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Objective: 5 titles containing numbers.

January 2008 – August 2008

Completed this by the skin of my teeth on 31st August at 23:22 pm!  I had to resort to a short story to finish it off and because I felt guilty about that, I read two short stories instead!

Titles completed were:

1) The One From The Other – Phillip Kerr
2) First Among Sequels – Jasper Fforde
3) The Fifth Woman – Henning Mankell
4) Where Three Roads Meet – Salley Vickers
5) The Other Two Edith Wharton / The £1,000,000 Banknote – Mark Twain

All with the exception of the Fforde were great reads.  I enjoyed the challenge and look forward to joining in again next year.


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September – November 2008

I enjoyed this so much last time that I cannot resist this year.

First thoughts:

The Remains of the Day / Miss Pettigrew Lives for A Day / One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest / Cold Heaven

I actually read:

Catholics / North and South / One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest

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Objective: 4 titles which describe characters within March – May 2008
1) A Partisan’s Daughter
2) Tess of the D’Urbervilles
3) The Man In The Window

4) The Artificial Silk Girl

Challenge complete 17.05.08.

I only really enjoyed one of the four titles and that was K O Dahl’s crime novel.  Still it was a great idea for a challenge.  I hope I have better luck with my choices next time around.

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1) Wolfgang Koeppen – Death In Rome

2) Penelope Fitzgerald – The Blue Flower

Challenge completed 14.05.2008.  I’m glad I joined this one.  I’ve discovered two excellent authors and I now look forward to investigating the back catalogues of both!

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Objective  6 novellas April – September 2008

First thoughts: Michael Kohlhaas / The Falconer / A Day In The Country / Death in Venice / The Lesson of the Master  / Death of the Author / The Kreutzer Sonata / One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich / Gigi / The Cat / Gold

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1) Fall On Your Knees
2) On Beauty
3) If On A Winter’s Night A Traveller
4) Night and Day
5) Nightwebs
6) Spiderweb
7) The Blue Flower (Link Penelope)
8) Spring Flowers, Spring Frost
9) Before The Frost
10) The Falls

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Objective: 4 books by Russian authors or set in Russia
Jan – Dec 2008

1) Selected Tales – Leo Tolstoy
2) A Vengeful Longing
3) Leviathan
4) The Helmet of Horror
5) The Shooting Party
6) One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich

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