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    2019 50 Book Challenge

    Welcome to the 2019 50 Book Challenge. Come on in, bring your favorite beverage and join us.

    Hi everyone!

    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.


    How do I post my books?
    • That is completely up to you.
    • 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 do whatever you can.

    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 I have to read 50 books to participate?
    • No, 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.

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

    Happy reading!
    Last edited by TexasPurl; 07-12-2019, 11:24 PM.

    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

    I've kept up with all my reading this year.

    1. First Grave on the Right...Darynda Jones (Audio)
    2. Second Grave on the Left...Darynda Jones (Audio)
    3. Third Grave Dead Ahead...Darynda Jones (Audio)
    4. Fourth Grave Beneath My Feet...Darynda Jones (Audio)
    5. Stars of Fortune...Nora Roberts
    6. Revival...Stephen King (Audio)
    7. One For The Money...Janet Evanovich (Audio)
    8. Tales from the Odyssey, Part 1...Mary Pope Osborne
    9. Two for the Dough...Janet Evanovich (Audio)
    10. Three to get Deadly...Janet Evanovich (Audio)
    11. Four to Score...Janet Evanovich (Audio)
    12. High Five...Janet Evanovich (Audio)
    13. Hot Six...Janet Evanovich (Audio)
    14. Seven Up...Janet Evanovich (Audio)
    15. Hard Eight...Janet Evanovich (Audio)
    16. Caraval...Stephanie Garber (Audio)
    17. Legendary...Stephanie Garber (Audio)
    18. Shadows of the Stone Benders...K. Patrick Donoghue
    19. I Am Number Four...Pittacus Lore (Audio)
    20. Ghost Gifts ...Laura Spinella (Audio)
    21. The Power of Six...Pittacus Lore (Audio)
    22. Fifth Grave Past the Light...Darynda Jones (Audio)
    23. Sixth Grave on the Edge...Darynda Jones (Audio)
    24. To the Nines...Janet Evanovich (Audio)
    25. Seventh Grave and No Body...Darynda Jones (Audio) Private Investigator Mysteries/Supernatural
    Last edited by TexasPurl; 07-17-2019, 03:45 PM.

    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


      I love to read and nearly always have my nose in a book and it's usually in one of several languages! I used to keep a log and would average 100+ a year so I'm still going to set my goal for 50. These are the past three weeks:

      1. Post Mortem (Sp)- Patricia Cornwell - mystery
      2. Relatos (Sp) - Mary Higgins Clark - mystery
      3. Een Jaar Zonder Papa (Ned) - Suzanne Collins -Father in Viet Nam
      4. Crossed - Allyson Condie - dystopian
      5. Undo It - Dean Ornish - health
      6. La Revolte (Fr) - Suzanne Collins - youth (Hunger Games)
      7. L'Embrasement (Fr)- Suzanne Collins - youth (Hunger Games)
      8. Juntos (Sp)- Allyson Condie - dystopian
      9. The Gentle Art of Swedish Death Cleaning - M. Magnusson - decluttering now so your kids don't have to when you're gone
      10. Reached - Allyson Condie - dystopian
      Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle. Ian Maclaren (misattributed to Plato)


      • LiddleDesigns
        LiddleDesigns commented
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        where do you get french language books from? My local library doesn't really carry any ..

      • RebeccaJ
        RebeccaJ commented
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        That's so cool that you're reading in all those languages. In my post (down further in the thread) I haven't listed the Dutch books I've read, because my husband and I are just learning, and the books are still really simple. If you can suggest good, pretty simple, Dutch books for us to read, I would so appreciate it. When I was in NL last month, I bought a few books from the young adult section. We're just getting into a Sherlock Holmes book in Dutch right now. It's very simple language, so I think we'll be able to enjoy it.
        In French I like to read Georges Simenon, because he wrote so many and once you've looked up all the words you need to in the first couple of books, you can read subsequent ones much more easily. I haven't tried to read any Spanish in recent years, because I've been working hard on my French, and now Dutch. But one that I'd like to try to get back to is "La Tesis de Nancy" by Ramon J. Sender. It's really funny.

      • annekepoot
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        @RebecccaJ I don't have any recommendations for you of Dutch authors because I mostly read English-speaking authors that have been translated and generally ones that are easy to read - I've read many Agatha Christie books in different languages - mainly because she is widely translated and the stories are easy to read. I recently read John Le Carre's book The Spy Who Came in From the Cold (Spion Aan de Muur), Isobel Kuhn's In the Arena (In de Arena) and Patricia Wentworth's The Chinese Shawl (De Chinese Sjaal). You have to remember that I haven't spoken Dutch since age 10 so my vocab has to be pretty generic. I also tend to get the Young Adult books like Hunger Games because they are written for youth and often the vocabulary isn't quite as deep, although I'm currently plowing through a Harry Potter book (the play) in Spanish that is constantly being put away for "later" because the vocabulary is so steeped in magic, not the words I'd normally encounter. I love reading in another language - makes me feel like I'm using my brain!

      I’m in! Thanks for starting this. I have set a goal of 50 books each year for the past 4 years, but sadly have never made it. I’ve gotten close though. This is my year, I know it! I’m currently at 27.

      I am reading “The Historian” by Elizabeth Kostova at the moment.

      This is going to be fun!🤓


        Great topic! I haven't kept track of my reading this year, but I'll join in starting fresh in July. I doubt I'll have time for 25 books for the latter half of this year, but one never knows.

        I just finished listening to "The Shining" by Stephen King. I've never read it. I've seen the movie many times. Obviously there are many differences between book and the original 1980 movie. What stuck me most about the book were the societal differences between that time period (released 1980) and today and also just the difference in what things cost. (There were several references to how much the characters pay for a variety of things. Remember when $1 was a really good tip?!


          funnybunny My family language was Dutch, I learned Latin, Greek, German and French in school/college, and took up Spanish about 7 years ago. Was an American Sign Language interpreter and fun course instructor for about 20 years - so yeah, a language nerd!
          Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle. Ian Maclaren (misattributed to Plato)


          • RebeccaJ
            RebeccaJ commented
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            We also did sign language as a family, because our youngest child is autistic and was nonverbal for the first several years of her life. You must have really been fluent though to do interpreting! How did you manage that? We took all the classes we could at the community college level but once she finally started speaking, we slacked off. It's beautiful though.

          • annekepoot
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            RebeccaJ - I learned to sign when I was pregnant with my daughter, just as a general interest course, but the instructor was herself hearing impaired, and introduced me to the deaf community. They were such a lovely group of people and welcomed me into their lives. I began by attending a Bible study with them led by a certified interpreter, and slowly became more proficient until I was sharing interpreting duties with her at Sunday church services. As I became more involved in their social life, my understanding of the language improved. I was then approached by a night school instructor if I would take her classes as she could no longer do it. Basically the same type of course I began with - general interest. I never became certified as my strength is interpreting, but not reverse interpreting (what they were signing). I still struggle with that. I haven't done any interpreting in over 25 years (no hearing impaired in my current circles), but keep it up by signing songs or snippets of TV programs. It is a beautiful language and signing at a young age, as you have with your child, has definitely been proven to help with verbal language (I also used to teach baby sign for new parents at the local public health classes). Trust she is doing well now.

          • RebeccaJ
            RebeccaJ commented
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            annekepoot, yes, she speaks very well now. We still sign across crowded rooms, but simple things like "Stop that!" or "it's time to go." Our teachers were always part of the deaf community too - either children of deaf parents who were certified interpreters, or in one case, a deaf woman. When my daughter was three and ready for school, but still non-verbal, we fought for, and won, a placement for her in the hearing-impaired class. We figured that if she never spoke, she would need sign language presented as a language - not just a handful of signs like they use in the special-education classes, or like they use with N-T (neuro typical) babies growing up. She was in that class for three years.

            I am also a language nerd. I speak Spanish and French, and am now learning Dutch. But I've also studied to a smaller degree, Italian and Hebrew, and have sung in several other languages. And I've traveled to other countries and worked hard to be able to say at least a few words in each of those languages.

          I'll join! I mostly listen to books while knitting, walking, cleaning, driving. etc. I'll try to remember what I've read so far this year and list them here.

          Currently listening to: The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan
          Currently reading: Enoch Primordial by Brian Godawa & Ban This Book by Alan Gratz

          2019 books read:
          1. The Book Woman of Troublesome Creek by Kim MIchele Richardson- 4 stars
          2. The Lost Girls of Paris by Pam Jenoff- 3 stars
          3. Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman- 5 stars
          4. The Lost for Words Bookshop by Stephanie Butland- 3 stars
          5. The President is Missing by James Patterson- 1 star
          6. A Fatal Grace by Louise Penny- 3 stars
          7. The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas- 2 stars
          8. Brave New World by Aldous Huxley- 3 stars
          9. The Giver by Lois Lowry- 4 stars
          10. Still Life by Louise Penny- 3 stars
          11. 11/22/63 by Stephen King- 4 stars
          12. An American Sickness by Elisabeth Rosenthal- 4 stars
          13. Dark Matter by Blake Crouch- 3 stars
          14. Column of Fire by Ken Follett- 3 stars
          15. Caroline by Sarah Miller- 4 stars
          16. Man in the High Castle by Philip Dick- 1 star
          17. The Girl on the Train by Tate Taylor- 1 star
          18. 1984 by George Orwell- 5 stars
          19. The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern- 5 stars
          20. The Poldark Series by Winston Graham (started this series in 2018 and finished it up early 2019)- 5 stars
          21. A Game of Thrones by George R. R. Martin- 4 stars
          22. The Fellowship of the Ring by J.R.R. Tolkien- 3 stars
          23. The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah- 4 stars
          24. Next Year in Havana by Chanel Cleeton- 3 stars
          25. The Library of Lost and Found by Phaedra Patrick- 3 stars
          26. Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel- 2 stars
          27. Sworn to Silence by Linda Castillo- 4 stars
          28. Anthem by Ayn Rand- 5 stars
          29. Plum Island by Nelson Demille- 4 stars
          30. Before We Were Yours by Lisa Wingate- 4 stars
          31. Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens- 4 stars
          32. Pray for Silence by Linda Castillo- 4 stars
          33. Nine Perfect Strangers by Liane Moriarty- 4 stars
          34. The Cruelest Month by Louise Penny- 2 stars
          35. Hillbilly Elegy by J.D. Vance- 3 stars
          36. The Great Alone by Kristin Hannah- 5 stars
          37. The Circle by Dave Eggers- 5 stars
          38. Breaking Silence by Linda Castillo- 4 stars
          39. Moby Dick by Herman Melville- 1 star (only because it's considered a classic)
          40. The Brutal Telling by Louise Penny- 3 stars
          41. Agatha Raisin and the Quiche of Death by M.C. Beaton- 3 stars
          42. The Wizard of Oz by Frank L. Baum- 2 stars
          43. Agatha Raisin and the Vicious Vet- 3 stars
          44. Bury Your Dead by Louise Penny- 3 stars
          45. Agatha Raisin and the Potted Gardener- 3 stars
          46. Agatha Raisin and the Walkers of Dembley by M.C. Beaton- 4 stars
          47. The Christmas Train by David Baldacci- 5 stars
          48. This is How It Always Is by Laurie Frankel- 5 stars
          49. Gone Missing by Linda Castillo- 4 stars
          50. The Light Between Oceans by M.L. Stedman- 5 stars
          51. The Wizard of Evesham by M.C. Beaton- 3 stars
          52. The Murderous Marriage by M.C. Beaton- 2 stars
          53. A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman- 5 stars
          54. A Trick of the Light by Louise Penny- 4 stars
          55. The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman- 2 stars
          56. The Curious Curate by M.C. Beaton- 2 stars
          57. The Buried Treasure by M.C. Beaton- 2 stars
          58. The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt- 3 stars
          59. The Beautiful Mystery by Louise Penny- 4 stars
          60. The Library Book by Susan Orlean- 3 stars
          61. Norse Mythology by Neil Gaiman- 3 stars
          Last edited by Duellingneedles; 12-17-2019, 04:27 PM.
          "Restriction of free thought and free speech is the most dangerous of all subversions. It is the one un-American act that could most easily defeat us." -William O. Douglas, author


            Since we’re all talking about books, perhaps we could also mention our all time favorites.

            The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien
            Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte
            Dracula by Bram Stoker


              Originally posted by funnybunny View Post
              Since we’re all talking about books, perhaps we could also mention our all time favorites.

              The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien
              Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte
              Dracula by Bram Stoker
              Wow, there are so many!

              The Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown
              Harry Potter Series by J.K. Rowling
              The Stand by Stephen King

              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


                I have been doing a Goodreads challenge this year with a goal of 50 books.. However, I have already read 43 books this year. I suppose that a goal of 32 more this year would be a good goal for a total of 75 this year. #44 I am currently reading is The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls. My other books read this year in descending order are:

                43. Lilac Girls by Martha Hall Kelly
                42. The Woman in the Window by A.J Finn
                41. Dreams of Falling by Karen White
                40. Stars Over Sunset Boulevard by Susan Meissner
                39. Illusion by Frank E. Peretti
                38. Winter Garden by Kristin Hannah
                37. Whistling Women by Kelly Romo
                36. In Pieces by Sally Field
                35. Sharp Objects by Gillian Flynn
                34. The Mother-In-Law by Sally Hepworth
                33. Look for Me by Lisa Gardner
                32. Hello from the Gillespies by Monica McInery
                31. When We Meet Again by Kristen Hamel
                30.All the Colors of the Cattle by Alexander McCall Smith
                29. A Fall of Marigolds by Susan Meissner
                28. Women in Sunlight by Frances Mayes
                27. The Alice Network by Kate Quinn
                26. The Atomic City Girls by Janet Beard
                25. Night Road by Kristin Hannah
                24. No Exit by Taylor Adams
                23. The Last Year of the War by Susan Meissner
                22. Deadly Cure by Lawrence Goldstone
                21. There Will Be Stars by Billy Coffey
                20. Daughter of Moloka’i by Alan Brennert
                19. All We Ever Wanted by Emily Griffin
                18. My Dear Hamilton: A Novel of Eliza Schuyler Hamilton by Stephanie Dray
                17. Pieces of Her by Karin Slaughter
                16. Sold on a Monday by Kristina McMorris
                15. GI Brides: The Wartime Brides Who Crossed the Atlantic for Love by Duncan Barrett
                14. A Bridge Across the Ocean by Susan Meissner
                13. As Bright as Heaven by Susan Meissner
                12. RV There Yet: by Diann Hunt
                11. Where the Crawdads Sing byDelia Owens
                10. Before We Were Yours by Lisa Wingate
                9. Glare Ice by Mary Logue
                8. The Last Equation of Issac Severy: A Novel in Clue by Nova Jacobs
                7. Into the Water by Paula Hawkins
                6. The Little Paris Bookshop by Nina George
                5. The House We Grew Up In by Lisa Jewell
                4. The Art of Keeping Secrets by Patti Callahan Henry
                3. Ordinary Grace by William Ken Krueger
                2.. The Kitchen House by Kathleen Grissom
                1. The Veins of the Ocean: A Novel by Patricia Engel

                Loved: Before We Were Yours, As Bright as Heaven Hello from the Gillespies
                Hate: Sharp Objects, The House We Grew Up In, My Dear Hamilton


                • yarnforall
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                  44. Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls
                  45. The Couple Next Door by Shari Lapena

                Originally posted by funnybunny View Post
                Since we’re all talking about books, perhaps we could also mention our all time favorites.

                The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien
                Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte
                Dracula by Bram Stoker
                My favorites are:

                Jane Eyre by Charolotte Bronte (no idea how many times I've read it!)
                Little Women by Louisa May Alcott
                The Outlander series by Diana Gabaldon
                "Restriction of free thought and free speech is the most dangerous of all subversions. It is the one un-American act that could most easily defeat us." -William O. Douglas, author


                  I am a pretty frequent reader. I listen to more books than I read now, with my knitting and a three year old.

                  1. A Handful of Happiness by Massimo Vacchetta and Antonella Tomasselli. Currently a little over half way through, it has been a pretty interesting biography about a large animal vet in Italy who starts a hedgehog rescue.

                  ​​​​​​My all time favorites include:
                  Homer's The Iliad and Odyssey
                  JRR Tolkien's Middle Earth books
                  JK Rowling'swling's Harry Potter Series
                  Kelley Armstrong's Otherworld Series
                  Janet Evanovich's Stephanie Plum Series
                  Joanne Fluke's Hannah Swenson Series
                  Kim Harrison's Hallows Series (the early books)
                  Most Dean Koontz and Stephen King

                  Favorite YA Books:
                  Madeleine L'Engle's A Ring of Endless Light
                  Marguerite de Angeli's The Door in the Wall
                  Michelle Magorian's Goodnight Mr. Tom
                  Gary Paulsen's Hatchet Series
                  Lois Lowry's Number the Stars and the Giver Series
                  Jean Craighead George's My Side of the Mountain Series


                    Great idea! Some years I keep track of books read and some years I don't...this year I am keeping track. I set a goal of reading 52 books this year. I'm a librarian and have to read books for my job (some of which I don't enjoy or wouldn't choose on my own), so I am only counting books that I choose to read for my own enjoyment. Sometimes those book lists will intersect and sometimes they won't.

                    1. Bringing Columbia Home, Michael Leinbach
                    2. The ABC Murders, Agatha Christie
                    3. Dumb Witness, Agatha Chriatie
                    4. The only woman in the room, Marie Benedict
                    5. Sparkling Cyanide , Agatha Christie
                    6. Pride and Prejudice, Jane Austen
                    7. Destination Unknown, Agatha Christie
                    8. The Library Book, Susan Orlean
                    9. Bibliotech: Why libraries matter more than ever in the age of Google, John Palfrey
                    10. The Nightingale, Kristen Hannah
                    11. A Mother's reckoning, Sue Kleibold
                    12. Lilac Girls, Martha Hall Kelley
                    13. Victoria's Daughters, Jerrod Packard
                    14. The Pioneers: The heroic story of the settlers who brought the American ideal west, David McCullough
                    15. Educated, Tara Westover
                    16. The Daughter's Tale, Armando Lucas Correa
                    17. Fall and Rise : the story of 9/11, Michael Zuckoff
                    18. The angel court affair, Anne Perry
                    19. Treachery at Lancaster gate, Anne Perry
                    20. Lady First: the workers of First Lady Sarah Polk
                    21. A well behaved woman: a novel of the Vanderbilts, Theresa Anne Fowler
                    22. A Thousand pieces of you, Claudia Gray
                    23. Ten thousand skies above you, Claudia Gray
                    24. Indianapolis: The true story of the worst sea disaster in U.S. Naval history and the fifty year fight to exonerate an innocent man, by Lynn Vincent and Sara Vladic
                    25. Murder on the Serpentine, Anne Perry
                    26. The Weight of Ink, Rachel Kadish
                    27. The Mystery of Three Quarters, Sophie Hannah
                    28. Invisible: The forgotten story of the Black Woman Lawyer who Took Down America's Most Powerful Mobster, Stephen L. Carter
                    29. Twenty-one Days, Anne Perry
                    30. 13 Hours : The Inside Account of what Really Happened in Benghazi, Mitchell Zuckoff
                    31. The Greater Journey: Americans in Paris, David McCullough
                    32. Marching off the Map, Tim Elmore
                    33. The Seven Dials Mystery, Agatha Christie
                    34. Triple Jeopardy, Anne Perry
                    35. Dark Tide Rising, Anne Perry
                    36. Jimmy Stewart: A Biography, Marc Eliot
                    37. Towards Zero, Agatha Christie
                    38. The Royal Secret, Lucinda Riley
                    Last edited by LibraryKntr; 09-04-2019, 11:04 PM. Reason: adding books


                    • Woolfan
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                      Hmmm, going to add the Bibliotech book to my "want to read" list! 🤔

                    • LibraryKntr
                      LibraryKntr commented
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                      Bibliotech is a fascinating book. I was at a conference this spring and the author was on one if the panels. He calls himself an accidental librarian (and has since moved on to other educational jobs...he will be the head of the MacArthur Foundation beginning this summer), it his insights resonate with me a great deal.

                    What a great topic, and a great way to find new books of possible interest! I also don't keep track, so I'll have to start from today forward. Currently reading "Strange Weather" by Joe Hill (one of Stephen King's sons), and "The Witch Elm" by Tana French. "Strange Weather" is a set of four short novels, and I'm loving it.
                    ​"​​​​Be with those who help your being "- Rumi


                      I would love to join in on the fun. I have been in a bit of a reading slump and haven't tracked what I have read in a while. but here it goes
                      Books I am reading now. It is usually 3 or 4 and they are normally different genres
                      1 Fellowship of the Ring , this is my 7th or 8 reread of it and am amazed that I forgot what a good writer Tolkien is
                      2 12 Rules for Life. by Jordon Peterson
                      3the bullet Journal Method by Ryder Carol

                      I hope to be finishing the Bullet Jounal Method this week and my Reading club makes up its mind on the next book we will be reading before that.

                      "But I don't want comfort. I want God, I want poetry, I want real danger, I want freedom, I want goodness. I want sin."
                      Aldous Huxley (Brave New World)


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