The Challenge Book Club

We have reading challenges and we share our wonderful pictures with you here. Year 1: Turned into a year and a half but 52 books we each have read. Year 2: Cut it down to 40 books and some slightly less 'out there' categories.
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50/52: A book I own, but have never read: Anton Chekhov's Gooseberries. Chekhov is very talented when it comes to shot stories. He infuses so much life in even the shortest of stories. I quite liked all three stories. This also featured The Kiss and The Two Volodyas

50/52: A book I own, but have never read: Anton Chekhov's Gooseberries. Chekhov is very talented when it comes to shot stories. He infuses so much life in even the shortest of stories. I quite liked all three stories. This also featured The Kiss and The Two Volodyas

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52/52: A book with antonyms in the title: Anna North's The Life and Death of Sophie Stark. This book is phenomenal. The structure and set up works in favour of the story as does its maddening elusive protagonist. I love that we never once hear from the protagonist, but is forced to view her through the eyes of the people around her - each with their own bias. I just really like this book!

52/52: A book with antonyms in the title: Anna North's The Life and Death of Sophie Stark. This book is phenomenal. The structure and set up works in favour of the story as does its maddening elusive protagonist. I love that we never once hear from the protagonist, but is forced to view her through the eyes of the people around her - each with their own bias. I just really like this book!

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3/40: A book written by someone over 60: A. S. Byatt's Ragnarok. A sort of retelling of the myth of Ragnarok through the eyes of a child during World War II. I expected something a bit different - more of an interpretation, than the actual telling that happens here - but I ended up being okay with it.

3/40: A book written by someone over 60: A. S. Byatt's Ragnarok. A sort of retelling of the myth of Ragnarok through the eyes of a child during World War II. I expected something a bit different - more of an interpretation, than the actual telling that happens here - but I ended up being okay with it.

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41/52: A book with bad reviews: David Grossman's Lion's Honey - The Myth of Samson. More mixed that bad reviews, but I totally understand the bad reviews. I love The Myth Series, but this is an outlier in form. It was not bad, just not what I wanted in a retelling of a myth. This was an academic exercise explaining and understanding Samson, not a new interpretation of Samson.

41/52: A book with bad reviews: David Grossman's Lion's Honey - The Myth of Samson. More mixed that bad reviews, but I totally understand the bad reviews. I love The Myth Series, but this is an outlier in form. It was not bad, just not what I wanted in a retelling of a myth. This was an academic exercise explaining and understanding Samson, not a new interpretation of Samson.

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42/52: A book which is a trilogy - book two: Ransom Riggs' Hollow City. While it does suffer a little from being the middle book in a trilogy, it is still pretty awesome. I especially love how well the setting of World War II is incorporated. And of course the pictures.

42/52: A book which is a trilogy - book two: Ransom Riggs' Hollow City. While it does suffer a little from being the middle book in a trilogy, it is still pretty awesome. I especially love how well the setting of World War II is incorporated. And of course the pictures.

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43/52: A book which is a trilogy - book three. Ransom Riggs' Library of Souls. Fantastic ending to the tale of #MissPeregrinesPeculiarChildren. I had to finish it before going to bed I was so enthralled by it. Great trilogy, which I highly recommend to everyone, regardless of age.

43/52: A book which is a trilogy - book three. Ransom Riggs' Library of Souls. Fantastic ending to the tale of #MissPeregrinesPeculiarChildren. I had to finish it before going to bed I was so enthralled by it. Great trilogy, which I highly recommend to everyone, regardless of age.

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44/52: A book I started, but never finished: Dan Crowe's Dead Interviews. I started reading this a year ago and after a couple of interviews I forgot to pick it up again. But since I've been under the weather yesterday and today, I finally finished it. For a random book I found in a bargain bin it was pretty good. As with other collections the quality of the interviews varied, but the premise was interesting enough for me to carry on.

44/52: A book I started, but never finished: Dan Crowe's Dead Interviews. I started reading this a year ago and after a couple of interviews I forgot to pick it up again. But since I've been under the weather yesterday and today, I finally finished it. For a random book I found in a bargain bin it was pretty good. As with other collections the quality of the interviews varied, but the premise was interesting enough for me to carry on.

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45/52: A book based entirely on its cover: Scarlett Thomas' Our Tragic Universe. I love the cover and the title, both beautiful. I think with time I'll come to love the book as well. It feels very much like a writers book and it took me some time to get into, but once I got caught up it was hard to put down. And as I'm done equally hard to put words to. This book requires some thinking.

45/52: A book based entirely on its cover: Scarlett Thomas' Our Tragic Universe. I love the cover and the title, both beautiful. I think with time I'll come to love the book as well. It feels very much like a writers book and it took me some time to get into, but once I got caught up it was hard to put down. And as I'm done equally hard to put words to. This book requires some thinking.

46/52: A book which is a popular author's first book: Jonathan Safran Foer's Everything Is Illuminated. This book is amazing. The narrators - Jeff Woodman and Scott Shina - nearly killed me with the emotions they conveyed. It is a powerful and fun book with a structure that works for it, not against it. Really just fantastic.

46/52: A book which is a popular author's first book: Jonathan Safran Foer's Everything Is Illuminated. This book is amazing. The narrators - Jeff Woodman and Scott Shina - nearly killed me with the emotions they conveyed. It is a powerful and fun book with a structure that works for it, not against it. Really just fantastic.

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47/52: A book which is banned: George Orwell's Animal Farm. This book is still banned in North Korea - surprise! Orwell does these political manipulations stories so well. He lays it out so subtly that you feel for the animals and understand how this could happen. To animals and humans alike.

47/52: A book which is banned: George Orwell's Animal Farm. This book is still banned in North Korea - surprise! Orwell does these political manipulations stories so well. He lays it out so subtly that you feel for the animals and understand how this could happen. To animals and humans alike.

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