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, August 18, 2019

BW34: 52 Books Bingo - Alternate History

Iron sky: The Coming Race 


Our next 52 Books Bingo category is Alternate History,  speculative fiction which diverges from real history. Whether the stories surround events in history, politics, romance, steampunk or science fiction, they makes us ask what if, time and time again. So where do you start with Alternate History?

There was some debate a few years back if Steampunk killed Alternate History or if steampunk has anything in common, so let's look into how steampunk for historians defines the genre and the challenges of writing stories set in other cultures. I'm currently immersed in the world of steampunk right now with Shelley Adina's Magnificent Devices series  which is why it's on my mind.

However, the world of Alternate history is more than steampunk, so take a trip into The Top 25 Novels About Alternate History (Worlds That Never Were), 10 Sci-Fi & Fantasy Books That Twist the History of World War II, The Most Unusual Alternate History Novels Ever Published or dive into the world of romantic or political alternate history.

Check out Uchronia.com, the alternate history list which is chock full of resources including a bibliography of over 3400 titles. There are lots and lots of rabbit trails to follow.

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Sunday, August 11, 2019

BW33: Song for the Last Act





Song for the Last Act

by 


(August 11, 1897) 



Now that I have your face by heart, I look
Less at its features than its darkening frame
Where quince and melon, yellow as young flame,
Lie with quilled dahlias and the shepherd's crook.
Beyond, a garden, There, in insolent ease
The lead and marble figures watch the show
Of yet another summer loath to go
Although the scythes hang in the apple trees.

Now that I have your face by heart, I look.

Now that I have your voice by heart, I read
In the black chords upon a dulling page
Music that is not meant for music's cage,
Whose emblems mix with words that shake and bleed.
The staves are shuttled over with a stark
Unprinted silence. In a double dream
I must spell out the storm, the running stream.
The beat's too swift. The notes shift in the dark.

Now that I have your voice by heart, I read.

Now that I have your heart by heart, I see
The wharves with their great ships and architraves;
The rigging and the cargo and the slaves
On a strange beach under a broken sky.
O not departure, but a voyage done!
The bales stand on the stone; the anchor weeps
Its red rust downward, and the long vine creeps
Beside the salt herb, in the lengthening sun.

Now that I have your heart by heart, I see.



Find out more about Louise Bogan through the Correspondence of Louise Bogan, my Poetic Side, and the Poet who Wrote about Love.  

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Sunday, August 4, 2019

BW32: Whodunit bookology - Jean-Baptiste Adamsberg






Our August Whodunit Bookology detective is French police detective Jean-Baptiste Adamsberg. We are introduced our detective of the month in The Chalk Circle Man, the first book in a nine book series. He has recently been promoted to Commissaire in the 5th arrondissement in Paris and is unorthodox when it comes to solving crimes.

The character was created by Fred Vargas aka Frédérique Audoin-Rouzeau. Ms. Vargas,  born June 7, 1957,  is a French historian and archaeologist as well as a writer. Her studies of the black death and the bubonic plague is considered definitive in research studies completed on the subject which resulted in Les chemins de la peste : Le rat la puce et l'homme (Pest Roads), published in 2003.



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.


Be sure to check out Vargas's other series The Three Evangelists as well.


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Sunday, July 28, 2019

BW31: 52 Books Bingo - Bildungsroman



Our next 52 Books Bingo category is Bildungsroman which originated in Germany. Bildung (education) and roman (novel) translates into a novel of education or formation. The plot of a Bildungsroman deals with a character's psychological, emotional, educational, and moral growth as they transform from youth to adulthood, beginning with a loss, their journey through conflict and personal growth until they reach maturity. 

When ever I have read a bildungsroman type novel in the past, such as Thomas Mann's Magic Mountain, James Joyce's Portrait of an Artist as a Young Man, Proust's Swann's Way or even Lois Lowry's The Giver, I've had to set aside all expectations and take the time to let myself be drawn into the story. They are stories you can't read in five minute patches here and there. You have to let yourself fall into the pulse of not only the story, but the writer's style and voice. It's an adventure into a character's heart and mind and soul and you come out the other side with much to think about.

History and Examples of Bildungsroman novels.


Bildungsroman Project

Goodreads Best Bildungsroman Novels


Cheers to your Bildungsroman reading adventure!


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Sunday, July 21, 2019

BW30: Bookish Birthdays and News





Time for another round of bookish birthdays and news! Today is the anniversary of  Ernest Hemingway's birthday as well as John Gardner, Harold Hart Crane, Francis Parkinson Keyes, Yrjö Jylhä, Marshall McLuhan, Mohammed Dib, Tess Gallagher, and Buchi Emecheta. Have fun following learning about some maybe not so familiar authors and poets.

In the News

In honor of the moon landing fifty years ago - 7 Otherworldly Books about the Moon and Space and How women and the moon intertwine in literature and A WIRED Booklover’s Guide to the Moon

Do You See What I See? A Poetic Vintage Art-Science Primer on the Building Blocks of the Perceptual World

Writers to Watch Fall 2019: Anticipated Debuts

Lesser Known Works by Authors You Love

16 Books that should be on your Radar: July 2019

TED’s giant summer reading list: Books to open right now


Ten Diverse Books by Women to read in 2019

Happy Reading! 

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Sunday, July 14, 2019

BW29: Ode to Hope




Ode to Hope 

by

Pablo Neruda


Oceanic dawn
at the center
of my life,
waves like grapes,
the sky's solitude,
you fill me
and flood
the complete sea,
the undiminished sky,
tempo
and space,
sea foam's white
battalions,
the orange earth,
the sun's
fiery waist
in agony,
so many
gifts and talents,
birds soaring into their dreams,
and the sea, the sea,
suspended
aroma,
chorus of rich, resonant salt,
and meanwhile,
we men,
touch the water,
struggling,
and hoping,
we touch the sea,
hoping.

And the waves tell the firm coast:
'Everything will be fulfilled.' 

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Sunday, July 7, 2019

BW28: 52 Books Bingo - Ancients





Our next 52 Books Bingo adventure is taking us back to the Ancients. The timeline begins in 2500 BC and the oldest known story, The Epic of Gilgamesh and continues through 500AD approximately. We have a wide brush to choose from with classical and historical fiction literature set in or about ancient Greece, Rome, Roman Britain, Ireland, Asia, Egypt, the Middle East, and biblical times.

There are a number of ways to go with this category, including but not limited to:

Read a book set in an ancient civilization
Read an alternative history/science Fiction/Fantasy book set during ancient times
Read a book written in ancient times
Read a book with Ancient in the title
Spell out Ancient, using one book per letter in the title.

A basic level guide to classical antiquity

Goodreads Popular Ancient History Books

Ancient Men of Power: The Roman Republic’s Most Influential Leaders

Top 10 Most Important People in Greece


Bookriot's 100 Must Read Books about Ancient History

Follow ancient paths through Pre Roman Europe

Modern Interpretations of Ancient Myths

7 Best Ancient History Audiobooks of All Time

There are a wide variety of authors whose writing will thrust you back into time into the lives and times of Ancient characters such as Ben Kane with his Forgotten Legion Series to Bodie and Brock Thoene's Ad Chronicles, two of my favorite authors.

Have fun exploring and traveling through ancient history.

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Sunday, June 30, 2019

BW27: Whodunit Bookology - Rabbi David Small








Welcome to our July Whodunit Bookology detective of the month, Rabbi David Small. Our fictional sleuth and the Rabbi Small mystery series was created an American mystery writer, Harry Kemelman. The series began in 1964 with Friday the Rabbi Slept Late and introduces Rabbi Small who is the new leader of Barnard Crossing's Jewish community in Massachusetts.  The last novel in the 12 book series being published in 1996 with The Day the Rabbi Left Town prior to Kemelman's death December 16 at the age of 88.

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 Harry Kemelman and Rabbi David Small  and have fun following rabbit trails.


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Sunday, June 23, 2019

BW26: Summertime Fun

Summer Breeze by Josephine Wall


The summer solstice arrived June 21st bringing summer to the Northern Hemisphere and I have Ella Fitzgerald's Summertime running through my brain.


Summertime, and the livin' is easy
Fish are jumpin' and the cotton is high
Oh, your daddy's rich and your ma is good-lookin'
So hush, little baby, don't you cry

One of these mornings you're gonna rise up singing
And you'll spread your wings and you'll take to the sky
But till that morning, there ain't nothin' can harm you
With daddy and mammy standin' by

One of these mornings you're gonna rise up singing
And you'll spread your wings and you'll take to the sky
But till that morning, there ain't nothin' can harm you
With daddy and mammy standin' by

Summertime, and the livin' is easy
Fish are jumpin' and the cotton is high
Oh, your daddy's rich and your ma is good-lookin'
So hush, little baby, don't you cry


If you are in the Southern Hemisphere, you'd probably prefer to listen to Ella's Winter Wonderland as you cozy up to the fire. I love Ella. So what are you going to do to jazz up your summertime or wintertime reading?

If you are a music fan, Penguin Random house offers 40 Books That Every Music Lover Should Read, or Amanda Palmer's Top 10 Reads.

GQ has a few suggestions with 31 Best Books to Read According to your favorite Writers. Thrillist offers 33 Books We Can't Wait to Read this Summer, and She Reads takes a look at the Most Anticipated Books of the Summer 2019.

Dip back into the past with Simon and Schuster's 11 Classics You Should Read This Summer or Southern Living's Classic Books to Reread this Summer. Don't forget to check out Goodreads Summer Classics Reading List too.

What are your favorite celebrities or Bill Gates reading this summer? JP Morgan has released their 2019 Summer essential non fiction books everyone should read.

And just in time for some poetical summer reading, The Library of Congress has announced their new Poet Laureate - Joy Harje

Have fun following rabbit trails.


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