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SIY#41 July - September 2017

Time seems to fly at this time of the year. It is still a shocker to realize how many of these have been held.
I get us started and check in on everyone's status, but I thank Diane Fraser for tallying our reading each month. She puts hours into making sure it is accurate and beautifully reflects our love of reading.

If you are new to this challenge it is a Set It Yourself Challenge. You decide how many books, which books, what genre...it is all up to you.

To make things easier for Diane, please draw attention to posts recording your progress by marking them with a pilcrow ¶ (found on most keyboards by pressing Alt + 0182 or + 788 or you can copy and paste one of these: ¶ ¶ ¶ ¶)
Because these are a visual to help Diane, we ask that you never edit after you post but rather post another update. If you are responding to the post of another person, please delete the pilcrow. I know many of you do not need this message, but we like to include this note in case we have new members.


Please feel free to PM me with any queries! Or post them here and I'll try to clarify!
And Good Luck all!

Here is a link to our stats page:

http://siy-challenge.weebly.com/

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Time seems to fly at this time of the year. It is still a shocker to realize how many of these have been held.
I get us started and check in on everyone's status, but I thank Diane Fraser for tallying our reading each month. She puts hours into making sure it is accurate and beautifully reflects our love of reading.

If you are new to this challenge it is a Set It Yourself Challenge. You decide how many books, which books, what genre...it is all up to you.

To make things easier for Diane, please draw attention to posts recording your progress by marking them with a pilcrow ¶ (found on most keyboards by pressing Alt + 0182 or + 788 or you can copy and paste one of these: ¶ ¶ ¶ ¶)
Because these are a visual to help Diane, we ask that you never edit after you post but rather post another update. If you are responding to the post of another person, please delete the pilcrow. I know many of you do not need this message, but we like to include this note in case we have new members.


Please feel free to PM me with any queries! Or post them here and I'll try to clarify!
And Good Luck all!

Here is a link to our stats page:

http://siy-challenge.weebly.com/

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And of course I'll participate, but I expect to fall short this month and will wait to set my next goal.
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And thank you for all your recording, DF!
Yes, I'll be back. It's a very good way of making sure I do some serious reading each month and don't just entertain myself with novels. Even at my advanced age it's good to keep learning . . . . Well, that's the theory! In practice I probably forget around 99% of what I read. New information goes past the eyes and away into the ether, bypassing the brain (LOL!)
Anyway, my goal for SIY41 will be my usual 6 nonfictions during the quarter.
It doesn't sound like much but it works for me!
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But you've scared me with a goal of 9!
Anyway, my goal for SIY41 will be my usual 6 nonfictions during the quarter.
It doesn't sound like much but it works for me!

I did say 6, honest!
(OT: See you Sunday :-))
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But you've scared me with a goal of 9!
Anyway, my goal for SIY41 will be my usual 6 nonfictions during the quarter.
It doesn't sound like much but it works for me!

I did say 6, honest!
(OT: See you Sunday :-))


Ha ha ha - I know you did, thought I'd changed that. I copied over pages ages ago, when I was finding my way round the site and trying out everything. I found suitable banner pics for a few quarters. I haven't saved them down on my PC, hence old info - I will change it. Lesson Learnt though if I find a suitable pic I will be saving it in future.

Yep - see you soon :)
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My apologies that my title was supposed to say Thanks to Katethegreyt and doesn't . . . . Sorry!
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My apologies that my title was supposed to say Thanks to Katethegreyt and doesn't . . . . Sorry!

Laughing ¶¶¶
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It seems to be the best target for me to aim for.

I will try and get the new webpage up early July. Now that Weebly have found the solution to the alignment of columns I will look into tidying up our previous pages too, however that will be low priority :-)
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I will again try for 25 books:
16 from the TBR pile
9 from the library
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You guys do an amazing job.

I'm in again, but have to find my list that I generated and re-evaluate it based on my poor showing in SIY 40. I'll figure it out and let you know later today or tomorrow.
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My list for SIY 41:

Any books left over from 40 (I will report back as the 30th nears because I suspect I will finish up at least 2, maybe 3 of the 4 remaining.)

The others are as follows:
Library Book Group Reads:
Fates and Traitors by Jennifer Chiaverini
The Wright Brothers by David McCullough
Kitchens of the Great Midwest by Andrea Stadol

ARC/giveaways:
The Sunlight Pilgrims by Jenni Fagan
Public Libraries and Other Stories by Ali Smith
The Bookshop on the Corner by Jenny Colgan
The Mother's Promise by Sally Hepworth
The Sleepwalker by Chris Bohjalian
Black-Eyed Susans by Julia Heaberlin
Pirate Heiress by Chloe Flowers
Almost Missed You by Jessica Strawser
Last Night with the Duke by Amelia Gray

Miscellaneous:
Elegy for a Disease by Anne Finger

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I am making progress on MT TBR slowly but surely. I think though at the end of this year, anything that I didn't read when I picked up the book will need to be culled.

My goals for the next challenge:
MT TBR: 15 books
​Bookclub: 3
Magazines: 15
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2 Sue Grafton alphabet books
2 C. J. Box books
3 Kindle books
6 Books from other BCers
6 anything I want to read
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which includes the three I will not be able to read for SIY#40.
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I might finish one of the two I have remaining to read, but just in case, I will add these two titles to my list (approximately 600 pages remaining and obligations in the last two days of June).

The Girl in the Spider's Web by David Lagercrantz
Cooking for Picasso by Camille Aubrey

which will make my total 15 books.
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My first book of the month/quarter will be:
The Man Who Ate Everything by Jeffrey Steingarten
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Once again I've been pondering what a target could be for three months and this time I know I have visitors, various events and work being done in the house in the next three months so I'll stick to a lower more reasonable target in the circumstances.

Could I go for :
5 from tbr any date; 2 from unregistered; 3 from Book Club (5/2/3).

Thanks.
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¶ Starting

Fates and Traitors by Jennifer Chiaverini

and continuing Cooking for Picasso by Camille Aubrey and The Girl in the Spider's Web by David Lagercrantz to begin this quarter's SIY reading.
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I am starting this quarter with a book that is Canadian and on the 1001 list which I think is quite appropriate for Canada's 150th birthday. It is Cat's Eye by Margaret Atwood.
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Cooking for Picasso by Camille Aubrey

a novel about Picasso and what he might have been doing during the period he disappeared in 1936 and the young woman who captured his attention
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The advantage of challenging myself with six nonfictions and not specifying particular titles is that I can stop and start, try and quit without feeling guilty, as long as I get to six by the end of the quarter!
Only four days into our challenge and I've given up on my first book, essays on food which should have been interesting and weren't!
https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/14542824
I'm starting The Lady in the Tower: the Fall of Anne Boleyn by Alison Weir next , should be far more to my liking!
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The Lady in the Tower: the Fall of Anne Boleyn by Alison Weir

A very interesting history book.
I'm going to read a travelogue next: Route 66 AD by Tony Perrottet.
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I'm going to read a travelogue next: Route 66 AD by Tony Perrottet.

Subtitled: On the Trail of Ancient Roman Tourists
I really enjoyed it, from start to finish!
https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/14618178

Next: The Motorcycle Diaries by Che Guevara
Subtitled: Notes on a Latin American Journey
I wouldn't normally follow one travel book with another but I'm sure Travel and Politics will be different from Travel and Ancient History! Chosen because I prioritise books registered by other BookCrossers and this is the only nonfiction that currently falls into that category on my To Be Read shelves.
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Next: The Motorcycle Diaries by Che Guevara
Subtitled: Notes on a Latin American Journey

Not the nicest travelling companion I've travelled with!
https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/7214777
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1 - Gwendy's Button Box by Stephen King and Richard Chizmar - the new novella. It's a good one.

Now reading two:
The Friendly Shakespeare by Norrie Epstein
The Break by Katherena Vermette
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I finished A Cat's Eye a few days ago but with the excitement of the last few days of the Canada Days release challenge (we hit a new record total with over 1000 books released) I didn't get to this forum to record that. So here is my link to that review:
http://www.librarything.com/---/142209184

I also finished another book A Soldier's Sketchbook: The Illustrated First World War Diary of R. H. Rabjohn by John Wilson
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/14498994

A Cat's Eye is a library book and A Soldier's Sketchbook is from Mount TBR.

I am now going to read The Wife's Tale by Lori Lansens.
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Haunted by Kay Hooper
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Picked up a favorite book and read it again:

Love That Dog by Sharon Creech
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Finished a book that has been on the TBR pile for much too long. The Wife's Tale by Lori Lansens was very good:
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/7568713

Next up is Thunder over Kandahar by Sharon E. McKay
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I haven't done all your updates yet. Will continue to do that next week :-)
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Thunder over Kandahar is classified as YA fiction but I enjoyed it. It is one of the YA books the CBC picked that make you proud to be Canadian and I agree with that assertion:
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/14396981

So I have now read 4 books from my TBR pile but I'm about to start on a stack of library books. First up is Journey by James A. Michener.
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Read quickly for taking to a meet up Thoughts on Wisdom, various http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/11770898
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¶ Progress

Read quickly for taking to a meet up Thoughts on Wisdom, various http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/11770898

If D-F can count this mini-book as one of her books for this challenge, then so can I :-)
I brought it home from the meet up in Leeds she took it to!
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Books off TBR pile (15)
1 The Unfinished Clue by Georgette Heyer

Bookclub (3):
1 The Girl in the Ice by Robert Bryndza

Magazines (15):
1. EW Apr 7/14
2. EW April 21
3. EW May 12
4. EW May 19

Currently reading: The Weight of Blood by Laure McHugh & Cold Hit by Linda Fairstein
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Cemetery Girl by David Bell
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Eerie by Blake Crouch
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¶ FINISHED

Fates and Traitors by Jennifer Chiaverini

a historical novel about John Wilkes Booth and four women who loved him and kept his secrets...his mother Mary, his sister Asia, Lucy Hale, and Mary Surratt.
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As I said in my last message I had a stack of library books to read and I have gotten through 3 out of 4 of them.
#5 Journey by James A. Michener
http://www.librarything.com/---/143586197

#6 A Pitying of Doves by Steve Burrows
http://www.librarything.com/---/143586128

#7 Underground Airlines by Ben H. Winters
http://www.librarything.com/---/143586184

All quite good and very different from each other.

Next up is one of my TBRs: Farthing by Jo Walton
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I was really gripped by Farthing and couldn't go to bed last night until I finished it:
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/7626141

Farthing is from my TBR pile.

Now I am reading All the Birds in the Sky by Charlie Jane Anders.
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The Husband's Secret by Lianne Moriarty (registered by Waterfalling)
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¶ Starting

The Wright Brothers by David McCullough
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The Wright Brothers by David McCullough


I really enjoy his writing.
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Gwendy's Button Box by Stephen King
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All the Birds in the Sky was a major disappointment as I had heard many good things about the book. After I did my review on LT I looked at the others and it seems that people either loved it or they were like me:
http://www.librarything.com/---/143586165

So I then chose a book that I knew I would like, Ha'penny by Jo Walton.
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/7626143

That gives me 5 TBR books and 5 library books so far for my challenge. Hope I can keep up the momentum.

Next up is The Obelisk Gate by N. K. Jemisin.
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Stone Cold by C. J. Box
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Already one month in and I've only just got around to updating this.

Unregistered :
#1 : Kate Griffin; The Glass God (will register & send as RABCK)

Registered :
#2 : Rosie Thomas; Constance
#1 : James Patterson & Michael Ledwidge; Step on a Crack

Book Club :
#2 : Tracy Chevalier; Falling Angels (re-read)
#1 : Hilary Mantell; Every Day is Mothers Day


Totals :
2 of 5 tbr any date, 1 of 2 unregistered and 2 of 3 Book Club (2/1/2)
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The Obelisk Gate wasn't as good as the first book in this series, The Fifth Season, but it was still good enough that I want to read the third book:
http://www.librarything.com/---/143939099

That was another library book so I have now read 6 out of 9 that I said I would read for this challenge. I have many more than 3 more library books left to read this month so I may be needing to change the number. I don't want to reduce the number of TBR books but that may be a necessity too.

Next up I am reading The Heart of the Matter by Graham Greene.
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A Sudden Light by Garth Stein
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Hmm, I seem to be finding more unregistered than registered to read at present. My current read is also unregistered (a loan from a Book Club member) so will never reach here unless I mess about with the totals too!!

Unregistered :
#2 : Eve Chase; Black Rabbit Hall
#1 : Kate Griffin; The Glass God (will register & send as RABCK)

Registered :
#2 : Rosie Thomas; Constance
#1 : James Patterson & Michael Ledwidge; Step on a Crack

Book Club :
#2 : Tracy Chevalier; Falling Angels (re-read)
#1 : Hilary Mantell; Every Day is Mothers Day


Totals :
2 of 5 tbr any date, 2 of 2 unregistered and 2 of 3 Book Club (2/2/2)
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Public Libraries and Other Stories by Ali Smith
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Daphne du Maurier and Her Sisters by Jane Dunn
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Daphne du Maurier and Her Sisters by Jane Dunn

I've now finished it! Full of interesting details.
https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/13852089
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Daphne du Maurier and Her Sisters by Jane Dunn
I've now finished it!

The above-biography made reference to Ms du Maurier's own biography, The Infernal World of Branwell Bronte by Daphne du Maurier, so when I'd finished Ms Dunn's work (hint!), I requested this one from the library. It's no longer available on the shelves and they had to get it out of the archives for me - which they now have! I've already read the first couple of chapters which, as you might expect, is as page-turning as any of her novels. I suspect that she's allowed her imagination quite a bit of leeway . . . .
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The Heart of the Matter is on the 1001 Books to Read Before You Die list and I try to read (or listen to) at least 10 of those a year. Over on LibraryThing they chose this book for the group read for August 2017 so I thought I would join in. Greene is a great writer but the subject matter was pretty bleak so it was a toss-up for me:
http://www.librarything.com/---/144352452

Now I am going to read The Last Good Man by Linda Nagata. Nothing like some good science fiction to change the old grey cells around.
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Falling for Christmas by Debbie Macomber http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/10310249
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K is for Killer by Sue Grafton
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So it was a crazy busy July and August isn't slacking off one bit. I haven't been able to read much at all. If it wasn't for books on tape I would have read nothing. I wish there were more BOT that are off my TBR pile but alas.....

Here is what I've accomplished since last update.
Books off TBR pile (15)
2 Cold Hit by Linda Fairstein

Bookclub (3):
2 To Dwell in Darkness by Deborah Crombie

Magazines (15):
5 Saathee July 2017
6 Saathee August 2017
7 EW May 26
8 EW June 2/9
9 EW June 16
10 EW June 23
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The Last Good Man was terrific:
http://www.librarything.com/---/144352504

The one and the last book were both library books so now I have read 8 out of the 9 I said I would for this challenge.

And I am now working on another library book, Funny Boy by Shyam Silva Selvadurai.
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Funny Boy was quite a read.
http://www.librarything.com/---/144736727
Another great book from the CBC list of 100 Novels that Make You Proud to Be Canadian.

And it was my 9th library book so I have now met that sub goal in this challenge.

Now I am going to read The Bone People by Keri Hulme.
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This is the first book I have read of his. I enjoyed it very much. Maybe next I will next tackle John Adams...I have had it on my shelves for way too long.
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Its been on my SIY a very long time :-) the Night Watch had 16 CDs to listen too. Thankfully I didn't buy the tome for this one!

Started The Tesseract by Alex Garland http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/5464238/ another audio and I am also reading The Color Purple by Alice Walker http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/11472994
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¶ FINISHED

The Wright Brothers by David McCullough

a biography of Orville and Wilbur Wright, and their quest, struggles, and triumph to achieve flight. Learned so much more than I knew previously despite living in both Dayton for 30+ years.
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¶ Starting

Kitchens of the Great Midwest by Stradal
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Endangered by C. J. Box
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The Boy Who Drew Monsters by Keith Donohue. This came from GoryDetails.
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It took me a while but I have now finished The Bone People:
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/13828641

I thought it was a brilliant book and I guess I am not alone because it won the Booker prize in 1985.

I am reading another library book right now but the next TBR book I will read will be Foxglove Summer by Ben Aaronovitch.
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Books off TBR pile (15)
3 The Deadhouse by Linda Fairstein

Bookclub (3):
3 The Divided City by Luke McCallin

Magazines (15):
11 EW June 30
12 EW July 7/14
13 EW July 21/28
14 Saathee August
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L is for Lawless by Sue Grafton
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¶ FINISHED

Public Libraries and Other Stories by Ali Smith

a collection of literary short stories alternating with stories about the power of libraries to transform lives
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The Color Purple by Alice Walker http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/11472994

Now reading Fallen by Lauren Kate http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/11779127/
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3 - The Friendly Shakespeare by Norrie Epstein.

Unfortunately, I seem to have misplaced the Vermette novel and am hoping it shows up as I want to finish it. But I have started another novel:

Murder on the Links by Agatha Christie
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Meet Me At Emotional Baggage Claim by Lisa Scottoline. This came from bookstogive.
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Murder on the Links by Agatha Christie.
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/3773333
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I've finished The Infernal World of Bramwell Bronte by Daphne du Maurier which is my 6th and in theory my final nonfiction for this challenge - but one of the ones I've reported was only very short and we've still got the whole of September before SIY 41 comes to an end, so I think I need to read a bonus book . . . . However, in the meantime, this is another completed book for me to report!
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I've finished The Infernal World of Bramwell Bronte by Daphne du Maurier which is my 6th and in theory my final nonfiction for this challenge - but one of the ones I've reported was only very short and we've still got the whole of September before SIY 41 comes to an end, so I think I need to read a bonus book . . . . However, in the meantime, this is another completed book for me to report!

Still counts as a success. More reading is obviously optional ;-)
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Still counts as a success. More reading is obviously optional ;-)

Thank you :-)
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I think I need to read a bonus book

Despite D-F's encouragement that it's not essential, I've picked out A Horse in the Bathroom by Derek J Taylor, subtitled: How an old stable became our dream village home, for my bonus book :-)
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I think I need to read a bonus book

Despite D-F's encouragement that it's not essential, I've picked out A Horse in the Bathroom by Derek J Taylor, subtitled: How an old stable became our dream village home, for my bonus book :-)

I've finished it. Enjoyed it. Haven't written a JE yet. With or without the update, the link is:
https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/14604695/
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¶ FINISHED

The Girl in the Spider's Web by David Lagercrantz

continuing suspense series featuring hacker Lisbeth Salander and reporter Mikael Blomkvist with a new author
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Boomer's Bucket List by Sue Pethick. Received this from elizardbreath
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¶ Starting

Kitchens of the Great Midwest by J. Ryan Stradal

and

The Bookshop on the Corner by Jenny Colgan
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I slipped another TBR book in before Foxglove Summer.
#16 The Stone Diaries by Carol Shields:
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/14673288

#17 Foxglove Summer by Ben Aaronovitch
http://www.librarything.com/---/138376279

I'm so pleased to only have 8 books left for September that I am slipping in another library book and then I will read Kiss Me by Andrew Pyper.
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Finished fallen.

started my oldest tbr

The Chocolate Run by Dorothy Koomson http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/11343791
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Never Come Back by David Bell
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Finished fallen.

started my oldest tbr

The Chocolate Run by Dorothy Koomson http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/11343791


Finished my oldest TbR
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Both by Jenny Lawson
5 - Let's Pretend This Never Happened:A Mostly True Memoir
6 - You Are Here: An Owner's Manual for Dangerous Minds
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¶ Finished

Kitchens of the Great Midwest by J. Ryan Stradal

a foodie novel featuring Eva Thorvald and the foods that make up her life. A thoroughly engaging story with a mobius strip ending.
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¶ starting

The Sunlight Pilgrims by Jenni Fagan
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Books off TBR pile (15)
4 Restless in the Grave by Dana Stabenow
5 Bone Vault by Linda Fairstein
6 The Kills by Linda Fairstein

Magazines (15):
15 EW August 4
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Finished Kiss Me, a book of short stories:
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/7686469

Not really my favourite work by this author.

That was from my TBR pile (from 2009 yikes) so I have now read 9 out of 16.

Next up is The Skeleton Tree by Iain Lawrence.
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The Couple Next Door by Shari Lapena
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The Skeleton Tree kept me up late last night to finish it:
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/14543395

That makes 10 out of 16 from the TBR pil done so far.

Next up is A House in the Sky by Amanda Lindhout and Sara Corbett.
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15th Affair by James Patterson. This came from bookstogive.
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¶ Finished

The Bookshop on the Corner by Jenny Colgan

out-of-job librarian buys a van and makes a mobile bookshop out of it...brings books (and happiness) to a small hamlet in Scotland
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Elegy For a Disease by Anne Finger

AND

Last Night with the Duke by Amelia Grey

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A House in the Sky is an amazing account of a woman kidnapped in Somalia and held for 460 days:
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/14397149

That was #11 out of 16 from the TBR pile for this challenge - only 5 to go!

I'm not sure what I will read next for the challenge as I am going to pick up a library book . I'll post when I decide what challenge book is next.
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Books off TBR pile (15)
7 A Great Reckoning by Louise Penny
8 The Last Word by Lisa Lutz
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I read Held by Edeet Ravel for this challenge:
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/14397150

I was quite disappointed by the YA novel which was chosen by CBC for the 100 YA books that make you proud to be Canadian list. I'm sure it is the lowest rating I have given for any of the books listed.

I am squeezing in another library book before I read another from the TBR pile but the next one I read will be Very Hard Choices by Spider Robinson.
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Merit Badge Murder by Leslie Langtry

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