Monday, November 19, 2018

2019 Reading Challenges: My Sign Up, Family Tree Reading Challenge

Family Tree Reading Challenge
Host: Becky's Book Reviews (sign up)
Dates: January - December 2019
# of books: minimum 3

I am doing my own thing.

First, I will be reading the WHERE.

Historical fiction set in England
1. Ivanhoe. Walter Scott. 1819. 544 pages. [Source: Bought]
Historical fiction set in Ireland
1.
Historical fiction set in Wales
1.
Historical fiction set in Scotland
1.  A Bound Heart. Laura Frantz. 2019. Revell. 400 pages. [Source: Review copy] *also Virginia
2. Kidnapped. Robert Louis Stevenson. 1886. 276 pages. [Source: Bought]

Historical fiction set in France
1. 
Historical fiction set in Germany
1. 
Historical fiction set in Denmark
1.  
Historical fiction set in The Netherlands
1. 
Historical fiction set in Italy
1. 
Nonfiction books about England, Ireland, Wales, and Scotland
1.
Nonfiction books about Europe
1.

Historical fiction set in Colonial America
1. Cate of the Lost Colony. Lisa M. Klein. 2010. Bloomsbury. 336 pages. [Source: Review copy]
Nonfiction books about Colonial America
1. 
Historical fiction set in Virginia
1.
Historical fiction set in North Carolina
1.  
Historical fiction set in South Carolina
1.  
Historical fiction set in Georgia
1.  
Historical fiction set in Tennessee
1.   The True History of Lyndie B. Hawkins. Gail Shepherd. 2019. 304 pages. [Source: Library]
Historical fiction set in Kentucky
1.  
Historical fiction set in Alabama
1.   Meet Miss Fancy. Irene Latham. Illustrated by John Holyfield. 2019. Penguin. 32 pages. [Source: Review copy]
Historical fiction set in Arkansas
1.  
Historical fiction set in Texas
1.   The Wind Blows Free. Loula Grace Erdman. 1952/2006. 271 pages. [Source: Library]
2. The Wide Horizon. Loula Grace Erdman. 1956/2007. Bethlehem Books. 279 pages. [Source: Library]
3. The Good Land. Loula Grace Erdman. 1959/2007. Bethlehem Books. 185 pages.
4. More Than Words Can Say. (Patchwork Family #2) Karen Witemeyer. 2019. Bethany House. 368 pages. [Source: Review copy]

Historical fiction set in Oklahoma
1. 
Nonfiction books about the United States of America
1.

Second, I'll be reading the WHO and WHEN

Parents (Aunts, Uncles)

Historical fiction set in the 1950s
1.
Historical fiction set in the 1960s
1.
Historical fiction set in the 1970s
1.
Children's books published in the 1950s

1. The Bible In Pictures for Little Eyes. Kenneth N. Taylor. 1956/1984. Moody Press. 190 pages. [Source: Bought]
Children's books published in the 1960s
1. A Necklace of Raindrops and Other Stories. Joan Aiken. Illustrated by Jan Pienkowski. 1968. 108 pages. [Source: Bought]
2.  Sister of the Bride. Beverly Cleary. 1963. 240 pages. [Source: Bought]
3. The Big Honey Hunt. Stan Berenstain and Jan Berenstain. 1962. 72 pages. [Source: Own]
4. Inside, Outside, Upside Down. Stan & Jan Berenstain. 1968. 48 pages. [Source: Library]
5.  The Bears' Vacation. Stan and Jan Berenstain. 1968. 72 pages. [Source: Library]
6. Bears on Wheels. Stan and Jan Berenstain. 1969. 33 pages. [Source: Library]
7. The Bears' Picnic. Stan and Jan Berenstain. 1966. 72 pages. [Source: Library]
8. Sam the Minuteman. Nathaniel Benchley. Illustrated by Arthur Lobel. 1969. 64 pages. [Source: Library]

Books published in the 1970s
1. The Princess Bride. William Goldman. 1973/2003. 398 pages. [Source: Bought]

Books published in the 1980s
1.
Books published in the 1990s
1. Aunt Dimity's Death. (Aunt Dimity Mystery #1) Nancy Atherton. 1992. 244 pages. [Source: Library]

Sister (Cousins, Cousins Once Removed)

Historical fiction set in the 1970s
1 Beverly, Right Here. Kate DiCamillo. 2019. Candlewick Press. 256 pages. [Source: Review copy]

Historical fiction set in the 1980s
1.
Children's books published in the 1970s
1. Board book: The Giant Jam Sandwich. Janet Burroway. Story and Pictures by John Vernon Lord. 1972/2018. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. 28 pages. [Source: Review copy]
2. Little Monster At School. (A Golden Look-Look Book) Mercer Mayer. 1978. Golden Books. 24 pages. [Source: Bought]
3.  The Monster At The End of This Book. Jon Stone. Illustrated by Michael J. Smollin. 1971. Golden Books. 32 pages. [Source: Bought]
4.  Old Hat, New Hat. Stan and Jan Berenstain. 1970. 36 pages. [Source: Library]
5. The Berenstain Bears' New Baby. Stan & Jan Berenstain. 1974. 32 pages. [Source: Library]

Children's books published in the 1980s
1. Stairway to Doom (Miss Mallard Mysteries) Robert M. Quackenbush. 1983/2018. 80 pages. Source: Library]
2. Express Train to Trouble (Miss Mallard Mystery) Robert M. Quackenbush. 1981/2018. 80 pages. [Source: Library]
3. Dig to Disaster. (Miss Mallard Mystery) Robert M. Quackenbush. 1982. 81 pages. [Source: Library]
4. Bicycle to Treachery: A Miss Mallard Mystery. Robert Quackenbush. 1985/2019. Simon & Schuster. 80 pages. [Source: Library]
5.  Gondola to Danger: A Miss Mallard Mystery. Robert M. Quackenbush. 1983/2019. Simon & Schuster. 80 pages. [Source: Library]
6.  Number the Stars. Lois Lowry. 1989. (Won Newbery in 1990) 137 pages. [Source: Bought]
7. Texas Trail to Calamity: A Miss Mallard Mystery. Robert M. Quackenbush. 1986/2018. Simon & Schuster. 80 pages. [Source: Library]
8. Howl's Moving Castle. Diana Wynne Jones. 1986/2001. 329 pages. [Source: Bought]


YA books published in the 1980s
1. Veronica. (Sunfire #18) Jane Claypool Miner. 1986. Scholastic. 220 pages. [Source: Bought]
YA books published in the 1990s
1. Dealing with Dragons. (Enchanted Forest Chronicles #1) Patricia C. Wrede. 1990/2015. 208 pages. [Source: Review copy]
2. Searching for Dragons. (Enchanted Forest Chronicles #2) Patricia C. Wrede. 1991/2015. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. 239 pages. [Source: Review copy]

Books published in the 1990s
1.
Books published in the 2000s
1.

Grandparents (Great-Aunts, Great-Uncles)

Historical fiction set in the 1920s
1. Tisha: The Wonderful True Love Story of a Young Teacher in the Alaskan Wilderness. As told to Robert Specht. 1976. 342 pages. [Source: Bought]
Historical fiction set in the 1930s
1. 
Historical fiction set in the 1940s
1.  How I Became A Spy. Deborah Hopkinson. 2019. Random House. 272 pages. [Source: Library]
2.  Resistance. Jennifer A. Nielsen. 2018. Scholastic. 385 pages. [Source: Review copy]
3. Ten Cents A Dance. Christine Fletcher. 2008. Bloomsbury. 356 pages. [Source: Review copy]
4. The Gown. Jennifer Robson. 2018. 371 pages. [Source: Library]
5. In Farleigh Field. Rhys Bowen. 2017. Lake Union. 397 pages. [Source: Review copy]
6. Resistance Women. Jennifer Chiaverini. 2019. 608 pages. [Source: Library]
7. Billy Boyle (Billy Boyle #1) James R. Benn. 2006. 294 pages. [Source: Library]
8. Blood Alone (Billy Boyle #3) James R. Benn. 2008. 313 pages. [Source: Library]
9. Evil for Evil. (Billy Boyle #4) James R. Benn. 2009. 320 pages. [Source: Library]

Nonfiction book about the 1930s, 1940s, 1950s
1.  Bonnie and Clyde: The Making of a Legend. Karen Blumenthal. 2018. 256 pages. [Source: Library]


Nonfiction books about World War II
1.  The Faithful Spy: Dietrich Bonhoeffer and the Plot to Kill Hitler. John Hendrix. 2018. Harry N. Abrams. 176 pages. [Source: Review copy]
2. Invisible Heroes of World War II: True Stories That Should Never Be Forgotten. Jerry Borrowman. 2019. Shadow Mountain. 208 pages. [Source: Review copy]
3. A Woman of No Importance: The Untold Story of the American Spy Who Helped Win World War II. Sonia Purnell. 2019. 368 pages. [Source: Library]

Children's books published in the 1920s
1. When We Were Very Young. A.A. Milne. 1924. 100 pages. [Source: Review copy]
2. Now We Are Six. A.A. Milne. 1927. 102 pages. [Source: Review copy]
3.  Winnie the Pooh. A.A. Milne. Illustrated by Ernest H. Shepard. 1926. 163 pages. [Source: Review copy]

Children's books published in the 1930s
1. Ballet Shoes. (Shoes #1) Noel Streatfeild. 1936/2018. Random House. 256 pages. [Source: Library]
2. The Hobbit. J.R.R. Tolkien. 1937.  320 pages. [Source: Bought]
Children's books published in the 1940s
1. The Boxcar Children. Gertrude Chandler Warner. 1942. 160 pages.
2. Tim and His Train. E.C. Reichert. Illustrated by Fiore Mastri. 1949. Rand McNally. 30 pages. [Source: Bought]
Books published in the 1930s
1. Gone With The Wind. Margaret Mitchell. 1936. 1037 pages. [Source: Book I Bought]

Books published in the 1940s.
1. The First Woman Doctor: The Story of Elizabeth Blackwell, M.D. Rachel Baker. 1944/1972. Scholastic. 188 pages. [Source: Bought]
Books published in the 1950s
1. 4:50 From Paddington. (Miss Marple #8) Agatha Christie. 1957/2007. 288 pages. [Source: Bought]
2. Cotillion. Georgette Heyer. 1953/2007. Sourcebooks. 355 pages. [Source: Review copy]
3.  Venetia. Georgette Heyer. 1958/2009. Harlequin. 368 pages. [Source: Gift]
4. Duplicate Death. (Inspectors Hannasyde and Hemingway #7) Georgette Heyer. 1951/2019. Sourcebooks. 400 pages. [Source: Review copy]
5. Footsteps in the Dark. Georgette Heyer. 1932/2019. Sourcebooks. 432 pages. [Source: Review copy]
6. The Fellowship of the Ring. J.R.R. Tolkien. 1954/1965. Houghton Mifflin. 423 pages. [Source: Bought]
7.  The Two Towers. J.R.R. Tolkien. 1954/1965. Houghton Mifflin. 352 pages.
8.   The Return of the King. J.R.R. Tolkien. 1955/1965. Houghton Mifflin. 440 pages.

Books published in the 1960s
1. Dune. Frank Herbert. 1965. 687 pages. [Source: Library]

Great-Grandparents

Historical fiction set in the 1890s
1. The White City. (True Colors) Grace Hitchcock. 2019. Barbour Books. 256 pages. [Source: Review copy]
Historical fiction set in the 1900s
1. 
Historical fiction set in the 1910s
1.  Love to Everyone. Hilary McKay. 2018. 336 pages. [Source: Library]
2. Hattie Big Sky. Kirby Larson. 2006. 289 pages. [Source: Library]
3.  The Victory Garden. Rhys Bowen. 2019. 368 pages. [Source: Library]
4. Lovely War. Julie Berry. 2019. 480 pages. [Source: Library]

Nonfiction books about World War I
1.  Finding Winnie: The True Story of the World's Most Famous Bear. Lindsay Mattick. Illustrated by Sophie Blackall. 2015. Little, Brown. 56 pages. [Source: Library]
Nonfiction book about the 1910s, 1920s, or 1930s
1.  Lost in the Antarctic: The Voyage of the Endurance. Tod Olson.  2019. Scholastic. 224 pages. [Source: Review copy]
Children's books published in the 1890s
1.  The Jungle Book. Rudyard Kipling. 1893/1894. 138 pages. [Source: Bought]
Children's books published in the 1900s
1. 
Children's books published in the 1910s
1.  Beautiful Stories from Shakespeare. E. Nesbit. Illustrated by Arthur Rackham. 1918. 192 pages. [Source: Library]
Books published in the 1910s
1. 
Books published in the 1920s
1.  The Black Moth. Georgette Heyer. 1921/2009. Sourcebooks. 355 pages. [Source: Review Copy]
2. These Old Shades. Georgette Heyer. 1926/2008. Harlequin. 384 pages. [Source: Bought]

Books published in the 1930s
1. Death in the Stocks. Inspectors Hannasyde & Hemingway #1) Georgette Heyer. 1935/2019. Sourcebooks. 384 pages. [Source: Review copy]
2. Miss Buncle's Book. D.E. Stevenson. 1934. 304 pages. [Source: Bought]
3. Devil's Cub. Georgette Heyer. 1932/2003. Harlequin. 272 pages. [Source: Bought]
4. They Found Him Dead. Georgette Heyer. 1937/2019. Sourcebooks. 384 pages. [Source: Review copy]
5.  Miss Buncle Married. (Miss Buncle #2) D.E. Stevenson. 1936. 352 pages. [Source: Library]
6. The Convenient Marriage. Georgette Heyer. 1934. 322 pages. [Source: Bought]

Second Great-Grandparents
historical fiction set in the 1860s
1.
historical fiction set in the 1870s
1. 
historical fiction set in the 1880s
1. 
children's books published in the 1860s
1.
children's books published in the 1870s
1.
children's books published in the 1880s
1. A Child's Garden of Verses. Robert Louis Stevenson. 1885. 67 pages. [Source: Bought]
books published in the 1880s
1. Three Men in a Boat. Jerome K. Jerome. 1889. 174 pages. [Source: Bought]
books published in the 1890s
1.
books published in the 1900s
1. 

Third Great-Grandparents
Historical fiction set in the 1830s
1. 
Historical fiction set in the 1840s
1.   Seven Alone. Honore Willsie Morrow. 1926/1977. Scholastic. 240 pages. [Source: Own]
2.  Alone in the Wild (The Oregon Trail #5) Jesse Wiley. 2019. Scholastic. 160 pages. [Source: Review copy]
Historical fiction set in the 1850s
1.  With You Always. (Orphan Train #1) Jody Hedlund. 2017. Bethany House. 359 pages. [Source: Review copy]
2. Together Forever (Orphan Train #2) Jody Hedlund. 2018. Bethany House. 343 pages. [Source: Library]
3. Searching for You (Orphan Train #3) Jody Hedlund. 2018. Bethany House. 341 pages. [Source: Review copy]
4. . A Clearing in the Wild. (Change and Cherish #1) Jane Kirkpatrick. 2006. Waterbrook. 368 pages. [Source: Review copy]
Historical fiction set in the 1860s
1.  
Books published in the 1830s
1.  
Books published in the 1840s
1.   Shirley. Charlotte Bronte. 1849. 624 pages. [Source: Bought]
Books published in the 1850s
1.  
Books published in the 1860s
1.   The Innocents Abroad. Mark Twain. 1869. 560 pages. [Source: Bought]
Books published in the 1870s
1.
Nonfiction books about the Civil War
1.
Nonfiction books about pioneer life, etc. 
1. The Doctor Wore Petticoats. Chris Enss. 2006. 144 pages. [Source: Bought]

Fourth Great-Grandparents
Historical fiction set in the 1800s
1.
Historical fiction set in the 1810s
1.
Historical fiction set in the 1820s
1.
Books published in the 1790s, 1800s, 1810s, 1820s
1. Sense and Sensibility. Jane Austen. 1811. 409 pages. [Source: Bought]
2. Hebrew Melodies. George Gordon, Lord Byron. 1815/1824. 70 pages. [Source: Bought]

Fifth Great-Grandparents
Historical fiction set in the 1750s
1.
Historical fiction set in the 1760s
1.
Historical fiction set in the 1770s
1.
Historical fiction set in the 1780s
1.
Historical fiction set in the 1790s
1. The Lady of the Lakes: The True Love Story of Sir Walter Scott. Josi S. Kilpack. 2017. Shadow Mountain. [Source: Library]
Books published in the 1750s, 60s, 70s, 80s
1. Evelina. Fanny Burney. 1778. 455 pages. [Source: Bought]
2. Goody Two Shoes. Anonymous. 1765. John Newbery. 17 pages. [Source: Online
3. New England Primer (1777 edition). Various authors. 90 pages. [Source: Online]

Nonfiction books about the American Revolution
1.

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