Tuesday, December 16, 2014

I Love Library Books Challenge 2014 Wrap-Up

I did it!  I finished another challenge!  Actually, I surpassed my original goal for this one.  I originally signed up for the "Chapter Book" level of 12 books, but when I passed that up in the summer, I reset my goal to be the "Middle Grades" level of 18 books.  And I finished that level!  Hooray!

Here are the books I read for the I Love Library Books Challenge, broken down by month:

A Memory Between Us by Sarah Sundin

What Jane Austen Ate and Charles Dickens Knew by Daniel Pool

Flappers and Philosophers by F. Scott Fitzgerald
Tales of the Jazz Age by F. Scott Fitzgerald

The Sun Also Rises by Ernest Hemingway
Sixteen Brides by Stephanie Grace Whitson

Blue Skies Tomorrow by Sarah Sundin

Longbourn by Jo Baker
Shades of Grey by Jasper Fforde
Vanishing Girl by Shane Peacock
Tortilla Flat by John Steinbeck

The House of Silk by Anthony Horowitz
The Art of Detection by Laurie R. King
Ernest Hemingway:  Complete Poems edited by Nicholas Gerogiannis

Paper Towns by John Green

Betsy-Tacy by Maud Hart Lovelace

Daddy-Long-Legs by Jean Webster
Spiderweb For Two by Elizabeth Enright

Like the Mount TBR Challenge, this is definitely a challenge I would participate in again some year when I felt like doing challenges.  But in 2015, I'm taking a break from them and instead challenging myself to read at least six books I've been putting off for many years.  More about that later.


  1. Yay! I remember when you set out to do this. I'm going to check out your titles by Fitzgerald, Steinbeck, and Hemingway. I've not read those.

    1. Duh! I already read your posts on Hemingway and Steinbeck, but not Fitzgerald. Something about Fitzgerald and the time period he wrote about makes me what to read more from him.

    2. Isn't Fitzgerald fascinating? The way he turns a phrase, the contrast of his beautiful writing with his disillusionment -- so intriguing. Even when all I'd read of his was The Great Gatsby (which I disliked the first time through), I was so interested in him and his writing that, well, I named my blog after something he said.

  2. You are impressive. Or rather, your reading list is. ;-)

    *raises hand* Who's in your header? It's lovely.

    1. Lol. It's very varied, anyway. No one can accuse me of not having a broad range of interests.

      My header, clockwise starting with the biggest picture, has Tom Hiddleston just looking daydreamy because the picture worked with my quote and was the right size, F. Scott Fitzgerald writing something, Corey Stoll playing Ernest Hemingway in Midnight in Paris, Ernest Hemingway editing something, and Corey Stoll as Hemingway again talking to Tom Hiddleston as F. Scott Fitzgerald in MIP. I wanted to just do pics of Hiddleston as F. Scott and the real Fitzgerald, but it was weirdly hard to find good pics of him from that movie, so I had to put BOTH my favorite Lost Generation writers in there.

    2. True, true. I thought the header must've had something to do with Fitzgerald and Hemingway, but I couldn't tell what movie it was from. All I could remember was that Hiddleston was gonna play Hank Williams, Jr, but that's not even out yet, so I don't know what I was thinking. It's very nice. :-)

    3. Aha! Yup, it's from Midnight in Paris, which was a lot of fun. I've been tempted to buy a copy several times, but haven't yet. When I find it in the $5 bin some time, I'll get it.

      Anyway, thanks! I had fun with it. I meant to do something festive, but then I had this idea instead.

  3. Congratulations! This sounds like fun. I'm always hesitant to do the library challenges for fear of neglecting my books at home, but I always get library books anyway, so I might as well do one.


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