Monday, December 30, 2019

2019 Read 52 Books in 52 Weeks Challenge

Welcome to the 2019

Read 52 Books in 52 Weeks Challenge 



Also home to the Well Educated Mind, Agatha Christie, 
Mind Voyages, Brit Trip perpetual challenges as well as 
52 Books Bingo and assorted mini challenges


The rules are very simple 
  • The challenge will run from January 1, 2019 through December 31, 2019. 
  • Our book weeks will begin on Sunday
  • Week one will begin on Tuesday, January 1st. 
  • Participants may join at any time. 
  • All books are acceptable except children books.** 
  • All forms of books are acceptable including e-books, audio books, etc. 
  • Re-reads are acceptable as long as they are read after January 1, 2019 
  • Books may overlap other challenges. 
  • If you have an blog, create an entry post linking to this blog. 
  • Sign up with Mr. Linky in the "I'm participating post" in the sidebar
  • You don't have a blog to participate. Post your weekly book in the comments section of each weekly post. 
  • Mr. Linky will be added to the bottom of the each weekly post for you to link to reviews of your reads. 

The goal is to read 52 books. How you get there is up to you. All the mini challenges are optional. Mix it up anyway you like. 


**in reference to children books. If it is a child whose reading it and involved in the challenge, then that's okay. If an adult is doing read aloud with kids, the book should be geared for the 9 - 12 age group and above and over 100 pages. If adult reading for own enjoyment, then a good rule of thumb to go by "is there some complexity to the story or is it too simple?" If it's too simple, then doesn't count.

Sunday, June 16, 2019

BW25: Happy Father's Day

Willow Tree "That's my dad"





My Father, My Friend

by 

Peggy Stewart


For my father, my friend,
This to me you have always been.
Through the good times and the bad,
Your understanding I have had.
A gentle man at heart,
This sets you apart
From the others I've seen.
You mean so much to me.
The laughter we have shared
Cannot be compared.
The tears I have shed, 
As you lovingly nodded your head.
You have always been there,
With a smile and a hug,
A precious gift from our God up above.
The times that I have been down and sad,
Your silly ways could always make me glad.
You gave me strength to carry on,
Even when all hope seemed to be gone.
The lessons in life that I have learned
Are from your genuine love and concern.
With deep appreciation for all you have done.
You, Dad,
Are my number one.
With all my love, Your Daughter, Your Friend





Happy Father's day to all our dad's 

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Sunday, June 9, 2019

BW24: 52 Books Bingo - Ice or Snowbound

Courtesy of Suburban Men 



“Snow flurries began to fall and they swirled around people's legs like house cats.
It was magical, this snow globe world.” ~ Sarah Addison Allen, The Sugar Queen


Are you ready for another 52 Books Bingo adventure? Grab your backpacks and your cold weather gear because we are headed into ice and/or snow bound country. There are a number of ways to go with this category, including but not limited to:

Read a book with Ice or Snow in the title.
Read a book by an author named Ice or Snow
Read a book about Ice or Snow
Read a book with a character who has ice or snow abilities.
Read a book about an ice or snow bound expedition
Read a book set on a snow planet
Spell out Ice or Snow, reading one book per letter.


Icebound: 10 Amazing Historical Abandonments of Antarctica

Top 10 Coldest Countries In The World

10 Greatest Polar Expeditions

Antarctica bound: Books for the passionate polar buff

20 Books Set in The Arctic and Antarctic (Must Reads For Cold Weather

Dea Brøvig's top 10 Norwegian novels

Nordic Noir 101

Best Non Nordic Cold Climate Crime novels

Goodreads listopia - Ice and Snow and popular Iceberg books as well as Fatal Chill: Romantic Suspense and Books about Blizzards.


Have fun exploring!

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If you'd like to share your book reviews, you may link to your website, blog, Goodreads, Google+, Tumblers, or Instagram page. If you do not have any internet or social media account, please leave a comment to let us know what you are reading. Please do not add links of 52 Books, nonexistent or old web pages. They will be deleted. If your link disappears, please email me if you need to change or update your links. The linking widget closes at the end of each book week.

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Sorry! Link on Book Week 25. Don't know why link up didn't work. 

Sunday, June 2, 2019

BW23: Whodunit Bookology - Commissario Guido Brunetti




Welcome to June and our newest Whodunit Bookology Detective - Commissario Guido Brunetti, created by Donna Leon.  The 28 book detective series takes place in Venice, where Leon resided for thirty years before moving to Switzerland.

There are a number of ways to complete the bookology challenge, including but not limited, to the suggestions below:

Read the first book in the series.
Read one book per letter in the character's first or last name.
Read one book per letter in the author's first or last name.
If you're really ambitious, one book per letter in the character's first and last name.
Follow in a character's footsteps and read a book set in the country or time period of the character.
Follow in the author's footsteps and read a book set in their place or time of birth.

Learn more about Donna Leon and why she became an Eco-Detective writer, an American in Venice,  her deadly fascination with Venice,  and Discovering Venice with Donna Leon.  


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Sunday, May 26, 2019

BW22: Freedom is not Free




Yesterday during a conversation with a customer, he said "I'm deploying to Afghanistan next week and I'm not sure if I'll return. I never know each time they send me." I thanked him for his service before I hung up the phone, aware of his bravery in the face of the unknown. Sometimes you feel helpless when all you can do is offer up prayers for a safe return. Thinking of all the men and women over the centuries who have fought and died in service to our country this memorial day.

Memorial Day 

© 2001 Ali M., 3rd Grader, Academy Elementary School, Madison, Connecticut.

"As the flowers rest on the decorated graves and the sunlight shines on the beautiful sailboats, Uncle Sam whispers in my ear about how we should care for the soldiers and remember the ones that have died. Swimming pools open, BBQs fry. Today is the day to think of what they have done for us. There are blurs of red, white and blue marching down the street and flags are lowered at half-mast. But we should always remember and never forget what set us free, from this very day on."



Freedom Is Not Free

by

Kelly Strong


I watched the flag pass by one day.
It fluttered in the breeze.
A young Marine saluted it,
and then he stood at ease.
I looked at him in uniform
So young, so tall, so proud,
He'd stand out in any crowd.
I thought how many men like him
Had fallen through the years.
How many died on foreign soil?
How many mothers' tears?
How many pilots' planes shot down?
How many died at sea?
How many foxholes were soldiers' graves?
No, freedom isn't free.

I heard the sound of TAPS one night,
When everything was still
I listened to the bugler play
And felt a sudden chill.
I wondered just how many times
That TAPS had meant "Amen,"
When a flag had draped a coffin
Of a brother or a friend.
I thought of all the children,
Of the mothers and the wives,
Of fathers, sons and husbands
With interrupted lives.
I thought about a graveyard
At the bottom of the sea
Of unmarked graves in Arlington.
No, freedom isn't free.



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Sunday, May 19, 2019

BW21: Bookish Birthdays and News








It's time for a round of bookish birthdays and news. 

Herman Wouk, author of the Caine Mutiny passed away at the age of 103 last Friday. Herman Wouk Bucks Literary Trends to Produce Best Selling Novels. Herman Wouk, 'The Jackie Robinson Of Jewish-American Fiction

I've already added the next two books to my virtual stacks:

First Flames: An Interview Between Debut Authors Hafsah Faizal and Nafiza Azad
Language Has Magic In 'The Candle And The Flame'

Award finalist for Hugo, Nebula, and Sturgeon, Read an Excerpt from P. Djèlí Clark’s The Black God’s Drums

The Real Sherlock Holmes: The Story Behind Arthur Conan Doyle's Creation

Michael Chabon’s Advice to Young Writers: Put Away Your Phone




Author Birthdays



Have fun exploring and following rabbit trails 

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Sunday, May 12, 2019

BW20: Happy Mother's Day



Josephine Wall 




A Rose for Mother

by 

Cleo M. Shoffstall


Another Mother's Day is here, 
Bringing joy and pleasures new, 
On this special day, Mother dear, 
I want to remember you. 

I cannot give you costly gifts, 
And I've told you this before, 
No matter what I give to you, 
You give back much, much more. 

I'm giving you a pure, sweet rose, 
Gathered in the early morn, 
This rose you planted in my heart, 
The day that I was born. 

In kindly, loving thoughts of you, 
And with the faith you still impart, 
The rose I give to you today, 
Is the love that's in my heart.



Happy Mother's Day! 

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Sunday, May 5, 2019

BW19: 52 Books Bingo - Machiavellian




Our next 52 Books Bingo adventure is to read something about or considered to be Machiavellian. Niccolo Machiavelli was an Italian diplomat and the father of modern political theory. His most famous work, The Prince, was written in an attempt to win the attention of Lorenzo De Medici and earn a position within his government. The short work is a treatise on how to win and maintain political power in which the ruler is not bound by ethical norms.

If someone is said to be Machiavellian, they are characterized as being unscrupulously cunning,  and psychologists see Machiavellianism as a person so focused on their own interests they will manipulate, deceive, and exploit others to achieve their goals. It is also defined as "being or acting in accordance with the principles of government analyzed in Machiavelli's The Prince, in which political expediency is placed above morality and the use of craft and deceit to maintain the authority and carry out the policies of a ruler is described." Some believe the book to be satire and equate it with Jonathan Swift's A Modest Proposal. Check out Yale Insights What Can You Learn From Machiavelli?

There are a number of ways to go with this category, including but not limited to reading morality plays, history or political thrillers, historical treatises, psychological mysteries.

Need a few ideas?

Explore Goodreads Popular Machiavellianism Books and Popular Political Satire, 23 Books every House of Cards Fan should read, What Would Machiavelli Read, or Game of Thrones: a Study in Machiavellianism.


Have fun following rabbit trails! 

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Sunday, April 28, 2019

BW18: Whodunit Bookology - Peter Zak



Our Whodunit Bookology Detective for May is Peter Zak, the brainchild of author Hallie Ephron and Dr. Donald Davidoff. The character is the director of the Pierce Psychiatric Hospital in the five book medical/psychological series and is based loosely on Dr. Davidoff.

There are a number of ways to complete the bookology challenge, including but not limited, to the suggestions below:

Read the first book in the series.
Read one book per letter in the character's first or last name.
Read one book per letter in the author's first or last name.
If you're feeling really ambitious, one book per letter in the character's first and last name.
Follow in a character's footsteps and read a book set in the country or time period of the character.
Follow in the author's footsteps and read a book set in their place or time of birth.

Follow myriad rabbit trails with Nine Great Medical Thrillers chosen by a physician, Best New Medical Thrillers To Keep You Up All Night, Best 'real' psychological fiction, best fiction for neuroscientists or Fictional Psychologists/Therapists.


Happy Reading!


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Sunday, April 21, 2019

BW17: Happy Birthday Robert Penn Warren

Robert Penn Warren

This month is National Poetry month and to help us celebrate, we are honoring the birthday of writer, essayist, and poet Robert Penn Warren. He was born April 24, 1905 and died at the age of 84 on September 15, 1989 from cancer. He wrote numerous novels including All the Kings Men and poetry including Promises: 1954-1956 and Now and Then: 1976-1978 for which he won Pulitizer prizes.  


Tell Me a Story

by 

Robert Penn Warren

[A]

Long ago, in Kentucky, I, a boy, stood
By a dirt road, in first dark, and heard
The great geese hoot northward.

I could not see them, there being no moon
And the stars sparse.  I heard them.

I did not know what was happening in my heart.

It was the season before the elderberry blooms,
Therefore they were going north.

The sound was passing northward.


[ B ]

Tell me a story.

In this century, and moment, of mania,
Tell me a story.

Make it a story of great distances, and starlight.

The name of the story will be Time,
But you must not pronounce its name.


Tell me a story of deep delight.


Learn about Robert Penn Warren through Brainpicking's Power and Tenderness: Robert Penn Warren on Democracy, Art, and the Integrity of the Self; Find out more and listen to his 1964 interviews with civil rights activists whom he interviewed for his 1965 book Who Speaks for the Negro?; and check out PBS's documentary Robert Penn Warren: A Vision which aired in 2018. 


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Sunday, April 14, 2019

BW16: World Art Day





Happy Sunday! Taxes are due on Monday and whether we are getting money back or have to pay, our souls need to be soothed and rejuvenated after slogging through all those receipts, numbers and forms. April 15th is also Patriot's Day in New England, Rubber Eraser Day, Titanic Remembrance day and World Art Day.


Let's celebrate World Art Day by reading books about artists or art styles, historical fiction and mysteries as well as how to unleash your inner artist and your creativity.

Art History's Eight Greatest Mysteries—from Stonehenge to Banksy

Bookriot - 9 of the best historical fiction books about Artists

Brainpickings - Harriet Hosmer on Art and Ambition: The World’s First Successful Woman Sculptor on What It Takes to Be a Great Artist

Art Book - Spring 2019 Featured Contemporary & 20th Century Art

50 Inspiring Books about Art History

Goodreads - Popular Art Mystery Books and Popular Art Inspiration

Amazon - Art Books for Artists

Buzzfeed - 37 Books Every Creative Person Should Be Reading



Art

In placid hours well-pleased we dream 
Of many a brave unbodied scheme. 
But form to lend, pulsed life create, 
What unlike things must meet and mate: 
A flame to melt--a wind to freeze; 
Sad patience--joyous energies; 
Humility--yet pride and scorn; 
Instinct and study; love and hate;
Audacity--reverence. These must mate, 
And fuse with Jacob's mystic heart, 
To wrestle with the angel--Art. 
~ Herman Melville 


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Sunday, April 7, 2019

BW15: 52 Books Bingo - Something Blue

Josephine Wall's Bluebird 



Fragmentary Blue


By 

Robert Frost 


Why make so much of fragmentary blue

In here and there a bird, or butterfly,

Or flower, or wearing-stone, or open eye,
When heaven presents in sheets the solid hue?

Since earth is earth, perhaps, not heaven (as yet)—
Though some savants make earth include the sky;
And blue so far above us comes so high,
It only gives our wish for blue a whet.



Blue represents so many things - color, mood, music, mind, birds, water and sky. Blue is mainly a positive color and depending on the shade, can be dynamic and bold or bring you serenity. It represents freedom and imagination as well as depth and wisdom, but can also symbolize depression and sadness. All of which leads us to our next Bingo category.

Our next 52 Books Bingo adventure is Something Blue and there are a variety of ways to go with this, including but not limited to:

Read a book with Blue in the title.
Read a book by an author named Blue.
Find a word which rhymes with blue and read a book with that word in the title.
Read about a blues musician.
Read a book with a blue character
Read a book with a blue cover.
Spell out blue, reading one book per letter.

Take the Buzzfeed quiz and find out What shade of blue are you? I'm midnight blue - deep, dark, and comforting. *grin*

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