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Back to the Classics 2018

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Another year, another Back to the Classics challenge. Last year I only read eight of the twelve categories, so I’d like to do a bit better in 2018. The rules are pretty simple – any book that fits the category and is at least fifty years old qualifies. At the end of the year, participants are entered into a draw… Read more »

Foodies Read 2018

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This year I read seven books for the Foodies Read linkup – a couple memoirs, a few pieces of food-related fiction, and Anthony Bourdain’s two graphic novels. A good mix, although I keep trying to incorporate cookbooks here somehow and failing to do so. Maybe this will be the year. I enjoy the nudge to read more food writing and… Read more »

Back to the Classics 2017 Wrap-Up

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This year I read eight books for the Back to the Classics 2017 challenge. I was aiming for at least nine, but that mid-year reading slump hit me pretty hard. This challenge continues to be a favourite of mine, and not just because I won the prize last year! This is my fifth time participating, and I still really enjoy… Read more »

The Classics Club – Round Two!

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I’ve decided to join The Classics Club for another round. That’s another fifty classic novels read in the next five years, with a completion date of April 12th, 2022 (starting a few days back to include my current read). This is just a tentative list. I like to read on a whim, so it will change dramatically by the time… Read more »

The Classics Club: Completed!

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Five years ago, I decided to join an online challenge called The Classics Club, the goal of which was to read fifty classic novels in a five-year period. For the purposes of this list, I defined a classic as any book written mid-century or earlier. I always enjoyed reading classics in school, but I went almost my entire twenties without… Read more »

Foodies Read 2017

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I’m also joining the Foodies Read challenge again this year. The goal is to read any book that is somehow related to food, be that a cookbook, a foodie memoir, or a murder mystery in which the killer slays his victims using only spotted dick. The challenge levels are as follows: Short-Order Cook: 1 to 3 books Pastry Chef: 4… Read more »

Back to the Classics 2017

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I will be taking part in the Back to the Classics 2017 challenge to read classic books that fall into twelve categories. The more you read, the more entries you receive for a draw at the end of the year. Complete six categories, and you get one entry in the drawing Complete nine categories, and you get two entries in… Read more »

Foodies Read 2016 Wrap-Up

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The second challenge I took part in this year was the Foodies Read challenge. My goal was the 4 – 8 book level, and I ended up just barely coasting in having read four books. French Milk by Lucy Knisley Heat by Bill Buford Double Cup Love by Eddie Huang Fresh Off the Boat by Eddie Huang I enjoyed all… Read more »

Back to the Classics Challenge 2016 Wrap-Up

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The Back to the Classics Challenge 2016 was one of the two challenges I took part in this year. The goal was to read classics from twelve categories. There’s a draw associated with how many you read, but I mainly take part because I love lists. When I first joined in on this, back in 2012, it really gave me… Read more »

Foodies Read 2016

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I know this blog has turned into a series of book lists lately, but I promise this is the last one for a while. I saw this challenge last year a little too late, but I think it’ll be a fun one to join. I love food literature and haven’t really been reading enough of it, so this will help… Read more »