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    2022 Reading Challenge

    Welcome to the 2022 Reading Challenge. Come on in, bring your favorite beverage and join us.

    Hi everyone & welcome!

    I've been an avid reader for as long as I can remember. That being said, I find it beneficial to have topics such as this one to help me find my next literary adventure.


    FAQS:

    How many books do I have to read?
    • It's entirely up to you. Each of us has different goals and priorities. Set whatever goal you think you can make. If you reach it great. It's all about having fun reading and sometimes finding out about a new author.

    How do I post my books?
    • Some may choose to only list the book and what number it is for them.
    • If you choose to write a short review, we welcome it.
    • Some may choose to list the genre or their opinion of the book.
    • Whatever makes you happy go with it.

    I found this thread and its the middle of the year. Can I still join?
    • Yes. All are welcome no matter when they find us. Jump right in and enjoy.

    Do all books count?
    • That is completely up to you. Some include comics, how to books, trade-books, textbooks, children's books, craft books, novels, audio books and everything between.

    Do rereads count?
    • It's a matter of personal preference. No stress here just lots of fun and good discussion.

    Happy reading!
    Debbie

    Stashbusting MAL WTD +16/YTD +25 (2021 -288)(2020-712)(2019-642)(2018-109)
    Book Challenge 0/30 (2021-26)(2020-55)(2019-51)(2018-35)

    I've come to the conclusion that collecting yarn, and using yarn are two entirely separate hobbies.
    Crochet Is My Yoga

    #2
    1. Y El Shofar Sono (And the Shofar Blew) by Francine Rivers - A novel about a young pastor’s struggle to choose between his own ambition and his true calling. This is a long novel, but compelling. I don't read a lot of fiction, but this one was well worth the time.
    Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle. Ian Maclaren (misattributed to Plato)

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    • Pegg Thomas
      Pegg Thomas commented
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      I haven't read this one, but I've read many other books by Francine Rivers. She's a very good author!

    #3
    1. A Heart Adrift - by Laura Frantz
    I love books set in Colonial America and they are getting hard to find - new releases, that is. Laura does a great job of setting the reader in the mid-1700s with this one.
    Spinner of Yarns
    Author and Fiber Artist
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      #4
      1: The Man Who Died Twice by Richard Osman. Second of the Thursday Murder Club stories, and a very entertaining read.

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      • KnitsWithHorses
        KnitsWithHorses commented
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        I loved those books so much. Here's hoping they keep the movie British!

      #5
      The Healer by Dee Henderson - It's been years since I was heavy into anything that Dee Henderson wrote but this was an enjoyable re-read. This series follows the O'Malley family, a group of hurting children who form up their own family when, through circumstances, they are all together at a children's home. Written more than twenty years ago, the constant reference to "pagers" is amusing - we are so much more technologically advanced now! Light reading.
      Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle. Ian Maclaren (misattributed to Plato)

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      • hereami
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        annekepoot
        I was cleaning my book shelf this week and came across the books I have in this series. Since, I remember nothing from them I put them on my To Read list for this year. My intention is to re-read them and determine if I want to keep them or pass them along.

        Thank you for your review. I saw online that she has a couple newer books and a couple of Bible studies available as well.

      • annekepoot
        annekepoot commented
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        hereami - that's the great thing about my senior memory - I can barely remember what I read last week, so these books are all "new" for me - ha, ha.

      • KnitsWithHorses
        KnitsWithHorses commented
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        Y'all have piqued my interest. Partly because I was in a group home and then a wonderful foster home in the late 70s. I downloaded the first O'Malley book from my library on audio. They appear to have the entire series available.
        Last edited by KnitsWithHorses; 01-10-2022, 07:10 PM.

      #6
      2: The Mammoth Book of Folk Horror edited by Stephen Jones. A collection of horror stories (a Christmas gift from my son). As usual, bit of a mixed bag but nothing I'd rate lower than good, and some really excellent ones. 4/5

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        #7
        1. Moon Spinners by Sally Goldenbaum
        2. Murder is Easy by Agatha Christie
        3. One Corpse too Many by Ellis Peters
        4. Plenty by Alisa Smith and J.B. MacKinnon NF 1
        5. The Dorito Effect by Mark Schatzker NF 2
        Linda
        2022 Stasbusting week ending 1/8 WTD = +4 YTD = +4
        2021 Stash busted +194
        2020 Stash busted +160
        Book Challenge 2022



        "All that is gold does not glitter, Not all those who wander are lost.
        The Old that is strong does not wither, Deep roots are not reached by the frost" JRR Tolkien

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        • KnitsWithHorses
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          I've been meaning to read The Dorito Effect for a while now and keep forgetting. Plus I just finished several light fiction books and was wanting something nf so now I know what I'm reading next!

        #8
        The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins -Excellent Victorian-era book of fiction which was a fad in its heyday. Suspense novel that in the words of someone who said "why use one word when you can use ten?" - very long but intriguing.
        Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle. Ian Maclaren (misattributed to Plato)

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        • hereami
          hereami commented
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          just a note... I ran into this book at the big box bookseller here in Ca, yesterday. (B&N)
          I didn't buy it. Nice to know I can purchase a brand new copy if I wanted to.

        #9
        3: Captain Corelli's Mandolin by Louis de Bernieres. A fairly indescribable book, part history, part war story, part romance, part comedy. 4/5
        4: At Bertram's Hotel by Agatha Christie. One of my favourite mysteries, featuring the inimitable Miss Marple. 5/5

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          #10
          2. The Vanishing at Loxby Manor - by Abigail Wilson

          I picked this novel out for a 2022 reading challenge I've joined. It's a good story. If you like a darker mystery/suspense story wrapped around the prominent romance - this is right up your alley. It delivers all the elements and wraps up with a satisfying ending.

          It's written in first person point of view, which I don't typically read. The whole story is delivered from a single point of view, which means there is a good bit of navel-gazing throughout. But if that's what you enjoy, then this book is for you. It's just not my preferred style.
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            #11
            1) A Racing Murder by Frances Evesham - I started this series at the end of last year and I'm really enjoying it. I would classify these as cozy mysteries.
            2) Grounds for Murder by Tara Lush (NTM 1) - This is the first book in a cozy series as well but I was really disappointed. I like to look for ones set in coffee shops or knitting shops or anything that's NOT a bakery! lol But the characters just didn't appeal to me.
            3) The Negotiator by Dee Henderson (NTM 2) - Bk 1 of The O'Malley Series, I decided to try this one after annekepoot and hereami both mentioned enjoying them. I can add a 3rd recommendation as I really enjoyed it. I already downloaded book 2. I think the discussions about faith and belief or lack thereof might be more than some people enjoy but it really only consisted of a small portion of the book. Personally I could really identify as I've had those conversations with people so many times and really vibed with the characters approach of not being pushy and loving them through it whether they come to believe like you do or not.
            4) The Patron Saint of Lost Dogs (NTM 3) by Nick Trout - I spent the first half of this book trying to decide if I wanted to finish it or not as I found the main character really annoying. But it was pretty obvious that the development of this man was kind of the point. A young veterinarian who hasn't actually ever practiced on live animals and who was estranged from his father for years has to go home and figure out what to do with his father's veterinary practice after his death. Other than really wanting to give him a smack in the back of the head many times, it ended up being a heartwarming book.
            5) The Dorito Effect by Mark Schatzker (NTM 4) - I have had this book for a couple of years and never read it but was reminded after crosstitchlinda mentioned it. I have read a number of books about similar issues and my favorite is still Salt, Sugar and Fat: How the Food Giants Hooked Us by Michael Moss but I learned a few things from this one that I didn't know but did not surprise me. Schatzker was a little self-indulgent, spending a LOT of time talking about his own pursuit of heritage chickens and tomatos but the books is definitely still worth reading. SO many people really don't understand how fully our food supply has been frankensteined or how harmful it can be to ignore the problem. I guess all the times my mom always said that chickens and tomatoes didn't taste like they did when she was a kid, she wasn't imagining it. And that's even though we always raised our own. There were some real problems and dangers that he either didn't think of or didn't include that still make me want to recommend other books over this one but it's worth a read for sure.
            Natalie from Oklahoma

            “When the whole world is running toward a cliff, he who is running in the opposite direction appears to have lost his mind." C.S. Lewis

            Stashbuster MAL 2022 YTD -6 WTD -8
            2022 40 New-to-me Books: 4

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            • annekepoot
              annekepoot commented
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              KnitsWithHorses - glad you enjoyed the Henderson books - I know I ran through the series in no time flat - I also read the Salt, Sugar and Fat book - an eye-opener for sure, but I wasn't surprised at all as all you have to do, as they say, is follow the money (I'll squelch the temptation to bring that one into today's scenario.). Also read the Dorito Effect - but I guess it didn't resonate with me because I hardly remember anything about it!

            • KnitsWithHorses
              KnitsWithHorses commented
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              annekepoot I think Schatzker just doesn't have the writing chops of Michael Moss. There were times as I read that he would mention something and I would think, "Ooh! That is quite interesting. Wish he would have organized the book better so that fact would be mentally linked with that other thing..." Etc
              As for applying "follow the money" to today... Don't get me started. My daughter is reading The Real Dr Fauci and we've been talking about it all morning.

            #12
            Infidel by Ayaan Hirsi Ali - A riveting, yet disturbing autobiography by a Somali Muslim woman fleeing an arranged marriage and her journey to the Netherlands to become a politician in the Dutch government working to free Muslim women from outdated practices such as FGM. She came to notoriety when Theo van Gogh, a film maker who directed Submission, an indictment of Islam, was murdered in Amsterdam by a Moroccan incensed at the "evil" of Western civilization. Ayaan had written the script for Submission.
            Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle. Ian Maclaren (misattributed to Plato)

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            • KnitsWithHorses
              KnitsWithHorses commented
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              I've been tempted to read that book but I just can't read things that are really going to upset me deeply right now. What a brave woman.

            • annekepoot
              annekepoot commented
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              KnitsWithHorses - It's not a book I would recommend or read again for just that reason - the truth is sometimes too horrible to put into your mind and you trust that someone stronger than you is doing something about the issues.

            #13
            5: One Corpse Too Many by Ellis Peters. second Brother Cadfael mystery, and a classic. 5/5

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            • KnitsWithHorses
              KnitsWithHorses commented
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              I read that one last year. I can't remember exactly how many I read but I need to figure it out so I can go further with the series as I really enjoy them.

            #14
            A Tale of Two Omars by Omar Sharif Jr. 1/5
            Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle. Ian Maclaren (misattributed to Plato)

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              #15
              The Future of Nutrition by T. Colin Campbell - Thorough examination of nutrition today and the influence of business and corporations on what "nutrition" means. Campbell comes from a stance that the science of nutrition was hijacked by ignoring the importance of food on the state of our health, and overtaken by surgery and pharmaceuticals, which both have their place, but not at the expense of food and the impact it can have on our health. A heavy slog and not for the faint of heart unless you love lots of detail, which fortunately, I do!
              Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle. Ian Maclaren (misattributed to Plato)

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              • KnitsWithHorses
                KnitsWithHorses commented
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                So how did it compare to his other books for you?

              • annekepoot
                annekepoot commented
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                KnitsWithHorses - Umm, I think it was too technical for the average reader and written more for those who are really invested in the whole foods movement or for those on the research track. But then, I've read the China Study twice, so I probably fall into that category. I guess my only critique would be that it was a tad long-winded on each of the subject chapters.

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