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HelenNZ tries again 2017

75 Books Challenge for 2017

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1HelenBaker
Dec 31, 2016, 8:08pm Top

Almost made it last year, so hopefully this year will see me back on track. First book underway, so the list should start soon.


2PaulCranswick
Dec 31, 2016, 9:28pm Top



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3drneutron
Dec 31, 2016, 10:05pm Top

Welcome back!

4FAMeulstee
Jan 1, 10:36am Top

Happy reading in 2017, Helen!

5HelenBaker
Edited: Oct 17, 2:48am Top

First book completed last night and it was great.

1. Old Filth by Jane Gardam 9/10
2. Gorse is not People by Janet Frame 7.5/10
3. Vinegar Hill by A. Manette Ansay 8/10
4. The Toymaker by Liam Pieper 6/10
5. A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman 9/10
6. The Daughters of Mars by Thomas Keneally 9/10
7. A Breed of Women by Fiona Kidman 8/10
8. The Last Runaway by Tracy Chevalier 8/10
9. The Warrior Queen by Barbara Else 7/10
10. The Idea of Perfection by Kate Grenville 8.5/10
11. The Boston Girl by Anita Diamant
12. The Harp in the South by Ruth Park 10/10
13. The Virgin Suicides by Jeffrey Eugenides 7/10
14. Bitter Sweets by Roopa Farooki 7.5/10
15. The Chimes by Anna Smaill 9/10
16. The Book of Memory by Petina Gappah 7.5/10
17. The Life of Houses by Lisa Gorton 9/10
18. Sydney Bridge Upside Down by David Ballantyne 8/10
19. The Almond Picker by Simonetta Agnello Hornby 8/10
20. Last Tango in Paris by Robert Alley6/10
21. Where the Rekohu Bone sings by Tina Makereti 9/10
22. Golden Deeds by Catherine Chidgey 9/10
23. Our souls at Night by Kent Haruf 8/10
24. Where the Rekohu Bone sings by Tina Makereti 9/10
25. When We Were Orphans by Kazuo Ishiguro 8/10
26. The Past and Other Lies by Maggie Joel 7.5/10
27. Taking Pictures by Anne Enright 7/10
28. Day by A.L. Kennedy 9/10
29. People of the Book by Geraldine Brooks 8.5/10
30. A Place Called Winter by Patrick Gale 7.5/10
31. A Watermelon, a Fish and a Bible by Christy Lefteri 9/10
32. Slow Water by Annamarie Jagose 8.5/10
33. Circling the Sun by Paula McLain 8/10
34. Love as a Stranger by Owen Marshall 8/10
35. The Dogs and the Wolves by Irene Nemirovsky 7.5/10
36. Nine Days by Toni Jordan 8.5/10
37. The Boy Behind the Curtain 7/10
38. The Kitchen House by Kathleen Grissom 8/10
39. The True History of the Kelly Gang by Peter Carey 9/10
40. Anil's Ghost by Michael Ondaatje 7.5/10
41. Fosterling by Emma Neale 6.5/10
42. The Yellow Birds by Kevin Powers 9/10
43. The Rehearsal by Eleanor Catton 7.5/10
44. The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane by Kate DiCamillo 10/10
45. Music and Freedom by Zoe Morrison 9/10
46. The Dark Circle by Linda Grant 8/10
47. Miracle at St. Anna by James McBride 9/10
48. The Severed Land by Maurice Gee 7/10
49. Pastoral by Nevil Shute 9/10
50. Lila by Marilynne Robinson 9/10
51. Gilead by Marilynne Robinson 7.5/10
52. The Wish Child by Catherine Chidgey 9/10
53. The Summer Before the War by Helen Simonson 7.5/10
54. The Voyages of the Clontarf by Marolyn Diver 8/10
55. A Spool of Blue Thread by Anne Tyler 9/10
56. The Lonely Polygamist by Brady Udall 8/10
57. The Last Crossing by Guy Vanderhaeghe
58. The Power by Naomi Alderman
59. Autumn by Ali Smith
60. The Fall of Light by Niall Williams
61. Buy Me the Sky by Xinran
62. My Dear I Wanted To Tell You by Louisa Young 8/10
63. The Prisoner of Heaven by Carlos Ruiz Zafon 7.5/10
64. Salt Creek by Lucy Treloar
65. Please Look After Mother by Kyung-Sook Shin
66. The Dust That Falls From Dreams by Louis de Bernieres

6HelenBaker
Jan 3, 3:40am Top

Hmm... Ticker not updating immediately. Hopefully it will overnight.

7FAMeulstee
Jan 3, 9:26am Top

Ticker is okay now, if it doesn't update you can try F4 to renew your screen.

8lit_chick
Jan 6, 10:49pm Top

Hi Helen, several of us have been having the same ticker problem. It does eventually update. You inspire me with Old Filth; I've been meaning for ages to get to this one ...

9vancouverdeb
Jan 6, 11:47pm Top

Happy reading Helen. I have the same problem with my ticker. It takes a day or several hours to update. I'm not sure why.

10HelenBaker
Jan 21, 9:59pm Top

#6 completed. A book I recommend. I am swinging between the Anzac Reading Challenge and my own alphabet challenge. I am trying to choose international writers for the alphabet challenge and they must be off my shelves, as with my online ANZ reading group and the ANZAC challenge I will be reading plenty of New Zealand and Australian authors. Happy with progress so far. I hope to read one more in each group before the end of the month.

11HelenBaker
Jan 29, 7:17pm Top

I am very pleased with my progress this month. I need to be in credit by the end of January as it is the end of the New Zealand holiday period and the pace of life will pick up from tomorrow. I note that 6 of my books are Australian and New Zealand authors and only one is a new purchase. I need to show restraint and keep working at reading my own books. So far so good.

12HelenBaker
Feb 5, 6:46pm Top

The pace continues in February with my second book of the month finished. One for the Anzac and one for the alphabet challenge.

13lit_chick
Feb 13, 11:48am Top

Helen, you're keeping a much more admirable pace through February than I've managed. I've been trying to knit my sister a pair of socks (which we bartered for several years ago, LOL!). Time, time.

14HelenBaker
Feb 14, 2:15am Top

>13 lit_chick:. My knitting is suffering as I seldom watch TV anymore. I have several knitting projects planned despite it being summer but tend to save it for car journeys. I am enjoying the momentum with my reading but it could very soon slow up with a great deal of babysitting scheduled, family events and my 94 year old mother-in-law is causing some concern.

15HelenBaker
Jun 7, 3:47am Top

I am pleased to note that I am on track this year to achieve this goal having just passed half way and June is not over yet.

16lit_chick
Jun 11, 12:28pm Top

Well done, Helen!

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