Day 361: Eleven, Rhymes with Heaven!

Well, it rhymes better than 'Books' does. They do mean the same thing though. Books are what we are about today. Not interested? Have a look at the pictures and have a fabulous day! Otherwise, following are my progress reports on assorted book challenges for the year:

Avanti Ciera 2015 Let Me Count the Ways Reading Challenge

Goal: Multi-Diamond—10,000+ Pages

January: 1887 pages
February: 2491 pages
March: 2436 pages
April: 3197 pages
May: 3973 pages
June: 1951 pages
July: 3235 pages
August: 4503 pages

Total Year to Date: 23673

Goal Blown Out of the Water! According to Goodreads, I have actually only read 22,133 pages, so something has gone slightly awry somewhere. But I still count that as Job Done. And two giant diamonds for me so far. I wonder when they will arrive?

10000 Pages

Book'd Out's Eclectic Book Challenge 2015

Reading some, finished some, yet to start the rest.

Retellings (of fairytale, legends or myth): Two Years Eight Months and Twenty Eight Nights by Salman Rushdie (referencing the 1001 Arabian Nights)

A book set in a country starting with the letter S (eg. Sweden, Singapore, South Africa, Spain, Slovakia): Hausfrau by Jill Alexander Essbaum - Switzerland

PI Crime (fiction featuring a private investigator): The Silkworm by Robert Galbraith

A novel published before you were born: Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë

Contemporary romance: Good Girl Gone Bad by Karin Tabke

Fiction for foodies (fiction featuring food/food related business) The Kitchen Daughter by Jael McHenry

Microhistory (Non Fiction) Rain: A Natural and Cultural History by Cynthia Barnett

Science Fiction set in space: The Martian by Andy Weir

Sports (Fiction or Non fiction) The Meaning of Sport by Simon Barnes (eek, sport *cough, cough*)

Featuring diversity: Half-Resurrection Blues by Daniel Jose Older

Epistolary Fiction (fiction written in the format of letters/emails/diary entries) The Gum Thief by Douglas Coupland

Middle Grade/YA Adventure: Fairytales For Wilde Girls by Allyse Near

4 Books
12 Books


Started at: 53 Books
Updated to: 65 Books
Re-Updated to: 69 Books
Re-Re-Updated to: 75 Books
To Be Re-Re-Updated at the end of October to: TBA Books

Read: 63 Books

Best Reading Year. Ever!!

63 Books
75 Books

Bookmark to Blog 2015 Monthly Key Word Challenge

In which you choose a book with one of a selection of words in the title each month.

Jan: Girl - The Tattooed Girl by Joyce Carol Oates
Feb: Lie - The Lie by Chad Kultgen
Mar: Kind - Same Kind of Different as Me by Ron Hall and Denver Moore with Lynn Vincent
Apr: Dream - Dreamland by Kevin Baker
May: Thief - The Gum Thief by Douglas Coupland
June: My - My Notorious Life by Kate Manning
July: Sun - The Battle of the Sun by Jeanette Winterson
August: Glass - Throne of Glass by Sarah J Maas
September: Life - Life and Death in Shanghai by Nien Cheng
October: TBA
November: TBA
December: TBA

3 Books
12 Books

My Own Alphabet Challenge with no Time Line

Abducted; TR Regan
(The) Beach House; James Patterson
(The) Cat Who Could Read Backwards; Lilian Jackson Braun
Dolores Claiborne; Stephen King
Emma; Jane Austen
Fairytales for Wilde Girls; Allyse Near
Galapagos; Kurt Vonnegut
(The) Help; Kathryn Stockett

7 Books
26 Books

Book Journey's Harry Potter ReRead (until 31st March)

Before the finish date:
Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire

After the finish date (and therefore irrelevant really):
Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows

7 Books
7 Books

Tournament of Books 2015

In which I read all the books that have been chosen for this year's ToB

(And by 'read' I mean 'will start soon'. Come on! I've got until March next year on this one.)

The Bone Clocks by David Mitchell
Adam by Ariel Schrag
All the Birds, Singing by Evie Wyld
A Brief History of Seven Killings by Marlon James
All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr
Wittgenstein Jr by Lars Iyer
The Paying Guests by Sarah Waters
A Brave Man Seven Storeys Tall by Will Chancellor
Dept. of Speculation by Jenny Offill
Annihilation by Jeff VanderMeer
Station Eleven by Emily St John Mandel
An Untamed State by Roxanne Gay
Redeployment by Phil Klay
Silence Once Begun by Jesse Ball
Everything I Never Told You by Celeste Ng
Those Who Leave and Those Who Stay by Elena Ferrante

16 Books

Semi-Charmed Summer 2015 Book Challenge

Finished: Ran from 1st May to 31st August

Any book that fits the general rules. The Lace Reader by Brunonia Barry

A book you have never heard of before. (Just go to a shelf and pick a book based on the cover, the title, whatever you want!) Red Sparrow by Jason Matthews

A book that has been on your TBR list for at least two years. (If you've had a Goodreads account for 2+ years, this will be easy to figure out. If you don’t, do your best to pick a book you’re pretty sure you’ve been wanting to read for years.) No Country for Old Men by Cormac McCarthy (added to my To Read list in 2012)

A book that won a Goodreads “Best Book” award in 2014. The Martian by Andy Weir

A book by an author who is completely new to you. Child 44 by Tom Rob Smith

A book by an author you have read before. (No re-reads for this one.) Shakespeare: The World as a Stage by Bill Bryson

A book with "light" or "dark" in the title. (Or "lightness" or "darkness.") Lighthousekeeping by Jeanette Winterson

A book with the name of a city, state or country in the title. Edited to add: The place must be real, either current or historical, but not fictional. Galapagos by Kurt Vonnegut

A book with an animal on the cover. Inside of a Dog: What Dogs See, Smell and Know by Alexandra Horowitz

A book that is part of a series with at least four books. Iron Lake by William Kent Krueger, Book One of the currently fourteen book long series featuring Cork O'Connor

A book that is longer than 500 pages long. — Submitted by winter finisher Kristen from See You in a Porridge. The Stand by Steven King - 1153 pages

A book with an alliterative title. (All words in the title must begin with the same letter; no exceptions for articles or prepositions. Examples: Gone Girl or Nicholas Nickleby. Yes, this is tough, which is why it's worth the most points!) Assassin's Apprentice by Robin Hobb


115 Points
200 Points

And one I decided to join recently:

My Readers Block: Colour Coded Challenge

Please consider this my sign-up

"Blue" or any shade of Blue (Turquoise, Aquamarine, Navy, etc) in the title/on the cover. Half Resurrection Blues by Daniel Jose Older

"Red" or any shade of Red (Scarlet, Crimson, Burgandy, etc) in the title/on the cover. Red Sparrow by Jason Matthews

"Yellow" or any shade of Yellow (Gold, Lemon, Maize, etc.)in the title/on the cover. The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt

"Green" or any shade of Green (Emerald, Lime, Jade, etc) in the title/on the cover. Olive Ketteridge by Elizabeth Strout

"Brown" or any shade of Brown (Tan, Chocolate, Beige, etc)in the title/on the cover. Jackie Brown by Elmore Leonard

"Black" or any shade of Black (Jet, Ebony, Charcoal, etc) in the title/on the cover. Black Dog by Stephen Booth

"White" or any shade of White (Ivory, Eggshell, Cream, etc)in the title/on the cover. Girl with the Pearl Earring by Tracy Chevalier

Any other color in the title/on the cover (Purple, Orange, Silver, Pink, Magneta, etc.). Quicksilver by Neal Stephenson

A word that implies color (Rainbow, Polka-dot, Plaid, Paisley, Stripe, etc.). Pattern Recognition by William Gibson

9 Books

And the one I said I never would (because something always annoys me about it). Twice:

Goodreads Seasonal Challenge: Spring 2015

Finished: Ran from 1st March to 31st May

A book title with a '?', '!', or '...' in it: Because I Said So! The Truth Behind the Myths, Tales and Warnings Every Generation Passes Down to Its Kids by Ken Jennings

A book with a Goodreads rating over 3.5: 15 Seconds by Andrew Gross

A book on either the 'Did Not Finish' or 'Abandoned' lists on Goodreads: The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

A book with the genre science, science fiction or mystical realism on its title page on Goodreads: The Lace Reader by Brunonia Barry

A book whose author's surname ends in ER: The Sins of the Fathers by Matther Scudder

Total: 70 points/1035 points

1035 Points

Goodreads Seasonal Challenge: Summer 2015

Finished: Ran rom 1st June to 31st August

A book of your choice: No Country for Old Men by Cormac McCarthy

A book from one of the suggested Summer Reading lists—San Fransisco Public Library 2014 Adult Summer Reading List: The Martian by Andy Weir

A two book task:
Book 1: A book that is #1, #5, #7, or #9 in a series: Iron Lake (Cork O'Connor, #1) by William Kent Krueger

Book 2: A book with one of the following words in the title - heaven, celestial, prime, void, dark, wind, spirit, fire, earth, river, ocean, mountain, forest, thunder, time, sound: Walking Into the Ocean (Peter Cammon Mysteries #1) by David Whellams

A book with a stand alone or embedded genre of 'Paranormal': Ghost Night (Bone Island Trilogy, #2) by Heather Graham

In honour of Terry Pratchett, a book with a genre of Science Fiction or Fantasy or any combination on its main book page: Throne of Glass (Throne of Glass, #1) by Sarah J. Maas

A book that shows a body of water on the cover: Ghost Shadow (Bone Island Trilogy, #1) by Heather Graham

TOTAL POINTS: 80 points/1085 points

1085 Points

The Outfit
Dress (or, Nightgown perhaps?): Op-shopped
Singlet: Target
Jeans: Target
Necklace: Junk Jewellery Store somewhere
Shoes: Swedish Hasbeens

Photographer de Jour: V——

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  1. I am starting to get the impression that you are quite an avid reader of Books at heart. Xox Mr.Earwig.

  2. So many books! What a lovely brain you must have, in addition to these fantastic clothes you are wearing. But the boots, oh, the boots, with the blue stitch detail.

  3. Thanks for joining the Color Coded Challenge! Hope you have fun with it.


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