Friday, December 28, 2012

2013 Reading Challenges: Women Challenge

Host: Peekabook
Name: Women Challenge
Dates: January - December
# of Books: Wonder Woman +16
Limitations: Women Authors 

What I Read (last updated for May):
  1. Mary Barton. Elizabeth Gaskell.
  2. Cranford. Elizabeth Gaskell.  
  3. Ruth. Elizabeth Gaskell.
  4. The Racketty-Packetty House. Frances Hodgson Burnett. 
  5. The Secret Garden. Frances Hodgson Burnett.
  6. A Little Princess. Frances Hodgson Burnett. 
  7. Understood Betsy. Dorothy Canfield Fisher. 
  8. Little House in the Big Woods. Laura Ingalls Wilder.  
  9. Little House on the Prairie. Laura Ingalls Wilder.
  10. Anne of Green Gables. L.M. Montgomery.  
  11. Anne of Avonlea. L.M. Montgomery
  12. Anne of the Island. L.M. Montgomery.
  13. Anne's House of Dreams. L.M. Montgomery
  14. Rainbow Valley. L.M. Montgomery. 
  15. Rilla of Ingleside. L.M. Montgomery
  16. Emily of New Moon. L.M. Montgomery
  17. Emily Climbs. L.M. Montgomery
  18. The Story Girl. L.M. Montgomery. 
  19. The Golden Road. L.M. Montgomery.
  20. L.M. Montgomery Short Stories, 1896-1901. L.M. Montgomery.
  21. Lucy Maud Montgomery Short Stories, 1902-1903. L.M. Montgomery. 216 pages
  22. .L.M. Montgomery Short Stories, 1904. L.M. Montgomery
  23. Kilmeny of the Orchard. L.M. Montgomery. 
  24. Elsie Dinsmore. Martha Finley.
  25. Daddy Long Legs. Jean Webster.
  26. Dear Enemy. Jean Webster. 
  27. Heidi. Johanna Spyri.
  28. The Little Prince. Antoine de Saint-Exupery.
  29. Brentwood. Grace Livingstone Hill.
  30. Marcia Schuyler. Grace Livingston Hill.
  31. Phoebe Deane. Grace Livingston Hill. 
  32. Miranda. Grace Livingston Hill.
  33. According to the Pattern. Grace Livingston Hill. 
  34. Pollyanna. Eleanor H. Porter.
  35. Pollyanna Grows Up. Eleanor H. Porter.
  36. Miss Billy. Eleanor H. Porter.
  37. Miss Billy's Decision. Eleanor H. Porter.  
  38. Miss Billy Married. Eleanor H. Porter. 
  39. Mary Marie. Eleanor H. Porter. 
  40. Skating Shoes. Noel Streatfeild. 
  41. Party Shoes. Noel Streatfeild. 
  42. Why Shoot a Butler? Georgette Heyer. 
  43. Envious Casca. Georgette Heyer.
  44. Duplicate Death. Georgette Heyer.
  45. The Black Moth. Georgette Heyer.
  46. Powder and Patch. Georgette Heyer.
  47. These Old Shades. Georgette Heyer.
  48. The Masqueraders. Georgette Heyer.
  49. Beauvallet. Georgette Heyer.  
  50. Regency Buck. Georgette Heyer.
  51. Devil's Cub. Georgette Heyer. 
  52. The Convenient Marriage. Georgette Heyer. 
  53. Faro's Daughter. Georgette Heyer. 
  54. The Corinthian. Georgette Heyer
  55. The Talisman Ring. Georgette Heyer.
  56. Friday's Child. Georgette Heyer. 
  57. Whose Body? Dorothy L. Sayers
  58. Unnatural Death. Dorothy L. Sayers.
  59. The Unpleasantness at the Bellona Club. Dorothy L. Sayers. 
  60. Clouds of Witness. Dorothy L. Sayers. 
  61. The Leavenworth Case. Anna Katharine Green.
  62. The Case of the Late Pig. Margery Allingham. 
  63. The Cape Cod Mystery. Phoebe Atwood Taylor. 
  64.  Final Curtain. Ngaio Marsh. 
  65. The Mysterious Affair at Styles. Agatha Christie. 
  66. Lord Edgware Dies (OR Thirteen at Dinner). Agatha Christie.
  67. Peril at End House. Agatha Christie.
  68. The English Governess at the Siamese Court: The True Story Behind 'The King and I' by Anna Harriette Leonowens.  
  69. The Daughter of Time. (Inspector Grant #5). Josephine Tey. 
stopped keeping track in the summer...

© 2013 Becky Laney of Becky's Book Reviews


Peek-a-booK! 1:53 PM  

Thanks for participating Becky!
I’m glad you joined in the fun in the “Women Challenge”!


Peek-a-booK! 9:53 AM  

Hi Becky!
Here is the sign up page for the 2014 "Women Challenge":

Hope you join us again!


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