JayneCM's First BFB Challenge


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JayneCM's First BFB Challenge

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Dec 29, 2018, 10:57 pm


I am new to LT - found it randomly when I wanted to start cataloguing my books and just as randomly clicked on the Groups page to see what was there. And lo and behold, there are heaps of readers here, and reading challenges, and fun lists of books to read! I am in heaven!

I have a few BFBs that I have already listed in 2019 challenges, so hoping to read at least five this year (I will keep my number low and hopefully achievable!)

Edited: Nov 12, 2019, 4:06 am

2019 BFB reads

1. Gone With The Wind 1042 pages
2. Resistance Women 977 pages in large print, 608 in normal

Dec 30, 2018, 3:43 am

Hi Jayne, welcome to LT and the BFB group. There are lots of fun groups here. I'm just a member of this group and of the ROOTers (Read Our Own Tombs)

Dec 30, 2018, 4:50 am

>3 connie53: Thanks for the welcome! I am having lots of fun, planning my 2019 reading. Now just have to do it!

Dec 30, 2018, 7:31 am

I am what one might call a 'seasoned newbie' … having only just completed my first year of participation on LT (long story as to how I discovered the site) and was only alerted to this group in Aug/Sep. I had read a few up to that point, between Jan-Aug, so lumped them together in one post. I have enjoyed seeing what others are reading, not so much how long it took them, but instead their tackled feats of accomplishment. The method of reading also; audiobook or ebook or print. This all factors in with whether it even gets started, let alone finished! All the best to you with your group goals and personal goals in 2019. I stick to the 50 Book Challenge group, because even that seems impossible most days... (1/wk is a dream come true, with 2 wks off at yearend for good behaviour). =D Happy New Year!

Dec 30, 2018, 7:35 am

>5 frahealee: Thanks for the welcome! That is why I am aiming for a small number - I think if I aimed for 15, that is all I would get read!

Dec 30, 2018, 9:26 pm

Hi Jayne, nice to see another Australian on this site, good luck with your 2019 reading !

Dec 30, 2018, 10:15 pm

>7 bryanoz: Thanks! I spent some of my childhood in Belair, so we may have been neighbours when we were younger!! :)
Looking forward to seeing what everyone else is reading here this year.

Dec 31, 2018, 9:02 pm

It is already New Year's Day in Australia so I am starting my 2019 BFB reads with Gone With The Wind. This is a re-read, so looking forward to seeing if I enjoy it as much as I remember from 15+ years ago.

Jan 3, 2019, 6:33 am

Hello and welcome! I'll be curious to see how your re-read will turn out. I loved this as a teenager.

Jan 3, 2019, 8:43 am

Good to see you here. Good luck and happy reading.

Jan 3, 2019, 4:47 pm

>10 MissWatson: 200 pages in and still loving it just as much! I have seen the movie a few times since first reading the book, so now I hear all the characters as they are in the movie. And I forgotten just how young Scarlett is, after picturing her as Vivien Leigh for so long, who is definitely not sixteen!

Jan 4, 2019, 9:15 am

>12 JayneCM: Vivien Leigh as Scarlett always reminds me of a girl I knew when I was twelve, and she was every bit as headstrong, impish and wilful as that screen character, even at twelve years old.

Jan 4, 2019, 7:36 pm

>13 MissWatson: She must have been a force to reckon with as she grew older!

Jan 5, 2019, 9:51 am

>14 JayneCM: I met her briefly again when we were twenty, and she sure was.

Jan 6, 2019, 3:15 pm

Welcome to the group Jayne my dear, hope you have a good year with the BFB's.

Jan 6, 2019, 5:57 pm

>16 johnsimpson: Thanks! I am looking forward to it!

Jan 10, 2019, 6:28 pm

Number 1 is finished!
Gone With The Wind which was a re-read but I was 18 last time I read it. So certainly feel I appreciated it more this time around.
I had a librarian say to me once that we shouldn't waste our time on re-reads but I disagree. I always feel there is more to be discovered. And sometimes it is just comforting to revisit an old friend.

Jan 10, 2019, 8:03 pm

>18 JayneCM: Oh, I love to reread! Certainly, there is a small percentage of what I read that I feel "deserves" a reread, but there are many, many books that stand up to multiple readings and I think I get something different out of them each time.

Probably only about 5 out of the 75ish books I read each year are rereads, but they often end up being some of my favorite reading of the year.

Oct 22, 2019, 6:14 am

Aaargh! I have read so many books this year that have been between 500 and 600 pages! Still only one BFB on my list for this year!

Oct 29, 2019, 3:36 am

>20 JayneCM: I hear you - have read quite a few 500+ books, and certainly happy that I did, but not very many to report here so far!

Oct 29, 2019, 4:40 am

>20 JayneCM: Same here. Many books with almost 600 pages. But almost does not count.

Nov 12, 2019, 4:11 am

Finally, another BFB to add!
I figured this would not count as it is 977 pages in large print edition (I thought that would be cheating). But I looked it up on Goodreads and the regular edition just slips in at 608 pages.

Resistance Women by Jennifer Chiaverini. It is a slow moving read but I think that highlights the insidious nature of Hitler's rise to power. I love historical fiction that is based on real people and this book was based on three female members of the resistance group, the Red Orchestra.

Nov 21, 2019, 3:15 am

>23 JayneCM: Good to read you finished another BFB.

Nov 22, 2019, 12:58 am

>24 connie53: Finally! I have quite a few biographies on the list for next year, so hopefully there will not be such a long stretch between BFBs!