amy.e.n 's First Ever Challenge

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amy.e.n 's First Ever Challenge

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Dez 26, 2013, 10:10 pm

Hello, i just joined LT yesterday and have just been looking around and thought that this would be a good challenge to set myself to! I mostly read YA fiction but i'm going to try and expand my horizons as i'm starting to find repetitions in the stories i read. I'm going to try and hopefully read at least 10 (auto)biographies and some more older fashioned books such as Sherlock Holmes. Recommendations as to what i could read are welcome :)

Editado: Dez 26, 2013, 10:25 pm

Glad you've joined us here, amy.e.n, and hope you stay a loooong time.

I also like YA and children's lit, but have expanded my horizons as well, through other members' recommendations and by seeing what books others are enjoying.

I finally read Sherlock Holmes, for the first time, last year. I would highly recommend Laurie King's series about Holmes and his apprentice, Russell. The first in the series is The Beekeeper's Apprentice.

Have fun!

Oh, and my own 2014 thread is here:

Editado: Dez 26, 2013, 10:43 pm

Personally I liked the Nero Wolfe books (by Rex Stout) better than Sherlock Holmes.

I find it really hard to give suggestions with so little to go on, though. What would you like to see more of, amy.e.n: fantasy, mystery, romance, science fiction, literary fiction, adventure, horror... ?

My own taste in the "Old Fashioned" stuff tends toward the adventure stories: The Three Musketeers, Kidnapped, The Scarlet Pimpernel, Captain Blood, A Princess of Mars, and Around the World in 80 Days, for example. But I'm also reasonably fond of Jane Austin.

Dez 27, 2013, 2:32 am

Welcome to LibraryThing and to the group, Amy! I'm personally enjoying reading LOTS of YA at the moment, but would also give Sherlock Holmes a thumbs-up. Good solid adventurous fun.

Dez 27, 2013, 4:04 am

Hmm, i'd probably like more mystery of adventure.

Dez 27, 2013, 11:12 am

Welcome to the group!

Dez 27, 2013, 7:23 pm

> 2, 3, 4, 6 Thanks :)

Jan 3, 2014, 2:56 am

The Happiest Refugee: a memoir by Anh Do

This is his autobiography. Anh Do is an Australian comedian who came to Australia at the age of 2 as a Vietnamese refugee on a small boat filled with 40 people. I found this a really good read and it really makes you re-think about just how lucky you really are and how much you should appreciate your life.

Jan 3, 2014, 2:18 pm

Hello amy & welcome. I think you will enjoy this group. It is a low pressure group and we aren't so many in number that you will lost yourself.
Happy New Year & good luck with your 2014 reading challenges. I look forward to following you.

Jan 5, 2014, 11:05 pm

Hi Amy and welcome to Librarything and to this group. Anh Do is a funny man isn't he. I really should read his book soon.

Jan 17, 2014, 5:07 am

Ok i finally stopped being busy so i read Every Day by David Levithan and it is amazing. Its YA fiction and has quite an interesting, different concept. Its set around someone who calls themselves "A" and i found it quite interesting, but i wasn't quite sure what i was feeling at the end! I'll probably read this book again because its pretty amazing :)

Jan 17, 2014, 5:18 am

Hello and thanks! Yeah when i found this group it seemed really friendly and including so i immediately joined :) Thanks and a happy new year to you too! Thanks :)

Jan 17, 2014, 5:30 am

Hello, thanks! Yes he certainly is, yeah its really inspirational! Have fun reading :)

Jan 17, 2014, 7:21 am

Every Day does sound interesting! Oh dear, why are there so many good books out there??

Jan 20, 2014, 7:02 am

Yeah it was very! Ah i know right, too many books to read!

Jan 20, 2014, 7:45 am

Lady Dance by Jackie French
Ok so this was quite a short read, it took about 2-3 hours at my speed which is medium-fast. It had quite a good theme going, i think its mostly about passion and praise. It was set during the time of the black death epidemic and had information at tieback of the book which was talking about what used to happen back then etc.
I think it is aimed at 10-12 year olds but i would recommend it to anyone 10+ if they want a small, inspirational read :)

Jan 21, 2014, 7:51 am

Destroy Me by Tahereh Mafi
Ok i read this one on my laptop from ibooks which was an interesting change. I read Shatter Me and Unravel Me last year but this one from another main characters perspective which was a nice little twist.
Although i think it was a little on the short side, it was still pretty amazing.

Editado: Fev 3, 2014, 2:07 am

Mutation (Phoenix Files) by Chris Morphew
I read the first two books of this series last year then stopped because i couldn't find this one in the library, but i finally found it and read it. These are quite fast paced books that take a few hours to read them. This book was set in Jordan's perspective, a girl who was one of the first people to move into Phoenix, a small town that seems to be completely cut off from the rest of the world. It was a good read, i would recommend it to pretty much anyone! Happy reading everyone :)

Jan 24, 2014, 1:18 am

Sounds interesting. I'll check this series out.

Jan 24, 2014, 7:12 pm

The Shakespeare Stealer by Gary Blackwood

I read yet another reasonably short book last night! This book is about a young boy named Widge who is a poor orphan with an extraordinary talent to write a unique coded shorthand. He gets passed around from person to person until he finally finds his home. Widge also speaks bit weird, being a country boy. I would recommend this to anyone over the age of 12.

Fev 3, 2014, 2:13 am

The Maze Runner by James Dashner

This is the first of the trilogy and a lot of my friends from instagram love it so i got it, and it is pretty cool :) It starts with a boy names Thomas who woke up in the lift and can only remember his first name. When the lift doors are opened up he finds a lot of boys from the ages of 13 to 20 (i think) and they all live in a place called the Glade. Surrounding the Glade are large stone walls and outside those walls is the Maze. Every night the stone doors close and they are trapped inside for the night. He also discovers that one boy comes up every thirty days. However, the day after Thomas is sent from the "Box", a girl arrives with a very strange message. The word thing is that Thomas feels strangely attracted to this mysterious girl, and feels like she just might have the answers to his questions.

Fev 20, 2014, 6:04 am

The Scorch Trials by James Dashner

This is the second of the series, (the first is the review before this one) and its pretty much the same, it just gets a whole lot more complicated and different places etc. Its also still YA fiction even though i was going to try to read others!

Fev 20, 2014, 6:11 am

A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness

This was a very interesting book, the only reason i read it was because i saw it on the library shelf and thought the title and cover looked pretty interesting. On most of the pages there are illustrations (done by Jim Kay) to show what the author has in his mind so he can spend more time writing the story line rather than describing every little detail. At least thats what i think! The story is based on an idea from Siobhan Dowd who passed away from cancer before she could write the book. The mother of the main character also has cancer. The storyline seems a bit babyish at times but its pretty good once you get to the end and look at the whole book and see how everything fits together etc.
Happy reading everyone :)