Sunday, December 28, 2014

2014 Completed Challenges: Chunkster

Chunkster Reading Challenge 
Dates: January - December 2014
# of books: each reader decides! my goal: 6 to 8

1. Lady of the English. Elizabeth Chadwick. 2011. Sourcebooks. 544 pages. [Source: Library] 
2. Doomsday Book. Connie Willis. 1992. Random House. 592 pages.  [Source: Book I Bought]
3. The Courts of Love. Jean Plaidy. 1987. Broadway Books. 576 pages. [Source: Bought]
4. Mansfield Park. Jane Austen. 1814. 464 pages. [Source: Book I Bought] 
5. When Christ and His Saints Slept by Sharon Kay Penman. 1994. Random House. 746 pages. [Source: Bought]
6. Phineas Redux. Anthony Trollope. 1874. 768 pages. [Source: Book I bought]
7.  The Prime Minister. Anthony Trollope. 1876. 864 pages. [Source: Book I Bought]
8. Redeeming Love. Francine Rivers. 2005. Multnomah. 464 pages. [Source: Bought]
9.  No Name. Wilkie Collins. 1862/1998. Oxford University Press. 748 pages.
10. Bridge to Haven. Francine Rivers. 2014. Tyndale House. 468 pages. [Source: Library]
11.  North and South. Elizabeth Gaskell. 1854-1855. 452 pages. [Source: Bought]
12. To Say Nothing of the Dog. Connie Willis. 1998. Bantam. 493 pages. [Source: Bought] 
13. The Duke's Children. Anthony Trollope. 1880. 560 pages. [Source: Book I Bought] 
14.  The Auschwitz Escape. Joel C. Rosenberg. 2014. Tyndale. 468 pages. [Source: Library]
15. Blackout. Connie Willis. 2010. Random House. 495 pages. [Source: Bought]
16. All Clear. Connie Willis. 2010. Random House. 645 pages. [Source: Bought]
17.  Is He Popenjoy? Anthony Trollope. 1878/1993. Penguin. 632 pages. [Source: Bought]
18. The Eye of the World (Wheel of Time #1) Robert Jordan. 1990. Tor. 814 pages. [Source: Bought]
19. An Autobiography. Agatha Christie. 1977/1996. Berkley. 635 pages. [Source: Bought]  
20. Les Miserables. Victor Hugo. Translated by Isabel Florence Hapgood. 1862/1887. 1232 pages.
21. Lark Rise to Candleford. Flora Thompson. 1943. 537 pages. [Source: Bought] 
22. God Has Spoken: A History of Christian Theology. Gerald Bray. Crossway. 1264 pages. [Source: Review copy]
23. The Secret of Pembrooke Park. Julie Klassen. 2014. Bethany House. 460 pages. [Source: Review copy] 


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  • extremely violent books with blood, blood, and more blood

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