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60 Books Challenge 2016

 60 Books Challenge 2016

  1. A book written by someone under the age of 25 
  2. A book written by someone over 65 
  3. A book published before 1850 Mansfield Park by Jane Austen
  4. A book published this year Hard Red Spring by Kelly Kerney
  5. An anthology 
  6. A book published by an indie press
  7. A book about or by someone who identifies as LGBTQ 
  8. A book that takes place in Asia 
  9. A book written by an Asian author 
  10. A book by an African author 
  11. A book that takes place in Africa 
  12. A book by or about Native Americans 
  13. A book by or about Aborigines 
  14. A Young Adult novel Aristotle and Dante discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Sàenz
  15. A sci-fi novel Doctor Who: The Angel’s Kiss by Melody Malone
  16. A National Book Award winning book 
  17. A Man Booker Prize winning book 
  18. A Pulitzer Prize winning book 
  19. A retelling of a classic story 
  20. An audio-book Silver: Return to Treasure Island by Andrew Motion
  21. A book adapted for radio The Gaveyard Book by Neil Gaiman (adapted by BBC)
  22. A book that was recommended to you My Life on the Road by Gloria Steinem
  23. A book originally published in a different language 
  24. A book in a foreign language 
  25. A book you consider a “guilty pleasure” 
  26. A book published the year you were born 
  27. A book with more than 500 pages 
  28. A classic romance 
  29. A book that became a movie Octopussy & The Living Daylights by Ian Fleming
  30. A book with a number in the title 
  31. A funny book Good Omens by Neil Gaiman & Terry Pratchett
  32. A mystery or thriller And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie
  33. An erotic novel Casanova: The Venetian Years by Giacomo Casanova
  34. A book with a one-word title Daredevils by Shawn Vestal
  35. A nonfiction book We Should All Be Feminists by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
  36. A popular author’s first book 
  37. A book from a favourite author you haven’t read yet 
  38. A book based on a true story 
  39. A book from the bottom of your to-read-pile The Ragged-Trousered Philanthropists by Robert Tressell
  40. A book based on its cover alone The Museum of Extraordinary Things by Alice Hoffman
  41. A book you were supposed to read in school but didn’t 
  42. A book with antonyms in the title 
  43. A book set somewhere you’ve always wanted to visit 
  44. A trilogy 
  45. A book from your childhood 
  46. A book with a colour in the title 
  47. A book that makes you cry 
  48. A book with magic 
  49. A book by an author you’ve never read before The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry by Rachel Joyce
  50. A book you own but haven’t read How To Train Your Dragon by Cressida Cowell
  51. A book that takes place in your hometown, state or country 
  52. A play Clybourne Park by Bruce Norris
  53. A banned book 
  54. A book based on or turned into a TV show Doctor Who: Sleepers in the Dust by Darren Jones
  55. A NaNoWriMo winning novel 
  56. A book your dad loves 
  57. A book your mum loves 
  58. A book your grandparents love/own 
  59. A book by an author with your initials (C.K.) 
  60. A book by an author with the same first name (Cornelia/Conny) 
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Friday 56: Vol. 9

The Friday 56 is a blog hop by Freda’s Voice and the rules are simple:

  • Turn to the nearest book.
  • Open it on page 56.
  • Post a sentence or two.
  • Join the linky.
  • Go crazy on the linky.

“Eddie had set out to photograph every one of these apple trees, some little more than twigs, others quite massive, with thick trunks and twisted limbs.”

– The Museum of Extraordinary Things by Alice Hoffman

Top Ten Tuesday: Top 10 Authors I’d Buy No Matter What

Top Ten Tuesday is the brainchild of The Broke & the Bookish. Every Tuesday, we compile a list of our literary Top 10, and then add it to the blog hop.

This week is all about the Top 10 Authors We’d Buy No Matter What.

1.) Bill Bryson
Witty travel writing? Yes, please!

2.) Kathy Reichs
I’m definitely a fan of Temperance Brennan

3.) J.K. Rowling
Do I even need to explain this one?

4.) Dan Brown
I do love me a good conspiracy, and Robert Langdon.

5.) Mark Gatiss
Whether it’s original work, Doctor Who or something else. I love his humour!

6.) Neil Gaiman
How do I even start to describe how awesome his writing is?

And a few dearly departed authors I’ve collected or I’m still trying to collect:

7.) J.R.R. Tolkien
His books were my introduction to fantasy. Middle-Earth is my home.

8.) Douglas Adams
Is there anyone more British in this universe than Arthur Dent?

9.) Terry Pratchett
I’ve read most of his books at the library, but now I’m slowly buying them

10.) Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
Someone who is sure that writing Sherlock Holmes was his biggest mistake must have a great body of work to back up that claim.

Back on Goodreads

I signed up to Goodreads back in 2008 while I was at uni. But back then, I didn’t really see the point of it all, so I left, but forgot to delete my account.

But now that my focus is back on literature, I went to sign up just to discover I never signed out.

So here I am, back on Goodreads. I’m still trying to build my read and TBR shelves. I’ve not written reviews yet. At the moment, I’m just busy adding books – and friends.
My READ shelf:
Conny's book recommendations, liked quotes, book clubs, book trivia, book lists (read shelf)

Turns out, all this catching up has made me the #8 Top User from Germany this week (though the counter is a bit behind, I should be in 6th place). I’ve made a list of all the books I own, so I’m slowly but surely adding them.

Are you on Goodreads? Wanna hang out? Add me as a friend! Clicking on the picture will take you straight to my profile.

Goodreads profile

Top Ten Tuesday: Top 10 Quotes from Books

Top Ten Tuesdays are hosted by The Broke & the Bookish. This week should feature the top ten of Top Ten Tuesday Topics, but seeing as I only started to participate recently, I do not have a top ten yet. So I decided to share my Top 10 Quotes From Books, a topic the others covered on April 14.

Let’s see whether you can work out my favourite authors, shall we?

 

1.) “Not all those who wander are lost.” – Bilbo Baggins in The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring by J.R.R. Tolkien

This quote remains my absolute favourite quote. As someone who likes to travel, Bilbo’s poem to Aragorn / Strider is the perfect reminder that travel also serves a purpose and wanderers are by no means lost.

 

2.) “I don’t know half of you half as well as I should like; and I like less than half of you half as well as you deserve.” – Bilbo Baggins in The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring by J.R.R. Tolkien

I read The Fellowship of the Ring when I was still learning English. It took me a while to figure out what Bilbo says here. But I just adore the sass in this quote.

 

3.) “To a great mind, nothing is little.” – Sherlock Holmes in A Study in Scarlet by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

Just a reminder that even to the greatest mind, nothing is insignificant. So why do simpler minds think details are not important?

 

4.) “The story so far: In the beginning the Universe was created. This has made a lot of people very angry and been widely regarded as a bad move.” – Opening sentence of The Restaurant at the End of the Universe by Douglas Adams

Fiction imitates life. I think this is brilliant.

 

5.) “It is sometimes an appropriate response to reality to go insane.” – in Valis by Philip K. Dick

Sometimes I feel like it’s the only repsonse.

 

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