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Take It or Leave It Challenge - January 2019 - Page 1

75 Books Challenge for 2019

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Edited: Dec 25, 2018, 6:54pm Top

For those new to this challenge: More info and monthly index can be found in post #1 of this thread or this TIOLI FAQS wiki.

Simple directions for posting to the wiki can be found at the bottom of each month's wiki page.

...logo by cyderry

Your challenge for January 2019 is to...

Read a book where you take one letter from each word in the title to make a new word

1. The resulting word must be a real word with a genuine definition.
2. Do not use subtitles.
3. Titles must be have a minimum of FOUR words.
4. Use only one letter of each word.
5. Letters must be in the same order as the words.
6. You may use a plural word

Behind the Beautiful Forevers – beef
The Book of Illusions – tool
A Brief History of Time – afoot
Flags of Our Fathers – foot
Once We Were Brothers - newt
The Fortress of Solitude - trot


Other Fun Stuff (not part of the TIOLI challenge):

1. The January 2019 TIOLI Meter - Optional page on which you may track your TIOLI reading. FYI: This is not meant to be competitive - only fun!
2. Morphidae's List of Previous TIOLI Challenges - You may use this reference (Do a control-F scan) to avoid repeating a previous challenge. If your idea is similar to a previous challenge, just make it unique by adding a new "twist" to it.
3. FAMeulstee's 2109 TIOLI Sweeplette Meter - Use this page if you want to complete a sweeplette (all of the challenges on only one wiki page).

Edited: Jan 8, 5:18pm Top

Wiki Index of Challenges:

Challenges #1-6
1. Read a book where you take one letter from each word in the title to make a new word - msg #1
2. Read that nagging book - msg #4
3. Read a book with an animal in the title that isn't a real animal - msg #7
4. Read the first book of a series/trilogy or saga - msg #13
5. Read a book that contains (or is about) a first - msg #14
6. Read a book that has happy, new, or year in the title - msg #15

Challenges #7-12
7. Read a book by a female author, in Rolling Alphabetical order - msg #19
8. Read a book originally published in French or German - msg #22
9. Read a paper book thicker than your two smallest fingers - msg #28
10. Read a Book about sisters - msg #34
11. Read a Book where a word in the title starts with the same letter as one of the author's initials - msg #39
12. Read a book which features a new beginning / fresh start - msg #42

Challenges #13-17
13. Read a book which was recommended on a 'best of 2018' list - msg #44
14. Read a book where a word (or words) in the title is the name of a game - msg #46
15. Read a book where the book revolves around a puzzle or game - msg #63
16. Read a book that has something 'slashy' on the cover - msg #66 - thread
17. Read a book with a wall or barrier as part of the narrative - msg #69
18. Read a book where the author has a set of double letters in their name - msg #86

Hold your challenge until the February 2018 TIOLI challenges are posted. Thx!

Edited: Dec 25, 2018, 6:29pm Top

Give me a few minutes, and I'll have the rest of this thread up!

Edited: Dec 25, 2018, 9:54pm Top

>3 SqueakyChu: Can I go ahead and claim my challenge?

Challenge #2 (I hope): Read that nagging book

Maybe it's a book that's been on your shelf for a while...
Maybe it's a classic that you're ashamed to admit that you've never read...
Maybe it's that book you did a term paper on in high school/college but you totally BS'ed your way through it yet you got an A anyway and you always wanted to actually read the book but you've never had time...

This is your chance. Pick up that book that's nagging you like an old lady in a church parking lot and give it the time it deserves.

Edited: Dec 25, 2018, 7:05pm Top

>4 neverstopreading: Post it on the wiki first. You can do that now. I take the challenge numbers only from the wiki where they are posted in chronological order. First come, first served.

Dec 25, 2018, 8:13pm Top

>5 SqueakyChu: Done 👏

Dec 25, 2018, 10:32pm Top

I have no intention of putting up my own thread for days to come, but here I am on TIOLI... :D


Challenge #3: Read a book with an animal in the title that isn't a real animal


For this challenge, the reference should be to an actual person, place or object. So we might be talking about a nickname, or a work of art, or the name of a building. The animal referred to does not need to be "real" (i.e. I will accept dragons, unicorns, etc.) but it must be a real thing within the book.

As examples, Bulldog Drummond (a nickname) would qualify, but The Yearling (a real deer) would not. Likewise, Cat Among The Pigeons would not qualify, as both cat and pigeons are metaphorical.

Please note on the wiki what the "animal" is.

Edited: Dec 25, 2018, 10:46pm Top

>7 lyzard: I have no intention of putting up my own thread for days to come, but here I am on TIOLI...


For your challenge, may I use To the Land of the Cattails since cattails are a plant?

Dec 25, 2018, 11:37pm Top

Yes, I'll allow that. :)

Dec 26, 2018, 12:14am Top


Dec 26, 2018, 1:32am Top

I'd better sign on for the TIOLI challenge again, since I've missed quite a few months. Seasons greetings, everybody!

>4 neverstopreading: just too many to count ...

Dec 26, 2018, 9:13am Top

>11 humouress: the naggiest book gets the read 🙂

Dec 26, 2018, 9:51am Top

After not taking part in this challenge in 2018, it's time for me to restart.
In honor of the first month of the new year:

Challenge #4: Read the first book of a series/trilogy or saga

If you feel like me, then surely you will find something suitable, because I have the talent to read the books not always in the right order and therefore have to read a few so-called first books in a series.

Dec 26, 2018, 10:41am Top

Challenge #5 - Read a book that contains (or is about) a first

Maybe you want to read about the first person to do something (like walk on the moon, or be the first woman Prime Minister). It could be something as unusual as the first victim of a serial killer, or as mundane as a first date or the first day of school. Anything within the book that is a first counts. Let me know if questions!

Dec 26, 2018, 2:44pm Top

Challenge #6: Read a book that has happy, new, or year in the title

Happy, new or year can be embedded but the word must be complete. By this I mean happiness would not be acceptable. But a title that has, say, newsworthy in it, would be acceptable.

Note that I usually put self-serving challenges up. For this one, at this point, I have no books picked out and will have to rummage around to find something.

Happy new year to all.

Dec 26, 2018, 3:07pm Top

>7 lyzard: Would something like Helen Castor's She-Wolves count for challenge #3? I think the she-wolves are English queens but it's referring to several people rather than just one person.

Dec 26, 2018, 3:14pm Top

Yes, I'll allow that too (I'm obviously in a generous mood at the moment!).

Dec 26, 2018, 4:24pm Top

Edited: Dec 27, 2018, 3:25pm Top

Challenge #7: Read a book by a female author, in Rolling Alphabetical order

Simple enough, read any book by a female author, entered in rolling order according to first name or surname.

Books with multiple authors do not all need to be female, but it is the female author's name that needs to follow in alphabetical order.

You may skip the difficult letters, but may only skip by 1 letter at a time.

Seeing I'm planning on starting the new year with an author begeinning with A, this seemed too good an oppportunity to pass up!

Edited to clarify with respect to pseudonymns:
A woman writing under a male pseudonym is acceptable, a man writing under a female pseudonym is not.

Dec 27, 2018, 9:30am Top

>19 Helenliz: Scratching my head over an author like Jessica Beck. A male author writing cozies under a female name.

Dec 27, 2018, 9:55am Top

>20 lindapanzo: hmmm. While Liz has been infected with seasonal generosity, I'm more grouchy that she is. I'm probably going to come down as a no for that one.

Edited: Dec 27, 2018, 10:47am Top

Challenge #8: Read a book originally published in French or German

It does not matter in what language you read the book, either the original language or in translation.

Dec 27, 2018, 10:40am Top

>22 FAMeulstee: . . . and not be read in French or German?

Dec 27, 2018, 10:42am Top

>23 Ameise1: Either read in the original language or in translation, that is up to you.

Dec 27, 2018, 10:44am Top

>24 FAMeulstee: That's wonderful, Anita.

Dec 27, 2018, 12:20pm Top

>21 Helenliz: The next Jessica Beck won't be out til March but I was just thinking that, unless someone is pretty well-versed on the author, they might mistakenly think that, because of the name, Beck is a woman. I suppose we'd have to go by a good-faith belief, based on name.

I'm trying to think of woman-authored books by women with unusual initials.

Edited: Dec 27, 2018, 3:17pm Top

>19 Helenliz: Is a female author who writes under a seemingly male name like Fred Vargas allowed?

Edited: Dec 27, 2018, 3:40pm Top

Challenge #9: Read a paper book thicker than your two smallest fingers

Yes, you can read it on kindle or listen to it. No pop-up books or board books.

Dec 27, 2018, 3:24pm Top

>27 FAMeulstee: Yes, a female author using a male pseudonym is allowed.
I will add that to my original post.

Dec 27, 2018, 4:00pm Top

>19 Helenliz: Is a pseudonym for a pair or team that includes a man acceptable?

Edited: Dec 27, 2018, 4:06pm Top

>26 lindapanzo: Lauren Quick, Xia Jia, Chelsea Quinn Yarbro, Sarah Zettel - 2Qs and an XYZ

Dec 27, 2018, 4:08pm Top

>28 quondame: it's challenges like this that show what a difference paper thickness can make!

Dec 27, 2018, 4:22pm Top

>30 quondame: You may use the book, yes. However, in the case you have a pair of writers, you need to use the female author's name, regardless of how they usually publish. That may or may not be the same as the name used by the writing team.

So books published by Renee Patrick are by writing partnership Rosemarie and Vince Keenan. For the purposes of this challenge Rosemarie Keenan would need to be listed.

A larger group example are the mysteries published by The Medieval Murderers. This is a pseudonym used by Philip Gooden, Susanna Gregory, Michael Jecks, Bernard Knight, Karen Maitland, Ian Morson, C J Sansom. Again, only Susanna Gergory and Karen Maitland would cound and they would need to be the names listed in the rolling challenge.

Is that getting any clearer?

Edited: Dec 27, 2018, 6:29pm Top

Challenge #10: Read a book about sisters
Frequently my TIOLI challenge is a place to put my RL book club read, and this is no exception. I’ll be reading Saints for All Occasions by J. Courtney Sullivan. Women who are as close as sisters but not really related would count, but only if they refer to themselves as sisters.

Dec 27, 2018, 5:38pm Top

>33 Helenliz:

I bet when you came up with it you thought that was a perfectly straightforward challenge! :D

Dec 27, 2018, 5:50pm Top

>32 neverstopreading: Don't I know it! My husband's copy of The Lord of the Rings, all 3 volumes, is about 1" thick. My new set of Journey to the West are quite compact and dense, and don't qualify. I don't demand dictionary thin pages, but some integrity should prevail!

Dec 27, 2018, 8:27pm Top

It looks like this is going to be a science fiction year opening for me with many of my books coming from https://www.tor.com/2018/12/27/100-sf-f-books-you-should-consider-reading-in-the-new-year/
There are quite a few Y and Z female names, in fact, most of the authors are female.

Dec 27, 2018, 8:53pm Top

>37 Citizenjoyce: What a lovely list! Thanks! In the many I've read there are large variations, and I liked most of those more than average. If the ones I haven't read are of the same quality, I have a good source of enjoyment.

Edited: Dec 27, 2018, 10:36pm Top

Challenge #11: Read a Book where a word in the title starts with the same letter as one of the author's initials

(Chosen to give me a place for a library hold I'm picking up this weekend.)

Edited: Today, 11:19am Top

I will not be going for a sweep this month.
My planned reads so far:
Challenge #1: Read a book where you take one letter from each word in the title to make a new word - started by SqueakyChu
Let Them Eat Dirt: Saving Your Child from an Oversanitized World - B. Brett Finlay and Marie-Claire Arrieta Ph.D (4)
Challenge #2: Read that nagging book - started by Neverstopreading
ChMarie-Claire Arrieta Ph.Dallenge #3: Read a book with an animal in the title that isn't a real animal - started by lyzard
Challenge #4: Read the first book of a series/trilogy or saga - started by Ameise1
*✔All Systems Red (Murderbot Diaries) - Martha Wells (3.5)
Sorcerer to the Crown (Sorcerer Royal 1) - Zen Cho
Challenge #5: Read a book that contains (or is about) a first - started by owlie13
Alanna: The First Adventure by Tamora Pierce (3.5)
Challenge #6: Read a book that has happy, new, or year in the title - started by lindapanzo
Wish You Happy Forever: What China's Orphans Taught Me About Moving Mountains - Jenny Bowen (3.5)
Challenge #7: Read a book by a female author, in Rolling Alphabetical order: started by helenliz
She Caused a Riot: 100 Unknown Women Who Built Cities, Sparked Revolutions, and Massively Crushed It by Hannah Jewell (4)
*✔Spinning Silver - Naomi Novik (4)
Challenge #8: Read a book originally published in French or German - started by FAMeulsteeChallenge
#9: Read a paper book thicker than your two smallest fingers - started by quondame
The Best Horror of the Year Volume Ten by Ellen Datlow (3.5)
Challenge #10: Read a Book about sisters - started by Citizenjoyce
Saints for All Occasions - J. Courtney Sullivan (3.5)
The Six: The Lives of the Mitford Sisters - Laura Thompson
Challenge #11: Read a Book where a word in the title starts with the same letter as one of the author's initials - started by susanna.fraser
Bad Religion: How We Became a Nation of Heretics - Ross Douthat - Abandoned
Challenge #12: Read a book which features a new beginning / fresh start - started by countrylife
The Widow Nash: A Novel by Jamie Harrison
Challenge #13: Read a book which was recommended on a 'best of 2018' list - started by wandering_star
*✔Educated - Tara Westover (5)
The Line Becomes a River: Dispatches from the Border - Francisco Cantú (3.5)
Challenge #14: Read a book where a word in the title is a game - started by Carmenere
Challenge #15: Read a book where the book revolves around a puzzle or game - started by Morphidae
*The 7 1/2 Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle - Stuart Turton
Challenge #16: Read a book that has something 'slashy' on the cover - started by paulstalder
Challenge #17: Read a book with a wall or barrier as part of the narrative - started by avatiakh
The Wall by Marlen Haushofer (3.5)
Challenge #18: Read a book where the author has a set of double letters in their name - started by DeltaQueen
The Magicians- Lev Grossman

Dec 28, 2018, 5:25am Top

>35 lyzard: yup! Read a book by a woman, how much more simple could it be! But you know how a thought that made sense when you thought it is somehow different when other people look at it... There's a lot of truth in jest. >:-)

Dec 28, 2018, 9:22pm Top

**** Challenge #12: Read a book which features a new beginning / fresh start ****

The Daybreakers, Louis L'Amour

Dec 29, 2018, 1:33pm Top

I skipped Q in Challenge 7 as it is always a difficult letter for me, but I supposed if someone had been waiting for it they could fill it in.

Although Rhys Bowen IS Janet Quin-Harkin, so technically.....

Dec 29, 2018, 10:12pm Top

Challenge #13: Read a book which was recommended on a 'best of 2018' list

Anything goes here: this can be a published list, a list from someone on LT or your next-door neighbour! Also, the book doesn't have to have been published this year as long as it was recommended by someone who read it this year.

Dec 29, 2018, 10:46pm Top

>44 wandering_star: Thank you for your Challenge! I was waiting for someone to add something along these lines - I was beginning to think I'd have to do it myself.

Edited: Dec 30, 2018, 5:53pm Top

Challenge #14: Read a book where a word (or words) in the title is the name of a game

What we're looking for here is pretty simple. The 'Poker Club, A Hopscotch Summer, Blind Man's Bluff etc etc.

Dec 30, 2018, 12:23am Top

>46 Carmenere: Blind Man's Bluff is a very common title.

Edited: Jan 14, 2:02pm Top

>44 wandering_star: That's my usual January post. I'm glad you did it. I like gathering best of the year lists
Amazon best novels
Amazon NewYorkTimes Best sellers
The Atlantic
Barack Obama
Barnes and Noble
Evening Standard, UK
The Huffington Post
The Irish Times
New York Times
Publishers Weekly
Real Simple
Washington Post

Dec 30, 2018, 8:30am Top

>47 quondame: Yes, indeed it is.

Dec 30, 2018, 8:33am Top

>48 Citizenjoyce: What fun! I posted Obama's list to my thread yesterday and now I have even more to peruse. Thanks for posting all the links!

Edited: Dec 30, 2018, 12:16pm Top

>7 lyzard: Bear Town? At some point, the town name may have referenced a real bear but I don't think the story is about bears. Mostly curious as it is the one book I found on the shelf that might match the challenge.

Edited: Dec 30, 2018, 1:37pm Top

>46 Carmenere: There is a mystery series by Elizabeth Gunn set in a small Minnesota town. I've read the first three, and found them enjoyable. Some titles are Five Card Stud and Crazy Eights. Would these count - it's more than one word, but the entire title is the name of a card game.

Dec 30, 2018, 2:06pm Top

>52 owlie13: Yes, they would be perfect. The game does not need to be one word.

Dec 30, 2018, 2:50pm Top

>51 witchyrichy: No, Beartown is not about bears, but it is a wonderful book. It’s about Hockey, privilege, dedication and friendship. I gave it away for Christmas this year.

Dec 30, 2018, 5:02pm Top

>55 avatiakh: wow, that’s a whole different bunch of books. Thanks.

Dec 30, 2018, 5:04pm Top

>51 witchyrichy:

Hmm. Grey area, but I guess we've already established I'm in a generous mood, so go ahead. :)

Dec 30, 2018, 7:56pm Top

>57 lyzard: Thanks! It got a great review from >54 Citizenjoyce: so am now more eager to read it!

Dec 30, 2018, 8:42pm Top

>48 Citizenjoyce: Thanks so much for posting the links to the lists!

Dec 31, 2018, 1:06am Top

>58 witchyrichy: It's one of those books I fell in love with.
>59 wandering_star: you're welcome.

Dec 31, 2018, 7:55am Top

>54 Citizenjoyce: If you've read Beartown you've been introduced to my hometown. As far as I know, Backman didn't officially base the book on this place, but the similarities are almost overwhelming. There are quite a few towns like this so it's probably an amalgamation of several/all of them. When I first heard about the book I just assumed it was set here, but later learned it's a "made up" place.

Dec 31, 2018, 6:25pm Top

>61 PawsforThought: wow. I like reading about small towns sometimes, but I don’t think I could take the amount of social oppression that comes with them.

Edited: Dec 31, 2018, 9:48pm Top

Challenge #15: Read a book where the book revolves around a puzzle or game

While #14 is about the title, mine is about the contents.

Technically, any murder mystery would count but I ask that you stick to puzzle type mysteries such as Murder on the Orient Express or And Then There Were None rather than crime or thriller type mysteries*. "Locked door" mysteries are good. Mysteries where the main character solves it all in the end with things the reader wouldn't know, like Sherlock Holmes, wouldn't be.

*Unless the criminal is playing some type of game. Wasn't there a movie like that with Michael Douglas as the victim?

Casino Royale by Ian Fleming would count since a card game is a major part of the plot.

Other ideas:

21: Bringing Down the House by Ben Mezrich
The Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown
The Westing Game by Ellen Raskin
Over Sea, Under Stone by Susan Cooper
Ready Player One by Ernest Cline

Ender's Game by Orson Scott Card
Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire by J. K. Rowling
Word Freak by Stephan Fatsis
Interstellar Pig by William Sleator

Jan 1, 7:58am Top

>62 Citizenjoyce: It's not quite so bad any more, things have changed for the better in the past decade.

Jan 1, 8:40am Top

>19 Helenliz: I've finished the first of the Murderbot Diaries by Martha Wells. At the moment, challenge 7 is on S. Do I have to wait until T, U & V are filled to put my book in?

Happy New Year everyone!

Edited: Jan 1, 4:25pm Top

Challenge #16: Read a book that has something 'slashy' on the cover

Look at the cover of the book you're reading: If there is something/someone going from the bottom left to the top right (like a slash / ) then your book is eligible for this challenge. It can be a person, an animal, a thing, but no symbols, no letters, not the title, not a part of something (like an arm pointing that way). It must not stretch over the whole cover.

Please indicate the thing in the wiki and add your cover here: http://www.librarything.com/topic/301567

(ah, I forgot the month in the that thread, 'January' should be in the title, but I can't change it anymore, can I?)

Jan 1, 4:29pm Top

>66 paulstalder: Thank you Paul! I can now move The Consuming Fire for #1 to #16 - Dejah_Thoris - this works pretty well!

Jan 1, 8:42pm Top

>67 quondame: Excellent - I'd add myself shortly!

Edited: Jan 1, 9:48pm Top

Challenge #17: Read a book with a wall or barrier as part of the narrative

I'll also accept invisible or metaphorical barriers such as glass ceilings.

Walls in fiction that I can think of -

The Secret Garden
Game of Thrones
The Severed Land
The Siege of Krishnapur

Jan 1, 11:30pm Top

>66 paulstalder: No, You can't add the word January any more, but that's okay. We know it belongs to this month's challenge.

Jan 2, 12:06am Top

>64 PawsforThought: good to know.

Jan 2, 12:26am Top

>19 Helenliz: I had to move The Wall by Marlen Haushofer from your challenge because #17, the wall challenge, was crying out for it. So, H is open for someone else.

Jan 2, 5:31am Top

>67 quondame: Please indicate the slash-thing in the wiki. Contours and air would not qualify. Thanks

Jan 2, 6:03am Top

>65 humouress:

Yes, and then you have to death-wrestle me for the 'W' slot. :D

Edited: Jan 2, 6:08am Top

>74 lyzard: EEeepp!

ETA: what happened to festive cheer and all that?

Jan 2, 6:11am Top

Oh, sure, but let's be realistic: THIS IS TIOLI!!!!

Jan 2, 6:13am Top

But, but ...

*grumbles off, planning to stake out the challenge*

Jan 2, 8:12am Top

>77 humouress: You can list it now, Nina, as you are allowed to skip ONE letter.

Jan 2, 8:48am Top

>65 humouress: yes, you may skip ONE letter, not half the alphabet (I exagerate purely for comic effect).

>72 Citizenjoyce: The idea of a rolling challenge is that letters are filled in order, so you shouldn't be backfilling letters that were skipped. You would need to wait until they roll around again.

>74 lyzard: quite pleased I got my book in first... *wibble*

Jan 2, 12:18pm Top

>79 Helenliz:. Oops, sorry then that I took up a perfectly good H.

Jan 2, 12:49pm Top

Going forward, I think that once a book is put into a rolling challenge, it should not be removed with an open spot for another person to use (backfilling). I do, however, think it would be okay for the original person to substitute another book in its place (can even be a DNF) in order to move the original book to a different challenge. It's up to the individual challenge host to make the rules. Just sayin'...as I'm not the TIOLI police.

Jan 2, 12:53pm Top

Vote Now!

Go back to the most disliked book cover thread, and place your vote for the three books you dislike the most. Send your votes by PRIVATE message to me here on LT. Get your vote in by midnight, January 4, 2019. Thank you!

Here's the thread. Do NOt vote for the book cover in message #1 as that book had been completed in the previous month. All other books are open for your votes.


Jan 2, 1:02pm Top

>81 SqueakyChu: that matches what I'd understood the guidelines for rolling challenges. I'll attempt to make that clearer next time I set a rolling challenge. It's not something I do very often, so apologies if I've contributed to any confusion by my assumptions being unclear.

>80 Citizenjoyce:. You're OK. Having taken it out, it just leaves it looking as is H had been skipped, which would be within the rule relating to skipping one letter. So you're forgiven - this time. >;-)

Jan 2, 3:02pm Top

>83 Helenliz:

So you're forgiven - this time


Jan 2, 3:49pm Top

>77 humouress:

So ya taking that 'W' or what?? :D

Jan 3, 6:37pm Top

Challenge #18: Read a book when the author has double letters in his name.

The double letters must be side by side and can be in any part of the author's name: First: William Brown, Middle: Francis William Smith, Last: Mary Williams

Jan 3, 6:43pm Top

>86 DeltaQueen50: Bless you! :-)

Jan 3, 7:04pm Top

>87 cbl_tn: I'm glad the challenge works for you Carrie, I somehow ended up with quite a few double-lettered authors and they didn't seem to fit anywhere else.

Jan 4, 3:19am Top

>85 lyzard: Ah phooey, missed it. Ya leave the threads for just a day and what happens? Someone snaffles your W from right under you.

No matter, I'll wait until M comes around, or put it into the first in series challenge.

Jan 4, 2:19pm Top

>69 avatiakh: Would a metaphorical wall such as between culturally traditional parents and modern children be accepted? It's a story about a modern woman and her parents wanting her to accept an arranged marriage.

Jan 5, 2:13am Top

>90 Morphidae: yes, I'm ok with that.

Edited: Jan 5, 11:53am Top

>44 wandering_star: I'm reading Less: A Novel by Andrew Sean Greer and I'm wondering if I could place it on Challenge 13. Oprah.com listed it as an "Award-winning New Book" (it won the Pulitzer for Fiction in 2018). Enough of a lineage? I think I'll go ahead and list it, and you can always say "nay" later.

Karen O.

p.s. Never mind! Carmenere already posted it on challenge 13! Great minds think alike!

Jan 5, 1:40pm Top

>92 klobrien2: I can’t remember which ones, but Less is listed on some best of 2018 lists.

Jan 5, 7:01pm Top

>93 Citizenjoyce: Thanks! Less: A Novel is set. And we'll get a shared point out of the deal!

Karen O.

Edited: Jan 6, 10:44am Top

>89 humouress: I'll put All Systems Red into challenge 4. Read the first book of a series/trilogy or saga, especially since antqueen already has it there - which will result in my first TIOLI point in a long while, as well as my first TIOLI point of the year.

Challenge 1. Read a book where you take one letter from each word in the title to make a new word - Tashi and the Haunted House by Anna & Barbara Fienberg (still working on my word, though)
Challenge 4. Read the first book of a series/trilogy or saga - All Systems Red by Martha Wells
The Runaway King by Jennifer A. Nielsen will probably go into challenge 9 (book thickness) unless I can sneak it into J on the rolling challenge.

Jan 6, 10:53am Top

Jan 6, 11:31am Top

Ok - I goofed. At some point the letter Q was skipped in >19 Helenliz: Challenge #7 /rolling female authors. I would have sworn at the time that skipping letters was not permitted so I tried to be helpful and I back filled the Q. Whoops.

I can easily move the book - Kate Quinn's The Alice Network - to share a read with Judy in her Challenge, #17/double letters. I didn't want to just yank it and cause confusion, though.

What would you prefer I do, Helen?

Jan 6, 11:36am Top

>97 Dejah_Thoris: Seeing it's been in a little while, I'm happy that is remain there. I didn't notice it as being added out of order.

Jan 6, 2:25pm Top

>97 Dejah_Thoris: Dejah, since you got the ok, I will add The Alice Network as a shared read to Challenge #7. :)

Jan 6, 3:52pm Top

>95 humouress: hates, sates, antes

Jan 6, 4:44pm Top

>98 Helenliz: Thank you, Helen!

>99 DeltaQueen50: I hope we both enjoy it, Judy.

Edited: Jan 7, 5:56pm Top

TIOLI Stats for December 2018

Pretty nice stats coming up...

For the month of December, 2018, for 17 challenges we read a total of 486 books (the largest monthly total since 2016) with 76 of them or 16% shared reads. We gained a total of 42 TIOLI points making a YTD total of 546 points (the largest YTD total since 2015).

The most excellent news is that for 2018 there were increases in all the categories over 2017 for the following: total number of challenges (18 per month), total books read (5,120), total shared reads (1,014), percentage of shared reads (20%) and YTD total (546). Those of you who were working hard to improve our stats did so with flying colors. Thank you!

The most popular two books for December, 2018, were The Cricket on the Hearth by Charles Dickens and Obama: An Intimate Portrait by Pete Souza. Each of these books had four readers.

The most popular challenge was the one by avatiakh to make it a short read (150 pages or less). There were 47 books read for that challenge.

The challenge with the most TIOLI points was the one by Morphidae to read a book for the 50 states challenge. That challenge accumulated 6 TIOLI points.

Good work, everyone! Keep on reading!

Edited: Jan 6, 7:12pm Top

>92 klobrien2: I have definitely seen Less on some best-of-the-year lists.

Jan 6, 7:16pm Top

Other notable 2018 stats:

***Thirteen people succeeded in at least one sweep.
1. calm
2. Citizenjoyce
3. countrylife
4. Dejah_Thoris
5. elkiedee
6. FAMeulstee
7. Morphidae
8. neverstopreading
9. paulstalder
10. quondame
11. susanna.fraser
12. thornton37814
13. wandering_star

***Three people completed a sweep at least every month of the year
1. Citizenjoyce
2. Dejah_Thoris
3. FAMeulstee


1. quondame started monthly sweeping in April, 2018

***Fameulstee completed 23 sweeps in 2018 including the last one which was a QUINTUPLE sweep!



P.S. I completed one sweeplette this year. Hurray for all of us!

P.P.S. Thanks for participating...even if you did only light dusting and no sweeping or sweepletting.

Edited: Jan 7, 12:42am Top

>100 Morphidae: Thanks Morphy!

ETA: No thread this year?

>104 SqueakyChu:

Jan 7, 11:38am Top

>105 humouress: Within the week I'll have one up.

Jan 7, 11:40am Top

>104 SqueakyChu: I bask in your notice.

Jan 7, 1:16pm Top

>102 SqueakyChu: excellent news, Madeline. We appreciate the effort you put into this every month to keep us entertained.

Jan 7, 2:34pm Top

>7 lyzard: Would Cuckoo's Egg fit? The main character is the child raised by a family (and in this case a species) not his own.

Edited: Jan 7, 3:01pm Top

>109 dreamweaver529:

'Cuckoo' alone would qualify, so yes, that's fine.

Edited: Jan 7, 10:04pm Top

TIOLI Awards for December 2018

The X Marks the Spots Award goes to paulstalder for reading The XXXIX. articles of religion agreed upon by the Church of England to prevent diversity of opinions in religion for my (SqueakyChu's) challenge to read a book whose title or author's name includes the letter x. This challenger fulfilled the challenge with a book that contained FOUR Xs. Well done!

The Pause in the Middle Award goes to cbl_tn for reading The Shepherd, the Angel, and Walter the Christmas Miracle Dog for helenliz's challenge to read a book where "and" is the middle word. Even with a ten-word title, this challenger found the word "and" right where it needed to be!

The Diversity Award goes to quondame for reading The Penny Whistle Christmas party book: including Hanukkah, New Year's & Twelfth Night family parties for Citizenjoyce's challenge to read a book with a winter holiday in the title. This challenger was the only one to list a book with more holidays than just Christmas. Very inclusive! Thanks.

The Under the Wire Award goes to katiekrug for reading West for avatiakh's challenge to make it a short read. This challenger was able to read a book of 149 pages when the cutoff number was 150 pages. So close!

The Typing Instructor Award goes to paulstalder for his challenge to read a book which starts with a word from 'Silent Night, Holy Night'. I never typed as much as I did to make my listing to this challenge. I'm sure my typing improved while I did so!

The Morality is Important Award goes to elkiedee for the challenge to read a book in which moral values and beliefs are an issue in some way. Reading about such issues is an important way to keep them on the front burner and alive in our daily lives. Thanks for this!

Congrats to our award winners! Feel free to add awards of your own at this time.

The winners of the contest to read a book with a cover you dislike were: FAMeulstee for Juf is gek and DeltaQueen50 for The Man Who Loved Children. Sorry your book covers were disliked so much...but they were just awful!! :D

Jan 7, 9:31pm Top

>111 SqueakyChu: Thanks for the award! It was such a fun book, too!

Jan 7, 9:33pm Top

>111 SqueakyChu: Thank you! I'll try to be gracious about paulstalder doubling my X count.

Jan 7, 9:57pm Top

I'm glad that The Man Who Loved Children won for it's ugly book cover - I thought the story itself was rather ugly as well!

Edited: Jan 7, 10:01pm Top

>114 DeltaQueen50: Private message me your mailing address. I have a very small prize to send you.

>113 quondame: Haha! I did notice your double xs when I was doling out the awards!

Edited: Jan 8, 3:26am Top

>111 SqueakyChu: Thank you Madeline for the X award. I wanted to read X by Daniel Goetsch as well - the only 'true' match for that challenge -, but didn't have time for it :)
>113 quondame: Hope you succeed in your being gracious, Susan, and are not too much x-ed (cross) with me for having double-crossed you :)

>111 SqueakyChu: And thank you for the 'Silent Night, Holy Night' award - and thanks everyone for participating in the 200-year-anniversary of that song. I hope your fingers are okay now after all that typing :)

Jan 8, 4:18am Top

The Almost Short Award goes to raidergirl3 for reading Almost Midnight which contains two short stories with 90 and 64 pages which, according to this challenger amounts to less than 150 pages ... interesting calculation

Jan 8, 4:50am Top

Congratulations to all the winners. I too was surprised that only one book in my challenge mentioned a winter holiday besides Christmas.

Jan 8, 4:54am Top

The Mildly Hairy Translation Award goes to FAMeulstee for reading De zwaardvis. The first sentence reads 'Sibylle Verhegge, die acht maanden geleden nog Sibylle Ghyselen heette, zit in haar bikini in een ligstoel op het terras haar teennagels parelmoer te lakken.' and this challenger translates Haar (Dutch 'her', German 'hair') as Mild (Dutch 'mild', German 'mild'). I am pretty confused by this translation.

Edited: Jan 8, 5:58am Top

The Super Old Woman's Award goes to Dejah_Thoris and wandering_star for reading books by super old women (Olivia de Havilland born 1916 and Diana Athill born 1917). Congratulations

PS: Diana Athill celebrated her birthday on 21st December, so during the reading of her book

Jan 8, 8:08am Top

Congrats to December TIOLI winners!

Jan 8, 8:32am Top

>117 paulstalder: >119 paulstalder: >120 paulstalder:

LOL and congrats to our three additional award winners!

Jan 8, 9:15am Top

>120 paulstalder: How nice to know! And thanks for the award.

Jan 8, 3:00pm Top

>2 SqueakyChu: Madeline - you've not listed the final challenge from post #86

Jan 8, 5:19pm Top

>124 avatiakh: Got it! Thx!

Jan 9, 6:19am Top

>119 paulstalder: If you read a book in a foreign language: the word must fit the translation into that language which is given on this page http://silentnight.web.za/index.htm

The last word in the 4th line in German would also be Haar, as the forth line is Holder Knab' im lockigen Haar
The Dutch version is similair: lieflijk Kindje met goud in het haar

Many words don't match with the English version, so just translating from English would have been much easier :-)

Jan 9, 12:16pm Top

>40 Citizenjoyce: Have you had a chance to start All systems Red yet? I've been on the fence about getting it for a while.

Jan 9, 12:30pm Top

>127 dreamweaver529: I just checked with the library. It’s in transit, so I should get it soon.

Jan 9, 12:34pm Top

I would love for people to list the reason for the nagging book in challenge #2. What do you think, neverstopreading?

Jan 9, 12:55pm Top

>128 Citizenjoyce: I'd love to know what you thing. Do you have a thread I could lurk?

Jan 9, 2:49pm Top

>126 FAMeulstee: Anita, I am very sorry. I really forgot my own rules, and I made a mistake translating 'haar' as 'her' only. Sorry for doubting your translation. I first was intrigued by the word teennagels which I read as teen angels till I realised that it means toe nails... then I saw the 'haar bikini' ...

So I change the hairy award to the Languages Connoisseurs Award for playing by the rules and checking the corresponding language.

Jan 9, 3:26pm Top

>131 paulstalder: Thank you for this award, Paul :-)
Language can be tricky, especially when words have more than one meaning.
I always look forward to your challenges, if only to see how creative it is!

Jan 9, 5:06pm Top

>130 dreamweaver529: Nope, no thread. I’ll review it when I read it and mention it here.

Jan 9, 5:29pm Top

>133 Citizenjoyce: Sounds good. I look forward to seeing what you have to say.

Jan 9, 6:18pm Top

The reason I’m reading Leviathan Wakes by James Corey as my “nagging” book is because it’s been sitting on Mount TBR half read for months. I really don’t like having that much of a book read and uncompleted for so long.

Jan 9, 6:30pm Top

>127 dreamweaver529: I know you didn't ask me :) but I recently read All Systems Red and loved it. It's of the "short and sweet" school of SF writing. I'm almost done with the second book in the series, Artificial Condition. And I, too, would be interested to know what you and Citizenjoyce think about the book (if and when you read it)!

Karen O.

Jan 9, 8:16pm Top

>136 klobrien2: short and sweet sounds good. I hope it comes soon.

Jan 10, 12:46am Top

>135 Morphidae: Thank you. Not that I plan to re-read Leviathan Wakes - I enjoy the series but find them very silly - but you brought to mind that my daughter has been nagging me to read a book lent to her by a friend The Bone Doll's Twin so that should count, shouldn't it? neverstopreading?

Jan 10, 9:04am Top

>135 Morphidae: I enjoyed Leviathan Wakes. So much so that I told Hubby about it while I was half way through and he asked me to wait for him to catch up so what we could read it together. Since then, he has read the next two or three in the series and is bugging me to catch up. Maybe I'll use the second one, Caliban's War, as my nagging book.

I picked it up after hearing an interview with one of the authors. I'm a gamer of the pence of the pencil and dice variety, and was intrigued by the fact that the setting was created for just such a game. Hubby is NOT a gamer and he liked the book more than I did. So I can confidently say it works either way.

Jan 10, 9:16am Top

>136 klobrien2: I'm happy for any feedback. I asked Citizenjoyce because we both read, and I believe enjoyed Spinning Silver, this month.

I admit, I'm not normally one for "sort and sweet". Most of the books I read are between 10 and 25 hours. Anything shorter is a little suspect. I don't know why, but I've always loved longer book. That being said, and am leaning towards reading it.

Well, off to lurk your thread. Man, I love the Threadbook.

Edited: Jan 10, 9:39am Top

Hey, Anita! Feel free to make any announcements about the completed 2018 sweeplettes in this thread. :)

I noticed how they started off with a bang, and then, with each succeeding month, there were fewer completed. Any predictions on these? I'm actually trying for one this month!

Jan 10, 3:37pm Top

For myself, I have a remarkable talent for *not* achieving sweeplettes---if I read for 15/18 challenges, it will be one per page I don't complete. It is VERY frustrating! :D

Jan 10, 3:40pm Top

>141 SqueakyChu: Initially, I thought I'd be completing a sweeplette every month, but lately, one or maybe two challenges every month really strike my fancy and I find myself spending most of my time in those challenges. Note, however, that oftentimes, the challenge that really strikes my fancy is not my own challenge.

Jan 10, 3:56pm Top

>140 dreamweaver529: wow, I never knew about the threadbook. What a time saver.

Edited: Jan 10, 4:11pm Top

>140 dreamweaver529: I very much enjoyed Spinning Silver. Usually I don’t want to know too much about a book before I start it, I like to be completely surprised. I’d read that the book was a fairy tale retold, Rumplestiltskin, and this is one of my favorite genres. I was pleasantly surprised by the Judaic underpinning of the story. Is there much Judaism in most fairy tales? I can’t think of any. So that aspect completely drew me in. I’m also enthralled when clever women discover their own power and when characters can change the way they view life and other people. But unlike you, I found the story dragged in parts. I can’t say I like long or short stories better, I like them to be as long as they need to be. I thought Spinning Silver had a little padding, but other than that was delighted by it.

Jan 10, 5:57pm Top

>143 lindapanzo: Note, however, that oftentimes, the challenge that really strikes my fancy is not my own challenge.

Yeah. I keep removing my chosen book from my own challenge to list it elsewhere. I just did that today as a matter of fact! Go figure! :D

Edited: Jan 10, 6:53pm Top

>140 dreamweaver529: But you can console yourself for the shortness of All Systems Red by knowing that there are three more books in the "Murderbot Diaries" series. If you combined the page totals, you'd have well over 400 pages!

Karen O.

Jan 10, 11:46pm Top

>138 quondame: It might not be everyone's cup of tea, but I thoroughly enjoyed the Tamir trilogy.

Edited: Jan 12, 2:05am Top

>134 dreamweaver529: I've started All Systems Red. It takes a little while to get into just because the reader, at least this reader, doesn't know who or what the narrator is. You know introverts love emotionally repressed characters like Data or Mr. Spock. The more I read the more I am intrigued by this character who is even humorous in its dislike of social interaction. It seems to be moral and principled while trying to retain a life for itself. I'm only 1/3 of the way in and am liking it quite a bit, may even read the rest of the series depending on how this one goes.

Jan 11, 8:39am Top

>141 SqueakyChu: Working on the sweeplette stats, Madeline, I was doing my own reading stats for 2018 first.

Edited: Jan 11, 1:28pm Top

Sweeplette Stats for 2018

We started counting sweeplettes halfway 2018, the very first sweeplette was by klobrien2 in July.
There were 24 sweeplettes in six months, average 4.
In August there were 10 sweepletters (7 of those on page 4 where was only one book ;-) )

Most sweeplettes were by DeltaQueen50 with 4 sweeplettes (2 in October, 1 in September and 1 in August)
Runners up with 2 sweeplettes: countrylife, JeanneD, klobrien2, raidergirl3 and susanna.fraser

Sweeplettes per month: 1 in July, 10 in August, 5 in September, 4 in October, 3 in November and 1 in December.

Good luck completing sweeplettes in 2019!

ETA I am working on sweeplette stats for the first half of 2018.

Jan 11, 12:51pm Top

Wow, I didn't realize that I had so many sweeplettes! I know I won't have one in January as most of my reading seems to be falling in only 3 or so of the challenges, but there's always the rest of the year!

Jan 11, 1:04pm Top

>152 DeltaQueen50: Congrats on being the Sweeplette Queen, Judy!!

Edited: Jan 11, 4:44pm Top

Sweeplette Stats for the first half of 2018

There were 28 sweeplettes in six months, average 4.67
In February there were 19 sweepletters (17 of those on page 4 where was only one book ;-) )

Most sweeplettes were by calm and dallenbaugh with 3 sweeplettes.
Runners up with 2 sweeplettes: klobrien2, lyzard, raidergirl3 and thornton37814.

Sweeplettes per month: 2 in January, 19 in February, 2 in March, 2 in April, 2 in May and 1 in June.

This way there are sweeplette stats for the whole year, wich makes comparing with this year easier.

Jan 11, 3:49pm Top

>14 owlie13: Question for you before I commit myself to reading a 25h audio book. would a book about Mary Queen of Scots count? From my research, she's the first queen of Scotland

Edited: Jan 11, 4:27pm Top

>154 FAMeulstee: Thanks for doing this. What fun stats they are!

19 sweeplettes in February, 2018! Wow!!

Jan 11, 4:33pm Top

So I achieved two sweeplettes before there was officially such a thing, but couldn't manage one afterwards? Typical! :D

Jan 11, 6:11pm Top

>156 SqueakyChu: Stats are always fun, Madeline!
And thank you for the notable stats in >104 SqueakyChu:

Jan 11, 6:12pm Top

>157 lyzard: You can try again each month this year ;-)

Jan 11, 6:30pm Top

Working on that right now... :)

Edited: Jan 12, 2:13am Top

>134 dreamweaver529: I finished All Systems Red. It really is just the first part of a longer novel. Some part ones can stand alone, this one really leaves you thinking it's just a taste, and you need to see what this character does with itself. I like her or him (did I miss something? I never found out which) and their determination to live what limited life they are allowed on their own terms. Alas, the successive parts aren't on audio, and I have to read them with my eyes, but I think I'm going to have to do that. This character is inventing itself from the ground up, I want to see what it does with itself.

Jan 12, 4:03am Top

>151 FAMeulstee: (7 of those on page 4 where was only one book

I could possibly accomplish that. Maybe.

Jan 12, 6:42am Top

>162 humouress: Of course you can, Nina!
Your spot (M) in Challenge #7 is up :-)

Jan 12, 7:26am Top

I need some help, can anyone make a word for challenge #1 from The Battle of Hackham Heath by John Flanagan, or find an other fitting challenge?

Jan 12, 10:12am Top

>155 dreamweaver529: Definitely! That's a book about a first (first queen of Scotland).

Jan 12, 10:14am Top

>164 FAMeulstee: Does the character do anything for the first time in this book? If so, it would count for my challenge #5. (I tried making a word and couldn't.)

Jan 12, 11:08am Top

>616 Thanks for letting me know. I've been trying to figure out if it was worth $10 per book (there are 4 available from Audible). and then I remembered to check the library. Jackpot! I now have checked out the first two as digital downloads and am off to start reading. {Happy Dance}

>136 klobrien2: Thanks as well for your recommendation. The more input the better, right? :)

Edited: Jan 12, 11:46am Top

>166 owlie13: Thank you, yes there is a first, the first child of the king is born. I will put it in your challenge :-)

Jan 12, 8:55pm Top

>168 FAMeulstee: Great! Glad I could help.

Jan 13, 1:38am Top

>163 FAMeulstee: Thanks Anita. But I've put All Systems Red into challenge 4 (first in series) for a shared read.

Jan 13, 2:23pm Top

For those who have enjoyed All Systems Red, also like fantasy, and are still looking for an entry to challenge 1, may I recommend Nice Dragons Finish Last. I very much enjoyed both, and while the humor might not be exactly the same type, it is of the same level. Both made me snort out loud (which will get you strange looks when you're walking through the grocery store).

In a world where dragons are supposed to be manipulative, grasping and just plain viscous, Julius is just too nice. Having been kicked out of his mother's house with just the cloths on his back, he has less than a week to prove himself to be a worthy dragon, or his mother will kill him. And maybe eat him.

I found it not only funny, but to have engaging characters, and a plot that keep me involved. Just wanted to put it out there.

Jan 13, 5:12pm Top

Helenoel : You have listed The Ice Princess by Camilla Läckberg in challenge #7, cbl_tn and I have it listed in challenge #4.
Would you join us there to share your read?

Jan 13, 5:45pm Top

Sure, i’ll Move it later tonite. Thanks for catching it.

Jan 13, 5:50pm Top

>19 Helenliz:. >172 FAMeulstee:

#7 is a rolling challenge and someone has added the next letter. I hoped to remove mine before that happened. Should I remove mine, or leave it unfinished or should the others move over to share in #7?

Edited: Jan 13, 6:01pm Top

>174 Helenoel: Skipping one letter is allowed, see >19 Helenliz: and >79 Helenliz:. So you can move your book, as both the "K" and "M" are filled.

Jan 14, 1:08am Top

>175 FAMeulstee: Once a book is in a rolling challenge, it should not be removed. The skipping letters is allowed as they are added.

Jan 14, 3:40am Top

>177 FAMeulstee: A book could be replaced, would you allow me to put a replacement in that spot, since I suggested it?
I would have added my own read there, but it was already a shared in the other challenge.

Jan 14, 12:14pm Top

I have replaced Ice Princess with different L author book- sorry for teh mess -up .

Jan 14, 4:41pm Top

>172 FAMeulstee: If I may ask, how did you link to Helenoel without linking to one of her posts?

Edited: Jan 14, 6:24pm Top

Yike! - the font is so small in my copy of The Robe, the book is almost not thicker than my two smallest fingers... :D

Edited: Yesterday, 1:32am Top

>180 lyzard: There exists a physically thicker copy of The Robe. I know, I read it. You're fine!

Yesterday, 8:20am Top

>179 dreamweaver529: Put a @ in front of the username.

Yesterday, 9:21am Top

>182 FAMeulstee: Thank you. I'm always looking to find out how to do things around her.

Today, 11:42am Top

avatiakh I noticed that you have Spinning Sliver in Challenge 17, along with 2 others. I was wondering if you would like to move it to challenge 7 to join Citizenjoyce and myself in a shared read.

Today, 1:57pm Top

>184 dreamweaver529: Yes, will do.

Today, 2:52pm Top

Okay, I swore to myself when I started watching this thread that I wouldn't read anything just to fulfill a challenge. I might read a book in my Audible library that I might not otherwise read this month, or I might checkout one of the Audible Romance Package books that I might not have grabbed right now, but I was not going to read anything I would not read for any other reason.

Well, that lasted about a week. And now, after reading 2 things I would never read for my own enjoyment, I'm remembering why I made the promise.
  1. Goblin Market - I don't read poetry. This didn't change that.
  2. The Diving Bell and the Butterfly - I don't read depressing stories. Especially true one. Again, there has been no change.
My only solace is that I have managed not to buy anything I wouldn't otherwise buy. All hail the public library.

Edited: Today, 2:58pm Top

>186 dreamweaver529: I'm only in the middle of Goblin Market, but though I (very) rarely do poetry, "No, Thank You, John" was so worth the whole collection!

Today, 3:21pm Top

>187 quondame: I'm not saying either were bad. "No, Thank You, John" did make me smile, and The Diving Bell and the Butterfly is well regarded and lyrically written. They're just not for me. I won't rate either of them, as I don't think I'm in any position to pass judgment on them.

Granted, part of the problem might have been that I had to read both, rather than listen.

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