Wednesday, December 12, 2018

Birth Year Reading Challenge 2019 - Progress & Reviews


Welcome! This is where we track the sign-ups and the candles for the 2019 version of the Birth Year Reading Challenge. (Review the rules here.) It's going to be fun!

Please keep me updated on how you're doing (reviews and reactions would be nice, even if just 1-2 sentences). I'll post your progress and light your candles as quickly as possible.

Note: Sign-ups are now closed.   

Jamie Ghione of Whatever I Think Of! (sign-up post: 1971)

Bev of My Reader's Block (sign-up post: 1947) - 2 candles
1. Final Curtain - Ngaio March (review)
2. Murder at the Mardi Gras - Elisabet M. Stone (review)

Beverly Baird of Bunny's Girl (sign-up post: Year?)

Amy Edge of Grateful Crafter (info to follow)

Unknown (info to follow)

Jaymi Couch of Orange County Readers (sign-up post: 1973)

Goldmoon of Quattro Passe Sulle Nuvole (sign-up post: Year?) - 1 candle
1. The Princess Bride - William Goldman (1973) (review)

Keslei of Snapshots of an Average Life (sign-up post: 1988) - 6 candles
1. Coming of Age in the Milky Way - Timothy Ferris (496 pages) (review)
2. The Third Magic - Welwyn Wilton Katz (218 pages) (review)
3. The Horsegirl - Constance Ash (232 pages) (review)
4. Storeys from the Old Hotel - Gene Wolfe (331 pages) (review)
5. Batman: The Killing Joke - Alan Moore and Brian Bollard (64 pages) (review)
6. The Psychology of Everyday Things - Donald A. Norman (257 pages) (review)

Neer of A Hot Cup of Pleasure (sign-up: 1940) - 3 candles
1. Dusky Night - Victor Bridges (review)
2. House of Hatred - Victor Bayley (review)
3. All is Vanity - Josephine Bell (review)

Bernice Hopper at Newly Creative (sign-up post: 1949)

Dominique Marie at Mique Reads (sign-up post: 1983)

Lindsey at Pages of Learning (sign-up in comments: Year?)


Unknown (info to follow)


Kaila-Marie (sign-up: 1996)


Chelle3230 (list here: Year?)


Peggy PurplePenmore (list here: Year?)

Dimple Malhotra of Enthralling Dimple (list here: Year?)

Amy (list here: 1998)

26 comments:

  1. My first candle: Dusky Night by Victor Bridges

    https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/2666868596?book_show_action=false

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  2. My second candle: House of Hatred by Victor Bayley

    https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/2677183424?book_show_action=false&from_review_page=1

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    1. You're off to a good start, Neer, with candles burning brightly!

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    2. P.S. Although it sounds like the books themselves aren't so great, so far. :-(

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  3. And this one turned out to be even worse, Jane:)

    All is Vanity by Josephine Bell

    https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/2699205208?book_show_action=false&from_review_page=1

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    1. So disappointing! I sure hope your luck changes with the next one!

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  4. January's book is finished and reviewed! I find astronomy fascinating, so this book on the history of cosmology was right up my alley.

    Book #1: Coming of Age in the Milky Way, by Timothy Ferris (496 pages) - my review is here.

    Also, I've sent a couple of emails about the completion prize for 2018 and haven't heard back yet, so I just wanted to make sure those had gone through, and hadn't ended up in a junk or spam folder accidentally.

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    1. So sorry for the slow reply. I have been overwhelmed with work and miscellany lately -- but back on track now and doing all my updating. I'm off to check e-mail next and will be better in the future. Thanks for your patience. Modern life is so challenging sometimes . . . .

      Meanwhile, happy to hear that your first book was a good one!

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  5. And February's book is finished as well! Not surprisingly, 200ish pages of YA fantasy went by a lot faster than nearly 500 pages of more academic nonfiction, even though I liked January's book a bit more than February's.

    Book #2: The Third Magic, by Welwyn Wilton Katz (218 pages) - my review is here.

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    1. Thanks, Keslei! This book sounds pretty good -- I like stories that take place "offstage" from known tales -- although as you noted, not perfectly executed. Glad you're making such good progress!

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  6. I finished my book for March over a week ago, but only just got around to actually reviewing it. It wasn't quite what I was hoping for when I chose it, but I still liked it okay.

    Book #3: The Horsegirl, by Constance Ash (232 pages) - my review is here.

    Also, I still haven't heard back about the completion prize for last year's BYRC?

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    1. All caught up now with your candles and progress! Check your e-mail for prize info, please.

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    2. P.S. Your review sounds like it's quite the bait-and-switch. Is it supposed to be for YA reading? Although I suppose gritty stories are acceptable for today's modern YA audience, perhaps.

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    3. I think it's actually supposed to be adult fantasy, given the publisher - I just didn't pay enough attention to that going in. Also, I don't think the market for YA fiction existed in quite the same form in the 80s as it does today, which probably resulted in more borderline books like this one.

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    1. Thanks! Second candle shining brightly.

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  8. Again, I'm over a week behind on my reviewing (I blame end-of-semester grading craziness :P), but I finished April's book before the month was up. It ended up being a fitting choice, since Gene Wolfe passed away in the middle of April.

    Book #4: Storeys from the Old Hotel, by Gene Wolfe (331 pages) - my review is here.

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    1. Good for you, staying on track with the monthly goal! What an interesting coincidence of timing, with the author's passing. Your 4th candle is burning now!

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  9. May's book was actually a graphic novel, one that I've been meaning to read for a while now. When people talk about iconic Batman stories, the ones that invariably get mentioned are The Dark Knight Returns, Year One, and The Killing Joke, and having read them all now, I can see why.

    Book #5: Batman: The Killing Joke, by Alan Moore and Brian Bollard (64 pages) - my review is here.

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    1. I'm glad you enjoyed adding this book to your understanding of the series -- and I think it's extremely cool that you were able to choose such an exciting genre from your birth year! That 5th candle should be extra bright!

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  10. Book 1: The princess bride by William Goldman (1973)
    https://quattropassisullenuvole.blogspot.com/2019/06/la-principessa-sposa-william-goldman.html

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    1. Congratulations on your first candle!

      I asked Google to translate your review and have to say that I agree with you, that the idea is very clever but the execution is rather uneven. For once, the movie is better (the special effects are a little hokey but it has so many great scenes and so many quotable lines!).

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  11. Hey look, I finished and reviewed my book for June before the month was up! Reading nonfiction about technology from 1988 was an interesting adventure, to say the least.

    Book #6: The Psychology of Everyday Things, by Donald A. Norman (257 pages) - my review is here.

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    1. Whoo hoo! You rock! Candle 6 is up -- and this book sounds really intriguing. It's on my TBR list now, thanks to you.

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