Monday, May 24, 2010

Birth Year Reading Challenge - Progress and Reviews

Here's what's happening with the Birth Year Reading Challenge these days:

Bev Hankins at My Reader's Block: Twenty-Two Candles Completed! (wrap-up)
1. Travels with My Aunt - Graham Greene (review)
2. I Sing the Body Electric - Ray Bradbury (review)
3. Hallowe'en Party - Agatha Christie (review)
4. A Risky Way to Kill - Richard Lockridge (review)
5. Die Laughing - Richard Lockridge (review)
6. The Very Hungry Caterpillar - Eric Carle (review)
7. The Green Man - Kingsley Amis (review)
8. The French Lieutenant's Woman - John Knowles (review)
9. The Andromeda Strain - Michael Crichton (review)
10. Cop Out - Ellery Queen (review)
11. Behold the Man - Michael Moorcock (review)
12. Gideon's Power - J.J. Marric (review)
13. Death of a Dude - Rex Stout (review)
14. The Big Bounce - Elmore Leonard (review)
15. Dress Her in Indigo - John D. MacDonald (review)
16. Dune Messiah - Frank Herbert (review)
17. Damnation Alley - Roger Zelazny (review)
18. Portnoy's Complaint - Philip Roth (review)
19. I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings - Maya Angelou (review)
20. Robert F. Kennedy: A Memoir - Jack Newfield (review)
21. Slaughterhouse Five - Kurt Vonnegut (review)
22. The House on the Strand - Daphne du Maurier (review)

Julie at My Book Retreat: Four Candles Completed! (wrap-up)
1. Jonathan Livingston Seagull - Richard Bach (review)
2. My Name is Asher Lev - Chaim Potok (review)
3. The Stepford Wives - Ira Levin (review)
4. Charlie and the Great Glass Elevator - Roald Dahl (review)

J.G. (host): Four Candles Completed! (wrap-up)
1. Mrs. Bridge - Evan S. Connell (review)
2. Goodbye, Columbus - Philip Roth (review)
3. Pursuit of the Prodigal - Louis Auchincloss (review)
4. Selected Poems - Stanley Kunitz (review)

Beachreader at Beachreader: Seven Candles Completed! (but still reading) (wrap-up)
1. The Moviegoer - Walker Percy (review)
2. The Edge of Sadness - Edwin O'Connor (review)
3. Stranger in a Strange Land - Robert A. Heinlein (review)
4. Catch 22 - Joseph Heller (review)
5. Revolutionary Road - Richard Yates (review)
6. Where the Red Fern Grows - Wilson Rawls (review)
7. The Incredible Journey - Shelia Burnford (review)

Rose City Reader at Rose City Reader: Two Candles
1. Indian Summer - John Knowles (review)
2. Valley of the Dolls - Jacqueline Susann (review)

Stephanie V. at Hookin', Knittin' & Livin': One Candle
1. This Side of Innocence - Taylor Caldwell (review)

Caitlin at Chaotic Compendiums: Five Candles
1. The Group - Mary McCarthy (review)
2. The Spy Who Came in from the Cold - John le Carre (review)
3. Time Cat - Lloyd Alexander (review)
4. The Bride of Pendorric - Victoria Holt (review)
5. That Summer in Paris - Morley Callaghan (review)

Diane at Book In Hand: Four Candles
1. Shadow of a Bull - Maia Wojciechowska (review)
2. Herzog - Saul Bellow (review)
3. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory - Roald Dahl (review)
4. A Caribbean Mystery - Agatha Christie (review)

Awaris at The Other Lives: Three Candles Completed! (wrap-up)
1. Restoration - Rose Tremain (review)
2. Billy Bathgate - E. L. Doctorow (review)
3. The Remains of the Day - Kazuo Ishiguro (review)

Pam at 100 Books. 100 Journeys: Two Candles
1. The Boys of Summer - Roger Kahn (review)
2. The Great Bridge - David McCullough (review)

L.L. at The Story Girl: Three Candles Completed! (wrap-up)
1. The Alchemist - Paulo Coelho (review)
2. The Bean Trees - Barbara Kingsolver (review)
3. Lioness Rampant - Tamora Pierce (review)

Please let us know as you make progress and we'll link to your posts here.

Also, please let us know when you have met your reading goal. That's when you get to pick out a prize!

83 comments:

  1. I haven't officially signed up for this challenge but I've been looking for some birth year books. I'm trying to not get too over my head in challenges, so before I sign up I want to be sure I can really do it!

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  2. Of course, keep searching, Shelley. You still have plenty of time to join!

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  3. I am still working on that. In fact I am needing to pick up another book and it's going to be one from my birth year.

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  4. Oh, I had forgotten about Jonathan Livingston Seagull. I read that when it came out...way back when. I was just a young lass. I promise. Stop laughing.

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  5. Hip Chick, happy choosing! Send your review when you're done and we'll bestow your candle.

    Hula, I read it too, when I was about 5 (yeah, right).

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  6. Got my first candle! Only 21 more to go.... :-) Here's my review for Travels with My Aunt by Graham Greene: http://myreadersblock.blogspot.com/2010/07/my-first-candle.html

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  7. Now have two candles burning! Just finished Ray Bradbury's I Sing the Body Electric. Review here: http://myreadersblock.blogspot.com/2010/07/candle-2.html.

    Posted a review yesterday for my first candle.

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  8. Three candles for Bev now! Just finished Agatha Christie's Hallowe'en Party. Review here: http://myreadersblock.blogspot.com/2010/07/another-candle.html

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  9. Hooray, Bev, you're in the lead! I'll make your candles official tonight when I get home.

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  10. J. G. Add another! (I'm reading like mad this week, because I'm going on a High Adventure trip with my son's Scout Troop starting this Saturday.) Fourth candle: A Risky Way to Kill by Richard Lockridge. Review here: http://myreadersblock.blogspot.com/2010/07/fourth-candle-risky-way-to-kill.html

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  11. Okay, you're up, Bev! Way to knock off the list while you have the time. Enjoy the weekend--can't imagine you'll get much reading done then! :-)

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  12. Candle #5! (I think I've caught some kind of Birth Year Challenge mania....). Die Laughing by Richard Lockridge. Review here: http://myreadersblock.blogspot.com/2010/07/candle-5-die-laughing.html

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  13. Okay, got it, Bev. You are reading as fast as I can post 'em!

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  14. J.G., you'll get a break from me next week. I'm gone from Saturday to Saturday on that Scout Trip. We're going to the Boundary Waters (near Canada) and no internet access!

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  15. Snuck in another one...The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle. Review here: http://myreadersblock.blogspot.com/2010/07/very-hungry-caterpillar-candle-6.html

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  16. Duly noted, Bev. Enjoy your trip!

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  17. Here's my second candle... The Edge of Sadness by Edwin O'Connor.. My goal is to knock this challenge out in August.

    http://beachreader48.blogspot.com/2010/08/review-edge-of-sadness.html

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  18. Okay, Beachreader, you're up! I'm trying to make a lot of summer progress on my challenges, too, before the busy-ness of fall arrives.

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  19. candle #3... Stranger in a Strange Land by Robert A. Heinlein
    http://beachreader48.blogspot.com/2010/08/review-stranger-in-strange-land.html

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  20. Finally finished Candle #7: The Green Man by Kingsley Amis. This was a real bear to get through and I can't recommend NOT reading it strongly enough. Review here: http://myreadersblock.blogspot.com/2010/08/finally-free-of-green-man-candle-7.html

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  21. Beachreader, your new candle is up now. A small consolation for a book that was meh.

    Bev, welcome back. Sounds like you could use a consolation candle, as well!

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  22. Have now claimed candle #8: The French Lieutenant's Woman by John Knowles. Review here: http://myreadersblock.blogspot.com/2010/08/french-lieutenants-woman-candle-8.html

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  23. Thanks, Bev. You are really (pardon the pun) burning it up!

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  24. Trying to make up for lost time (that whole week of non-reading in the Boundary Waters)...half way through The Andromeda Strain (finally will be back to a positive review!). Besides, I did say I was going to read 22 (or some crazy number like that)...gotta keep burning the candle at both ends. :-)

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  25. candle #4 Catch-22 by Joseph Heller.
    http://beachreader48.blogspot.com/2010/08/review-catch-22.html
    With this book I've reached my goal. I will also put a post about the challenge on my blog.

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  26. Here is my wrap-up post for the challenge, but I am still planning on putting more candles on that cake.
    http://beachreader48.blogspot.com/2010/08/completed-birth-year-reading-challenge.html

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  27. Candle #9: The Andromeda Strain by Michael Crichton--done! Here's the review: http://myreadersblock.blogspot.com/2010/08/andromeda-strain-candle-9.html

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  28. And Candle #10: Cop Out by Ellery Queen. Review here: http://myreadersblock.blogspot.com/2010/08/cop-out-candle-10.html

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  29. New candles are posted. Way to go, y'all!

    Congrats to Beachreader, the first to finish the challenge! A list of prizes for meeting the reading goal will be posted soon (as soon as I create it, that is).

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  30. Another Candle (half-way there!): Behold the Man by Michael Moorcock. Review here: http://myreadersblock.blogspot.com/2010/08/behold-man-candle-11.html

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  31. You've got it, Bev. It's all downhill for you from here!

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  32. Candle #12: Gideon's Power by J J Marric! Review here: http://myreadersblock.blogspot.com/2010/08/candle-12-gideons-power.html

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  33. And also--Candle #13: Death of a Dude by Rex Stout. Review here: http://myreadersblock.blogspot.com/2010/08/candle-13-death-of-dude.html

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  34. First candle - yay! Review of The Group by Mary McCarthy is here.

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  35. Updates are posted. Welcome, Caitlin, and congrats on your first candle!

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  36. Here is my current update!
    http://bookinhand.blogspot.com/2010/02/birth-year-reading-challenge.html
    I am enjoying the challenge so far!
    Diane

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  37. Glad you are having fun, Diane. You've got your candles now!

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  38. Candle #14: The Big Bounce by Elmore Leonard. Review here: http://myreadersblock.blogspot.com/2010/08/candle-14-big-bounce.html

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  39. Candle #15: Dress Her in Indigo by John D MacDonald. Review here: http://myreadersblock.blogspot.com/2010/08/candle-15-dress-her-in-indigo.html

    Only seven more to go!

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  40. Candle #16: Dune Messiah by Frank Herbert. Review here: http://myreadersblock.blogspot.com/2010/08/candle-16-dune-messiah.html

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  41. candle #5: Revolutionary Road by Richard Yates
    http://beachreader48.blogspot.com/2010/08/two-quick-reviews.html

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  42. Candle #17! Damnation Alley by Roger Zelazny. Review here: http://myreadersblock.blogspot.com/2010/08/candle-17-damnation-alley.html

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  43. Candle #18 (four more to go!): Portnoy's Complaint by Philip Roth. Review Here: http://myreadersblock.blogspot.com/2010/08/candle-18-portnoys-complaint.html

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  44. Fourth Candle - I reviewed The Bride of Pendorric by Victoria Holt here.

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  45. Candle #19: I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou. Review here: http://myreadersblock.blogspot.com/2010/08/candle-19-i-know-why-caged-bird-sings.html

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  46. Candle #20: Robert F Kennedy: A Memoir by Jack Newfield. Review here: http://myreadersblock.blogspot.com/2010/09/candle-20-robert-f-kennedy-memoir.html

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  47. I just received my prize for reaching my goal. "The House of Mirth" by Edith Wharton. Thanks J.G. for running this challenge - still reading :)

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  48. Bev, candle up!

    Beachreader, glad your prize arrived safely. Thanks again for reading along!

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  49. Candle #21: Slaughterhouse-Five by Kurt Vonnegut. Review here: http://myreadersblock.blogspot.com/2010/09/candle-21-slaughterhouse-five.html

    One more to go!

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  50. Fifth Candle - That Summer in Paris by Morley Callaghan - http://www.chaoticcompendiums.com/2010/09/book-review-that-summer-in-paris-by.html

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  51. Here is book #6 Where the Red Ferns Grow by Wilson Rawls
    http://beachreader48.blogspot.com/2010/09/review-where-red-ferns-grow.html

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  52. Candle #22: The House on the Strand by Daphne du Maurier. Review here: http://myreadersblock.blogspot.com/2010/09/house-on-strand.html

    Mission accomplished! Met my goal! Light those candles & let's have some cake!

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  53. And I just want to say...thanks for hosting this challenge. It has been one of the most interesting that I've signed up for. It's made me read some pretty fabulous books that were outside my usual comfort zone and books that have been on the TBR list way too long.

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  54. Thanks for participating, Bev! I'm glad you had fun. Prize list coming your way soon via e-mail!

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  55. J.G.: Here's my wrap up review: http://myreadersblock.blogspot.com/2010/09/birth-year-reading-challenge-wrap-up.html

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  56. Got it! Glad you had fun, Bev!

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  57. #7 - The Incredible Journey by Shelia Burnford

    http://beachreader48.blogspot.com/2010/09/review-incredible-journey.html

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  58. J.G.: Just wanted to make sure you got my email reply about the prize list.

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  59. I completely forgot to post them here, but I already have 2 candles:)

    Restoration by Rose Tremain
    http://theotherlives.blogspot.com/2010/03/rose-tremain-restoration-navracena.html

    and Billy Bathgate by E. L. Doctorow
    http://theotherlives.blogspot.com/2010/09/e-l-doctorow-billy-bathgate.html

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  60. Awaris, thanks for the update. Your candles are burning now!

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  61. Gilgamesh arrived in the mail. I can't wait to read it. Thanks again for sponsoring a great challenge!

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  62. Glad you got it okay, Bev. I hope you enjoy it, and thanks again for reading along!

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  63. I just realized I could give updates here! I read another book: The Stepford Wives by Ira Levin. Here's a link to my review: http://bookretreat.blogspot.com/2010/08/book-review-stepford-wives-by-ira-levin.html

    I just have one more to go to meet my goal of 4 books from my birth year.

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  64. Julie, your latest candle is burning brightly. Good luck on that final book!

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  65. I finished! Here's my last review: http://bookretreat.blogspot.com/2010/11/book-review-charlie-and-great-glass.html

    And I'm putting up a recap post later today. Thanks so much for hosting this challenge!!

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  66. You're all set, Julie. Congrats on completing the challenge, and thanks for the wrap-up post.

    I'm glad you were able to see a pattern in the books from your birth year. That's what we were hoping for!

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  67. I forgot to tell you that I've read Gilgamesh (the book I chose as my prize). Review here: http://myreadersblock.blogspot.com/2010/10/gilgamesh.html

    --if you're interested.

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  68. Here is my review for 1972's The Boys of Summer by Roger Kahn. It was AMAZING and I am so glad this challenge brought me and this book together.

    http://100journeys.wordpress.com/2010/12/04/the-boys-of-summer/

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  69. Bev, so glad you enjoyed it! Good books last forever, don't they?

    Pam, your candle is burning now, and thanks for the review. I need to read it. Not sure how I missed it 'til now; I'm a big baseball fan and this is a classic.

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  70. I have my first candle for The Alchemist! Two to go. Here is my review: http://thestorygirlbookreviews.blogspot.com/2010/12/alchemist.html

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  71. L.L., candle up now (sorry for the delay). Hope you enjoy the one(s) you have left!

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  72. I finished book 2! http://thestorygirlbookreviews.blogspot.com/2010/12/bean-trees.html

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  73. Done, L.L. Glad this one was such a successful choice!

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  74. Here is candle #2, just in time. What a fabulous book!

    http://prologuebooks.wordpress.com/2010/12/26/the-great-bridge-david-mccullough/

    Your challenge actually inspired me to start a new blog just for non-fiction. Both of the books I read for your challenge were non-fiction books and both were fabulous.

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  75. Pam, you're good to go! Glad to hear this led to a new blog. Non-fiction certainly has its place!

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  76. Here's my third and final book:
    http://theotherlives.blogspot.com/2010/02/birth-year-reading-challenge.html

    and a wrap-up:
    http://theotherlives.blogspot.com/2010/12/birth-year-reading-challenge-wrap-up.html

    Just in time! It wouldn't be me if I finished something too soon:)

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  77. My third and final book is Lioness Rampant, and I have finished it. However, I don't have long enough access to the internet to publish my review before the New Year. It is in my notebook, just not blogged. Is that ok?

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  78. Congrats on finishing, Awaris! Thanks for the wrap-up, too. You are in plenty of time. :-) I'll e-mail the list of book prizes, so you can pick yours.

    L.L., no problem with the post-dated review. Just let me know when you post it, and I'll add the link. Congrats on finishing! I'll send you the book prize list, too.

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  79. Got my review finished!! http://thestorygirlbookreviews.blogspot.com/2011/01/lioness-rampant.html

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  80. Here's my wrap-up: http://thestorygirlbookreviews.blogspot.com/2011/01/birth-year-challenge-wrap-up.html

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  81. L.L., both uplinks are up now. Thanks again for joining in!

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