2015 Reading Challenge: Week 4

I have just about finished up Katherine.  The author, Anya Seton, was kind of at the forefront of the current popular historical novels (from author's like Phillippa Gregory and Allison Weir), and while it's theoretically a "romance", it's not packed with what my mum calls "heaving bosom moments".  It is a love story - about John of Gaunt and Katherine Swynford - but there's also a lot of history packed into it.  A good read.

This week I was going to tackle The House of Hawthorne as a new release in 2015, but it's actually not available on Kindle yet, so I'll go back and pick up week 1's book (Bitter Greens), skip week 4 for right now and hop along to week 5 shortly when it arrives.  (Since I really wanted to read the book on Nathaniel Hawthornewho is one of my favorite writers, and his wife, I'm willing to wait for it until May.)

I've changed out a couple of titles on the master list, and still have a few slots I need to find candidates for.  So far, I'm enjoying this challenge quite a bit!

WEEKS & TOPICS
1. a book with more than 500 pages: Bitter Greens by Kate Forsyth.
2. a romance: Katherine by Anya Seton.
3. a book that became a movie: The Hours by Michael Cunningham. FINISHED.
4. a book published this year: The House of Hawthorne by Erika Robuck.
5. a book with a number in the title:  The Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfield.
6. a book written by someone under 30: Eragon by Christopher Paolini.
7. a book with nonhuman characters:  The Greyfriar by Susan Griffith.
8. a funny book: Bossypants by Tina Fey.
9. a book by a female author: Fever 1793 by Laurie Anderson.
10. a mystery or thriller:  Séance in Sepia by Michelle Black.
11. a book with a one-word title:  Jabberwocky by Daniel Coleman.
12. a book of short stories:  Snow White, Blood Red anthology.
13. a book set in a different country: The Winter Palace by Eva Stachniak.
14. a nonfiction book:  The Fossil Hunter by Shelley Emling.
15. a popular author's first book: The Joy Luck Club by Amy Tan.
16. a book from your favorite author that you haven't read yet: Forests of the Heart by Charles deLint.  FINISHED.
17. a book a friend recommended: Botelo by Alyson Hagy.
18. a Pulitzer-prize winning book: Andersonville by MacKinley Kantor.
19. a book based on a true story: The Wild Princess by Mary Hart Perry.
20. a book at the bottom of your to read list: Before I Go To Sleep by S.J Watson.
21. a book your mom or dad loves: The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman.
22. a book that scares you: The Blackhouse by Peter May.
23. a book more than 100 years old: Agnes Grey by Anne Bronte.
24. a book based entirely on its cover: Twilight of Avalon by Anna Elliot.
25. a book you were supposed to read in school but didn't: The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde.
26. a memoir:  Two Rings by Millie Werber and Eve Keller
27. a book you can finish in a day
28. a book with antonyms in the title: Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil by John Berendt.
29. a book set somewhere you've always wanted to visit: Iceland by Betsy Tobin.
30. a book that came out the year you were born: Mary, Queen of Scots by Antonia Fraser.
31. a book with bad reviews: Moon People?
32. a trilogy (the first):  Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clarke.
33. a trilogy (the second) Clockwork Prince by Cassandra Clarke.
34. a trilogy (the third)  Clockwork Princess by Cassandra Clarke.
35. a book from your childhood: Island of the Blue Dolphins by Scott O’Dell.
36. a book with a love triangle: Muse by Mary Novak.
37. a book set in the future:
38. a book set in high school: The Small Rain by Madeline L’Engle.
39. a book with a color in the title:  A Cavern of Black Ice by J.V. Jones.
40. a book that made/makes you cry
41. a book with magic: Grave Witch by Kalayna Price.
42. a graphic novel:
43. a book by an author you've never read before:  My Name is Mary Sutter by Robin Oliveira
44. a book you own but have never read: The Art Forger by B.A. Shapiro.
45. a book that takes place in your hometown: Magic America by C.E. Medford.
46. a book that was originally written in another language: The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho.
47. a book set during Christmas (or similar holiday): A Child’s Christmas in Wales by Dylan Thomas.
48. a book written by an author with your same initials: Silver Lies by Ann Parker.
49. a play:
50. a banned book: Beloved by Toni Morrison.
51. a book based on OR turned into a tv show: Deja Dead by Kathy Reichs.
52. a book you started but never finished:  The Heresy of Dr. Dee by Phil Rickman.

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