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2019 Reading Assignment Challenge SPRING semester

Spring Semester 2019 Reading Assignment Challenge #2019HW
Host: Because Challenges Make Reading More Fun (sign up here)
January - May 2019
# of books: readers decide

I'll be signing up for Two--possibly three--CLASSES.

Professor AuthorLuv Intermediate Class Credits 2
You'll get an A if you read 2 books by that author all 5 months, a B if you read 2 books 4 of the months, a C if you read 2 books 3 of the months, and a D if you read 2 books 2 of the months. Professor AuthorLuv will have to give you an F for anything less.
My author is GEORGETTE HEYER. I'll be reading her mysteries and historical fiction.

January
1) The Black Moth. Georgette Heyer. 1921/2009. Sourcebooks. 355 pages. [Source: Review Copy]
2) Death in the Stocks. Inspectors Hannasyde & Hemingway #1) Georgette Heyer. 1935/2019. Sourcebooks. 384 pages. [Source: Review copy]
February
1) Cotillion. Georgette Heyer. 1953/2007. Sourcebooks. 355 pages. [Source: Review copy]
2) Venetia. Georgette Heyer. 1958/2009. Harlequin. 368 pages. [Source: Gift]
March
1) These Old Shades. Georgette Heyer. 1926/2008. Harlequin. 384 pages. [Source: Bought]
2) Devil's Cub. Georgette Heyer. 1932/2003. Harlequin. 272 pages. [Source: Bought]
April
1) They Found Him Dead. Georgette Heyer. 1937/2019. Sourcebooks. 384 pages. [Source: Review copy]
2) Duplicate Death. (Inspectors Hannasyde and Hemingway #7) Georgette Heyer. 1951/2019. Sourcebooks. 400 pages. [Source: Review copy]
May
1) Footsteps in the Dark. Georgette Heyer. 1932/2019. Sourcebooks. 432 pages. [Source: Review copy]
2) The Convenient Marriage. Georgette Heyer. 1934. 322 pages. [Source: Bought]

Professor Genre Advanced Class Credits 3

My genre is HISTORICAL FICTION. I will not be counting the Georgette Heyer books in this second class. That doesn't sound like it would be fair, right? So any historical fiction not written by Heyer I'm counting here.
In the advanced course your committing to reading three books a month in your chosen genre/theme  You'll get an A if you read 3 books in that genre all 5 months, a B if you read 3 books 4 of the months, a C if you read 3 books 3 of the months, and a D if you read 3 books 2 of the months. Professor Genre will have to give you an F for anything less. 

January

1) Veronica. (Sunfire #18) Jane Claypool Miner. 1986. Scholastic. 220 pages. [Source: Bought]
2) I Survived The Children's Blizzard, 1888 (I Survived #16). Lauren Tarshis. 2018. 144 pages. [Source: Library]
3) With You Always. (Orphan Train #1) Jody Hedlund. 2017. Bethany House. 359 pages. [Source: Review copy]
4. Tisha: The Wonderful True Love Story of a Young Teacher in the Alaskan Wilderness. As told to Robert Specht. 1976. 342 pages. [Source: Bought]
5. Ivanhoe. Walter Scott. 1819. 544 pages. [Source: Bought]
6. The Murder of Patience Brooke. (Charles Dickens Investigations #1)  J.C. Briggs. 2018. Sapere Books. 290 pages. [Source: Review copy]
7.Together Forever (Orphan Train #2) Jody Hedlund. 2018. Bethany House. 343 pages. [Source: Library]
8. Seven Alone. Honore Willsie Morrow. 1926/1977. Scholastic. 240 pages. [Source: Own]
9. Sweep: The Story of a Girl and Her Monster. Jonathan Auxier. 2018. 368 pages. [Source: Library]
10) The Plot Against America. Philip Roth. 2004. 391 pages. [Source: Library]
11) Searching for You (Orphan Train #3) Jody Hedlund. 2018. Bethany House. 341 pages. [Source: Review copy]
12. Love to Everyone. Hilary McKay. 2018. 336 pages. [Source: Library]
13. Grave Mercy. Robin LaFevers. 2012/2019. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. 560 pages. [Source: Review copy]

February
1) The Night Diary. Veera Hiranandani. 2018. 272 pages. [Source: Library]
2) Journey of the Pale Bear. Susan Fletcher. 2018. 304 pages. [Source: Library]
3)  Finding Langston. Lesa Cline-Ransome. 2018. Holiday House. 112 pages. [Source: Review copy]
4)  The Book Thief. Markus Zusak. 2006. Random House. 560 pages. [Source: Bought]
5) Cate of the Lost Colony. Lisa M. Klein. 2010. Bloomsbury. 336 pages. [Source: Review copy]
6) I Survived The Nazi Invasion, 1944. Lauren Tarshis. 2014. Scholastic. 112 pages. [Source: Review copy]
7) The Crown and the Crucible. (The Russians #1) Michael R. Phillips and Judith Pella. 1991. Bethany House. 416 pages. [Source: Bought]
8) Healing Hearts. Sarah M. Eden. 2019. Shadow Mountain. 336 pages. [Source: Review copy]
9) Hattie Big Sky. Kirby Larson. 2006. 289 pages. [Source: Library]

3) March
1) . A Clearing in the Wild. (Change and Cherish #1) Jane Kirkpatrick. 2006. Waterbrook. 368 pages. [Source: Review copy]
2) How I Became A Spy. Deborah Hopkinson. 2019. Random House. 272 pages. [Source: Library]
3)  Alone in the Wild (The Oregon Trail #5) Jesse Wiley. 2019. Scholastic. 160 pages. [Source: Review copy]
4) Voices: The Final Hours of Joan of Arc. David Elliott. 2019. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. 208 pages. [Source: Review copy]
5)  The Truth About Martians. Melissa Savage. 2018. 336 pages. [Source: Library]
6)  Number the Stars. Lois Lowry. 1989. (Won Newbery in 1990) 137 pages. [Source: Bought]

3) April
1) The Oregon Trail: The Wagon Train Trek. Jesse Wiley. 2019. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. 176 pages. [Source: Review copy]
2) The Only Woman in the Room. Marie Benedict. 2019. Sourcebooks. 256 pages. [Source: Library]
3)  Song for the Stars. Ilima Todd. 2019. Shadow Mountain. 352 pages. [Source: Review copy]
4) Courageous. Yona Zeldis McDonough. 2018. [Nov] Scholastic. 192 pages. [Source: Review copy]
5) Death at Hungerford Stairs. (Charles Dickens & Superintendent Sam Jones #2) J.C. Briggs. 2018. Sapere Books.  290 pages. [Source: Review copy]
6) Kidnapped. Robert Louis Stevenson. 1886. 276 pages. [Source: Bought]
7) A House Divided (The Russians #2) Michael R. Phillips and Judith Pella. 1992. Bethany House. 352 pages. [Source: Bought]
8) Courage to Be Counted. (A Clubmobile Girls Novel) Eleri Grace. 2019. Bugle Call Books. 350 pages. [Source: Review copy]
9)  Resistance. Jennifer A. Nielsen. 2018. Scholastic. 385 pages. [Source: Review copy]

3) May
1) The Good Son: A Story From the First World War Told In Miniature. Pierre-Jacques Ober. Illustrated by Jules Ober and Felicity Coonan. 2019. Candlewick Press. 104 pages. [Source: Review copy]
2) The Tattooist of Auschwitz. Heather Morris. 2018. 262 pages. [Source: Library]
3) The Wind Blows Free. Loula Grace Erdman. 1952/2006. 271 pages. [Source: Library]
4) Daisies and Devotion (Mayfield Family #2) Josi S. Kilpack. 2019. Shadow Mountain. 304 pages. [Source: Review copy]
5) Crossing Stones. Helen Frost. 2009. FSG. 184 pages. [Source: Library]
6. Les Miserables. Victor Hugo. Translated by Julie Rose. 1862/2008. Modern Library. 1330 pages. [Source: Bought]
7.  The Refuge. Ann H. Gabhart. 2019. Revell. 400 pages. [Source: Review copy]
8. The Wide Horizon. Loula Grace Erdman. 1956/2007. Bethlehem Books. 279 pages. [Source: Library]
9. Voices from the Underground Railroad. Kay Winters. Illustrated by Larry Day. 2018. 48 pages. [Source: Library]
10. Ten Cents A Dance. Christine Fletcher. 2008. Bloomsbury. 356 pages. [Source: Review copy]
11. The Gown. Jennifer Robson. 2018. 371 pages. [Source: Library]
12. The Good Land. Loula Grace Erdman. 1959/2007. Bethlehem Books. 185 pages.

I am debating doing a third class, Professor Mix-It-Up. My concern is that I always seem to FAIL any challenge that requires sticking to a list. I love, love, love to make lists and rarely have the discipline to stick with a list. So I'm on the fence. I have until JANUARY 31, 2019 to post a list.





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