Thursday, January 20, 2011

Birth Year Reading Challenge 2011 - Time Machine - Progress and Reviews

Bev Hankins at My Reader's Block (sign-up post): 12 candles (completed, but still reading!)
1. Live or Die - Anne Sexton (review)
2. Flying Finish - Dick Francis (review)
3. The Magic Finger - Roald Dahl (review)
4. Rosencrantz & Guildenstern Are Dead - Tom Stoppard (review)
5. Third Girl - Agatha Christie (review)
6. Death of a Doxy - Rex Stout (review)
7. Black Sheep - Georgette Heyer (review)
8. Fantastic Voyage - Isaac Asimov (review)
9. Killer Dolphin - Ngaio Marsh (review)
10. The Bloody Wood - Michael Innes (review)
11. The Religious Body - Catherine Aird (review)
12. Panic in Box C - John Dickson Carr (review)

L.L. at The Story Girl (sign-up post): 2 candles
1. Cat's Eye - Margaret Atwood (review)
2. Paris Trout - Pete Dexter (review)

Stephanie V at Hookin', Knittin' & Livin' (sign-up post): 4 candles (completed)
1. Second Foundation - Isaac Asimov (review)
2. The Robe - Lloyd C. Douglas (review)
3. Junky - William S. Burroughs (review)
4. The Long Goodbye - Raymond Chandler (review)

J.G. at Hotchpot Cafe (sign-up post) (not eligible for prizes): 3 candles (completed) (wrap-up post)
1. The Second Tree from the Corner - E.B. White (review)
2. The View from Pompey's Head - Hamilton Basso (review)
3. Mine the Harvest - Edna St. Vincent Millay (review)

Gilion at Rose City Reader (sign-up post): 1 candle (wrap-up post in 1/2/12 comment here)
1. The Anti-Death League - Kingsley Amis (review)

Book Dragon at Book Dragon's Lair (sign-up post)

Tracy at Just Another Bookworm's Blog (sign-up post)

Awaris at The Other Lives (sign-up post): 3 candles
1. The Children of Men - P. D. James (review)
2. The Crow Road - Iain Banks (review)
3. A Thousand Acres - Jane Smiley (review)

Colette Kingsley at Colette's Creations (details coming soon)

Neer at A Hot Cup of Pleasure (sign-up post): 2 candles (completed) (wrap-up post)
1. Oh Shit, Not Again! - Mandar Kokate (review)
2. Zero Percentile: Missed IIT Kissed Russia - Neeraj Chhibba (review)


  1. First candle for my husband's birth year cake: Live or Die by Anne Sexton. Review here:

  2. I am definitely signing up again, even though I didn't really like either of my birth year books I read last year.

    And I'm sticking with 1966. The Time Machine idea is pretty cool, but I am determined to find something I like from the year I was born.

  3. @Rose City Reader: I'm doing 1966 too! I rolled the virtual dice and came up with my husband's birth year.

    And...that reminds me why I've come...I've got another 1966 book done: Flying Finish by Dick Francis. Review here:

  4. I've managed to find - and read- my first book from 1953: Second Foundation by Isaac Asimov. The review is on today's post. I'm getting farther this year in the time machine than last year. Right now I have two more books queued up.

  5. My second book, The Robe by Lloyd C Douglas, is reviewed in today's post. It seems that Wikipedia isn't always right. The book was actually published earlier and the film was made in 1953. Oops!

  6. Way to go, Bev! Your candles are glowing brightly.

    Stephanie V, ditto for your candles. (We won't be too picky about the book/film thing, wink, wink.)

    Rose City, welcome! I'm glad you are joining in on this little adventure.

  7. I;m definitely on a reading roll here...candle #3 can now be lit. I've finished William S Burroughs 'Junky'. It's the topic of my post for today.

  8. Got another Candle! The Magic Finger by Roald Dahl. Review:

  9. And one more--Rosencrantz & Guildenstern Are Dead by Tom Stoppard. Review:

  10. Okay, Bev, you're good to go!

  11. Light up another one! Third Girl by Agatha Christie. Review:

  12. Another Candle! Death of a Doxy by Rex Stout. Review here:

  13. Burning brightly for both books, Bev!

  14. And one more (can you tell that I'm in recovery and nothing much I can do but lounge and read?):

    Black Sheep by Georgette Heyer Review here:

  15. Not a bad way to get better, I'd say, Bev! Enjoy the extra candlelight.

  16. Candle #8: Fantastic Voyage by Isaac Asimov
    Review here:

    I've actually fulfilled my candle number (8)...but I still have more to read.

  17. All set, Bev. You have quite a blaze going!

    I'll send you the prize list soon, so you can celebrate finishing your list!

  18. My first candle this year: Tche CHildren of Men by P. D. James

  19. Okay, Awaris, you are good to go! (Sorry for the late lighting; I have been moving house and was not online over the weekend.)

  20. No worries:)
    I have another one - The Crow Road by Iain Banks. Here:

  21. Added another candle for 1966:

    Killer Dolphin by Ngaio Marsh

  22. Awaris, lighting complete! Glad you are on a roll.

    Bev, you're the firestarter for sure. Thanks for being out front on this!

  23. Candle #10 (two over my commitment):
    The Bloody Wood by Michael Innes

  24. Candle #11:
    The Religious Body by Catherine Aird

  25. New candles added, Bev. Thanks for the extra glow!

  26. Candle #12: Panic in Box C by John Dickson Carr

    Gotta keep 1966 glowing!

  27. Hooray! I've just finished number 4: The Long Goodbye by Raymond Chandler. Review on today's post. 1953 is only a little easier to find books than 1946.

  28. Okay, Stephanie. You are good to go with flame #4!

  29. I have two candles!

    Cat's Eye by Margaret Atwood -

    Paris Trout by Pete Dexter -

  30. Okay, L.L., you are all set with your first two candles -- halfway finished!

  31. My third candle!

    And I'll be starting my fourth tomorrow, then I'll have to find more books to add to the list :)

  32. Congrats on making such great progress, Awaris! Your third candle is burning now.

  33. Here, finally, is my sign up post.

    And here is my first review, of Kingsley Amis's The Anti-Death League.

    My cake is no longer dark.

  34. It seems really wimpy of me to check out now. I've got a month left to find at least one more of the books I really would like to read. Here's hoping I can report back with a review.

  35. Rose City, I lit your candle a while ago but forget to mention it here. Glad you are in!

    Stephanie, it's up to you how you want to proceed. Just so you know there's no pressure from this side of the cake. :-)

  36. I think I'm done for this year. I doubt I'll get to reading anything on my list even if I do find one of the books now.
    I like this kind of challenge - the no-pressure kind. Thanks!

  37. Here are my two candles:

    And since I've completed the challenge, here's my wrap-up post:

    This was a no-pressure challenge and so really enjoyed it. I hope you host it next year too but I can understand your reasons for not continuing it.


  38. Hi

    I have completed the challenge.

  39. Congrats on finishing, Neer, and thanks for your kind words about the challenge. I have thought of a new variation of the BYRC for next year, so I will be hosting again.

    I'll send you the book list in a day or two so you can pick out your prize. Thanks for participating!

  40. Stephanie V, no worries. There's always next year!


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