Book Challenges

The Classics Club
Since many blogs have joined The Classics Club, where you choose 50+ of classics to be read within the next five years, I've decided to jump on the bandwagon so to speak. So here we go! I will begin in June of 2014 and will hopefully read and finish many of those in June of 2019.

1. A Thousand Splendid Suns-Khaled Housseini
2. Arabian Nights Vol I and II (Signet Version)-Anonymous 
3. Bel Canto-Ann Patchett 
4. Children of the Arbat-Anatoli Rybakov
5. Dust and Ashes-Anatoli Rybakov
6. Family-Ba Jin
7. Fear-Anatoli Rybakov
8. Forever Amber-Kathleen Winsor 
9. Great Russian Short Stories (Anthology)-Various
10. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone-JK Rowling
11. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets-JK Rowling
12. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban-JK Rowling
13. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire-JK Rowling
14. Heavy Sand-Anatoli Rybakov
15. Here's To You, Rachel Robinson-Judy Blume
16. Its not the End of the world-Judy Blume
17. Jephte's Daughter-Naomi Ragen
18. Just as long as we're together-Judy Blume
19. Kite Runner-Khaled Housseini
20. Lorna Doone-RD Blackmore 
21. Sarah Orne Jewett short stories (Anthology)-Sarah Orne Jewett
22. Sarah, Plain and Tall-Patricia McLachlan
23. Kate Chopin's Selected Stories-Kate Chopin
24. Sotah-Naomi Ragen
25. Starring Sally J Freedman as herself-Judy Blume
25. The Awakening-Kate Chopin
26. The Idiot-Fyodor Dostoevsky
27. The Picture of Dorian Gray-Oscar Wilde
28. The Sacrifice of Tamar-Naomi Ragen
29. The Tenth Song-Naomi Ragen
30. Tiger Eyes-Judy Blume
31. The Diary of Anne Frank-Anne Frank
32. Chronicles-Jean Froissart
33. The Secret History-Procopius
34. The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks-Rebecca Skloot
35. The Spirit Catches You and You fall Down-Anne Fadiman
36. The Sunflower-Simon Wisenthal
37. The North China Lover-Marguerite Duras
38. Dream of the Red Chamber-Cao Xueqin
39. The Mysteries of Udolpho-Ann Radcliffe
40. Gone with the Wind-Margaret Mitchell
41. Little House in the big woods-Laura Ingalls Wilder
42. The Song of the Lark-Willa Cather 
43. O Pioneers!-Willa Cather
44. My Antonia-Willa Cather
45. Little House on the Prairie-Laura Ingalls Wilder
46. The Farmer Boy-Laura Ingalls Wilder
47. On the banks of plum creek-Laura Ingalls Wilder
48. Jews without money-Michael Gold
49. By the Shores of Silver Lake-Laura Ingalls Wilder
50. The Long Winter-Laura Ingalls Wilder
51. Little Town on the Prairie-Laura Ingalls Wilder
52. These Happy Golden Years-Laura Ingalls Wilder
53. Evelina-Fanny Burney
54. The Count of Monte Cristo-Alexandre Dumas
55. Dangerous Liaisons-Choderlos de Laclos
56. Things Fall Apart-Chinua Achebe 
57. The Sultan's Dilemma-Tawfiq Al-Hakim 
58. Snow Country-Kawabata Yasunari 
59. Pedro Paramo-Juan Rulfo 
60. Mrs. Spring Fragrance and other stories-Sui Sin Far 
61. East Wind, West Wind-Pearl Buck
62. Faust Part I-Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
63. Madame Bovary-Gustave Flaubert
64. Six Characters in Search of an author-Luigi Pirandello 
65. Diary of a madman-Lu Xun 
66. The Metamorphosis-Franz Kafka 
67. Oedipus-Sophocles 
68. Edgar Allan Poe Short Stories-Edgar Allan Poe
69. Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde-Robert Louis Stevenson
70. Antigone-Sophocles
71. Sakuntala and the Ring Collection-Kalidasa
72. The Story of Ying-ying-Yuan Chen (Short story)
73. Sir Gawain and the Green Knight-N/A
74. The Praise of Folly-Desiderius Erasmus
75. The Narrow Road of the Interior-Matsuo Basho

Around the World in 7 Books
Africa- Homegoing Yaa Gyasi
Antarctica- The Comet Seekers Helen Sedgwick
Asia- A True Novel Minae Mizumura
Australia- The Thorn Birds Colleen McCullough
Europe- Mary Queen of Scots Margaret George
North America- Sacagawea Anna Lee Waldo
South America- Bel Canto Ann Patchett

Fifty States challenge
Delaware- the book of unknown Americans
Pennsylvania- Back Roads
New Jersey- forever... Mr. Boardwalk
Georgia- gone with the wind
Connecticut- the barbarians are coming, vision in white, bed of roses, savor the moment, happy ever after
Massachusetts- accidents of marriage,painted hands
Maryland- blood and chocolate
South Carolina- the secret life of bees
New Hampshire- fortune's rocks
Virginia- America's first daughter
New York- farmer boy, the color of light, the idea of him, shelter, isolation door
North Carolina- this dark road to mercy
Rhode island- the American heiress
Vermont- the secret history
Kentucky- then like the blind men
Tennessee- the foreign student, come next spring
Ohio- everything I never told you, eating bull
Louisiana- cauchemar, five smooth stones
Indiana- the fault in our stars
Illinois- dollface, what the lady wants
Mississippi- the tilted world
Alabama- to kill a mockingbird
Maine-the country of the pointed firs, deep haven, a country doctor
Missouri- gone girl
Arkansas- sit stay speak
Michigan- the dollmaker
Florida- staring Sally j Freedman as herself
Texas- Ruby, till morning comes, titans
Iowa- go away home
Wisconsin- little house in the big woods
California- bridge of scarlet leaves ,the good woman, the good daughter, the good wife, secrets of the apple
Minnesota- on the banks of plum creek
Oregon- beyond deserving
Kansas- little house on the prairie, the roanoke girls
West Virginia- the mapmakers children
Nevada- risk of ruin
Nebraska- o pioneers, my Antonia, Eleanor and park
Colorado- song of the lark
North Dakota- by the shores of silver lake, the master's butchers singing club
South Dakota- the long winter, little town on the prairie, these happy golden years
Montana- in open spaces
Washington- songs of willow frost, hotel on the corner of bitter and sweet
Idaho- lake overturn, Loreena's gift
Wyoming- marchlands
Utah- the 19th wife
Oklahoma- the art of crash landing
New Mexico- tiger eyes
Arizona- coyote dreams
Alaska- the snow child
Hawaii- diamond head

Alphabet triple challenge
First Alyson Richman-the mask carver's son
Last Antiporda Enrico ( band of gypsies, a light in the cane fields)
Title: Against the crimson sky-James COnryod Martin
First: Brenda Lesley (The Tenth Measure)
Last Burns, Jillian (Cabin Fever)
Title Butternut Summer-Mary McNear
First, Colin Falconer (Naked In LA)
Last Cao, Xueqin (The dreamer wakes)
Title The Crab Flower Club-Cao Xueqin
First: David Blixt (The Master of Verona)
Last Dalessandro James (1906)
Title: Daughters of Rome-Kate Quinn
First: Erica Johansen the queen of the tearling, the fate of the tearling
Last Estes, Kelli The girl who wrote in silk
Title: Esther-Rebecca Kanner
First: Then Like the Blind men-Freddie Owens
Last Forsyth, Kate (Bitter Greens)
Title Fortune's Fool-David Blixt
First Grace Burrowes (What a lady needs for christmas, the bridegroom wore plaid, once upon a tartan, the MacGregor's lady)
Last" Buddapest Romance-Rozsa Gaston
Title: The Golden Days-Cao Xueqin
First: Holly Peterson (The Idea of Him)
Last Hazell, Rebecca (Consolamentum)
Title: Her SEAL Protector-Jillian Burns (Highland Jade-Stephanie Bartlett)
First Ildefonso Falcones (The Barefoot Queen)
Last Innes, Kate (The Errant Hours)
Title: the invasion of the tearling Erica Johansen
First Jillian Burns (Fevered Nights) Jade Lee ( white tigress, hungry tigress, cornered tigress, burning tigress, desperate tigress, tempted tigress)
Last Jacobson Mark, (Sensing Light)
Title: The Jewel in the crown-Paul Scott
First Kate Quinn (The Lion and the Rose, the Empress of the seven hills)
Last Ursula K Le Guin The Tombs of Atuan, the farthest shore)
Title: Kenjiro- pat barr
First : Lana Cooper (Bad Taste in Men)
Last Longfellow Pamela (China Blues)
Title Lady of the Eternal City-Kate Quinn
First: Mary McNear (Moonlight on Butternut Lake)
Last Martin, James Conroyd (Push not the river, the Warsaw conspiracy)
Title Mistress of Rome-Kate Quinn
First Nicole Mones (The Last Chinese Chef)
Last Noblin, Annie England (Sit! Stay! Speak)
Title Naked in Havana, Naked in  Saigon (Colin Falconer)
First Oscar Wilde (The Picture of Dorian Grey)
Last Oringer Julie ( The invisible bridge)
Title: The Orphan's Tale-Pam Jenoff
First Paul Scott (The towers of silence)
Last: Chaim Potok (My name is Asher Lev)
Title Prince's Doom-David Blixt
First Quincy Carroll (Up to the mountains and down to the countryside)
Last Quinn, Kate (The Serpet and the Pearl)
Title: The Queen of Sparta TS Chaudhry
First Rebecca Hazell (THe Grip of God. Solomon's Bride)
Last: Richman, Alyson (The Lost Wife)
Title The Rain Maiden- Jill M Phillips
First: Stephanie Thornton (Daughter of the gods)
Last Scott, Paul (A Division of the spoils,The day of the scorpion)
Title The Secret History (Stephanie Thornton)
First: Terrence Cheng (Sons of Heaven)
Last Thornton, Stephanie (The conqueror's wife)
Title: The Tiger Queens-Stephanie Thornton
First: Ursula K. Le Guin (A Wizard of Earthsea)
Last: Umrigar, Thrity (The Story Hour)
Title:  Up at Butternut Lake-Mary McNear
First: Valerie Fitzgerald-Zemindar
Last Kim van Alkemade (The Orphan Number Eight)
Title: Voice of the Falconer-David Blixt
First Weina Dai Randel (The Empress of the Bright Moon, Moon in the palace)
Last Wong, Cecily (Diamond Head)
Title: The Warning Voice-Xueqin Cao
First Xueqin Cao (The debt of Tears)
Last: Xue Xinran (Miss Chopsticks)
Title Chenxi and the Foreigner-Sally Ann Rippin
First: Yangse Choo (The Ghost Bride)
Last  Alan Yang (The Thread of a Thousand Miles)
Title The Year She Left us-Kathryn Ma
First: Zoe Klein (Drawing in the Dust)
Last Zobair, Jennifer (Painted Hands)
Title Zinsky the Obscure (Ilan Mochari)

From Ancient Times to Modern Times Challenge
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Contemporary Times

Future Times:
The Last Relicuin
The Queen of the Tearling
The Invasion of the Tearling
The Fate of the Tearling
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