VictoriaPL's tiny exploration of the number 14 in 2014

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VictoriaPL's tiny exploration of the number 14 in 2014

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Edited: Oct 15, 2013, 2:13pm

Hello Old Friends (and New Friends too!)

It is with baby steps that I tread into the 2014 challenge after having failed so magnificently in 2013. I've been struggling with work / life balance issues. But, ever onward I go...

I am planning on exactly 14 books for this challenge and if I make that, then we'll see where to go from there.

Each category will be related to the number 14 in some fashion, however (intentionally) broad.

Edited: Oct 15, 2013, 1:41pm

#1 - 14 days in a fortnight
this can be a book which takes place in a fortnight, mentions a fortnight, or that takes me 2 weeks to read, etc.

Edited: Oct 15, 2013, 1:43pm

#2 - July 14 or Bastille Day
a book written by a French author or about the French, fiction or not, historical or contemporary

Edited: Feb 1, 2014, 11:54am

#3 - 14 is the earliest age a minor can be emancipated in the US
Young Adult fiction

1. City of Ashes by Cassandra Clare 1.9.2014
2. City of Glass by Cassandra Clare 1.17.2014
3. City of Fallen Angels by Cassandra Clare 1.23.2014
4. City of Lost Souls by Cassandra Clare 1.31.2014

Dreams of Gods and Monsters by Laini Taylor April 2014
City of Heavenly Fire by Cassandra Clare May 27 2014

Edited: Oct 22, 2013, 10:32am

#4 - where A=1, B=2, C=3, BACH = 14 or The BACH motif
a book not necessarily about BACH, but definitely about music, fiction or not

something by Paul Adams, perhaps The Rainaldi Quartet

Edited: Feb 17, 2014, 12:54pm

#5 - February 14 is Valentine's Day
which calls for a romantic book

likely candidate: something by Lauren Willig.

1. Delirium by Lauren Oliver (2.14.2014)

Edited: Oct 15, 2013, 1:52pm

#6 - 14lbs in a British stone
a book about weight, diet or health in general

Edited: Oct 15, 2013, 1:55pm

#7 - 14 is the publisher code in the ISBN for Penguin Books
and imprints: Arkana, Pelican, Puffin, Viking Penguin

Edited: Oct 22, 2013, 1:42pm

#8 - 14 stations of the Cross
a book dealing with religion

maybe Introverts in the Church by Adam S. McHugh

Edited: Feb 17, 2014, 12:52pm

#9 - 14 is the atomic number of Silicon
Silicon is the second most common element in the lunar crust, therefore, a book about the moon landings or moonwalkers or the lunar space program in general.

1. The Astronaut's Wives Club by Lily Koppel (2.11.2014)

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#10 - 14 lines in a sonnet
a book of poetry, not necessary of sonnets

Edited: Oct 22, 2013, 9:55am

#11 - June 14 is Flag Day
a historical book

Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand Nov Group Read?

Edited: Feb 3, 2014, 3:51pm

#12 - 14, a common designation for the 13th floor of a building
a mystery, suspense or horror book

Another Man's Moccasins by Craig Johnson 2.2.2014

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#13 - 14, the minimum field of horses in the Preakness Stakes & Belmont Stakes
a book about horses or the sport of horse racing, fiction or not

Edited: Oct 22, 2013, 10:44am

#14 - 14 finger bones in each hand
a book about the amazing human body

The Violinist's Thumb perhaps?

Oct 15, 2013, 2:21pm

Great categories! I'm glad you're in for next year.

Clearly I'm not getting enough sleep. My brain saw your category 3 as "miner" instead of "minor". I guess there may be a few miners out there who'd like to be emancipated, but it had me puzzled for a second or two!

Oct 15, 2013, 2:47pm

Very clever categories!!

Welcome back. I look forward to seeing what you'll be reading.

Oct 15, 2013, 2:47pm

So great to have you back, Victoria. You must drop by my thread as we have a lot in common with our Categories! I sure wish I knew about the ISBN code of 14, I would have loved a category for Penguin books!

Oct 15, 2013, 2:52pm

I saw that Judy. So sorry to duplicate!

Oct 15, 2013, 2:56pm

Don't be silly, I love that we both think alike!

Oct 15, 2013, 3:00pm

I'm so happy you're here. But you already knew that.

Oct 15, 2013, 3:02pm

Aw, the Snoopy dance for me? Best thing all day....

Oct 15, 2013, 5:08pm

Great categories, Victoria! Glad you are sticking around!

Oct 15, 2013, 6:00pm

Glad to see you back! I am looking forward to your reads.

Oct 15, 2013, 6:28pm

Looks like a great setup! Manageable and full of variety. Have fun! :)

Oct 15, 2013, 7:21pm

Clever usage of 14 - good luck with your challenge.

Oct 15, 2013, 11:05pm

Good to see you here - looking forward to seeing what you read.

"failed so magnificently"
Well, if you're going to fail, magnificently is the way to do it. :)

Oct 16, 2013, 12:10am

^ Ditto Eva's comment!

Great to see you back and love the 14-themed setup for your challenge!

Oct 16, 2013, 7:21am

Thanks everyone, I'm glad to be back!

Oct 16, 2013, 3:39pm

Very interesting theme.

Oct 17, 2013, 10:03am

Victoria, I love your theme and the way you picked categories! I'm super excited about the BACH motif and the Stations of the Cross...looking forward to seeing what you read there especially!

Oct 17, 2013, 1:02pm

Hey Christina! And not the romance book? I'm so behind. I haven't looked to see if Willig has one coming out.

Oct 17, 2013, 2:24pm

Victoria, I assume Willig will have another Pink Carnation book out next year, and possibly another stand-alone as well!

Oct 17, 2013, 2:25pm

Then I better hurry up and read The Passion of the Purple Plumeria!

Oct 17, 2013, 2:58pm

I did not know the number 14 had so much significance. Thanks for coming up with all those useful ways 14 relates to our lives.

Oct 20, 2013, 8:53am

Clever categories! I'm looking forward to reading your reviews!

Oct 20, 2013, 8:56am

Hope you do better this year! Nicely set up CAT challenge.

Oct 24, 2013, 10:25am

Indeed, those are great categories! I'll be thinking seriously about joining the challenge...

Feb 1, 2014, 12:17pm

I spent my January lost in a haze of YA books by Cassandra Clare. The Mortal Instruments series reminds me (in a hundred ways) of Harry Potter - with just a bit of Twilight in it. Not that the vampires here are like the ones in that other series, but that this series also has a huge fixation on the god-like body of the lead male; his golden skin, his golden eyes, his golden hair, his rock hard abs and quick hands. Not that that is a bad thing, I'm a Jace fangirl too, but occasionally it wore down my patience. The back history of the parents, the growing-up identity issues of the teenagers, the snazzy wands and artifacts and big world-as-we-know-it kind of danger is all present. All-in-all, these books were just the popcorn and junk food I needed in my literary diet. Now I shall move on to the next course...

City of Ashes 1.9.2014
City of Glass 1.17.2014
City of Fallen Angels 1.23.2014
City of Lost Souls 1.31.2014

Feb 1, 2014, 12:22pm

You know, I may just have to get that for Charlotte. Glad you're here!

Feb 1, 2014, 9:42pm

Great to see you! Looking forward to your "next course."

Jun 16, 2014, 9:58am

Hey, Victoria, hope all is well! I thought you'd like to know that I'm reading Lauren Willig's second stand-alone book right now! It's called That Summer, and it's about the Pre-Raphaelites! I'm enjoying it so far, though it's not as light/funny as the Pink Carnation series.

Nov 3, 2014, 11:57am

I finally found my old thread - how buried it was!
christina_reads, I didn't see your review of That Summer on its page. Did you enjoy it?

Nov 3, 2014, 11:58am

Wow, Victoria is that really you? We've missed you around here :)

Nov 3, 2014, 1:08pm

Hi Lisa! Thanks, I've missed you too. Trying to make time for some LT. I am so far behind in reading the boards.

Nov 3, 2014, 1:11pm

It lives! So good to see you here!

Nov 3, 2014, 5:32pm

>43 VictoriaPL: Yay, you're back! I didn't review That Summer on its page b/c I don't own a copy of the book...full review is here if you're interested. The short version is that it was a good read, but darker than I was expecting. I missed the silly, lighthearted tone of the Pink Carnation books!

Nov 3, 2014, 6:48pm

Happy to see you back on here.

Nov 3, 2014, 6:52pm

Wow, a real life Victoria sighting! Great to see you posting. :)

Nov 3, 2014, 11:01pm

Hi Ladies! So nice to see you all here. I was supposed to finish a book tonight instead I have spent three hours buying, blinging and setting up my new iphone. These machines sure do have us well trained.

Edited: Nov 5, 2014, 12:50pm

I decided not to participate in NaNoWriMo this November but instead chose to dedicate the month to reading and researching more on my past NaNos (2008 & 2011) in hopes of doing a 2nd draft. That means WWII books, mainly occupied Paris. As much as I've read there are so many more books out there to make time for!

Just finished Resistance: a Woman's Journal of Struggle and Defiance in Occupied France by Agnes Humbert. The title perfectly describes Agnes, who was working in a Paris museum when the Germans came. She became involved with the production and distribution of an underground newspaper, Resistance, was captured and imprisoned, put on trial and found guilty and sent to Germany as a factory laborer. Once American troops arrived to free her, they found her spunk and linguistic skills invaluable so they put her in charge of a soup kitchen and hospital for refugees. Later her passionate zeal and incredible ability to recall names, dates and facts made her an adept Nazi-hunter.

It seems odd to say that I enjoyed a book about imprisonment and slave labor but I guess what I enjoyed is how well Agnes was able to convey the details of the situation. Intellectually, we all know that the treatment German prisoners received during WWII was terrible but we are so far removed from it that it's an abstract. Agnes paints such real pictures with her words and brings you right there. Alas, my French is not good enough to read the original, but I am thankful we have an English translation.

"Between bursts of jazz, the radio broadcasts the whoops and cheers of delirious crowds, now in Paris, now in London, and we join in, shouting for joy. And then we dance. I danced on 11 November 1918, too, but in 1918 I didn't know what it was to suffer and to witness the suffering of others. Now that I know, I dance more intensely, laugh more intensely - and hate more intensely."

Nov 5, 2014, 11:39am

I'm doing nano this year, having actually done some preparation beforehand for a change. I look forward to hearing about how your second draft is going.

Nov 5, 2014, 12:34pm

I am so glad to hear you are doing NaNo, Kay. I hope one day we can do more write-offs and write-ins together, I miss that.

Nov 5, 2014, 9:00pm

Hi, so glad to see you here again!! Read any good space/astronaut books this year? Without any shared reads, I have not. Life has been fine but it's been a terrible reading year for me, especially in terms of quantity.

Nov 5, 2014, 10:09pm

Hi Linda! Thanks! I am also way off this year.
No good ones. The last one was back in Feb - The Astronaut Wives Club and I was disappointed in it.
Got one in mind?

Edited: Nov 7, 2014, 1:17pm

>51 VictoriaPL:

You make that World War II book sound really good.

And, welcome back.

Nov 7, 2014, 1:20pm

>56 hailelib: Thank you! Good to be back.
And I did enjoy Agnes' book very much. So much better than the one I am reading now ;(

Nov 7, 2014, 1:23pm

>55 VictoriaPL: I think I liked it more than you did but I thought it was kind of gossipy and was slightly disappointed.

Nov 11, 2014, 9:01am

I finished Doctor to the Resistance: The Heroic True Story of an American Surgeon and His Family in Occupied Paris last night. I came to the book with the expectation that it would be about Dr Jackson using his expertise to tend to Parisian Resistance fighters, downed British airmen, etc. But that's not how the book panned out. Dr Jackson was very heroic and very dedicated, hiding men among his patients at the hospital and even at his own residence. But the larger portion of the book centered around the imprisonment of he and his family in the concentration camps, and while that is relevant, it wasn't particularly written in an interesting manner. They were here, they were there, etc. I certainly think that Dr. Jackson and his family should be remembered for their bravery but it's probably not a book I would recommend.

Nov 11, 2014, 11:40am

>59 VictoriaPL: In that case, I'll skip it. I have plenty of books in my TBR piles anyway.

Nov 13, 2014, 11:05am

The Diary of the Dark Years, 1940-1944: Collaboration, Resistance, and Daily Life in Occupied Paris by Jean Guéhenno failed the Nancy Pearl test, but I kept on with it regardless. It was a mixed bag, owing to its nature, about what he was reading, his students, his activities and what he's heard on the radio or through the grapevine. Just when I was ready to chunk it, he would launch into something deep and poetic. Like I beachcomber, I kept on walking to each clump of shells, knowing there was a fine specimen to be found.

Nov 13, 2014, 12:39pm

I love that simile!

Nov 13, 2014, 12:55pm

Thanks mamzel!