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
A
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
B
First: Brenda Lesley (The Tenth Measure)
Last Burns, Jillian (Cabin Fever)
Title Butternut Summer-Mary McNear
C
First, Colin Falconer (Naked In LA)
Last Cao, Xueqin (The dreamer wakes)
Title The Crab Flower Club-Cao Xueqin
D
First: David Blixt (The Master of Verona)
Last Dalessandro James (1906)
Title: Daughters of Rome-Kate Quinn
E
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
F
First: Then Like the Blind men-Freddie Owens
Last Forsyth, Kate (Bitter Greens)
Title Fortune's Fool-David Blixt
G
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
H
First: Holly Peterson (The Idea of Him)
Last Hazell, Rebecca (Consolamentum)
Title: Her SEAL Protector-Jillian Burns (Highland Jade-Stephanie Bartlett)
I
First Ildefonso Falcones (The Barefoot Queen)
Last Innes, Kate (The Errant Hours)
Title: the invasion of the tearling Erica Johansen
J
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
K
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
L
First : Lana Cooper (Bad Taste in Men)
Last Longfellow Pamela (China Blues)
Title Lady of the Eternal City-Kate Quinn
M
First: Mary McNear (Moonlight on Butternut Lake)
Last Martin, James Conroyd (Push not the river, the Warsaw conspiracy)
Title Mistress of Rome-Kate Quinn
N
First Nicole Mones (The Last Chinese Chef)
Last Noblin, Annie England (Sit! Stay! Speak)
Title Naked in Havana, Naked in  Saigon (Colin Falconer)
O
First Oscar Wilde (The Picture of Dorian Grey)
Last Oringer Julie ( The invisible bridge)
Title: The Orphan's Tale-Pam Jenoff
P
First Paul Scott (The towers of silence)
Last: Chaim Potok (My name is Asher Lev)
Title Prince's Doom-David Blixt
Q
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
R
First Rebecca Hazell (THe Grip of God. Solomon's Bride)
Last: Richman, Alyson (The Lost Wife)
Title The Rain Maiden- Jill M Phillips
S
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)
T
First: Terrence Cheng (Sons of Heaven)
Last Thornton, Stephanie (The conqueror's wife)
Title: The Tiger Queens-Stephanie Thornton
U
First: Ursula K. Le Guin (A Wizard of Earthsea)
Last: Umrigar, Thrity (The Story Hour)
Title:  Up at Butternut Lake-Mary McNear
V
First: Valerie Fitzgerald-Zemindar
Last Kim van Alkemade (The Orphan Number Eight)
Title: Voice of the Falconer-David Blixt
W
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
X
First Xueqin Cao (The debt of Tears)
Last: Xue Xinran (Miss Chopsticks)
Title Chenxi and the Foreigner-Sally Ann Rippin
Y
First: Yangse Choo (The Ghost Bride)
Last  Alan Yang (The Thread of a Thousand Miles)
Title The Year She Left us-Kathryn Ma
Z
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
Ancient Times

0000-0100

0101-0200

0201-0300

0301-0400

0401-0500

0501-0600

0601-0700

0701-0800

0801-0900

0901-1000

1001-1100

1101-1200

1201-1300

1301-1400

1401-1500

1501-1600

1601-1700

1701-1800

1801-1900

1901-2000

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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