November Novelties – 2019 – Reading Challenge

As you can tell I have no “official” challenges this month so I’m not posting every day.  I really have to get it together and organize myself so that doesn’t happen.  Putting it on my “To Do” list for the coming year.

I haven’t written about books since August so this might be a good time to review what I’ve been reading since then.  I’ve finished 29 books so far this year but Goodreads tells me that I’m 4 behind schedule to reach my goal of 40.  On one hand I want to find some that I can read really quickly just to catch up but on the other hand I want to try and finish all the categories on the PopSugar list.  I have 17 left on the main list and 8 on the advanced.  What’s a girl to do?  I’ll tell you what I’ve read and then give a few of the categories that I still have to fill and maybe you can give me some suggestions.

I thought I had read these two when I was in high school (or younger) but there were a lot of things I didn’t remember (like most of them!).  I have a memory of sitting in the library during one summer and reading Wuthering Heights but maybe it was another book.  Glad I read them now although they are probably what took up time and put me behind.

This is another one I thought I had had to read in high school but maybe it was Animal Farm instead.  I didn’t like it.  Maybe because it is to easy to see it being true!

I think it took over a month to read these three.  Of course, I only read at night before bed so sometimes I only get a page or two in before I fall asleep.  Last night I was up until 1 in the morning because I wanted to finish 1984.


Now I’m on to something a little lighter.  I started a Kinsey Millhone mystery and I’m hoping to get the signed copy of “Haunted House Ghost” from Jay that I won in the contest so I can read that next.  That one will fill the category of “A ghost story!”

Other categories I have left are:

“A book with “Pop,” “Sugar” or “Challenge” in the title.

A book with a title that has “salty,” “sweet,” “bitter” or”spicy.”

A retelling of a classic.

A book with a question in the title.

A book revolving around a puzzle or a game.

Two books that share the same title.

A book by an author with the first and last name that begin with the same letter.

Anybody have any ideas for those categories?  I did go to the library book sale again and got a ton of books:

All this for $7.  Some of these I got to use in my crafting projects.  Yes, I occasionally repurpose an old book.  Don’t judge.  How’s your reading going?  I know there are people out there who can read a hundred or more books a year but that just is way too many for me to try.


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24 Responses to November Novelties – 2019 – Reading Challenge

  1. joey says:

    I repurpose books, too — No judgment! That’s a great lot for $7!
    I didn’t like 1984 nearly as much as Animal Farm. I still don’t care for Jane Eyre, but I find that reading Wuthering Heights is a bit of comfort. Maybe I’ll crack that one again this winter…

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  2. Laurie says:

    I went to our library book sale for the first time this year too. Wow! What great deals. Why did I wait so long?

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  3. Score! Nice job on the book purchases, Janet!

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  4. HI, Janet – I love the reading challenge that you are currently doing. I’ll be interested in hearing what books you come up with for the remaining challenge sections.
    BTW – Would “Hop on Pop” count for the Pop/Sugar/Challenge? I just love Dr. S! 😀

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  5. ccbarr says:

    Rag &Bones
    New Twists on Timeless Tales. Edited by
    Melissa Marr and Tim Pratt
    A book full of stories retold by other arthurs.
    Yay,Wasn’t sure I still had it and couldnt think of the name.

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  6. ccbarr says:

    I’m buckling down to read the books I have. Bought many used vowing I’d read them when the baby slept thru the night…the baby is 19. Got to hold off buying and start reading.
    Lord of the Rings trilogy&House of Brede fiction starts.

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  7. Ally Bean says:

    How about Pride and Prejudice and Zombies for the retelling of a classic? It was funny.

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  8. ghostmmnc says:

    Oh cool you went to a book sale! Love those! I’ve read 1984 a bunch of times, and it’s about time to read it again. I like it, and it does seem to foretell what we see happening in these days. 🙂

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    • scr4pl80 says:

      The local library has two of them a year and you can fill a shopping bag full of books for only $7. It’s a great way to get some gems. I didn’t like the part in 1984 toward the end when they were beating him up. That’s why I kept reading so I could get through with it.

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  9. LA says:

    M or F? I know nothing about it, but my daughter read it and she’s picky

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  10. LA says:

    Eligible by Curtis Sittenfeld (pride and prejudice) it’s average, but fills the category

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  11. LA says:

    Hotel on the corner of bitter and sweet. Don’t remember author but it’s great

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  12. LA says:

    Ok….Pop goes the weasel…James Patterson. My husband liked it

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