Saturday, 24 January 2015

Victorian Bingo Challenge 2015


Goal: a Bingo (horizontal, vertical, diagonal, four corners and center square). 
Rule: Must use different book for each square. 

My List

1. Book published in the 1840s.
     The Count of Monte Cristo (1845) Alexandre Dumas    
2. Male author.
     The Aspern Papers (1888) Henry James
3. Female author.
     Black Beauty (1877) Anna Sewell
4. Book with a name as the title.
       Miss Marjoribanks (1866) by Mrs. Oliphant
5. Book published in serial (monthly) format.
      Middlemarch: A Study of Provincial Life (1871-72) by George Eliot
6. Book published in 1837 - 1840.
     A Hero of Our Time by Mikhail Lermontov
7. Book published in the 1850s.
     The Heir of Redclyffe (1853) by Charlotte M. Yonge
8. Children's book.
     Tom Brown’s Schooldays (1857) by Thomas Hughes
9. Book of your choice.
     A Strange Disappearance (1880) by Anna Katharine Green
10. Charles Dickens.
     A Tale of Two Cities (1859) Charles Dickens
11. Book set in England.
     New Grub Street (1891) by George Gissing
12. Book that you wish had been adapted into a movie.
     The Haunted Hotel (1878) by Wilkie Collins
13. Book published in the 1860s.
     East Lynne (1861) by Ellen Wood
14. Reread of your choice.
     Jane Eyre (1847) by Charlotte Bronte
15. Anthony Trollope
     Doctor Thorne (1858) by Anthony Trollope
16. For better or worse (marriage)
     Aurora Floyd (1863) by Mary Elizabeth Braddon
17. Mystery-suspense-sensation.
     No Name (1862) by Wilkie Collins
18. Book over 400 pages.
     Les Miserables (1862) by Victor Hugo
19. Book published in the 1870s.
     The Leavenworth Case (1878) by Anna Katharine Green
20. Wilkie Collins 
     The Woman in White (1859) by Wilkie Collins
21. Book published in the 1890s. 
     The Awakening (1899) Kate Chopin
22. Book that has been adapted into a movie.
     A Christmas Carol (1843) by Charles Dickens
23. Book published 1900-1901.
     Claudine at School (1900) by Colette
24. Collection (poetry, stories, fairy tales).
     The Oxford Book of Victorian Ghost Stories edited by Michael Cox
25. Book published in the 1880s

       Treasure Island (1883) Robert Louis Stevenson     

This is the final challenge I signed up for in 2015. I look forward to reading every single book on this list. Have you read any of the title? If yes, what do you think of it?

Saturday, 17 January 2015

Back to the Classics Challenge 2015

1. A 19th Century Classic -- any book published between 1800 and 1899.

     A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens

2. A 20th Century Classic -- any book published between 1900 and 1965. 

     Tender is the Night by F. Scott Fitzgerald

3. A Classic by a Woman Author.

     The Portable Edith Wharton by Edith Wharton

4. A Classic in Translation. 

     The Brothers Karamazov by Fyodor Dostoevsky

5. A Very Long Classic Novel -- a single work of 500 pages or longer. This does not include omnibus editions combined into one book, or short story collections.

     The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins

6. A Classic Novella -- any work shorter than 250 pages. 

     Gulliver’s Travel by Jonathan Swift

7. A Classic with a Person's Name in the Title. 

     Agnes Grey by Anne Brontë

8. A Humorous or Satirical Classic. 

     Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

9. A Forgotten Classic.

     The Monk by Matthew Lewis

10. A Nonfiction Classic. A memoir, biography, essays, travel, this can be any nonfiction work that's considered a classic, or a nonfiction work by a classic author.

     The Life of Charlotte Brontë by Elizabeth Gaskell

11. A Classic Children's Book. A book for your inner child! Pick a children's classic that you never got around to reading. 

     The Wonderful Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum

12. A Classic Play. Your choice, any classic play, as long as it was published or performed before 1965. Plays are only eligible for this specific category.

     The Crucible by Arthur Miller

Do you join any reading challenge this year? What are they?

Friday, 16 January 2015

Welcome to Lily in the Library

Hi, everyone!

I am pleased to welcome you to Lily in the Library. I am planning for this blog to be a record of my classics literature reading journey. I have even joined book club focus on classics literature and classics reading challenge to ensure I meet this goal. Occasionally, I might veer off from this goal and blog about other genres such as young adult and mysteries. But not too much, I hope.

Now, a little about me. Lily Manette is an alter ego  created from a character I love and a book I like. Please note that it is not my real name, though you may call me Lily. I mostly read young adult, mysteries, and classics. This year, I have decided to focus more on reading the classics to make up for the lack of it in 2014. I've even followed book blogs on classics literature to strengthen my resolution. Some of my favourite authors are Stephen King, Agatha Christie, Tolkien, Ann Radcliffe, Daphne du Maurier, The Brontë Sisters, Jane Austen, Anna Katherine Green, Wilkie Collins, and Fanny Burney. Hopefully. this list will grow longer by the end of the year. I already have some Trollope, Emile Zola, and Victor Hugo waiting to be read on my shelf.

Please make yourself comfortable and talk to me about your favourite books and authors. I'd love for book recommendations from you. Happy reading!

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