I went through a mind candy episode right after my surgery where I only read British mysteries, but nothing that really qualified for The Challenge List.
I did finally give up waiting on The Rosie Project from my library. Instead, for week #20, a book with a first name in the title, I read the next in the Jane Austen mystery series, Jane and the Still-Room Maid. One of my favorite series, I'm not sure why I stopped reading these, but anyway, that week is accomplished!
I'm kind of going "off-book" (ha - a pun, get it?) here for week 39, a previous suggestion that did not make it onto the list - since, to be honest, I'm not sure what topics were previously suggested and rejected, but I'm going with a "previous suggestion" for a book from another reader. Currently, I'm working my way through Secrecy, by Rupert Thomas. I'm about halfway through this one and it's.... interesting. You know I love my historical fiction (which this is), and it's set in Florence in 1691, and it features all kinds of intrigue and court politics, and the Medici's, but it's a bit macabre. The main character (an artist) is fascinated by the plague and death, which should likely tell you that the book is about that too. We'll see how it all shakes out.
I don't really have that many titles to go to finish the challenge - looks like:
Week 21: A book from the Goodreads Recommendations page.
Week 41: A novella from my favorite genre
Week 48: A dystopia.
Week 49: A book with a great opening line.
Week 51: A short story by a well-known author.
2 of the 5 left are short ones too! I'll likely take a run through the library again and see what I can find that might fit the bill. I'm not sure what I'll read through the end of the year - right now I have so little time for reading, maybe these last 5 will take me the remaining weeks of 2016!!
The 2016 List
1. A book you meant to read in 2015, but didn't. Entwined by Heather Dixon - DONE.
2. A book set in a different continent: Circling the Sun by Paula McLain - DONE.
3. A book from the Goodreads Choice Awards 2015 (winner or nominated) - The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah (audio) - DONE.
4. A book by an author you discovered in 2015: Four Seasons in Rome by Anthony Doerr - DONE.
5. A book with a title beginning with the 1st letter of your name: Wallace Stegner's Angle of Repose - DONE.
6. The highest rated on your TBR: The Clockmaster by Betsy Tobin - DONE.
7. A book about books - Gutenberg's Apprentice - Alix Christie - DONE.
8. A classic book with less than 200 pages: Edith Wharton's Age of Innocence - DONE
9. A book that was mentioned in another book: West with the Night - Beryl Markham - DONE
10. A book by an author you feel you should have read by now: Thud - Terry Pratchett - DONE.
11. A book from the Rory Gilmore challenge - The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky - DONE.
12. A childhood classic: Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone by JK Rowling - DONE.
13. Reader’s Choice: Vienna Nocturne by Vivien Shotwell - DONE.
14. A book with one of the five W’s -or H in the title (Who/What/Where/When/Why/How) What She Left - T.R. Richmond - DONE.
15. A book set in the past (more than 100 years ago): Cervantes Street by Jamie Manrique - DONE.
16. A book from the top 100 mystery novels: The Blessing Way by Tony Hillerman - DONE.
17. A book with a beautiful cover: Bluebeard's Egg by Margaret Atwood
18. A book on a summer/beach reading list: Career of Evil by Robert Galbraith - DONE.
19. A non-fiction book - Lives in Ruins by Marilyn Johnson - DONE.
20. A book with a first name in the title: Jane and the Still-Room Maid by Stephanie Barron. DONE.
21. A book from the Goodreads Recommendations page
22. The first book in a new to you series: The Lazarus Gate by Mark Latham - DONE.
23. The next book in a series you are reading: The Silkworm by Robert Galbraith - DONE.
24. A "between the numbers" book of a series (0.5, 1,5, 2.5, etc.): The Three Monarchs by Anthony Horowitz - DONE.
25. A book whose main character is in a profession that interests you: Mind of the Raven by Bernd Henrich - DONE.
26. A book everyone is talking about - Knitlandia by Clara Parkes - DONE.
27. A book with a beautiful title (in your own opinion): Belle Cora - Richard Margulies - DONE.
28. A biography, autobiography, or memoir: Jack London: An American Life by Earle Labor - DONE.
29. A book by an author who writes under more than one name: The Cuckoo's Calling by Robert Galbraith (aka JK Rowling) - DONE.
30. A fairytale from a culture other than your own: The Firebird by Susanna Kearsley - DONE.
31. A work of young adult fiction: The Iron Thorn by Caitlin Kittredge. DONE.
32. A historical fiction book: The Scribe by Matthew Guin - DONE.
33. The 16th book on your TBR: The Dark Lantern by Gerri Brightwell - DONE.
34. A book about mental illness: Adeline by Norah Vincent - DONE
35. An award winning book: River of Doubt by Candice Millard - DONE.
36. An identity book - a book about a different culture, religion or sexual orientation: Middlesex by Jeffrey Eugenides - DONE.
37. A book that you've seen the movie of but haven't read - The English Patient by Michael Ondaatje - DONE.
38. A book about an anti hero: Margaret Atwood's Alias Grace - DONE.
39. A previous suggestion that did not make it into the list: Secrecy by Rupert Thomas.
40. A novella from your favorite genre:
41. A book about a major world event (fiction or non-fiction): The Paris Architect by Charles Belfoure - DONE.
42. A top 100 fantasy novel: The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss - DONE.
43. A book about a thing that goes bump in the night: The Edinburgh Dead by Brian Ruckley - DONE.
44. A book you're embarrassed to read in public: A Stolen Rose by Amy Corwin - DONE.
45. A book related to a hobby or passion you have: The Historian by Elizabeth Kostova - DONE.
46. A crime story: The Cutting Season by Attica Locke - DONE.
47. A book with a type of food/drink in the title - Blood Orange by Karen Keskinen - DONE.
48. A dystopia
49. A book with a great opening line
50. A book originally written in a language other than English: Tove Jansson's The Summer Book - DONE.
51. A short story from a well-known author