Monday, January 13, 2014

Take It or Leave It Challenge

I found one more challenge that I couldn't resist; I have so many of these books on my shelf already! However, the group that's going to do this challenge is going to read all of these in JANUARY!!! I think I'll be lucky if I can do it in a year. Anyway, here's the challenge and the books I have waiting on my book shelf (hence the READ YOUR BOOK CASE pic):

Challenges #1-6

1. Read a book whose title names an object usually found in the kitchen -

The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test by Tom Wolfe

The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake: A Novel by Aimee Bender

By Bread Alone by Sarah-Kate Lynch

Like Water for Chocolate: A Novel in Monthly Installments with Recipes, Romances, and Home Remedies by Laura Esquivel

Five Quarters of the Orange: A Novel by Joanne Harris

2. Read a book from your 'average' year - on average my books were published in 2000, the ones I still need to read are:

The Devil and Miss Prym by Paulo Coelho

Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress by Dai Sijie

Where Men Win Glory by Jon Krakauer

4 Blondes by Candace Bushnell

3. Read a book that has a connection with the number "14" -

Early Reviewers published this year should cover it

4. Read a book from the New York Times 100 Notable Books of 2013 -

The Interestings by Meg Wolitzer

5. Read a book set in France before the 21st Century -

The Lady and the Unicorn by Tracy Chevalier

The Virgin Blue by Tracy Chevalier

Five Quarters of the Orange by Joanne Harris

Holy Fools by Joanne Harris

Hannibal Rising by Thomas Harris

Cyrano de Bergerac by Edmond Rostand

The Shoe Queen by Anna Davis

Labyrinth by Kate Mosse

6. Read a book by a Yorkshire Born writer -

Gentlemen & Players by Joanne Harris

Challenges #7-12

7. Read a book you received as a present -

Road from Coorain - from my Gram

Pilgrim at Tinker Creek - from Richard

For Whom the Bell Tolls - from Richard

The Night Circus - from secret santa

Gunn's Golden Rules - from Corey

Walking Dead - from Corey

Darwin - from Kyle

8. Read a book that has a glossary - Cesar's Way by Cesar Milan

9. Read a book by the author of one of your favorite books of 2013 - 11/22/63 by Stephen King

10. Read a book that you discovered on an LT thread in 2013 -

11. Read a book that has two of something in the title -

The Postman Always Rings Twice by James M. Cain

Double Indemnity by James M. Cain

Crooked Letter, Crooked Letter by Tom Franklin

What is the What by Dave Eggers

Talking to Girls About Duran Duran by Rob Sheffield

12. Read a mystery book where the lead investigator is a professional sleuth, but not one employed by law enforcement -

The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency by Alexander McCall Smith

Challenges #13-18

13. Read a book by an author who died in 2013 -

A Stir of Echoes by Richard Matheson

14. Read a book that is about an athlete or athletes -

Horse People by Michael Korda

15. Read a book that takes place during "The War to End All Wars" (1914-1918) -

Loving Frank by Nancy Horan

16. Read a book with an ugly cover -

Looks like they just went with their first idea here.
Oogy's got a face so ugly you have to love it!
Looks like they made this cover at Kinko's.
I don't think this cover is ugly necessarily, but I've had it since college and have never read it because the cover makes me think I won't like it.

17. Read a book about the city, state, or country in which you live -

The Harvey Girls by Lesley Poling-Kempes

Ranch Schoolteacher by Eulalia Bourne

Haunted Arizona by Charles A. Stansfield Jr.

Arizona Curiosities by Sam Lowe

18. Read a book by an author from Sub-Saharan Africa -

Challenge #19

19. Read a book with a walking or standing figure on the cover - I have lots of these

20. Read a book by an author called Elizabeth or a version of that name -

Olive Kitteridge by Elizabeth Strout

The Lucky Dog Matchmaking Service by Beth Kendrick

Who else wants to play? Any books on my list you think I should pick or avoid?

P.S. The book case pics came from Private Arts.

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