Your Year in Literature - a forum game

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Post by Piotrek81 » January 9th, 2016, 1:42 am

RuthieG wrote:Something most people don’t know about me is: I Play the Drums in a Band Called Okay [Toby Litt]
I read this one :!: I even wrote a mini-review on my language-exchange blog. Also, it's "OKAY" (all capital letters, as the protagonist explains at some point) :wink: .

I'm unable to write my own version of this. I don't recall the names of my last year's reads that well.
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Post by Lucy_k_p » January 20th, 2016, 6:21 am

A little late:

All in all, I would describe last year as being: A Wrinkle in Time (by Madeleine L'Engle)
I could have cried when: Things Fall Apart (by Chinua Achebe)
I would love to have some respite from: The Iron Heel (by Jack London)
The most unexpected thing that happened last year involved: The Martian (by Andy Weir)
A recurring dream I had last year featured: Uncle Montague's Tales of Terror (by Chris Priestly)
My non-bookish friends would say I: Reading the World (by Ann Morgan)
If you looked under my couch you would see: Eggs, Beans and Crumpets (by P.G. Wodehouse)
If I could no longer LibriVox, I would probably be: The Learned Women (by Molière)
Something most people don’t know about me is: The Big Bow Mystery (by Israel Zangwill)
My motto for 2016 will be: All You Need is Kill (by Hiroshi Sakurazaka)
I am most looking forward to: Utopia (by Thomas More)
I'm tipping that the next big thing in Reality TV shows will be: The Woman who Cooked her Husband (by Debbie Isitt)
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Post by Cori » December 30th, 2018, 7:24 am

The New Year approaches! Try and answer the prompts below with the titles of books you've read in 2018 -- if possible, don't repeat any titles. Short stories and poems can count. It's fine to skip a few or edit them for grammar/any other reason. :D

2018 was a year I'd sum up as:

The only thing better than chocolate is:

If I had a yacht, I'd name it:

To fight zombies, I'd arm myself with:

My wardrobe style can only be described as:

My super power is:

I'd love to have dinner with:

When I rains, I like to:

The most expensive thing I bought this year was:

My best subject in school was:

I wish I'd invented:

A hope for 2019 is:
There's honestly no such thing as a stupid question -- but I'm afraid I can't rule out giving a stupid answer : : To Posterity and Beyond!

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Post by Cori » December 30th, 2018, 7:26 am

2018 was a year I'd sum up as: Turtles All the Way Down by John Green

The only thing better than chocolate is: Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore by Robin Sloan

If I had a yacht, I'd name it: Necessary Evil and the Greater Good by Adam Ingle

To fight zombies, I'd arm myself with: Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon

My wardrobe style can only be described as: The Girl who was a Gentleman by Anna Jane Greenville

My super power is: Too Like The Lightning by Ada Palmer

I'd love to have dinner with: Matilda by Roald Dahl

When I rains, I like to: Defy the Stars by Claudia Grey

The most expensive thing I bought this year was: Sharpe's Tiger by Bernard Cornwell

My best subject in school was: Noughts and Crosses by Malorie Blackman

I wish I'd invented: An Absolutely Remarkable Thing by Hank Green

A hope for 2019 is: My Year of Rest and Relaxation by Ottessa Moshfegh
There's honestly no such thing as a stupid question -- but I'm afraid I can't rule out giving a stupid answer : : To Posterity and Beyond!

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Post by mightyfelix » December 30th, 2018, 9:51 am

Oh boy, now I have to remember what I've read this year!
2018 was a year I'd sum up as: Keep Your Shape, by Robert Sheckley

The only thing better than chocolate is: Port in a Storm, by George MacDonald

If I had a yacht, I'd name it: The Sailor on the Seas of Fate, by Michael Moorcock

To fight zombies, I'd arm myself with: Shardik, by Richard Adams

My wardrobe style can only be described as: Mere Humanity, by Donald T. Williams

My super power is: Flyte, by Angie Sage

I'd love to have dinner with: The Man Who Was Thursday, by G. K. Chesterton

When it rains, I like to do: The Dance on the Beefsteak, by E.F. Benson

The most expensive thing I bought this year was: Food, by William C. de Mille

My best subject in school was: The Higher Education, by Ella Bentley Arthur

I wish I'd invented: Magyk, by Angie Sage

A hope for 2019 is: The Return of the King, by J.R.R. Tolkien
Now this was a challenge! I must get better at tracking my reading, if only for silly quizzes like this one!
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Post by DACSoft » December 30th, 2018, 10:45 am

2018 was a year I'd sum up as: Strong and Steady, by Horatio Alger, Jr.

The only thing better than chocolate is: Kitty of the Roses, by Ralph Henry Barbour

If I had a yacht, I'd name it: The Garden God, by Forrest Reid

To fight zombies, I'd arm myself with: The Fur-Seal's Tooth, by Kirk Munroe.

My wardrobe style can only be described as: Tony the Tramp, by Horatio Alger, Jr.

My super power is: Two College Friends, by Fred W. Loring

I'd love to have dinner with: Red Cloud, the Solitary Sioux, by Lieut.-Colonel William Francis Butler

When it rains, I like to be: Battling the Bighorn, by Ashton Lamar

The most expensive thing I bought this year was: A Cruise in the Sky, by Ashton Lamar

My best subject in school was: A Dark Chapter from New Zealand History, by James Hawthorne

I wish I'd invented: Dog Roses, by Anthony McDonald

A hope for 2019 is: The Land of Joy, by Ralph Henry Barbour
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Post by barbara2 » January 1st, 2019, 7:24 am

2018 was a year I'd sum up as:

The only thing better than chocolate is: Playing the Piano for Pleasure (Charles Cooke)

If I had a yacht, I'd name it: Pacific (Simon Winchester)

To fight zombies, I'd arm myself with: Force of Nature (Jane Harper)

My wardrobe style can only be described as: Imperfect Harmony (Stacy Horn)

My super power is: Lethal White (Robert Galbraith)

I'd love to have dinner with: The Beautiful and Damned (F. Scott Fitzgerald)

When I rains, I like to: Catch 26 (Carol Prisant)

The most expensive thing I bought this year was: The Big Picture (Sean Carroll)

My best subject in school was: Keeping On, Keeping On (Alan Bennett)

I wish I'd invented: Selected Poetry (W. B. Yeats)

A hope for 2019 is: Enlightenment NOW (Steven Pinker)

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Post by thestorygirl » January 3rd, 2019, 11:26 am

Oh, fun!

2018 was a year I'd sum up as: Beginnings, by Steve Stephens

The only thing better than chocolate is: The Unseen Realm, by Michael Heiser

If I had a yacht, I'd name it: The Fisherman's Lady, by George MacDonald

To fight zombies, I'd arm myself with: Miracles and Massacres, by Glenn Beck

My wardrobe style can only be described as: Embracing the Body, by Tara Owens

My super power is: What You Do Best in the Body of Christ, by Bruce Bugbee

I'd love to have dinner with: Arsene Lupin, Gentleman-Thief, by Maurice Leblanc

When it rains, I like to: The Cloister and the Hearth, by Charles Reade

The most expensive thing I bought this year was: The Career Manifesto, by Mike Steib

My best subject in school was: The Valiant Papers, by Calvin Miller

I wish I'd invented: King Solomon's Mines, by H. Rider Haggard

A hope for 2019 is: How to Listen to God, by Charles Stanley

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Post by commonsparrow3 » January 3rd, 2019, 4:30 pm

This game is always fun! And look! -- We even have fresh new prompts this time around!

2018 was a year I'd sum up as: Season of the Second Thought by Lynn Powell
The only thing better than chocolate is: The Migration of Birds by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
If I had a yacht, I'd name it: White Squall by Victoria Brehm
To fight zombies, I'd arm myself with: Megafire by Michael Kodas
My wardrobe style can only be described as: Very, Very Very Dreadful by Albert Marrin
My super power is: My Own Words by Ruth Bader Ginsburg
I'd love to have dinner with: Rosa Parks by Douglas Brinkley
When it rains, I know: Why Do We Need a Public Library? by Various
The most expensive thing I bought this year was: Blue Horses by Mary Oliver
My best subject in school was: How to Make Moving Pictures in the 1910's by Darren Nemeth
I wish I'd invented: Copies in Seconds by David Owen
A hope for 2019 is being: Shoulder to Shoulder by Kathleen Urbanic

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Post by Cori » December 31st, 2019, 9:20 am

Happy New Year! May 2020 be truly wonderful for you. :9:

So, here's our annual review of our reading in 2019. Try and answer the prompts below with the titles of books/stories/plays/poems you read/listened to in 2019 -- if possible, don't repeat any titles. It's fine to skip the ones you don't like (or borrow ones from previous years) and to edit them for grammar/any other reason. :D
  • 2019 can be summed up as:
  • If you looked under my couch you would see:
  • At a party you’d find me (with/in etc.):
  • I currently live in:
  • At the end of a long day I need:
  • The weather at the moment is:
  • My fantasy job is (to be a):
  • To fight zombies, I'd arm myself with:
  • The best advice I can give is:
  • A happy day includes:
  • On my bucket list is/are:
  • If I was competing in the 2020 Japan Olympics/Paralympics, my chosen sport would be:
There's honestly no such thing as a stupid question -- but I'm afraid I can't rule out giving a stupid answer : : To Posterity and Beyond!

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Post by Cori » December 31st, 2019, 9:45 am

  • 2019 can be summed up as: How to Do Nothing by Jenny Odell
  • If you looked under my couch you would see: The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde
  • At a party you’d find me with: Mycroft and Sherlock by Kareen Abdul-Jabbar
  • I currently live in: Hex Hall by Rachel Hawkins
  • At the end of a long day I need: A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles
  • The weather at the moment is: Magic in the Wind by Christine Feehan
  • My fantasy job is to be: The Reader by Traci Chee
  • To fight zombies, I'd arm myself with: Women & Power by Mary Beard
  • The best advice I can give is: Maybe You Should Talk to Someone by Lori Gottlieb
  • A happy day includes: Wishful Drinking by Carrie Fisher
  • On my bucket list is/are: Starflight by Melissa Landers
  • If I was competing in the 2020 Japan Olympics/Paralympics, my chosen sport would be: The Queue by Basma Abdel Aziz
There's honestly no such thing as a stupid question -- but I'm afraid I can't rule out giving a stupid answer : : To Posterity and Beyond!

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Post by TriciaG » December 31st, 2019, 10:03 am

HA! These are all from books I've read or listened to; not books I've recorded.

2019 can be summed up as: Somehow Good by William de Morgan
If you looked under my couch you would see: The Land That Time Forgot by Edgar Rice Burroughs
At a party you’d find me: The Social Cancer: A Complete English Version of Noli Me Tangere by José Rizal

I currently live: In the Bishop's Carriage by Miriam Michelson
At the end of a long day I need: The Giant's Robe by F. Anstey
The weather at the moment is: Fire Road: The Napalm Girl's Journey Through the Horrors of War to Faith, Forgiveness, and Peace by Kim Phuc Phan Thi (Well, I guess in Australia, anyway.)

My fantasy job is (to be a): I Am a Cat by Natsume Sōseki
To fight zombies, I'd arm myself with: The Strength of Gideon and Other Stories by Paul Laurence Dunbar
The best advice I can give is: No Surrender by Constance Elizabeth Maud

A happy day includes: Chop Suey Nation: The Legion Cafe and Other Stories from Canada’s Chinese Restaurants by Ann Hui
On my bucket list is/are: The Discovery of the Tomb of Tutankhamen by Howard Carter
If I was competing in the 2020 Japan Olympics/Paralympics, my chosen sport would be: The Masquerader by Katherine Cecil Thurston
Mystery/PulpFic: Dope, by Sax Rohmer
The one that started them all: Self-Help, by Samuel Smiles
SciFi about mind reading intergalactic Secret Service member: Man of Many Minds

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Post by commonsparrow3 » January 1st, 2020, 7:53 pm

Hmm .. A bit harder to play this year, since a lot of my books had dull titles like "Report on..." or "... Collection" -- but I'll do my best!
  • 2019 can be summed up as: Wheels of Change by Sue Macy
  • If you looked under my couch you would see: Tin Horns and Calico by Henry Christman
  • At a party you’d find me (with/in etc.): Wild Bird Guests by Ernest Baynes
  • I currently live in: City on the Edge by Mark Goldman
  • At the end of a long day I need: Devotions by Mary Oliver
  • The weather at the moment is: Lake Effect by Mark Monmonier
  • My fantasy job is (to be a): Trumpeter of Krakow by Eric Kelly
  • To fight zombies, I'd arm myself with: Fires and Fire Fighters by John Kenlon
  • The best advice I can give is: The Time is Now by Joan Chittister
  • A happy day includes: You Welcomed Me by Kent Annan
  • On my bucket list is/are: Democracy and Education by John Dewey
  • If I was competing in the 2020 Japan Olympics/Paralympics, my chosen sport would be: K: A History of Baseball in Ten Pitches by Tyler Kepner

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Post by barbara2 » January 1st, 2020, 8:47 pm

Thanks Cori, here goes:

. 2019 can be summed up as: Siege by Michael Wolff

. If you looked under my couch you would see: The Body by Bill Bryson

. At a party you’d find me (with/in etc.): Samuel Pepys by Claire Tomalin

.I currently live in: Europe by Tim Flannery [I'm lying]

. At the end of a long day I need: Deep Time Dreaming by Billy Griffiths

.The weather at the moment is: When Words Fail by Ed Vulliamy

.My fantasy job is to be an: Incidental Tourist by Peter Doherty

.To fight zombies, I'd arm myself with: The Knowledge by Lewis Dartnell

.The best advice I can give is: Becoming by Michelle Obama

.A happy day includes: Joy in the Morning by P. G. Wodehouse

.On my bucket list is: Italian Journey by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

.If I was competing in the 2020 Japan Olympics/Paralympics, my chosen sport would be: Human Croquet by Kate Atkinson


Best wishes for the New Year and for lots of good reading,

Barbara

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Post by mightyfelix » January 1st, 2020, 10:01 pm

2019 can be summed up as: The Ball and the Cross, by G.K. Chesterton.
If you looked under my couch you would see: The Giant's Heart, by George MacDonald.
At a party you’d find me with: The Twits, by Roald Dahl.
The weather at the moment is: Dawn of the Morning, by Grace Livingston Hill.
My fantasy job is (to be a): A Wizard of Earthsea, by Ursula LeGuin.
To fight zombies, I'd arm myself with: A Deal With the Devil, by Eden Phillpotts.
The best advice I can give is: The Consolation of Philosophy, by Boethius.

This was even harder for me than last year. As you can see, I was unable to answer all of the questions. I didn't read nearly as much as I could/should have, and I did a terrible job of tracking the things that I did read. My goal this year is to read enough, and track enough, to be able to own this questionnaire when next January comes around.

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