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definitely worth reading. It may even be better than her first, but definitely better, in my opinion, than her second. I really, really liked it.

 

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It's sign up time!

Looking forward to what is a slower time of the year for me.

When I contacted Diane this time, we both felt a bit overwhelmed over the past challenge. Life takes over sometimes, and it did for both of us. But we're back and looking forward to another challenge.

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 finds images that beautifully reflect our love of reading.

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And Good Luck all!

Here is a link to our stats page; Diane is still setting it up, but it is there:

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


 

no idea how many books because I will be including what I don't accomplish in the current challenge.

 

So I had a rough time trying to make the last challenge but I'm determined to make the next one.

Here's the goal:
15 books off MT TBR
2 books off book club
15 magazines

 

I've reduced my challenges over the years - but I can't imagine not joining in at all . . . .
I'll stick with my recent target: 6 nonfictions during the quarter, intending 6 as a minimum while hoping to beat it. I really don't need to challenge myself with my novel-reading. As always,my fiction will take care of itself :-)

 

If I don't make the challenge this time then next year I will be reading all my thin books for the next challenge to ensure I do!!

The webpage for this SIY could be a little delayed as I will be without a laptop for a couple of weeks. Will endeavour to have the new page up by the mid to the end of October though.

 

this quarter's challenge, I will be back again. Will get my list together and be back with it. I think I will be scaling back on my choices.

 

I will just make it 9 books, anything I want to read! I hope to tackle some longer ones this time.

 

but I'll have to think about my goal for a bit. I'm finding it hard to accomplish SIY #41 because I keep reading more library books instead of books from my TBR list.

 

but I'll have to think about my goal for a bit. I'm finding it hard to accomplish SIY #41 because I keep reading more library books instead of books from my TBR list.


Understand that. I am having the same problem. Right now I have several books from there and a few on hold, some of which will be arriving from another library in the system any day now. I keep telling myself not to look, but I only live a block away and I volunteer there as well. Alas...

 

Here are my books for the next quarter.

Library book group reads:

A Dog’s Purpose by W. Bruce Cameron
The Invention of Wings by Sue Monk Kidd
The First Phone Call from Heaven by Mitch Albom

ARCs:

The Sunlight Pilgrims by Jenni Fagan *
Pirate Heiress by Chloe Flowers *
The Sleepwalker by Chris Bohjalian *
Black-Eyed Susans by Julia Heaberlin *
The Mother’s Promise by Sally Hepworth *
Almost Missed You by Jessica Strawser *
Snared by Jennifer Estep
Bad Deeds by Lisa Renee Jones

Others:

Creation in Death by J.D. Robb (oldest TBR)

12 books in all.
* SIY 41 books leftovers (if I complete any of them before 9/30, will subtract those from the list)

 

A Nun's Story by Sister Agatha with Richard Newman

 

A Nun's Story by Sister Agatha with Richard Newman

Shirley Leach gave up a life of luxury and privilege for a life of poverty, chastity and obedience as Sister Agatha - but, for example, counting Paul Getty as a friend and having him fund the development programme of the convent you head still sounds pretty privileged to me and it's a strange sort of poverty that includes holidays, retreats, lecture tours and such like in foreign countries . . . . I feel this has raised rather more questions than it's answered!

My next nonfiction for this Challenge is Queens of the Conquest by Alison Weir, the hefty first book of a planned four volume history of England's medieval queens from 1066 to 1485, starting with Matilda of Flanders, wife of William the Bastard, and ending with Anne Neville, Richard III's queen.

 

I feel this has raised rather more questions than it's answered!

Yes, I know, I'm a bah humbug cynic!!! I admit it :-)

 

My next nonfiction for this Challenge is Queens of the Conquest by Alison Weir, the hefty first book of a planned four volume history of England's medieval queens from 1066 to 1485, starting with Matilda of Flanders, wife of William the Bastard, and ending with Anne Neville, Richard III's queen.

I've finished this history which was definitely as good as I was expecting!
And I've already started my next nonfiction, Raven Seek Thy Brother by Gavin Maxwell, the last of his memoirs/autobiographies, published in 1968 before his death in 1969.

 

I've already started my next nonfiction, Raven Seek Thy Brother by Gavin Maxwell, the last of his memoirs/autobiographies, published in 1968 before his death in 1969.

I've now finished it. Interesting. He led a strange life!
https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/14762313

 

Yes, I am determined to make my goal of 65 books for the year. I'm beginning with a book I love, lost, found, and started over: The Break by Katherena Vermette.

Best wishes to everyone!

 

The Sunlight Pilgrims by Jenni Fagan (left over from SIY 41, was reading already)

A Dog's Purpose by W. Bruce Cameron

 

I am going to shoot for 11 TBR books and 11 library books for this SIY challenge. Wish me luck.

 

The Probable Future by Alice Hoffman

 

A Dog's Purpose by W. Bruce Cameron

A dog and his boy, or how a dog finds his purpose in life as told through the perspective of the dog (and his many reincarnations).

 

This being away from a PC helps, however my mobile devices still distract :-)

Finished : Final Detail from SIY 41 and Silent Night by Mary Higgins Clark http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/14297173 which was new for this challenge. I continue with Jonathan Strange and Mr Norell from SiY 41 and have also started a new book Star Struck by Val McDermid. The audio from SIY41 will also be continued this month
.

 

The Break by Katherena Vermette - This is a powerful novel about the Metis community in Winnipeg, Manitoba. It is the story of four generations of women in one family. The end has some catharsis but is still gut-wrenching. I loved this book.

Now reading The Shadowshaper by Daniel Jose Older

 

The Romanov Ransom by Clive Cussler

 

Shadowshaper by Daniel Jose Older

Now reading the second volume of the Shadowshaper Cypher - Shadowhouse Fall
Listening to: The Probable Future by Alice Hoffman.

I love the writing of both of these authors. After these two I might try an author new to me.
It's silly, but I am already starting to think about how I'm changing my reading for 2018.

 

I don't think I posted what my first book was, mostly because I was busy reading it. Book #1 was Prodigal Summer by Barbara Kingsolver and I was quite wrapped up in it. Here's my review:
http://www.librarything.com/---/145045217

Then I immediately picked up the small White Sand Blues by Vicki Delany which took hardly any time to read.
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/14623556

#1 is a library book and #2 is from my TBR list.

Next I am going to read Son of a Trickster by Eden Robinson which is shortlisted for the Giller prize this year.

 

I don't think I posted what my first book was, mostly because I was busy reading it. Book #1 was Prodigal Summer by Barbara Kingsolver and I was quite wrapped up in it. Here's my review:
http://www.librarything.com/---/145045217

Then I immediately picked up the small White Sand Blues by Vicki Delany which took hardly any time to read.
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/14623556

#1 is a library book and #2 is from my TBR list.

Next I am going to read Son of a Trickster by Eden Robinson which is shortlisted for the Giller prize this year.


I'm planning on reading another nominee: I Am a Truck by Winters.

 

I've given this some thought and pondered what my target could be for the next three months and this time I know I have a couple of events this month, work being continued in the house as well as Christmas in the next period so I'll stick to a lower more reasonable target in the circumstances.

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

Thanks.

 

Whilst celebrating a special birthday (not mine) with a few friends in the sun :-)

The End of Summer by Rosamunde Pilcher http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/14754703/

 

Nearly forgot this one too:
the Master of the Moor by Ruth Rendall
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/11343838

 

The River is Dark by Joe Hart

 

And now reading the Enthusiast Almanack http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/7811644

 

Son of a Trickster is finished but I had a hard time with it:
http://www.librarything.com/---/146543851

This is my 2nd (out of 11) library book

Now I am reading High Meadows by Ivan Ashley, a book I picked up in PEI when we visited there 2 years ago.

 

High Meadows was a quick read but unfortunately not a very good one:
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/13514454

That makes 2 out of 11 books from my TBR list done.

Now I am going to read The Sandcastle Girls by Chris Bohjalian as it is my book club's pick for this month.

 

The Sleeper and the Spindle by Neil Gaiman

 

Dorothy Must Die by Danielle Paige

 

I am going to do everything in my power to get a lot of books read during this challenge. I want to decrease my TBR pile this year to well below 100 so lots of reading to do.

Books of MT TBR (15)
Bad Blood by Dana Stabenow
Entombed by Linda Fairstein
Death Dance by Linda Fairstein

 

Been redecorating the office the last couple of weeks - no computer as it was in bits elsewhere! - so have not managed my usual reading quota. Still, at least I've got off the starting blocks.

Unregistered :
#1 :

Registered :
#1 : Erin Hart; Haunted Ground

Book Club :
#2 : (awaiting book as library ran out of copies!)
#1 : (Edited as forgot details.) Daniel Mason; A Far Country

Totals :
1 of 5 tbr any date, 0 of 5 unregistered and 1 of 3 Book Club (1/0/1)

 

wingminesaynwing 1 yr ago
¶Starting
Snared by Jennifer Estep

and

The Mother's Promise by Sally Hepworth

 

Shadowhouse Fall by Daniel Jose Older

Now reading: Hellboy (multiple authors I'll report later)

 

Actually, the library credits one author, so I will do the same:

Hellboy by Mike Mignola

Now reading:
Coincidence by J.W. Ironmonger - Has anyone read this? I think it had a slightly different title in Great Britain.

 

Finished listening to The Probable Future by Alice Hoffman - She is my guilty pleasure reading. I want to stay in this world for awhile. Sigh...

 

The Sandcastle Girls was excellent. Chris Bohjalian is going on my list of authors to watch:
http://www.librarything.com/---/147042309

That is the 3rd out of 11 library books for this challenge.

I am now reading Invisible Prey by John Sandford.

 

Cross Justice by James Patterson

 

Invisible Prey was quite gripping. It's a murder mystery but not of the whodunnit type because we know from almost the beginning who the murderers are. Rather it was a "will the investigator figure out who did it" as well as "why did they do it". It is set in Minneapolis/St. Paul which I have visited a few times but now I want to go back and see some of the places mentioned in the book.
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/7173251

So this is the third book from my TBR list for this challenge and the last already bookcrossed (ABC) book that I added to the list last year so I'm glad I still have a couple of months left to whittle down the ABCs if I can fit some in.

I am now reading Smile by Roddy Doyle.

 

Books of MT TBR (15)
4. Killer Heat by Linda Fairstein

Bookclub Books (2)
1. Midnight At The Bright Ideas Bookstore by Matthew Sullivan

 

Two more to add to the list.

Unregistered :
#2 : Peter Ackroyd; The Limehouse Golem (This I intend to register and RABCK)
#1 : Julia Williams; Coming Home for Christmas

Registered :
#1 : Erin Hart; Haunted Ground

Book Club :
#2 : Christos Tsiolkas; The Slap
#1 : (Edited as forgot details.) Daniel Mason; A Far Country

Totals :
1 of 5 tbr any date, 2 of 5 unregistered and 1 of 3 Book Club (1/2/1)

 

The new page is starting to look good :-)

 

The new page is starting to look good :-)

Thank you. Still haven't treat myself to a new PC. Currently four keys aren't working. It takes a little longer using cut and paste but I just can't get enthused enough to make a decision.
Mobile phone upgrade first I think.:-)

 

Coincidence by J.W. Ironmonger - I had no expectations for this novel and truly loved it. Strong writing and clever plot line.

Listening to: Shakespeare's Landlord by Charlaine Harris - because I like the character of Lily Bard.

Not sure what book I'll be reading next.

 

An Ex to Grind in Deadwood by Ann Charles

 

The Accidental Book Club by Jennifer Scott

 

One audio and one reading.

Sail by James Patterson http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/13485132

The Enthusiast Almanack by the Enthusiast http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/13485132

 

Smile by Roddy Doyle was excellent and thought-provoking:
http://www.librarything.com/---/147042259

Another library book making 4 out of 11 read.

I am now reading Spadework by Timothy Findlay.

 

The Store by James Patterson

 

Travelling to Infinity, My Life with Stephen by Jane Hawking, subtitled/tagged: The True Story Behind the Theory of Everything

 

Travelling to Infinity, My Life with Stephen by Jane Hawking, subtitled/tagged: The True Story Behind the Theory of Everything

I've read it. No further comment!
https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/14711632

 

The Invention of Wings by Sue Monk Kidd

 

The Invention of Wings by Sue Monk Kidd

Love her writing but haven't read this one yet.

 

definitely worth reading. It may even be better than her first, but definitely better, in my opinion, than her second. I really, really liked it.

 

Resurrection Blues by Daniel Jose Older - I love his writing. It's my second time reading this because it is a series, and I wanted to start at the beginning.

Next up: Midnight Taxi Tango by Daniel Jose Older - number 2 in the Bone Street Rumba series.

He writes YA and adult novels. This is the adult series.

 

Make that Half-Resurrection Blues. I knew that didn't look right. :-)

 

Make that Half-Resurrection Blues.

Only half? My imagination is running away with possible distinctions . . . . mostly involving zombies :-)

 

Older's series is great. It involves the dead and the living. Carlos Delacruz, the main character, is an inbetweener - appears alive and is able to communicate with humans and the dead. But his body temp is low, so he must avoid doctors and hospitals. He works for the Council of the Dead - ghosts who work to keep the worlds of the undead and dead safely separated.

 

He works for the Council of the Dead - ghosts who work to keep the worlds of the undead and dead safely separated.

Thanks for the info! I'm glad we're kept separate!!!

 

Spadework was interesting but not Findley's best work:
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/7628698

That makes 4 out of 11 books from my TBR list read now (and 4 library books as reported in the last update).

I am now reading The Power by Naomi Alderman.

 

Spadework was interesting but not Findley's best work:
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/7628698

That makes 4 out of 11 books from my TBR list read now (and 4 library books as reported in the last update).

I am now reading The Power by Naomi Alderman.


Definitely agree on Spadework, but it was fun to read one set in Stratford. I spend a couple of weeks there every summer.

 

The Power won this year's Bailey's Prize for Women's Literature and since one of the other short list contenders was Madeleine Thien's Do Not Say We Have Nothing I felt I had to see if the jury had made the correct choice. I think I would have given the nod to Madeleine Thien's book but this was very good as well:
http://www.librarything.com/---/147528999

That is the 5th library book for this challenge.

Next I am going to read Remarkable Creatures by Tracy Chevalier.

 

Trying to read more books off my mountain of to read pile and it's slow going.

Books of MT TBR (15)
5 Hunters of Dune by Brian Herbert & Kevin Anderson
6 The Swarm by Frank Schatzing
7 Death in a White Tie by Ngaio Marsh

 

Remarkable Creatures was very interesting:
http://www.librarything.com/---/145045278

That was another library book so I have now read 6 out of 11.

Now I am reading City of God by E. L. Doctorow.

 

Three more to add to the list but I must get to reading some more tbr; currently reading unregistered books intended for Secret Santas!!

Unregistered :
#3 Rhys Bowen; Her Royal Spyness (Again, I intend to register this and send out)
#2 : Peter Ackroyd; The Limehouse Golem (This I intend to register and RABCK)
#1 : Julia Williams; Coming Home for Christmas

Registered :
#2 : Maggie O'Farrell; Instructions for a Heatwave
#1 : Erin Hart; Haunted Ground

Book Club :
#2 : Christos Tsiolkas; The Slap
#1 : (Edited as forgot details.) Daniel Mason; A Far Country

Totals :
2 of 5 tbr any date, 3 of 5 unregistered and 2 of 3 Book Club (2/3/2)

 

The Invention of Wings by Sue Monk Kidd

two women who are united and enslaved in many ways. just a compelling read

 

Blue Monday by Nicci French http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/11966581

Started and almost finished reading Shadow by Michael Morpurgo http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/11085600/

 

The Sunlight Pilgrims

hard to classify this novel...a winter of climate change as seen through the eyes of a man, a mother, and her transgender daughter

 

Shadow and now reading:

The Twins by Saskia Sarginson http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/13611455/

 

8. Shakespeare's Landlord by Charlaine Harris
9. Midnight Taxi Tango by Daniel Jose Older

Now reading -
Battle Hill Bolero by Daniel Jose Older
Listening to -
Shakespeare's Champion by Charlaine Harris

 

Humans, Bow Down by James Patterson

 

The Sleepwalker by Chris Bohjalian

 


The Secret River by Kate Grenville
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/13485130/

 


The Secret River by Kate Grenville
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/13485130/

 

It's been a while since I reported on my progress but I have managed to knock two more books off my challenge.
#11 City of God by E.L. Doctorow
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/13514478
#12 Bellevue Square by Michael Redhill
http://www.librarything.com/---/147529008

City of God is from my TBR pile and Bellevue Square is a library book.
Totals to date:
TBR 5 out of 11
Library 7 out of 11

Now I am reading The Stone Sky by N. K. Jemisin.

 

I"ve gotten a little bit of reading done recently.

Books of MT TBR (15)
8. Overture to Death by Ngaio Marsh
9. Death at the Bar by Ngaio Marsh
10. Silent Mercy by Linda Fairstein

Magazines (15)
1. EW August 11
2. EW August 18/25

 

Mary Curzon by Nigel Nicolson
It's been hanging around for a while but I can't remember when, where or even why I acquired it, and it's unregistered so that doesn't give me a clue. The subject means nothing to me, the back cover tells me she became Vicereine of India at the age of 28. I know I enjoyed the author's account of his parents' relationship, so perhaps that's what inspired me to add this yellowing biography to my collection!

 

Mary Curzon by Nigel Nicolson

Its completion leaves me with the rest of November and December to read one more nonfiction to complete my challenge. It'll probably be Goldie Hawn's memoirs/autobiography which looks fairly hefty but will probably be quite easy to read. I don't fancy anything requiring too much concentration at this stage . . . .
I was impressed with Mr Nicolson's account of Mary Curzon which I read with interest, although the world it depicts, the British Raj, has long gone - and the world is better for it!

 

I now have [the rest of November and December to read one more nonfiction to complete my challenge. It'll probably be Goldie Hawn's memoirs/autobiography which looks fairly hefty but will probably be quite easy to read. I don't fancy anything requiring too much concentration at this stage . . . .
Yes, I did choose to read A Lotus Grows in the Mud by Goldie Hawn for my last nonfiction of 2017/SIY 42 but I wasn't very impressed, unfortunately!
https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/14631108
And that's it!
Happy Christmas, folks
Happy New Year

 


And that's it!
Happy Christmas, folks
Happy New Year

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you as well Nu-Knees. Congratulations on finishing so soon.

 

wingminesaynwing 1 yr ago
¶ Started
The First Phone Call from Heaven by Mitch Albom

 

The First Phone Call from Heaven by Mitch Albom

Miracle? Or hoax? Several people in Coldwater, Michigan get calls from dead loved ones, and one man wants to figure out the truth.

 

Snared by Jennifer Estep

the 16th book in the Elemental Assassin, this time Gin Blanco is trying to find a kidnapped young woman before the serial killer kills her

 

I finished The Stone Sky this week:
http://www.librarything.com/---/147815510

and then realized that in the same batch of books from the library was another one that could not be renewed because there were others waiting for it. So I read What She Ate: Six Remarkable Women and the Food that Tells their Stories by Laura Shapiro:
http://www.librarything.com/---/147815655

Obviously both were library books so I have now read 9 out of 11 from that category.

I have some breathing room between library books now so I'm going to read one of my own, The Lewis Man by Peter May.

 

Yet another three added to this list, two of which are for Secret Santas. It looks like I could have been a little more ambitious for these three months after all.

Unregistered :
#4 : Cecelia Ahern; Lyrebird
#3 : Rhys Bowen; Her Royal Spyness (Again, I intend to register this and send out)
#2 : Peter Ackroyd; The Limehouse Golem (This I intend to register and RABCK)
#1 : Julia Williams; Coming Home for Christmas

Registered :
#5 : Rose Tremain; Trespass
#4 : Philip Glenister; Things ain't what they used to be
#3 : Henning Mankell; The Dogs of Riga
#2 : Maggie O'Farrell; Instructions for a Heatwave
#1 : Erin Hart; Haunted Ground

Book Club :
#2 : Christos Tsiolkas; The Slap
#1 : (Edited as forgot details.) Daniel Mason; A Far Country

Totals :
5 of 5 tbr any date, 4 of 5 unregistered and 2 of 3 Book Club (5/4/2)

 

10. Battle Street Bolero by Daniel Jose' Older
11. The Truth Is a Cave in the Black Mountains by Neil Gaiman

Now reading: I am a Truck by Michelle Winters

 

The Lewis Man was great. Not sure I would want to live in the Hebrides but it sounds like an interesting place to visit:
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/14742713

This is from my TBR pile so I have now read 6 out of 11 from that category.

Now I am reading The Address by Fiona Davis.

 

needs editing - and I can't go back and do it! Hey, ho!
For some reason I've lost one of the square brackets that would make it obvious I'm quoting from an earlier post! As it is, this post just looks messy!
Sorry!

 

The Address was quite interesting especially the historical details about the Dakota:
http://www.librarything.com/---/147528984

Another library book so that takes me to 10 out of 11. (For some reason I have more than 1 library book left to read before the end of the year; I must have miscounted)

I am now going to read Mark of the Raven by Pete Scales.

 

The Twins. I also finished the audio The Secret River however decided to run through the last CD again in case I missed anything !

Now reading The Haunting of James Hastings by Christopher Ransom

http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/11472133/

 

That's great! Thank you :--)

 

Finished:
Listening - Shakespeare's Champion by Charlaine Harris
Reading - I Am a Truck by Michelle Winters

Can I make this challenge? I hope so.

 

Great job! Enjoy the holidays!

 

Great job! Enjoy the holidays!

Thank you! Yes, I love the Christmas and New Year Festivities, always have :-) Hope you do too!

 

The Terrible and Wonderful Reasons Why I Run Long Distances by Matthew Inman - light fun reading

Now:
Listening to Shakespeare's Christmas by Charlaine Harris

 

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