The Challenge Book Club

We have reading challenges and we share our wonderful pictures with you here. Year 1: Turned into a year and a half but 52 books we each have read. Year 2: Cut it down to 40 books and some slightly less 'out there' categories.
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5/40: A book written from from a child's perspective: Benjamin Zephaniah's Teacher's Dead: When I was living in England a client gave me this and I loved the simple title. Telling yet intriguing. Jackson embarks on a quest for the truth and we join him in his search. Jackson's empathy is what makes this book great and worth reading.

5/40: A book written from from a child's perspective: Benjamin Zephaniah's Teacher's Dead: When I was living in England a client gave me this and I loved the simple title. Telling yet intriguing. Jackson embarks on a quest for the truth and we join him in his search. Jackson's empathy is what makes this book great and worth reading.

3/40: A book written by someone over 60: A. S. Byatt's Ragnarok. A sort of retelling of the myth of Ragnarok through the eyes of a child during World War II. I expected something a bit different - more of an interpretation, than the actual telling that happens here - but I ended up being okay with it.

3/40: A book written by someone over 60: A. S. Byatt's Ragnarok. A sort of retelling of the myth of Ragnarok through the eyes of a child during World War II. I expected something a bit different - more of an interpretation, than the actual telling that happens here - but I ended up being okay with it.

52/52: A book with antonyms in the title: Anna North's The Life and Death of Sophie Stark. This book is phenomenal. The structure and set up works in favour of the story as does its maddening elusive protagonist. I love that we never once hear from the protagonist, but is forced to view her through the eyes of the people around her - each with their own bias. I just really like this book!

52/52: A book with antonyms in the title: Anna North's The Life and Death of Sophie Stark. This book is phenomenal. The structure and set up works in favour of the story as does its maddening elusive protagonist. I love that we never once hear from the protagonist, but is forced to view her through the eyes of the people around her - each with their own bias. I just really like this book!

11/40: A book you saw a stranger read: Hella Joof's  Papmaché reglen. Hella is delightful and her words on the page is fully in her voice. It is filled with great rules - which Hella didn't makes, they just are - and told with a sense of humour. And she signed my book!

11/40: A book you saw a stranger read: Hella Joof's Papmaché reglen. Hella is delightful and her words on the page is fully in her voice. It is filled with great rules - which Hella didn't makes, they just are - and told with a sense of humour. And she signed my book!

10/40: A 20th century classic: Sylvia Plath's The Bell Jar. This was sometimes hard to read because it tells the tale of depression so eloquently and truthfully. Plath tells it like it is and doesn't judge one way or another.

10/40: A 20th century classic: Sylvia Plath's The Bell Jar. This was sometimes hard to read because it tells the tale of depression so eloquently and truthfully. Plath tells it like it is and doesn't judge one way or another.

9/40: An audiobook published by Audible Studios: Gabourey Sidibe's  This Is Just My Face. Gabourey Sidibe is a wonderful woman and a natural storyteller, both on the page, but also as the narrator. She is honest and doesn't hide the ugly side of life, she is wickedly funny and just inspiring. I've become an even bigger fan of hers.

9/40: An audiobook published by Audible Studios: Gabourey Sidibe's This Is Just My Face. Gabourey Sidibe is a wonderful woman and a natural storyteller, both on the page, but also as the narrator. She is honest and doesn't hide the ugly side of life, she is wickedly funny and just inspiring. I've become an even bigger fan of hers.

8/40: A book about a culture you're unfamiliar with: Angie Thomas' The Hate U Give. As a white woman in Scandinavia, the lives of African Americans is something that I will never be able to get, but this wonderful book helps me to understand what that community is going through at the moment in a very intimate way. Read this book, because it is beautifully written and tells an important story that puts you for a couple of hundred pages into the complex and full life of Starr.

8/40: A book about a culture you're unfamiliar with: Angie Thomas' The Hate U Give. As a white woman in Scandinavia, the lives of African Americans is something that I will never be able to get, but this wonderful book helps me to understand what that community is going through at the moment in a very intimate way. Read this book, because it is beautifully written and tells an important story that puts you for a couple of hundred pages into the complex and full life of Starr.

7/40: A book that's becoming a movie this year: Rebecca Skloot's  The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks. This became an HBO movie earlier this year. I saw the movie, which is good, but so many people online said to read the book because it was even better. And it really is a great book. The story of Henrietta Lacks and her family's life is intertwined with the medical history of HeLa. Worth reading for the human story, not just the medical story.

7/40: A book that's becoming a movie this year: Rebecca Skloot's The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks. This became an HBO movie earlier this year. I saw the movie, which is good, but so many people online said to read the book because it was even better. And it really is a great book. The story of Henrietta Lacks and her family's life is intertwined with the medical history of HeLa. Worth reading for the human story, not just the medical story.

7/40 - A book about books.  I remember having to read this and having watched the movie in high school but as I begun I found I remembered nothing of the actual story. I was a lovely reconnection as this book is close to perfection. So go read it (again) people.

7/40 - A book about books. I remember having to read this and having watched the movie in high school but as I begun I found I remembered nothing of the actual story. I was a lovely reconnection as this book is close to perfection. So go read it (again) people.

6/40 - A romance set in the future.  Since we are in a post 4th world war scenario and the whole thing is about selecting a mate it fits perfectly in this category. I've finally finished and I am equally excited and disappointed as there are so many great subjects in focus and yet so much silly crap to take the focus away.

6/40 - A romance set in the future. Since we are in a post 4th world war scenario and the whole thing is about selecting a mate it fits perfectly in this category. I've finally finished and I am equally excited and disappointed as there are so many great subjects in focus and yet so much silly crap to take the focus away.

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