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Take It or Leave It Challenge - March 2023 - Page 1

1SqueakyChu
Editado: Fev 26, 2023, 1:19 pm

For those new to this challenge: More info and monthly index can be found in post #1 of this thread or this TIOLI FAQS wiki.


...logo by cyderry

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Hi folks!

Your TIOLI challenge for March, 2023, is to

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Read a book with the word "happy", its synonym, or its antonym in the title
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Rules:
1. You may only use a word or phrase from this link. (thesaurus.com)
2. The word or phrase must be the exact wording as what is in each capsule. No changes in word forms will be accepted.
3. In the case of a phrase, no words within the oval must be left out, the words must be in the same order, and no extra words can be inserted.
4. The word may be embedded within a title word, but not across words.
5. Use only the first two white boxes on top of of that linked page. No scrolling down for more white boxes of words! :D

Have a HAPPY time choosing your books for March! :D

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Other Fun Stuff (not part of the TIOLI challenge):
1. FAMeulstee's 2023 TIOLI Sweeplette Meter
2. FAMeulstee's Our TIOLI Sweeps
3. Morphidae's List of Previous TIOLI Challenges (2010-2016) - A reference (Do a control-F scan) to avoid repeating a previous challenge. If your idea is similar to a previous challenge, make it unique by adding a new "twist" to it.
4. The March 2023 TIOLI Meter - Optional page on which you may track your TIOLI reading. Not competitive--- just fun!

2SqueakyChu
Editado: Mar 5, 2023, 1:22 pm

Index of Challenges:

Challenges #1-6
1. Read a book with the word "happy", its synonym, or its antonym in the title - msg #1
2. Read a book by an author that you have read before and given 4 or more stars to - msg #2
3. Read a book which you did not purchase - msg #4
4. Read a book with a nationality or ethnicity in the title or author's name - msg #6
5. Read a book with a word dividable into two words in the title - msg #7
6. Read a book with a word meaning "all" or "nothing" in the title or author's name - msg #8

Challenges #7-12
7. Read a book whose title or author's name includes the words green, white or orange - msg #10
8. Read a book with a title containing two opposite ideas, actions or places - msg #9
9. Read a book that is the basis of a lesser-known film OR a lesser-known book that is the basis of a film - msg #11
10. Read a book set in the nineteenth century or before with characters of colour - msg #12
11. Read a book where the title sounds naughty but isn't - msg #15
12. Read a book that has been criticised, banned or burnt - msg #18

Challenges #13-16
13. Read a book with settings on two or more countries - msg #20
14. Read a book with a word in the title that has a connection with walking/hiking - msg #21
15. Read a Debut Adult Novel by an Author born in Africa - msg #37
16. Read a book about Sentient Things - msg #44

Please hold your challenge until the April 2023 TIOLI challenges are posted. Thank you!

3DeltaQueen50
Editado: Fev 26, 2023, 1:33 pm

Challenge #2: Read a book by an author that you have read before and given 4 or more stars to.

- If you don't assign stars to rate your reading, then the books by the author you read previously must have been very good to excellent.

4lindapanzo
Editado: Fev 26, 2023, 1:42 pm

Challenge #3: Read a book which you did not purchase

Should be pretty clear. Read a book which you did not pay money for.

Borrowing from a library or from friends or family springs to mind. Receiving the book as a gift is fine, even if it's from Santa Thing.

The self serving part, for me, is that a book you received from LT's Early Reviewers or Net Galley or some other source where you received the book in exchange for a review, would also be fine.

Please indicate how you received it.

5Helenliz
Fev 26, 2023, 1:46 pm

>4 lindapanzo: That's the library book mountain taken care of then! Thanks >:-)

6susanna.fraser
Fev 26, 2023, 1:55 pm

Challenge #4: Read a book with a nationality or ethnicity in the title or author's name

I'm looking for the adjective rather than the noun form of the nation in this case--American rather than America, French rather than France, etc. In cases where the adjective and noun form are the same--e.g. Cherokee or Navajo--it's fine to use them.

7quondame
Fev 26, 2023, 1:57 pm

Challenge #5: Read a book with a word dividable into two words in the title

The two words cannot overlap nor can there be any unused letters.

8cbl_tn
Fev 26, 2023, 2:05 pm

Challenge #6: All or Nothing - Read a book with a word meaning "all" or a word meaning "nothing" in the title or author's name

Embedded words count. For example, you could read a book by an author named Allison.

9Citizenjoyce
Fev 26, 2023, 2:50 pm

Challenge #8: Read a book with a title containing two opposite ideas, actions, or places
I'll be reading An Assassin in Utopia: The True Story of a Nineteenth-Century Sex Cult and a President's Murder by Susan Wels.

10Chatterbox
Fev 26, 2023, 3:00 pm

Challenge #7: For St. Patrick's Day, read a book whose author's name or title includes one of the colors of the Irish flag: green, white or orange

Pretty self explanatory, but...

-- embedded words are fine (eg names like Greene, or compound nouns like whitewash and greenery)
-- do NOT include words in a subtitle
-- TITLES of books, with one of the three colors in a foreign language published in that language are fine, if you're reading it in that language. For instance L'enigme des blancs-manteaux by Jean-François Parot is fine if you're reading it in French, but its English title is quite different -- The Châtelet Apprentice. So, the title you're citing needs to be the language you're reading in.
-- Also, just to cover all possible questions, you may NOT include green, white or orange as a foreign word embedded. For instance, no books with titles like PoVERTy (with vert being French for green), unless it's by someone named Green, White or Orange.

Hopefully that covers the bases, but you guys are a creative lot, so -- just ask!

11lyzard
Editado: Fev 26, 2023, 5:02 pm

I was going to do this last month but figured two film-y challenges was probably a bit much:

Challenge #9:

Read a book that is the basis of a lesser-known film OR a lesser-known book that is the basis of a film


'Lesser-known' is subjective, of course, so I'm not going to be too hardline here; but what I'm looking for is a reaction of either "I didn't know that was based on a book" or "I didn't know they filmed that". If you would reasonably expect most people to have heard of your book or film, it doesn't qualify.

So no award winners on either side. No classics. No blockbusters. No Lord Of The Rings, no Harry Potter, no Jurassic Park.

I will allow plays as long as the obscurity clause is invoked.

Please name and link the film on the wiki.

12wandering_star
Fev 26, 2023, 6:15 pm

Challenge 10: Read a book set in the nineteenth century or before with characters of colour

I am particularly interested in historical fiction which reflects the real diversity of the past, but I'm making the challenge a bit broader than that - so non-fiction is fine, also pre-nineteenth century writing from outside Europe/North America, also are Bridgerton-like reimaginings of a more diverse past.

The book does not have to be wholly set in the nineteenth century or before, but the pre-C19 segments should have a character or characters of colour in them.

13Citizenjoyce
Editado: Abr 1, 2023, 1:39 am

My planned reads:
Challenge #1: Read a book with the word "happy", its synonym, or its antonym in the title - started by SqueakyChu
*✔Happy for You - Claire Stanford (5)
Challenge #2: Read a book by an author that you have read before and given 4 or morhttps://www.librarything.com/locale stars to - started by DeltaQueen
Equal Rites by Terry Pratchett (5)
Old Babes in the Wood - Margaret Atwood (3)
*✔A Prayer for the Crown-Shy - Becky Chambers (3.5)
Challenge #3: Read a book which you did not purchase - started by lindapanzo
The Midwife of Venice by Roberta Rich (4)
Reader, I Murdered Him by Betsy Cornwell (4)
Time's Undoing: A Novel by Cheryl A. Head (4)
Challenge #4: Read a book with a nationality or ethnicity in the title or author's name - started by susanna.fraser
Lakota America: A New History of Indigenous Power - Pekka Hämäläinen (5)
Challenge #5: Read a book with a word dividable into two words in the title - started by quondame
*✔Deerskin - Robin McKinley (4)
Challenge #6: All or Nothing: Read a book with a word meaning "all" or "nothing" in the title or author's name - started by cbl_tn
We All Want Impossible Things - Catherine Newman (4.5)
Challenge #7: Read a book whose title or author's name includes the words green, white or orange - started by Chatterbox
Black Hat, White Witch by Hailey Edwards
The Girl in the Green Sweater: A Life in Holocaust's Shadow - Krystyna Chiger (4)
Tropic of Orange - Karen Tei Yamashita
Challenge #8: Read a book containing two opposite ideas, actions or places - started by Citizenjoyce
An Assassin in Utopia: The True Story of a Nineteenth-Century Sex Cult and a President's Murder - Susan Wels (3.5)
Below the Edge of Darkness: A Memoir of Exploring Light and Life in the Deep Sea by Edith Widder (5)
Friends, Lovers, and the Big Terrible Thing: A Memoir by Matthew Perry (3)
Challenge #9: Read a book that is the basis of a lesser-known film OR a lesser-known book that is the basis of a film - started by lyzard
Daisy Jones and the Six - Taylor Jenkins Reid (4)
Me and Earl and the Dying Girl - Jesse Andrews (4)
Challenge #10: Read a book set in the nineteenth century or before with characters of colour - started by wandering_star
American Radicals: How Nineteenth-Century Protest Shaped the Nation by Holly Jackson (5)
Challenge #11: Read a book where the title sounds naughty but isn't - started by Morphidae
*✔The Nurse’s Secret - Amanda Skenandore (3.5)
Challenge #12: Read a book that has been criticised, banned or burnt - started by avatiakh
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory - Roald Dahl
*✔Out Of Darkness - Ashley Hope Pérez (3.5)
Challenge #13: Read a book with settings in two or more countries - started by streamsong
Femina: A New History of the Middle Ages, Through the Women Written Out of It - Janina Ramirez
Pegasus: How a Spy in Your Pocket Threatens the End of Privacy, Dignity, and Democracy by Laurent Richard and Sandrine Rigaud (4)
Challenge #14: Read a book with a word in the title that has a connection with walking/hiking - started by FAMeulstee
*✔A Walk in the Woods: Rediscovering America on the Appalachian Trail - Bill Bryson (3.5)
Challenge #15: Read a Debut Adult Novel by an Author born in Africa? - started by PaulCranswick
*✔Purple Hibiscus - Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie (5)
Challenge #16: Read a book about Sentient Things - started by SilverWolf28
By the Sword - Mercedes Lackey
Dark Earth - Rebecca Stott

14jeanned
Fev 26, 2023, 10:20 pm

>10 Chatterbox: Would a book by Alicia Gaspar de Alba, alba meaning white, fit your challenge?

15Morphidae
Editado: Fev 28, 2023, 11:06 am

Challenge #11: Read a book where the title sounds naughty but isn't

This would be like things said/hinted about a (potential) partner, during "whoopie," or about the act itself.

Especially if it's only said by someone who is into puns or is socially inept or more likely, both. (Hey!) 😝

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Examples:

* Mild - Curiosity Thrilled the Cat, Driven to Distraction, Forfeit, The Giver of Stars, There There (think "instructions"), Much Ado About Nothing), The Talented Mr. Ripley, Naked Lunch, Holes

* Innuendo/Play on Words/Pick Up Lines - Capture the Crown ("I'll capture your crown, baby. *nudge nudge, wink wink*), Penric's Demon, To All the Boys I've "Loved" Before (emphasis mine), There's a Wocket in my Pocket!, Goldfinger

* Naughty - Beartown, The Iron Duke, Horse, Small Things Like These, The Horse and His Boy

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⚠️ WARNING: There are many romances that do not fit the "but aren't" qualification. I almost added Rapture, The Chocolate Kiss, and Serpent's Kiss to the examples list before realizing it myself!

I'm not using "are not naughty" as a judgement. I don't want to tell you what percentage of the books that I read that do NOT fit this challenge! 😄

For the purposes of this challenge, "naughty" books might have a genre of Erotic Romance or Erotica (and/or related tags such as kink, voyeurism, bondage, BDSM) or tags like steamy, hot, sexy, or smut.

16avatiakh
Fev 26, 2023, 11:54 pm

>15 Morphidae: Reminds me that I read a romance novel last year with the title, Adult Virgins Anonymous.

17quondame
Fev 26, 2023, 11:59 pm

>11 lyzard: Well, The Silver Linings Playbook got Jennifer Lawrence and Oscar, so I guess that's out. I can't find any major awards for The DUFF.

18avatiakh
Editado: Fev 27, 2023, 12:03 am

Challenge #12: Read a book that has been criticised, banned or burnt

Due to the recent furore over Roald Dahl's books I thought this would be a relevant challenge. The James Bond books are also being edited to remove racist and sexist language.
This category includes books such as American Dirt criticised for cultural appropriation
Lady Chatterley's Lover - the publisher, Penguin, was acquitted in the controversial 1960 obscenity trial.

19Chatterbox
Fev 27, 2023, 1:15 am

>14 jeanned: Sorry, nope -- unless the title mentions green, white or orange.

20streamsong
Editado: Fev 28, 2023, 2:09 pm

====Challenge #13: Read a book with settings in two or more countries - started by streamsong====

I just edited this from 'continents' to 'countries' to make it a bit easier.

21FAMeulstee
Editado: Mar 4, 2023, 5:01 pm

Challenge #14: Read a book with a word in the title that has a connection with walking/hiking

Words like step, foot, footstep, path, road, walk, hike, tramp etc.
They may be embedded, in the subtitle, also embedded across words is allowed.

At the end of the month we will go a week on vacation to walk the next part of the Pieterpad.

22Matke
Mar 1, 2023, 10:01 am

>11 lyzard: Liz, does the film have to have the same title as the book? I’m thinking of Make Room, Make Room which is the basis for the film Soylent Green.

23dallenbaugh
Mar 1, 2023, 2:32 pm

>9 Citizenjoyce: Under #8 challenges on this page you list the challenge as "Read a book with a title containing two opposite ideas..."whereas on the wiki page you list the challenge as "Read a book containing two opposite ideas..."

Can I list a book that has two opposite ideas even though it doesn't show in the title?

24lyzard
Editado: Mar 1, 2023, 3:38 pm

>22 Matke:

No, not at all. In fact I would expect title changes to be a big part of the lesser-known-ness. :)

25Chatterbox
Mar 1, 2023, 5:46 pm

>14 jeanned: Are subtitles OK? A lot of the books that I have in my library that really are about walks or hikes tend to specify that in the subtitle...

26FAMeulstee
Mar 1, 2023, 5:55 pm

>25 Chatterbox: If you mean Challenge #14 in msg >21 FAMeulstee: the answer is yes.

27Citizenjoyce
Editado: Mar 1, 2023, 8:42 pm

>23 dallenbaugh: Oops, no, I'll fix the wiki. The title has to have opposite ideas.

28SqueakyChu
Mar 1, 2023, 8:59 pm

For Anita's challenge #14 to read a book with a word in the title that has a connection with walking/hiking, I strongly recommend to share this read: A Walk in the Woods: Rediscovering America on the Appalachian Trail by Bill Bryson. That book is hilarious! It's guaranteed to make you laugh out loud.

29dallenbaugh
Mar 2, 2023, 9:12 am

>28 SqueakyChu: I second that recommendation. I may read it again.

30Cecilturtle
Mar 2, 2023, 9:18 am

>28 SqueakyChu: I third it! It was a surprisingly great read!

31Jenson_AKA_DL
Mar 2, 2023, 9:25 am

Challenge #9:

Read a book that is the basis of a lesser-known film OR a lesser-known book that is the basis of a film:

I'm planning to read The House of the Seven Gables by Nathaniel Hawthorne for a similar challenge in another group and figure it will fit here as well.

32Chatterbox
Mar 2, 2023, 11:22 am

>26 FAMeulstee: I did mean to direct that question at you! apologies, and thanks...

33FAMeulstee
Mar 2, 2023, 11:39 am

>32 Chatterbox: No problem! I have added subtitles to the original message, and bolded a word in the subtitle of my entry in the challenge.

34lyzard
Mar 2, 2023, 3:44 pm

>31 Jenson_AKA_DL:

I would agree that the film version is nowhere near as well-known as it should be.

35Kristelh
Mar 3, 2023, 5:53 am

>11 lyzard: Liz, can a HBO mini series count?

36Citizenjoyce
Mar 3, 2023, 7:13 pm

>12 wandering_star: Would you consider Jews in the 16th-century characters of color? They were certainly characters of discrimination.

37PaulCranswick
Mar 3, 2023, 9:41 pm

Challenge No. 15 : Read a Debut Adult Novel by an Author Born in Africa

Fairly straightforward but there are some interesting ones:

William Boyd was born in Accra, Ghana (A Good Man in Africa)
Penelope Lively was born in Egypt (The Road to Lichfield)
MG Vassanji was born in Kenya (The Gunny Sack)
Helen Oyeyemi was born in Nigeria (The Icarus Girl)
Albert Camus was born in Algeria (The Stranger)
Laila Lalami was born in Morocco (Hope and Other Dangerous Pursuits)
Muriel Barbery was born in Morocco (Gourmet Rhapsody)
Bryce Courtenay was born in South Africa (The Power of One)
Gillian Slovo was born in South Africa (Morbid Symptoms)
JRR Tolkien was born in South Africa (The Hobbit)
Barbara Trapido was born in South Africa (Brother of the More Famous Jack)
Deborah Levy was born in South Africa (Beautiful Mutants)
Alexander McCall-Smith was born in Zimbabwe (The No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency)

38wandering_star
Mar 4, 2023, 3:31 am

>36 Citizenjoyce: I see what you mean about discrimination, but it's not really what I had in mind

39lyzard
Mar 4, 2023, 3:39 pm

>35 Kristelh:

I will allow a series or mini-series *if* it is a genuine adaptation of the book and not just using the book as a starting point. So it should only cover the same ground.

40Kristelh
Mar 4, 2023, 4:56 pm

>39 lyzard: I haven't seen Parade's End Mini Series so I can't be sure it fits. Does anyone know? Otherwise I will try for Officer and Spy which also has a film about the Dreyfus affair.

41elkiedee
Mar 4, 2023, 5:26 pm

>40 Kristelh: If the adaptation of Parade's End in question is the same one produced by the BBC a few years ago, I haven't watched it but intended to, and from reviews, fairly sure that was a dramatisation of the novel and not some spin off.

42lyzard
Mar 4, 2023, 5:34 pm

>40 Kristelh:

Remember for this challenge it isn't just about being filmed. I wouldn't consider either of those choices "lesser-known", though as I wasn't personally aware that An Officer And A Spy was based on a book I guess I could allow that in a pinch. :)

43sisyphus_happy
Mar 4, 2023, 7:34 pm

This is my first full month of TIOLI. I have selected the following challenges/books so far, I might find more to fill in the remaining categories but this might be more than enough to occupy me for the month.

Challenge #1: Read a book with the word "happy", its synonym, or its antonym in the title - started by SqueakyChu
Black Joy: Stories of Resistance, Resilience, and Restoration by Tracey M. Lewis-Giggetts
Challenge #2: Read a book by an author that you have read before and given 4 or more stars to - started by DeltaQueen
Cryptonomicon by Neal Stephenson
Challenge #3: Read a book which you did not purchase - started by lindapanzo
The dictionary of obscure sorrows by John Koenig
Challenge #5: Read a book with a word dividable into two words in the title - started by quondame
Braiding Sweetgrass: Indigenous Wisdom, Scientific Knowledge and the Teachings of Plants by Robin Wall Kimmerer
Challenge #6: All or Nothing: Read a book with a word meaning "all" or "nothing" in the title or author's name - started by cbl_tn
All the Birds in the Sky by Charlie Jane Anders
Challenge #7: Read a book whose title or author's name includes the words green, white or orange - started by Chatterbox
Wolf in white van by John Darnielle
Challenge #8: Read a book containing two opposite ideas, actions or places - started by Citizenjoyce
Below the edge of darkness : a memoir of exploring light and life in the deep sea by Edith Widder
Challenge #15: Read a Debut Adult Novel by an Author born in Africa - started by PaulCranswick
Behold the Dreamers by Imbolo Mbue

44SilverWolf28
Editado: Mar 5, 2023, 8:59 pm

Challenge #16: Read a book about Sentient Things

Anything that's not what you'd usually think of as sentient - animals, robots, spaceships, swords, inns.

>46 Chatterbox: It can be oblique or blatant. Some of the series and books I was thinking of when I made the challenge were: Innkeeper Chronicles, Murderbot, Brainships, By the Sword. The book that I added to the wiki has talking horses. Anything similar to these will be fine. In my opinion this can be a pretty loose challenge, just something that's sentient that you wouldn't really expect to be sentient.

45elkiedee
Editado: Mar 23, 2023, 8:03 am

MARCH READS

READ

Lucy Diamond, The Best Days of Our Lives
Robin Stevens, Arsenic for Tea
Jackie Kay, Bessie Smith
Elly Griffiths, The Last Remains
Nicholas Royle (editor), Best British Short Stories 2020
Annie Macmanus, The Mess We're In
Elaine Castillo, America is Not the Heart
Marian Keyes, Rachel's Holiday
Amanda Craig, The Three Graces
Georgina Moore, The Garnett Girls
Elizabeth McCracken, The Hero of This Book
Bernard Ashley, Does She Dare?
Mary Ann Sieghart, The Authority Gap
Thea Astley, Drylands
Sara Paretsky, Love & Other Crimes
Dennis Lehane, Small Mercies
Tom Crewe, The New Life

CURRENT

Catriona McPherson, In Place of Fear
Cecile Pin, Wandering Souls
Mara Timon, City of Spies
Amanda Montell, Cultish
Adrian McKinty, Police at the Station and They Don't Look Friendly
Sinead Gleeson, The Art of the Glimpse: 100 Short Stories
Kamila Shamsie, Best of Friends
Ali Smith, Autumn
Attia Hosain, Sunlight on a Broken Column
Michelle Magorian, Just Henry
Judith Rossner, Emmeline

NEXT UP

Natalia Ginzburg, All Our Yesterdays
Richard Osman, The Bullet That Missed

46Chatterbox
Mar 4, 2023, 9:54 pm

>42 lyzard: And I didn't know that An Officer and a Spy had been made into a film!! I must must watch that...

>44 SilverWolf28: Could you clarify what you mean by sentient in this case? Do we need to see/hear the thoughts of the object, or can something be haunted or be seen as having a personality? Or... For instance, Terry Pratchett includes Rincewind books that feature (if I recall correctly) a kind of suitcase or traveling wardrobe that has feet and teeth, but never talks or communicates. We had that recent challenge about a book from the POV of an animal -- is that the kind of thing you're thinking about, or can it be more oblique??

47SilverWolf28
Editado: Mar 5, 2023, 8:58 pm

>46 Chatterbox: It can be oblique or blatant. Some of the series and books I was thinking of when I made the challenge were: Innkeeper Chronicles, Murderbot, Brainships, By the Sword. The book that I added to the wiki has talking horses. Anything similar to these will be fine. In my opinion this can be a pretty loose challenge, just something that's sentient that you wouldn't really expect to be sentient.

48Chatterbox
Mar 6, 2023, 2:39 pm

>47 SilverWolf28: Thanks for the clarification! I don't read much, if any, science fiction, and the books you mentioned aren't titles that are familiar to me, so I may end up doing a re-read of a Terry Pratchett title. Maybe one with the orangutan/librarian in it...

49Chatterbox
Mar 6, 2023, 3:03 pm

Well, I can see why Pitch Perfect may have worked for a movie, but why the book never even crossed my radar. I'm a music fan, and enjoy a cappella music (of most kinds), but this book left me cold, and was mediocre when judged by writing style.

On the flip side, I really relished both the smooth, elegant writing of Julian Barnes and the way he pushes the reader to think about and discover themes in Elizabeth Finch, in the same way that the title character does to the narrator in the story. For a short novel, there's a lot of think about and I relished having to step back and unpack it all.

50Jenson_AKA_DL
Mar 7, 2023, 3:33 pm

>34 lyzard: I've never seen the film. I'll have to see if I can find it to watch after reading the book!

51paulstalder
Mar 9, 2023, 11:58 am

>1 SqueakyChu: hej Madeleine, would you accept the word '''Glück'''sfall (stroke of luck) for your challenge?

52SqueakyChu
Editado: Mar 9, 2023, 2:46 pm

>51 paulstalder: Sorry. No, because it does not comply with rule #5 of my challenge.

53paulstalder
Mar 10, 2023, 7:41 am

>52 SqueakyChu: bad luck - I forgot that luck and happiness are not the same in English as they are in German (Glück is happiness and luck), so I didn't check properly for the correct word -- okay I try my Glück somewhere else for a glückliche place to put my book in

54SqueakyChu
Editado: Mar 10, 2023, 9:39 am

>53 paulstalder: Well, the word has to be the exact word in either of the two top boxes of the link. Check for the English translation of your book. If the book’s equivalent title in English has one of the qualifying words, it’s in. Otherwise, it’s not.

55avatiakh
Mar 16, 2023, 7:04 pm

>6 susanna.fraser: Can the nationality be in the subtitle?

56susanna.fraser
Mar 16, 2023, 10:22 pm

>55 avatiakh: Yes, that's fine.

57SqueakyChu
Editado: Mar 16, 2023, 11:21 pm

TIOLI Question of the Month

How’s your reading this month? Are you on a roll? Or are you in a reading funk? What is causing your reading to accelerate or slow down?

58quondame
Mar 16, 2023, 11:28 pm

>57 SqueakyChu: I don't seem to have stuck a vein of "good reads" this month. Some good books, some not so good, but not a lot of just pleasurable absorbing, satisfying reads.

59avatiakh
Mar 17, 2023, 1:42 am

60Kristelh
Mar 17, 2023, 7:33 am

I think I’m on track this month. Being back in Minnesota without the freedom to just go outside and no limited TV access makes it easier to read and I am catching up on my read of Clarissa or the History of a Young Lady, my year long read.

61lindapanzo
Mar 17, 2023, 1:19 pm

>57 SqueakyChu: March has been a busier month for me. The (only) 3 books I've read so far this month have been very good but it's time for reading that I've lacked. It happens.

62Citizenjoyce
Mar 17, 2023, 6:44 pm

>57 SqueakyChu: I was moving right along then I had to accompany my son to the City of Hope for a procedure and barely read at all. I'm home now and back to normal reading.

63wandering_star
Mar 17, 2023, 7:43 pm

I'm going slowly this month - too much working late eating into my evenings

64DeltaQueen50
Mar 17, 2023, 10:53 pm

I have had some health issues this month and have found that my reading has slowed down. I doubt if I will get everything completed that I wanted to, but, I have had some pretty good reads so far.

65susanna.fraser
Mar 17, 2023, 11:59 pm

I'm still on a reading roll this month, though not as much so as in January and February when I was recovering from surgery and had three weeks off work plus another month or so of not doing much of anything around the house (or even leaving said house).

66msf59
Mar 18, 2023, 7:41 am

>57 SqueakyChu: I think I am running about average. I won't read as many books as last month but that was an outlier month. I am very fortunate that I do not slip into book funks. Whew! May that continue...

I am currently reading Runaway by Alice Munro. TIOLI #5.

67jeanned
Mar 20, 2023, 11:48 pm

>57 SqueakyChu: Definitely a reading funk. Probably 25% of normal. I'm missing Thor. And this month I have had to take a medical retirement from my job working in gifted/talented education, so I'm missing my students. I find myself watching an hour of videos on Instagram instead of reading. I'm sure it won't last forever.

68AnneDC
Mar 21, 2023, 11:53 pm

>57 SqueakyChu: I'm reading a fair amount this month, so not in a funk, but not feeling very productive as I'm having trouble finishing books. I am maybe reading too many books at once--two short story collections, and some poetry, that I'm dipping in and out of, a travel book which I'm reading intentionally slowly, and The Alexandria Quartet which I restarted from the beginning after completing Book 3.

69labfs39
Mar 22, 2023, 8:06 pm

Definite funk. So I picked up some of my mom's books from her childhood and have read four Cherry Ames nursing novels. All written between 1943-44.

70SqueakyChu
Mar 22, 2023, 8:41 pm

It seems as if people are reading less these days despite the fact that the pandemic is over. I have been reading less this month only because I’m reading a larger book very slowly.

71Chatterbox
Mar 25, 2023, 2:33 pm

Reading less than usual this month, as I've been setting up palliative care for my father, trying to work, etc. etc. I'm also finding it tougher to focus. Not a funk, per se, just brain exhaustion.

72Citizenjoyce
Mar 25, 2023, 2:41 pm

>71 Chatterbox: I can see your brain might be stressed to the max.

73wandering_star
Editado: Mar 26, 2023, 6:26 pm

I hope everything is OK with Madeline - looks like she started setting up April sometime yesterday but then stopped and didn’t get to finish.

74SqueakyChu
Mar 26, 2023, 7:25 pm

>73 wandering_star: I'm fine. Thanks. Got off to a very late start this month so things are running later than usual. Hang in there with me.

75SqueakyChu
Mar 26, 2023, 7:53 pm

TIOLI Stats for February, 2023

For February, 2023, we read a total of 409 books with 74 or 18% of them being shared reads. We accumulated 42 TIOLI points (same as last month!) for a YTD total of 84 TIOLI points. Our stats are holding strong!

The most popular books this month, each read by 5 challengers, were A Dangerous Business by Jane Smiley and Horse by Geraldine Brooks.

The most popular challenge, with 52 books listed, was the one by FAMeulstee to read a book with the numbers 6 and 0 in the ISBN.

The challenges with the most TIOLI points (5 each) were the one by FAMeulstee to read a book with the numbers 6 and 0 in the ISBN and the one by PaulCranswick to read a book translated from the Portuguese or written in Portuguese.

76SqueakyChu
Editado: Mar 26, 2023, 10:13 pm

TIOLI Awards for February, 2023!

The Numerous Award goes to streamsong and to FAMeulstee for both reading The Fell for FAMeulstee's challenge to read a book with the numbers 6 and 0 in the ISBN. This book had three 6s and three 0s in its ISBN. Almost no room for other numbers! Ha!

The Let's Do Both Award goes to @Alcottacre for reading The Red and the Black for AlcottAcre's own challenge to read a book with either the word “Red” and/or “Black” in the title proper. Of course, this challenger's book had both words in the title!

The Learn Something New Every Day Award goes to DisassemblyOfReason for reading Tiassa for the challenge by lyzard to read a book with an animal in its title AND that animal on its cover. Since the animal could be mythical, I have an excuse for not knowing what a tiassa is. For the otherwise uneducated (like me), it is a large panther, with batlike wings. :)

The Let's Bake Award goes to @DeltaQueen for reading The Life and Times of Persimmon Wilson for the challenge by cbl_tn to read a book with something you'd find on Old MacDonald's Farm in the title or author's name. It's a persimmon that I'd like to find now! Even more than one persimmon...so I can start baking with them again. I hope Old MacDonald continues to grow them on his farm in coming years!

The Extra Mile Award goes to quondame for reading The Ten Thousand Doors of January for the challenge by lindapanzo to read a book where the first two words in the title begin with the same letter. Hey! This book has a title in which the first three words begin with the same letter. Not too shabby!

The Unlimited Reader Award goes to AlcottAcre for reading Alexander Hamilton for countrylife's challenge to read a book with a person's name on the page # matching the number of books you read last year. What was notable about this book is not the name on the page number, but the number of books read by this challenger last year: 455. Wow!

77quondame
Mar 26, 2023, 9:30 pm

>76 SqueakyChu: Thank you, Madeline!

78DeltaQueen50
Mar 26, 2023, 9:41 pm

Thanks for the award. I know very little about persimmons but Wikipedia did inform me that persimmon is the national fruit of Japan.

79SqueakyChu
Mar 26, 2023, 10:14 pm

>78 DeltaQueen50: I live in Maryland, USA, and persimmons are native to the area in which I live.

80DeltaQueen50
Mar 26, 2023, 10:18 pm

I will have to make a point of finding and trying a persimmon!

81SqueakyChu
Editado: Mar 26, 2023, 10:22 pm

>80 DeltaQueen50: They're weird! I'd rather bake with one than just eat it. I'd rather eat a pawpaw. :D

82wandering_star
Mar 27, 2023, 6:24 am

>74 SqueakyChu: sorry to hassle you but glad everything's fine!

83SqueakyChu
Mar 27, 2023, 10:04 am

>82 wandering_star:. Me, too. Glad I finally got caught up. Phew!

84labfs39
Mar 28, 2023, 9:15 am

>8 cbl_tn: For the All or Nothing challenge, would Moon '''in Full''' count?

85Citizenjoyce
Mar 29, 2023, 12:05 am

>11 lyzard: Daisy Jones and the Six is a very well-known book, but I didn't know until tonight that it had been made into a series. Would that count?

86bell7
Mar 29, 2023, 8:23 am

Peeking in to say I got my first-ever sweeplette this month! (Challenges 1-6)

I have one more book I definitely want to finish before March 31, but I didn't manage to fit it into a challenge.

87Helenliz
Mar 29, 2023, 8:42 am

>86 bell7: Well done - it's great when the stars align. >:-)

88SqueakyChu
Mar 29, 2023, 10:24 am

>86 bell7: Nice! Congrats!

89lindapanzo
Mar 29, 2023, 11:03 am

>86 bell7: Congrats!! Great job!!

90Citizenjoyce
Mar 29, 2023, 12:33 pm

>86 bell7: Congratulations.

91lyzard
Mar 29, 2023, 6:03 pm

>85 Citizenjoyce:

It would count if the series was an accurate adaptation.

>86 bell7:

Well done!

92Kristelh
Editado: Mar 30, 2023, 2:40 pm

>86 bell7:, Congratulations, Mary. I think I have that one too.

93bell7
Mar 30, 2023, 3:36 pm

Thanks, all!

And congrats to you, too, Kristel!

94labfs39
Mar 31, 2023, 12:56 pm

>84 labfs39:

>8 cbl_tn: cbl_tn: For the All or Nothing challenge, would Moon '''in Full''' count?

Inquiring minds need to know by midnight...

95SqueakyChu
Mar 31, 2023, 1:35 pm

>94 labfs39: Inquiring minds need to know by midnight...

...which reminds me...

It's Housekeeping Day!

Please remove from the March wiki any books that are not completed by 12 midnight tonight (or mark any in a rolling challenge as DNF). Thanks!

96alcottacre
Mar 31, 2023, 1:58 pm

>95 SqueakyChu: Hey, I finished the one and only book I signed up for in March, so my housekeeping is done!

97SqueakyChu
Mar 31, 2023, 2:40 pm

>96 alcottacre: LOL! Good work, Stasia!

98alcottacre
Mar 31, 2023, 10:55 pm

>97 SqueakyChu: Well, it almost never happens. I am normally scrambling around on the last day of the month trying to get in as many books as I can and then I have to remember to update the Wiki.