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For November, 2019, your challenge is to...
Read a book that measures approximately 1 cm in thickness.
1. Try to get the measurement as close to 1 cm as possible. That means that 0.5 cm is too thin and 1.5 cm is too thick.
2. When listing your book, list the meaurement as close as you can. Also list the number of pages in your book.
3. You should be able to get your book's thickness on the EDIT YOUR BOOK page. Just scroll down to Physical description and see if your book's thickness is listed under dimentions/thickness. If not, measure it yourself!
4. Yes, you may read a child's board book! :D
Other Fun Stuff (not part of the TIOLI challenge):
1. The November 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)
1. Read a book that measures approximately 1 cm in thickness - msg #1
2. Read a book with the name of a city in the title - msg #3
3. Read a book with a title that mentions something you could recycle - msg #5
4. Finish an interrupted book - msg #6
5. Read a book that has a musical instrument in the title - msg #7
6. Read a book that has a haiku seasonal word/phrase on the cover - msg #9
7. Read a book where the title completes the phrase "I am thankful for..." - msg #10
8. Read a book that has been adapted from / or into another form - msg #11
9. Read a book set in Western Europe - msg #12
10. Read a book by an author who has a sibling who is in the creative arts - msg #13
11. Read a book in which a profession of a drink is written - msg #16
12. Read a book where a word in the title reminds you of a childhood toy - msg #22
13. Read a book about a utopia that either does or doesn’t work out - msg #23
14. Read a book where the first letter of the title starts with one of the letters in the word Grateful - msg #27
15. Read another book by an author you discovered in 2019l - msg #28
16. Read a book with a yellow and/or orange cover for the November birthstone challengel - msg #38
17. Read a book that features young person/s in peril - msg #44
18. Read a book by an author whose first name is Felix or Lars or one of these names appear in the first sentence - msg #49
19. Read a book with a title containing up to 9 characters - msg #76
Hold your challenge until the December 2019 Challenges are posted. Thanks!
Pretty self-explanatory. The name of the city can be embedded but the entire name of the city must be included. So, a book with a title like The Chicagoan would be OK.
Note, too, that subtitles count so you can find your city name there.
Note also that the title must include the name of a city, not the name of a village, town, hamlet or any such smaller locations. Here's a list of 1,722 cities in the world...http://worldpopulationreview.com/world-cities/
Here's a list of American cities with over 100,000 people...https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_United_States_cities_by_population
It can be furniture, paper, books, etc.
Various books might qualify. It could be a book you once started then set aside; something you've been dipping in and out of for ages; or a library book you had to return before you'd finished it. I will also accept library books borrowed before but returned without being started. :)
The only rule is that there should be a reasonable time lag between starting and finishing.
Please note when you started your book in the first place on the wiki. (Approximately will do if you're not sure.)
Embedded words are fine and encouraged.
I learnt recently that strictly speaking, a Japanese haiku needs to include one word which refers to a season. In the haiku tradition, this doesn't just mean a word like 'snow' or 'falling leaves' - there is a wide range of words which have a poetic seasonal link, eg frog = spring, iris = summer, moon = autumn.
Please use this list of words. If the 'seasonal phrase' has more than one word, that phrase needs to appear on the cover of your book to qualify - so the word 'cloud' would not be acceptable for this challenge, as it only appears on the list as part of a longer phrase. However if the seasonal word/phrase is plural, it's OK to use the singular (eg the list has the word "icicles" - it's OK if the word on your book cover is "icicle").
Embedded words are OK.
Challenge #7: Read a book where the title completes the phrase "I am thankful for..."
TIOLI #8: Read a book that has been adapted from / or into another form. - started by Dejah_Thoris
This is a variation on some Challenges we’ve seen before. You can read either the original work or the adaptation, you just need to let us know which it is on the wiki. Some examples would be:
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time (novel, made into a play)
Breakfast At Tiffany’s (novella, made into movie)
The Handmaid’s Tale: The Graphic Novel (graphic novel, adapted from novel)
Shore Leave (novel, made into movie Kiss Them For Me)
The Thorn Birds (novel, made in to TV mini-series)
Tipping the Velvet (play, based on the novel)
The adaptations need to be another version of the original work. So, for example, the very entertaining Rivers of London graphic novels wouldn’t count, because they cover events outside of the main series. Most of the Star Wars and Star Trek novels don’t work, unless they are a movie tie in, and reflect the plot of the film.
Audio books aren’t allowed, because they are usually verbatim versions of the original work.
If you have any questions, please ask!
Challenge #9: Read a book set in Western Europe
According to Wikipedia Western Europe contains:
Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, France, Germany, Ireland, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Monaco, Netherlands, Switzerland, and United Kingdom
====Challenge #10: Read a book by an author who has a sibling who is in the creative arts====
I'm going to be quite generous on what is a creative art, so you're not too constrained there. Please list the sibling's first name (and surname if they are different) and the branch of the creative arts the occupy.
I'll find a picture of us and add it, so you can have a laugh. Here we go: this is me holding my baby brother when he came home. I think that look is "what am I supposed to do with this"
This is more or less self-explanatory. It is important that a protagonist has something to do with a particular beverage production.
Balls, Skates, Crayons, Dolls, Bats & board games, etc. This item can be a direct word from the title or can be embedded.
Challenge #1: Read a book that measures approximately 1 cm in thickness - started by SqueakyChu
*This is How You Lose the Time War (1.3cm 201 pages) - Amal El-Mohtar and Max Gladstone ABANDONED
Challenge #2: Read a book with the name of a city in the title - started by lindapanzo
*Down and out in Paris and London - George Orwell ABANDONED (misogyny)
✔O Jerusalem - Laurie R. King (3..5) of
Challenge #3: Read a book with a title that mentions something you could recycle - started by dallenbaugh
✔The book of Gutsy Women: Favorite Stories of Courage and Resilience - Hillary Rodham Clinton and Chelsea Clinton (3.5)
Challenge #4: Finish an interrupted book - started by lyzard
✔Drawing Down the Moon: Witches, Druids, Goddess-Worshippers and Other Pagans in America Today - Margot Adler (3.5)
Challenge #5: Read a book that has a musical instrument in the title - started by Carmenere
*✔Sharp Objects - Gillian Flynn (2.5)
Challenge #6: Read a book that has a haiku seasonal word/phrase on the cover - started by wandering_star
*✔The Mushroom at the End of the World - Anna Lowenhaupt Tsing (4)
Challenge #7: Read a book where the title completes the phrase "I am thankful for..." - started by Morphidae
✔Tradition!: The Highly Improbable, Ultimately Triumphant Broadway-to-Hollywood Story of Fiddler on the Roof, the World's Most Beloved Musical - Barbara Isenberg (4)
Challenge #8: Read a book that has been adapted from / or into another form - started by Dejah_Thoris
✔Prime Suspect - Lydia LaPlante (5)
Challenge #9: Read a book set in Western Europe - started by FAMeulstee
Gods and Beasts - Denise Mina
✔Mr. Loverman - Bernardine Evaristo (3.5
Challenge #10: Read a book by an author who has a sibling who is in the creative arts - started by helenliz
*✔City of Girls: A Novel - Elizabeth Gilbert (4)
*✔The Tenant of Wildfell Hall - Anne Bronte (4)
Challenge #11: Read a book in which a profession of a drink is written. - started by Ameise1
*✔A Deadly Brew - Lynn Cahoon (2.5)
Challenge #12: Read a book where a word in the title reminds you of a childhood toy - started by DeltaQueen
*✔The Dutch House - Ann Patchett (4)
Challenge #13: Read a book about a utopia that either does or doesn’t work out- started by Citizenjoyce
✔Scythe - Neal Shusterman (3.5)
Challenge #14: Rolling Challenge – Read a book where the first letter of the title starts with one of the letters in the word Grateful - started by quondame
Escape from Asylum - Madeleine Roux
✔Ask Again, Yes: A Novel - Mary Beth Keane (3.5)
✔Furious Hours: Murder, Fraud, and the Last Trial of Harper Lee - Casey Cep (5)
Grimm's Fairy Tales - Brothers Grimm
Challenge #15: Read another book by an author you discovered in 2019 - started by susanna.fraser
*✔The Drowning - Camilla Lackberg (2)
Gods of Jade and Shadow - Silvia Moreno-Garcia
Challenge #16: Read a book with a yellow and/or orange cover for the November birthstone challenge - started by Humouress
✔Battleborn - Claire Vaye Watkins (3.5)
✔Out of Orange - Cleary Wolters (3)
Challenge #17: Read a book that features young person/s in peril - started by avatiakh
✔Beartown - Fredrik Backman RL Bookclub (5)
✔The Strange Case of Dr. Couney: How a Mysterious European Showman Saved Thousands of American Babies -Dawn Raffel (4)
Tricks - Ellen Hopkins
Challenge #19: Read a book with a title containing up to 9 characters - Started by elkiedee
Identical - Ellen Hopkins
It's a very self-serving challenge, so it's great to hear it's of use to others too! :)
Joan Aiken - sister to author Jane Aiken Hodge
A. S. Byatt - sister to author Margaret Drabble
C. J. Cherryh - sister to artist David Cherry
Jackie Collins - sister to actor Joan Collins
Gerald Durrell - brother to author Lawrence Durrell
Joe Haldeman - brother to author Jay Haldeman aka Jack C. Haldeman
Elizabeth George - sister to author and brew master Robert Rivelle George
Elizabeth Gilbert - sister to author Catherine Gilbert Murdock
Attica Locke - sister to actress and author Tembi Locke
Klaus Mann - brother to authors Erika Mann, Golo Mann, and Monika Mann
Thomas Mann - brother to author Heinrich Mann
Liane Moriarty - sister to authors Jaclyn Moriarty and Nicola Moriarty
Virginia Wolf - sister to artist Vanessa Bell
ETA: Thanks for all the additional sibling suggestions!
Read an author for the first time this year and enjoyed the book? Read another!
Challenge 16: Read a book with a yellow and/or orange cover for the November birthstone challenge
Please post your covers on the birthstone challenge covers thread
Aaagh; there aren't enough colours in the rainbow to go with the number of months in the year! Let me see what I can find re colours ...
Japer is more sandstone-y colour whereas topaz is a deeper orange. Most people's September books were in the sandstone range (but I notice yours was more orange-y). So I hope it doesn't throw out anyone's reading plans but I'm going to stay with the orange/ yellow cover for November. I will, as always, try to be as flexible as possible.
Having said which, I have no idea what I'm going to read. I see that chunkster The Dragon Reborn seems to be next on my Wheel of Time re-read; ooh - The Curse of Chalion might work ...
Challenge #17: Read a book that features young person/s in peril
I'm reading a fictional holocaust story about twins and another about the Nigerian schoolgirls who were kidnapped by Boko Haram in 2014.
Mapping the Bones by Jane Yolen
Girl: a novel by Edna O'Brien
I will probably be placing it in #17, though of course it also fits #8.
In honor of my grandchild Felix Lars, I challenge you to read a book written by an author whose name is also Felix or Lars as first name (no embedded or hyphenated names).
Or read a book which has Felix, Lars, 4th October, 2,94 or 50 in the first sentence (when using the date please make sure it is the 4th October and not the 10th April; here the proper date is 2019.10.04 yymmdd)
Felix Lars, born 4th October 2019, 2.94 kg, 50 cm
>54 Morphidae: no, not in the first sentence, there it can have any function; but not embedded.
>55 DeltaQueen50: so, late happy birthday, Judy 😘 It's good to have such forerunners in reading as you are, I hope he will become a reader, too, one day.
>56 SqueakyChu: Thanks Madeline. I call him 'the Happy Ice Bear' (Felix meaning happy, Lars after the Little Polar Bear series by Hans de Beer
*shakes angry fist at the sky*
If you look closer on the editing, you will see that it is mainly vandalism and reverting vandalism.
ETA: So to prevent discussion, I added the list and link.
The Czech Republic would people here not regard as part of Western Europe - but it's interesting to include it
ETA: I didn't want to discuss the countries as such, I wanted to hint at the notion of WIKIPEDIA as a single entity, which it isn't :)
I often turn to the English or German versions, when there is no Dutch entry about a writer I want to know some more about.
I'll never understand vandalism on sites like Wikipedia.
I even found one definition that excluded Ireland and the UK, as it limited the definition to mainland Europe.
>73 elkiedee: You are right, in this definition Scandinavia belongs to Northern Europe and Italy, Portugal and Spain to Southern Europe. The other two European regions in this definition are Central Europe and East Europe.
In addition to reading a bunch of plays this month, I'm reading award nominated and winning SF&F for the SFFKIT over in the Category Challenge group. I'm hoping to read some new authors and to include shorter fiction in the mix - short stories, novelettes, and novellas. When I read something available free online, I'll add a link here on the main thread in the hope that someone (or several someones) will join me. Hooray for shared reads!
First up is Cat Pictures, Please by Naomi Kritzer. It's a short story that was nominated for a Nebula and won both a Hugo and a Locus Award. It can be read for free, HERE . I have this story listed in Morphy's Challenge #7.
It didn't win any awards, but I'll also share a link to P. Djeli Clark's A Dead Djinn in Cairo, which I have listed in Linda's Challenge #2. It's in the same world as Clark's The Haunting of Tram Car 015, which I really enjoyed (it's in Susanna's Challenge #15, btw). I'll probably read it tonight, and if anyone wants to join me, it's available HERE .
More to come!
These can be letters, numbers, punctuation marks - spaces don't count in this case. Punctuation marks count, including colons, exclamation and question marks, dashes, brackets etc.
Unnecessary subtitles such as "a novel" don't count but words which are printed as part of the title do.
eg a if short story collection XYZ has Selected Stories on a separate line in a different font, that doesn't count, but if it's XYZ and Other Stories or XYZ: Selected Stories all in the same size font, it does count and you won't be able to use that title.
The numbers are looking a bit steadier! For October, 2019, we read a total of 345 books of which 65 (19%) were shared reads. Not too shabby! We accumulated 34 TIOLI points for a YTD total of 365.
Our most popular books, each with 3 readers, were:
Uniform Justice by Donna Leon
The Memory Police by Yoko Ogawa
A Better Man by Louise Penny
Through the Wall by Patricia Wentworth
Chilling Effect by Valerie Valdes
Our most popular challenges, each with 44 books were:
...lindapanzo's challenge to read a book from your favorite genre
...DeltaQueen's challenge to read a book where there is an embedded word of 4 letters or more in the Author’s last name
The challenge with the most TIOLI points was DeltaQueen's challenge to read a book where there is an embedded word of 4 letters or more in the Author’s last name. That challenge accumulated 5 TIOLI points.
Onward to the TIOLI awards for October...
The Three-Quarter Mark Award goes to CitizenJoyce for the challenge to read a book in which a major character has some relationship to a circus. Fully 75% of the books read for that challenge were shared reads!
The Endless Series Award goes to Morphidae for reading Vendetta in Death which was book #49 in a series. I personally have difficulty making it through two books in a series, so I am astounded that anyone could read the 49th book in a series--assuming they were read in chronological order. Even if not, it seems like a great feat to me to keep reading the same sort of books by the same author over and over again.
The Catcher's Award goes to dallenbaugh for reading To Catch a Leaf for this challenger's own challenge to read a book with either an image of leaves on the cover or the word leaf/leaves in the title. This is not an easy task. I keep picturing someone actually trying to catch a leaf as it is falling from a tree. Suppose it's a windy day as well?!
The First and Last Awards goe to quondame for reading The Invisible Ring and to lyzard for reading The Gold Comfit Box for helenliz's challenge to read a book where the author's first name and surname are consecutive and in alphabetical order. The first book was written by Anne Bishop (AB) and the last book was written by Valentine Williams (VW). Why no X, Y or Z?
The Autumn Appreciation Award goes to both DeltaQueen50 and Jeanned for reading Red Leaves for lahochstetler's challenge to read a book whose cover gives you an autumn vibe. This book's cover pictures a man walking through fallen leaves. I can hear the crunch of those leaves simply by imagining this scene. Too bad we did not have a separate thread for those book covers. Maybe next time?
The Lost Footwear Award goes to paulstalder for the challenge to read a book which mentions footwear in the first sentence. This was such a hard challenge! I commend those of you were were able to find a qualifying book for this challenge.
The Spooky Book Award goes to elkiedee for the challenge to read a work of witchlit. Witchlit?! is that even a word? If so, I love it!
Congrats to the award winners. Feel free to post awards of your own at this time.
Which book that you've started or already finished so far this month were you most happy to read? Which book was it, and why were you so happy to read it?
secondly, I am happy to have read part of Der grüne Heinrich by Gottfried Keller. I was always avoiding this Swiss chunkster, but having read a small part of it now, makes me want to read the whole book one day. I read shorter things by Keller and always thought that 'der grüne Heinrich' would be to tedious and boring to read, so I am happy that I could change that attitude.
I've seen him around the Hawks' arena and occasionally elsewhere and he's always pleasant and one of the most down to earth local celebrities you'd ever meet. The fact that he's a Polish-American Chicagoan (ahem, like someone else) doesn't hurt either.
Yep, all 49 of them. I finished Born in Death (#23) this month. I typically read 1 - 3 a month depending on my mood and the challenges.
The last time I read them all (I think up to 40 or 42), I read them within 3 to 4 months and that was a bit much. It became samey-samey.
I am still waiting for one library book to arrive...
You beat me to that cartoon which is ALWAYS my response to any discussion of the Brontes!
Totally Team Anne, me. :D
>103 Citizenjoyce: Loved the cartoon....
Unexpectedly, I have a second answer as well. I'm reading a fair amount of SF&F award winning short fiction this month (hence the links to two stories up in post >75 Dejah_Thoris:) and tonight I was utterly surprised by a story I read: The Water That Falls On You From Nowhere by John Chu. Pretty much all I knew about it going in was that it had won a Hugo Award for Best Short Story back in 2014. I loved it. It's more about people than science or fantasy, and I thought it was beautiful. I've got it in Challenge #7 if you want to join me for a shared read (Heather / souloftherose already has - thank you!), the story can be found HERE .
Also, if you've read any of John Scalzi's Old Man's War series, you'll probably enjoy After the Coup. I've placed it in Challenge #14, and it can be read HERE .
>111 humouress: Excellent! I'm really looking forward to it next month - I'm I'm delighted to have the chance for the shared read with you!
>112 Helenoel: Yeah. Wow about covers it. I will definitely be reading more by Ken Liu. I just hope all his stories don't move me to tears....
*sniffs and wipes her eyes*
I have allergies. Really!
I hope you did enjoy the books you read.
I can barely ever complete a sweeplette, yet I find it fun to start with my own challenge (usually, but not always), then move along either forward or backward into another challenge if I can. That doesn't always work either. The point is, though, that I always read what I want to, mainly at random, with no rules about how quickly I read something or even if I finish it. That is why the NO GUILT rule is soem importnat to TIOLI.
I'm curious if others have a way of using TIOLI to help out with random reading as I do?
I find my massive wishlist paralysing when it comes to choosing books, and TIOLI is a great help in actually picking something. :)
I tend to start the month by slotting in my "must read" self-challenge books. When I have finished those, I try to complete the remaining challenges. I never do, but that doesn't matter.
But I always try to have a book in *your* challenge, which I feel is a way of paying my TIOLI dues (though I must admit, I'm struggling with this month's, as I often do with 'cover' challenges).
Who knew there were so many books with cows on the cover?? Not quite so majestic as your deer-in-snow, but still... :D
Few of the books I read actually have cover images, so I have to be very lucky or have time to go out on the hunt.
In December I might be going for the opposite of a sweep, with all my books in one challenge. I will clear the decks before the start of the year... I hope.
First, I wanted others to s-t-r-e-t-c-h the kinds of books they read. We could accomplish that with different challenges. I was particularly happy when some of you took up my challenge to read manga/graphic novels. For many of you, that was your first experience with that form of book. Now that many of you are reading George Takei's book, I see that you are no longer afraid of that. :D
Second, I wanted others to share reads so that they could talk to each other about the books they read. I envisioned us visiting each other on our personal threads. As the years go by, I see we don't have that much time. We do that occasionally, but we also talk to each other about specific books on the TIOLI thread itself.
The last idea was to have NO GUILT about what we choose to read, what we choose not to read, or when we decide to bail on a book. Reading should always be fun and not stressful.
The TIOLI was NOT meant to be a competition. It was for that reason that the TIOLI meter was simply for counting books rather than speeding ahead of others. I want us to be reading with others instead of against others.
I think the spirit of TIOLI has been pretty steady throughout its existence. Speak up if there is something you don't like or something you want to change. We'll see what we can do.
But if I don't challenge myself I stay in a rut of comfort rereads.
ETA: Yes, I know I need to get my December challenge thread up. I'll do my best to get it completed tomorrow. I know pretty much what the challenges are, I just need to get them written down.
I'm going to attempt a resolution for 2020. Usually, I already know which books I want to read that month and look for challenges to place them But I'd like to Go back to the days when I searched my shelves to fit a TIOLI challenge. Much more enjoyable for me back then. hahaha It seems a bit more adventurous that way and maybe even a little serendipitous.
I'm not much of a reading planner - every month as the Challenges go up, I figure out what books I COULD read for assorted challenges and then read as my whimsy takes me - and where I can get a shared read. There are always books left over, and there are always books posted late to challenges where I think "if only I'd seen that sooner, I would have read it, too!"
I totally love reading random books and kind of hate having planned reads. A strictly planned read pretty much guarantees that I'll never finish that book. :O
I love the start of a fresh new month's challenges and always try to put books into as many TIOLI categories as I can.
I love that I've found several people here whose taste in books is similar, except for sports books. I get many great ideas here from them and others, too.
I like the stretch (for me) challenges. I hate leaving things to chance but Morphy's recent challenges have been fun. I used to think that I wouldn't find anything for Paul's challenges but I like the challenge of finding something there.
I still laugh at how often I'll create my own challenge with a particular book in mind, but then get distracted by all the other challenges and don't finish the book I'd had in mind.
I also love that there's no guilt. I have to remind myself of that when I sign myself up for a match to someone else's book and then don't get to it.
Any time you want to read a book about soccer, I'll join you! :D
Glad it's not just me!
That’s exactly what’s happening with me now! LOL!!