Friday, May 02, 2014

Challenge Updates

For the Once Upon A Time Challenge

The Runaway King. Jennifer A. Nielsen. 2013. Scholastic. 352 pages. [Source: Review copy] 
The Shadow Throne. Jennifer A. Nielsen. 2014. Scholastic. 336 pages. [Source: Review copy] 
Hero. (Woodcutter Sisters #2). Alethea Kontis. 2013. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. 304 pages. [Source: Review copy]
Melisande. E. Nesbit. Illustrated by P.J. Lynch. 1901/1988/1999. Candlewick. 48 pages. [Source: Book I Bought]  
The House of Arden. E. Nesbit. 1908. 242 pages. [Source: Book I Bought]
Rump: The True Story of Rumpelstiltskin. 2013. Random House. 272 pages. [Source: Review copy]
Switched at Birthday. Natalie Standiford. 2014. 240 pages. [Source: Review copy]
The Trouble with Magic. Ruth Chew. 1976/2014. Random House. 144 pages. [Source: Review copy] Magic in the Park. Ruth Chew. 1972/2014. Random House. 144 pages. [Source: Review copy] 

For the Victorian Reading Challenge:

Phineas Redux. Anthony Trollope. 1874. 768 pages. [Source: Book I bought]
Melisande. E. Nesbit. Illustrated by P.J. Lynch. 1901/1988/1999. Candlewick. 48 pages. [Source: Book I Bought]

For the British History Reading Challenge:

The Heir Apparent: A Life of Edward VII, The Playboy Prince. Jane Ridley. 2013. Random House. 752 pages. [Source: Library]
When Christ and His Saints Slept by Sharon Kay Penman. 1994. Random House. 746 pages. [Source: Bought]  

For the 2014 Year of Rereading:

Mansfield Park. Jane Austen. 1814. 464 pages. [Source: Book I Bought]  
Ten Cents A Dance. Christine Fletcher. 2008/2010. Bloomsbury USA. 368 pages. [Source: Review copy]
Meet Me in St. Louis: A Trip to the 1904 World's Fair. Robert Jackson. 2004. HarperCollins. 144 pages. [Source: Bought] 
A Year Down Yonder. Richard Peck. 2000. Penguin. 144 pages. [Source: Library] 
The False Prince. Jennifer A. Nielsen. 2012. Scholastic. 342 pages. [Source: Review copy]
The Runaway King. Jennifer A. Nielsen. 2013. Scholastic. 352 pages. [Source: Review copy]
The Shadow Throne. Jennifer A. Nielsen. 2014. Scholastic. 336 pages. [Source: Review copy] 
For the Vintage Mystery Bingo:

Miss Pym Disposes. Josephine Tey. 1946. 238 pages. [Source: Book I Bought] 

For the 2014 TBR Pile:

When Christ and His Saints Slept by Sharon Kay Penman. 1994. Random House. 746 pages. [Source: Bought]  

For the Chunkster Challenge:

Mansfield Park. Jane Austen. 1814. 464 pages. [Source: Book I Bought]  
When Christ and His Saints Slept by Sharon Kay Penman. 1994. Random House. 746 pages. [Source: Bought] 
Phineas Redux. Anthony Trollope. 1874. 768 pages. [Source: Book I bought]


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