - My Review

-Club Dead - Charlaine Harris My Review

Mar 24, 2013, 12:26pm Top


- The Earth Hums in B Flat - Mari Strachan (Mental Illness) - My Review

- Insurgent - Veronica Roth (Seriously Speculative) - My Review

Mar 29, 2013, 9:24am Top


- Dance of the Happy Shades - Alice Munro (Short Stories) My Review

Mar 30, 2013, 9:49am Top


- The Informationist: A Thriller - Taylor Stevens (Mystery/Thriller) - My Review

Apr 1, 2013, 10:16am Top


- The South - Colm Tóibín (Awards) My Review

- Song of Kosovo - Chris Gudgeon (O Canada) My Review

Apr 1, 2013, 10:17am Top

And the end of March draws to an end - so far this year I've read 30 books for this challenge. Only 2 book so far didn't fit into a category.

Apr 2, 2013, 5:54am Top


- River of Stars - Guy Gavriel Kay (Asian/African Lit) My Review

Apr 2, 2013, 10:02pm Top

Your River of Stars review came at a good time for me. I'm planning to see GGK next week, as he is doing a reading for our local bookstore. I'm definitely a fan of his, and I loved Under Heaven, so it sounds like I will enjoy this book too.

Apr 6, 2013, 9:06am Top

Oh lucky! I wanted to go to one just a day or so after I posted the review, but couldn't make it. He's at a convention this weekend which I'm attending (Ad Astra) so I hope to sit in on a reading there.

Apr 6, 2013, 2:55pm Top

I hope you have a great time at Ad Astra. Wish I could be there!

Apr 8, 2013, 4:09am Top

He's obviously doing the rounds as he's going to be at wfc2013 in October in Brighton that I'm going to

Apr 9, 2013, 6:07am Top

He's always at Ad Astra. I missed the panels he was on, and I missed him in the autograph session, as I got there at the end. But I did have a fantastic time. Ad Astra 2014 is looking great - and it's a year away.

Apr 21, 2013, 11:30am Top

- The Other Sister - Lola Lemire Tostevin (O Canada) My Review

Apr 28, 2013, 8:18am Top

- Four Dragons (SG-1 - 16) - Diana Dru Bostford (Seriously Speculative) My Review

- Tales From Firozsha Baag - Rohinton Mistry (Short Stories) - My Review

- King Leary - Paul Quarrington (Award Winners) My Review

Apr 28, 2013, 9:56am Top

- Winter Well: Speculative Fiction About Older Women - Edited by Kay T. Holt (Short Stories) My Review

Apr 28, 2013, 10:17am Top

- The Perfect Circle - Pascale Quiviger (O Canada) - My Review

Edited: May 4, 2013, 10:49am Top

- Gold Mountain Blues - Ling Zhang (Asian, African... Lit) My Review

- Quentins Maeve Binchy (Read my Name) My Review

May 5, 2013, 11:47am Top

- Forgotten Country - Catherine Chung (Asian..... Lit) My Review

Jun 1, 2013, 11:21am Top

May - (I've been so busy, haven't had time to write reviews)

- The Girl Who Fell From the Sky - Heidi Durrow (Awards) My Review

Jun 1, 2013, 11:39am Top

- Cream Puff Murder - Joanne Fluke (Mysteries, Thrillers) - My Review

Jun 2, 2013, 9:44am Top

- Heidi - Joanne Spyri (YA & Children's Lit) My Review

Edited: Jun 9, 2013, 9:03am Top

- Secrets - Jo Graham and Melissa Scott - (Seriously Speculative) - My Review

Edited: Jun 9, 2013, 9:23am Top

The Inheritors: Stargate Atlantis - Jo Graham, Melissa Scott, Amy Griswold (Seriously Speculative) - My Review

Jun 9, 2013, 10:06am Top

- Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore - Robin Sloan (Awards) - My Review

Edited: Jun 14, 2013, 8:35pm Top

I am currently reading Mr Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore. I am only 1/3 of the way into the book and I already agree with you about Google.

Jun 14, 2013, 10:09am Top

Zozette - It's a little weird with how much it appears huh? I hope you enjoy the rest of the book.

Jun 14, 2013, 10:10am Top

- The Twelve Tribes of Hattie - Anaya Mathis (Awards) My Review

Jun 14, 2013, 10:59am Top

Hmm, interesting - I didn't feel like Google was overmentioned at all. It just seemed part of the story to me. Definitely one of my favorite books from last year. One of my book clubs is reading it now - I wonder if they'll have a similar comment to you?

Jun 18, 2013, 9:25pm Top

81 - Glad you enjoyed it, it missed the mark for me, although it would be an interesting book to hear bout in a book club - lots of possible things to discuss.

Edited: Jun 18, 2013, 10:14pm Top

- The Painted Girls - Cathy Marie Buchanan (O Canada) My Review

- The Blondes - Emily Schultz (O Canada) My Review

Edited: Jun 23, 2013, 10:57am Top

-The Kingdom of Gods - N.K. Jemisin (read my name) My Review

- The Garden of Evening Mists - Tan Twan Eng (Asian/Middle Eastern/African Lit) My Review

- Ink: Paper Gods 1 - Amanda Sun (YA/Children's Lit) - My Review

Edited: Jul 1, 2013, 10:17am Top

- The Memory Man - Lisa Appignanesi (Awards) - My Review

-Eight Girls Taking Pictures - Whitney Otto (Read my Name) My Review

Jul 7, 2013, 11:53am Top


- Gold Digger - Vicki Delany (Mysteries/Thrillers) My Review

Jul 13, 2013, 11:10am Top

Jul 14, 2013, 11:05am Top

- Dead to the World - Charlaine Harris (Mysteries/Thrillers) My Review

Jul 27, 2013, 8:32am Top

- April Morning - Howard Fast (YA/Children's Lit - My Review

Edited: Jul 28, 2013, 11:20am Top

Jul 28, 2013, 12:23pm Top

Aug 7, 2013, 10:05pm Top

I'm getting caught up here after being away for a bit, you have definitely got me interested in Wild Geese, and I have added it to my wishlist.

Aug 10, 2013, 8:38am Top

92 - I need to get caught up on things my self, thanks for stopping by. Wild Geese was a facinatating book, I hope you get a chance to read it soon, and I'll be interested in hearing your thoughts.

Aug 10, 2013, 8:39am Top


Dead as a Doornail Charlaine Harris (Speculative Series) My Review

Aug 10, 2013, 9:56am Top

- Emma - Jane Austen (The List) My Review

Aug 10, 2013, 11:11am Top

- A Wrinkle in Time Madeleine L'Engle (Award Winners) My Review

Aug 11, 2013, 9:59am Top

- Away From Everywhere - Chad Pelley (Mental Illness Awareness) My Review

Aug 21, 2013, 11:50am Top


1) Open Secrets - Alice Munro (MRE) My Review

Aug 22, 2013, 2:47pm Top

2) The Forgotten Garden - Kate Morton (The List) My Review

Aug 22, 2013, 3:28pm Top

3) A Wind in the Door - Madeleine L'Engle (YA/Children's Lit) - My Review

Aug 22, 2013, 4:13pm Top

@ 99 -- Glad to see you enjoyed The Forgotten Garden, as it's currently languishing on my TBR shelf...

Sep 1, 2013, 11:38am Top

101 - I'd recommend bumping it up on the list, it was well worth reading!

Edited: Sep 1, 2013, 11:40am Top


- The Kissing Man - George Elliott- (read my name) - My Review

Edited: Sep 2, 2013, 12:38pm Top


All of the three below are from the Mystery/Thriller Category

- A Brewing Storm - Richard Castle My Review

A Raging Storm - Richard Castle My Review

- A Bloody Storm - Richard Castle My Review

Sep 2, 2013, 4:32pm Top

- Baking Cakes in Kigali - Gaile Parkin (Asian/African/Middle Eastern Lit) My Review

Sep 7, 2013, 10:56am Top

Sep 8, 2013, 10:41am Top

Thumb! Excellent review. :)

Sep 8, 2013, 12:08pm Top

107 - Thanks, glad you enjoyed it :)

Sep 8, 2013, 12:09pm Top

September (can you believe it? It's September!?)

- A Fine Balance - Rohinton Misty (Asia/Africa/Middle East) - My Review

Sep 14, 2013, 10:59am Top

- The Perks of Being a Wallflower - Stephen Chbosky (Mental Illness Awareness) My Review

Sep 14, 2013, 11:25am Top

- Norwegian Wood - Haruki Murakami (Mental Illness Awareness) My Review

Sep 21, 2013, 10:27am Top

- Sweetness in the Belly - Camilla Gibb (Colour your Library) My Review

Sep 21, 2013, 1:52pm Top

- Men of the Otherworld - Kelley Armstrong (Short Stories) My Review

Sep 29, 2013, 10:44am Top

The Best Place on Earth - Ayelet Tsabari (Short Stories) My Review

Oct 5, 2013, 10:03am Top

Oct 6, 2013, 9:33am Top


- Surprise Island - Gertrude Chandler Warner (Children's/YA Lit) My Review

Oct 12, 2013, 9:06am Top

Completed my first category!
- And The There Were None - Agatha Christie (Mystery/Thriller) My Review

Oct 12, 2013, 9:51am Top

- Minister Without Portfolio - Michael Winter (read my name) - My Review

Edited: Oct 12, 2013, 10:45am Top

And Then There Were None is a great book to finish a category with! :) Also wow, blast from the past with the Boxcar Children! I read them too as a kid but preferred the Hardy Boys.

Oct 12, 2013, 10:45am Top

119 - I agree with you on that one! Awesome book, one of the best I've read all year!!

Oct 12, 2013, 10:46am Top

Second Category Completed - O'Canada
- Claire Messud - The Woman Upstairs - (O'Canada) My Review

Oct 12, 2013, 11:42am Top

- Anne of Avonlea - L. M. Montgomery (Children's/YA Lit) My Review

Oct 12, 2013, 1:57pm Top

Great review of And Then There Were None, my favorite Agatha Christie.

Oct 12, 2013, 3:19pm Top

Two categories completed and some great reading in, I see! I wanted to read The Woman Upstairs when it first came out but your review and a couple of others that I have read have me re-assessing whether I want to read it at some point or not bother. For now, it will stay on the 'maybe later' list.

Oct 14, 2013, 10:44am Top

- 124 It's my favourite so far, it was such a fun read, do you know of any other books by her that have a similar appeal to i?

- 125 It's a hit or miss book with that one. I think it's a book where you either like it or you don't.

Oct 14, 2013, 8:05pm Top

There are lots of Agatha Christies' that I love, but I really think And Then There Were None is her masterpiece. It doesn't rely on one of her popular characters to solve the mystery but rather allows the reader to slowly peel back the layers to reveal the murderer.

Murder on the Orient Express is one that stands out in my memory, although it's been years since I read it. Also both The Murder of Roger Ackroyd and Death on the Nile are excellent.

But, yes, And There Were None is in a class all by itself.

Oct 14, 2013, 10:25pm Top

Why Didn't They Ask Evans? has always been the one I list as my favorite. I just realized I've never read The Murder of Roger Ackroyd - is it worth the read even though I know whodunnit? I guess I'm asking those who have done a reread of it - is it just as fun to read as when you didn't know?

Oct 20, 2013, 10:22am Top

- 127 Death on the Nile was one of the books by the author I was debating between, but And then There Were None won out. I guess I should check that one next.

- 128 The Murder of Roger Ackroyd - I wonder if that was the one I was looking for. I was at an author reading, and the author mentioned a major plot twist, in an Agatha Christie book, that has me looking for that book. Hmm.....

Oct 20, 2013, 10:23am Top

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Oct 20, 2013, 9:08pm Top

Totally agree about And Then There Were None. One of her absolute best and creepiest.

Eva - I think reading The Murder of Roger Ackroyd even knowing who did it is worthwhile. I reread it recently and still enjoyed it. It makes you appreciate the subtle clues that she plants throughout the story.

Oct 21, 2013, 12:25am Top

->131 LittleTaiko:
Thanks!! I shall put it on the list.

Oct 27, 2013, 11:07am Top

Beauty Beneath the Banyan - Crystal Fletcher (Asian/African/Middle East Lit) My Review

Oct 30, 2013, 9:54pm Top

Great review of And Then There Were None. This is one of my favourites.

Nov 2, 2013, 11:44am Top

134 - Thanks. It has become one of my favourites too!

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Mercy Among the Children - David Adams Richards (MRE) My Review

Dec 27, 2013, 8:39pm Top

Wonderful, fantastic and completely awesome review of Mercy Among the Children, Julie! That is the book that turned me into a David Adams Richards fan and was my favorite read in 2010.

Dec 31, 2013, 10:53pm Top

147 - It's my favourite of the year as well. I enjoyed his other books, now thanks to Mercy Among the Children, he is a must read everything.

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