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, 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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Sunday, March 31, 2019

BW14: Whodunit Bookology - Brother Cadfael



Our Whodunit Bookology detective of the month is Brother Cadfael created by Ellis Peters aka Edith Pargeter who is originally from the United Kingdom and passed away October 14, 1995 at the age of 82. 

Brother Cadfael came to life in A Morbid Taste for Bones through Peters interest in Shropshire history as well as herbs and gardening.  The series includes 4 prequel short stories and 22 books and takes place during the 12th Century between 1135 and 1145.  Cadfael, born May 1080 in Wales, was a soldier in the Crusades, a man at arms on a English war ship, and sired a son during the war before he became a Benedictine Monk at middle age and lives at the Abbey of St Peter and St Paul, currently known as the Shrewsbury Abbey in Shrewsbury, England.  

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.
Discover more about Ellis Peters and Brother Cadfael through her interview with Robbie Cranch on Mother Earth Living:  Mystery in the Garden - Interview with Ellis PetersFollow in the Footsteps of Brother Cadfael with Derek Jacobi and discover the timeless joys of 12th Century crime solving through Crime Reads Brother Cadfael: An Appreciation

Have fun following in the footsteps of Brother Cadfael

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Sunday, March 24, 2019

BW13: Constantly Risking Absurdity by Lawrence Ferlinghetti

Courtesy of Document Journal 




Happy 100th Birthday to Lawrence Ferlinghetti, beat poet and cofounder of City Lights Book Store in San Francisco. 



Constantly Risking Absurdity (#15)

By




Constantly risking absurdity
                                             and death
            whenever he performs
                                        above the heads
                                                            of his audience
   the poet like an acrobat
                                 climbs on rime
                                          to a high wire of his own making
and balancing on eyebeams
                                     above a sea of faces
             paces his way
                               to the other side of day
    performing entrechats
                               and sleight-of-foot tricks
and other high theatrics
                               and all without mistaking
                     any thing
                               for what it may not be

       For he's the super realist
                                     who must perforce perceive
                   taut truth
                                 before the taking of each stance or step
in his supposed advance
                                  toward that still higher perch
where Beauty stands and waits
                                     with gravity
                                                to start her death-defying leap

      And he
             a little charley chaplin man
                                           who may or may not catch
               her fair eternal form
                                     spreadeagled in the empty air
                  of existence

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Sunday, March 17, 2019

BW12: March Equinox




Nature is putting on a spectacular show as we transition into Spring in the Northern Hemisphere and Patricia Cisco's poem captures the season.  It's also Autumn in the southern Hemisphere with the season's fall leaves of orange and yellow and red.   I have John Denver's You Fill Up My Senses running through my head so your mission is find titles or stories that resonate with the sights, sounds, and/or smells of the season. 




Song Of March


With winter's footprints in the past,
and snows begin to melt at last.

With longer days and shorter nights, 
the wayward winds of March take flight.

Four winds she holds within her grip,
then hurls them from her fingertip.

Her woolly, fleecy clouds of white,
she sets in skies of blue delight.

Her wild bouts of gusty breezes
roar through valleys, hills, and trees.

That high pitch whistling song she sings
awakens earth and flowering things.

She tears a hole in heaven's sky
so sun can shine and rain can cry.

She gently calms as spring draws near, 
as blooming daffodils appear.

She welcomes April showers in, 
then gathers up her dwindling winds.
Now her long journey home begins,

knowing she'll be back this way, 
upon a cold, late winter's day, 

when nights grow short
and days grow long.

Listen for her whistling song!


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Sunday, March 10, 2019

BW11: 52 Books Bingo - Something Borrowed.

Courtesy of TCEA.org


"May I borrow that when you are finished with it?"

"Why certainly,' she said.

Quite happy to share the joy of another bookish adventure with a like minded bibliophile, she wasn't surprised to find out the book traveled near and far, passed from hand to hand of young and mature minds alike, spurring discussion and differences of opinion across the land.  When finally the book came home to roost,  pages worn and yellowed, she savored and pondered with a much older and wiser eye and discovered a much different story from what she read before. And the conversations started once more.

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


  1. Borrow a physical and/or ebook from a family member or friend.
  2. Borrow an ebook from the library or online source.
  3. Read a book written by an author whose name is borrowed or a derivation. 
  4. Read a book with borrowed, trade, swap, or lend  in the title.
  5. Read a book about something that gets borrowed.
  6. Read The Borrowers.
  7. Read a book by one of the most borrowed authors in OverDrive.
  8. Read one of the most borrowed books from TorontoUnited KingdomAustralia, and United States
  9. Choose three letters from borrowed such row, owe, web, bow, doe, wed, dew, etcetera and read a book with the word in the title. 
  10. Choose a synonym for borrow and read a book with the word in the title or find that subject in the book.

Have fun following rabbit trails 



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Sunday, March 3, 2019

BW10: Whodunit Bookology - Chief Inspector Armand Gamache



Our Whodunit Bookology detective for March is Chief Inspector Armand Gamache, created by author Louise Penny

Armand Gamache, introduced with the publication of Still Life in 2005, is in his early 50's and works as a homicide detective for the Sûreté du Québec and at the start of the series resides in Quebec, Canada. In the books we are introduced to his wife Reine-Marie, his dog Henry, and a quirky cast of characters that live in the town of Three Pines. Gamache is warm and witty as well as stern and philosophical, digging beneath the surface, along with his second in command, Inspector Jean Guy Beauvoir, to solve murders.  There are currently 14 books in the series with the latest book in the series, Kingdom of the Blind released in November, 2018. 

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.
  • Read a book with the first or last name of the character or author in the title.


Check out Minotaur books Chief Inspector Gamache website to learn more about  Inspector Gamache, the stories, cultural references, recipes, or join in discussions about the books.  Go to Louise Penny website for news and book club discussion guides.  For more about Louise, dive into Quill and Quires's  Louise Penny's Second Chance or her podcast interview with WCAI. 

Have fun following rabbit trails. 


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Sunday, February 24, 2019

BW9: Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

Courtesy of Biography.com


Join me in celebrating the anniversary of the birth of the poet, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow,  born February 27, 1807.  



A Psalm of Life 


Tell me not, in mournful numbers,
Life is but an empty dream! 
For the soul is dead that slumbers,
And things are not what they seem.

Life is real! Life is earnest! 
And the grave is not its goal; 
Dust thou art, to dust returnest,
Was not spoken of the soul.

Not enjoyment, and not sorrow,
Is our destined end or way; 
But to act, that each to-morrow
Find us farther than to-day.

Art is long, and Time is fleeting,
And our hearts, though stout and brave,
Still, like muffled drums, are beating
Funeral marches to the grave.

In the world’s broad field of battle,
In the bivouac of Life,
Be not like dumb, driven cattle! 
Be a hero in the strife! 

Trust no Future, howe’er pleasant! 
Let the dead Past bury its dead! 
Act,— act in the living Present! 
Heart within, and God o’erhead! 

Lives of great men all remind us
We can make our lives sublime,
And, departing, leave behind us
Footprints on the sands of time; 

Footprints, that perhaps another,
Sailing o’er life’s solemn main,
A forlorn and shipwrecked brother,
Seeing, shall take heart again.

Let us, then, be up and doing,
With a heart for any fate; 
Still achieving, still pursuing,
Learn to labor and to wait.


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Sunday, February 17, 2019

BW8: 52 Books Bingo - Something New





What does a newshound, newton, Newmarket, a newborn, a newt, New York, New Age and a newel have in common. Why, something new, of course, which is one of our 52 Books Bingo categories.  There are a variety of ways to go with this challenge including, but not limited to: 


  1. Read a new to you author or genre.
  2. Read about a new to you subject.
  3. Read a book published in 2019.
  4. Read a book by a debut author
  5. Read a book set in or about a town, city, state, or country called new xxxxx
  6. Read about a newfangled idea. 
  7. Read a book about a newsworthy subject. 
  8. Read a book about news or a news reporter. 
  9. Read a book with new in the title.
  10. Read a book by an author with new in his name. 
  11. Read a book with variations of the word new mixed into in the title or author's name. 
  12. Check out the synonyms list and substitute one of those words for new.  



“Make It New” 

By 


I find it helpful to imagine writing in a blizzard
             with every inscription

designed to prevent snow
             crystals from drifting in.

Avoid the hive mind. Go fly a kite,
raise a stained glass window in the sky.

It’s the opposite of making love to drudgery,
             what I do for a dying.

       Remove the bitter sediment
trapped in the brewer. It will be new

whether you make it new
or not. It will be full of neo-

shadows. Full of then — both past and next,
iridescent with suspense. Remember

             time is not the treasure revealer.
More a midge larva creeping

through a waterfall releasing
suction feet. The curiosity rover

       lands on Mars! New is a hooligan.
It breaks the reckoning frame and rests

in pieces. Let me collect its dna
from the tears on your desk.



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