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text 2019-01-22 22:45
Around the World in 80 Books Mostly by Female Authors: Master Update Post

[World map created with Mapchart.net]

 

The aim: To diversify my reading and read as many books as possible (not necessarily 80) set in, and by authors from, countries all over the world.  Female authors preferred.  If a book is set in a location other than that of the author's nationality, it can apply to either (but not both).

 

On the map I'm only tracking new reads, not also rereads.

 

The Books:

Africa

Nigeria

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie: Purple Hibiscus (new)

 

Egypt

Elizabeth Peters: Crocodile on the Sandbank (new)

 

 

 

Americas

USA

Michelle Obama: Becoming (new)

 

 

 

Asia

China

Xinran: The Good Women of China (new)

 

Japan

Shizuko Natsuki: Murder at Mt. Fuji (new)

 

 

 

Australia / Oceania

 

 

 

Europe

United Kingdom

Lorna Nicholl Morgan: Another Little Murder (new)

Stephen Fry, John Woolf, Nick Baker: Stephen Fry's Victorian Secrets (new)

P.D. James: A Taste for Death (revisited on audio)

 

Ireland

Tana French: The Witch Elm (new)

 

Greece

Stephen Fry: Mythos (new)

 

 

 

 

 

The "Gender Wars" Stats:

Read to date, in 2019:

Books by female authors: 8

- new: 7

- rereads: 1

 

Books by male authors: 2

- new: 2

- rereads:

 

Books by F & M mixed teams / anthologies:

- new:

- rereads:

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text 2019-01-20 20:54
Reading progress update: I've read 63 out of 391 pages.
The Disappearing Spoon: And Other True Tales of Madness, Love, and the History of the World from the Periodic Table of the Elements - Sam Kean

The fact that I actually finished chapter 3 the day before yesterday and it took BT's first status update for me to remember to also comment on my own progress probably tells you all you need to know about the priority this book has in my reading.

 

Well, the good news, I guess, is that chapters 2 and 3 are actually readable.  I don't think I'll retain from them much more than I already knew (and chapter 2 is another example of Kean getting stuck on two elements, amplified on by way of numerous details, after setting out to make a more general point), but at least he held my attention for the duration of those two chapters, and chapter 3 also contains a historical positioning of the periodic table.  Since this is the final chapter of the introductory section of the book, I'll retract my criticism that he didn't give any sort of historical introduction at all.  Which however doesn't excuse the amount of condescension and outright innuendo going on in the description of the key biographical details of the scientists whose works he is describing in chapters 2 and 3.

 

That said, two days have gone by and I still haven't been able to bring myself to move on to chapter 4.  As I mentioned in my comments on BT's status update, somehow the combination of atoms as a topic and this author's fractured approach to narrative and explanations doesn't portend much encouragement.  Nor does his approach to the presentation of scientific theories (psst, Mr. Kean -- that's where footnotes just might be put to good use) ... or his dealings with the biographies of several eminent scientists of the past, who can actually count genuine, important discoveries among their achievements.  I'll be on a full-day trip tomorrow, and although it will include some train travel, I don't see myself actually taking this book.  I also don't think I'll be in much of a mood to touch it tomorrow night when I get back.  I guess what I'm saying is I'm still on the fence whether or not to finish this.

 

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text 2019-01-15 17:25
Reading progress update: I've read 31 out of 391 pages.
The Disappearing Spoon: And Other True Tales of Madness, Love, and the History of the World from the Periodic Table of the Elements - Sam Kean

Well, let's just say Mr. Kean clearly isn't Helen Czerski (and that is not a good thing).

 

He either has no clear conception of who his target audience is, or he doesn't know how to talk to his audience.  Someone with an average to advanced training in science obviously wouldn't need any explanations as to the structure of the periodic table, to begin with.  The rest of us might need one -- but (and it speaks volumes that I even have to emphasize this) a clearly structured one, please, not an assortment of anectdotes that blows any explanatory structure clean out of the window.  Also, if you're writing a book subtitled (in part) "...Tales of ... the History of the World from the Periodic Table of the Elements", wouldn't it be a good idea to give your readers an idea when and how the periodic table itself made its first appearance in the history of the world?  Just a paragraph or so, for reference in conjunction with its basic structure, so we know where we are, both in chemical terms and the history of science?  (Ms. Czerski did just that.  But as I said ... Mr. Kean clearly isn't Helen Czerski.) 

 

So far, he's managed the feat that only one of my school teachers ever managed, and that was my physics teacher, who, like Sam Kean, presented his material full of enthusiasm as to the magic of it all, or the big joke associated with a given scientific fact / discovery, or some other reaction clearly warranted in his eyes, while completely failing to transport to the rest of us -- and hence, leaving us entirely mystified -- what all all of this had to do with any of us and why it was actually important (other than in a way that only the initiated would be able to appreciate).  I used to actually like chemistry in school (unlike physics), and I believed I had a fairly good grip on the subject -- an impression my teachers seemed to share, judging by my grades.   A major reason for this was the fact that (unlike in physics class) I never had a moment's doubt as to why what I was learning mattered, and how it all fitted together in the grand scheme of things.  But if I didn't at least have this distant reservoir to rely on, I'm pretty sure I'd be entirely baffled already.  And I can only hope that this state of affairs is going to improve, because otherwise I'm either going to throw in the towel or it's going to take me eons to finish this book (and it won't earn a particularly high rating, either).

 

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text 2019-01-10 22:30
Women Writers: Reading List

 

 

I originally compiled this list for the 2018 Women Writers Bingo, but decided to undust it and continue using it for this year's "Around the World in 80 Books Mostly by Female Authors."

 

Basically this is an extract from my bookshelves (both TBR and read -- "read" where I've already read other books by the same author and am interested in further exploring her work). Further authors are added on an ongoing basis as they come to my notice.  This ought to keep me busy for the next couple of years, I think ...

 

(Note: I'm tracking the precise reading year from 2018 onwards, and only authors read from 2018 onwards are crossed out / checked off.  Rereads count as "read" in the year of the reread for purposes of this list.  Authors who write under several pen names are added to the list under all names, with a note as to their alias(es).)

 

A

  • Alice Adams
  • Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie - 2018
  • Renee Ahdieh
  • Madeleine Albright
  • Louisa May Alcott - prior to 2018
  • Tasha Alexander
  • Isabel Allende - prior to 2018
  • Margery Allingham - 2018 and prior
  • Julia Alvarez
  • Vicky Alvear Shecter
  • Jessica Anderson
  • Donna Andrews - 2018 and prior
  • Mary Kay Andrews
  • Maya Angelou
  • Hannah Arendt - prior to 2018
  • Elizabeth von Arnim - 2018 and prior
  • Emily Arnold McCully
  • Maureen Ash
  • Frances Ashcroft
  • Mary Astell
  • Thea Astley
  • Kate Atkinson
  • Margaret Atwood - 2018 and prior
  • Phoebe Atwood Taylor
  • Jane Austen - prior to 2018

 

 

B

  • Ruth Bader Ginsburg
  • Beryl Bainbridge - prior to 2018
  • Sarah Bakewell
  • Pamela Ball
  • Sandra Balzo
  • Chitra Banerjee Divakarumi
  • Muriel Barbery
  • Pat Barker
  • Djuna Barnes
  • Linda Barnes
  • Nevada Barr
  • Elizabeth Barrett Browning - prior to 2018
  • Vicki Baum
  • Mary Beard
  • Simone de Beauvoir
  • Harriet Beecher Stowe - prior to 2018
  • Aphra Behn
  • Lauren Belfer
  • Josephine Bell
  • Gioconda Belli - prior to 2018
  • Marie Belloc Lowndes
  • Carol Lea Benjamin
  • Margot Bennet
  • Isabelle Berrubey
  • Barbara Beuys - prior to 2018
  • Ruth Binney
  • Holly Black
  • Victoria Blake
  • Moonyeen Blakey
  • Enid Blyton - prior to 2018
  • Tracy Borman
  • Phyllis Bottome - 2018
  • Margaret Bourke-White
  • Elizabeth Bowen
  • Marjorie Bowen - 2018 and prior
  • Dorothy Bowers
  • Pamela Branch
  • Christianna Brand
  • Charlotte Brontë - prior to 2018
  • Emily Brontë - prior to 2018
  • Anne Brontë - 2018 and prior
  • Geraldine Brooks
  • Nancy Marie Brown
  • Pearl S. Buck - prior to 2018
  • Thi Bui
  • Lois McMaster Bujold
  • Jan Burke
  • Fanny Burney
  • Anna Burns
  • Jessie Burton
  • Stephanie Butland
  • A.S. Byatt - prior to 2018

     

     

C

  • Margaret Campbell Barnes
  • Trudi Canavan
  • Dorothy Canfield
  • Joanna Cannan
  • Charity Cannon Willard
  • Peggy Caravantes
  • Angela Carter - 2018
  • Miranda Carter
  • Vera Caspary
  • Helen Castor - prior to 2018
  • Willa Cather - prior to 2018
  • Catherine of Siena
  • Eleanor Catton - prior to 2018
  • S.A. Chakraborty
  • Suzanne Chazin
  • Andrée Chedid
  • Tracy Chevalier
  • Marjorie Chibnall
  • Laura Childs
  • Kate Chopin - prior to 2018
  • Agatha Christie - 2018 and prior
  • Rin Chupeco
  • Marchette Chute
  • Sandra Cisneros - prior to 2018
  • Susanna Clarke - prior to 2018
  • Ann Cleeves
  • Barbara Cleverly
  • Hilary Rodham Clinton
  • Colette
  • Maryse Condé
  • Kara Cooney
  • Artemis Cooper
  • Mairead Corrigan Maguire
  • Petra Couvee - 2018
  • Hannah Crafts
  • Charlie Craggs
  • Marie Curie
  • Eve Curie
  • Helen Czerski - 2018

     

     

    D
  • Elizabeth Daly
  • Clemence Dane
  • Tsitsi Dangarembga
  • Edwidge Danticat
  • Alexandra David-Neel - prior to 2018
  • Diane Mott Davidson
  • Lindsey Davis
  • Natalie Zemon Davis
  • Charlotte DeCroes
  • Barbara Demick
  • Anita Desai
  • Emily Dickinson - prior to 2018
  • E.M. Delafield
  • Joan Didion
  • Isak Dinesen (Karen / Tania Blixen) - prior to 2018
  • Emma Donoghue - prior to 2018
  • H.D. (Hilda Doolittle)
  • Susan Doran
  • Kirstin Downey
  • Ruth Downie
  • Evelyn Doyle
  • Margaret Drabble - 2018
  • Daphne Du Maurier - 2018 and prior
  • María Dueñas
  • Sarah Dunant
  • Dorothy Dunnett
  • Nancy K Duplechain
  • Marguerite Duras - prior to 2018

     

     

    E
  • Angela Eagle
  • Maria Edgeworth
  • Esi Edugyan - 2018
  • Jennifer Egan
  • George Eliot - prior to 2018
  • Joy Ellis - 2018
  • Anne Enright
  • Nora Ephron - prior to 2018
  • Louise Erdrich
  • Jenny Erpenbeck
  • Margaret Erskine
  • María Amparo Escandón
  • Laura Esquivel
  • Janet Evanovich

 

 

F

  • Lygia Fagundes Telles
  • Linda Fairstein
  • Anne Fadiman
  • Jerrilyn Farmer
  • Elena Ferrante
  • Elizabeth Ferrars
  • Rosario Ferré
  • Helen Fielding - prior to 2018
  • Erica Fischer
  • Helen Fitzgerald
  • Fannie Flagg - prior to 2018
  • Judith Flanders
  • Jane Fletcher Geniesse
  • Joanne Fluke - 2018
  • Gillian Flynn
  • Moderata Fonte - prior to 2018
  • Sarah Foot
  • Amanda Foreman - prior to 2018
  • Karin Fossum - 2018
  • Earlene Fowler
  • Anne Frank - prior to 2018
  • Lois P. Frankel
  • Ariana Franklin
  • Antonia Fraser - prior to 2018
  • Caroline Fraser
  • Marilyn French - prior to 2018
  • Tana French - prior to 2018, 2019
  • Esther Freud
  • Alexandra Fuller
  • Margaret Fuller
  • Anna Funder

     

     

    G
  • Diana Gabbaldon
  • Robert Galbraith (J.K. Rowling) - 2018
  • Mavis Gallant
  • Janice Galloway
  • Elizabeth Gaskell - 2018 and prior
  • Elizabeth George - 2018 and prior
  • Stella Gibbons - prior to 2018
  • Frances Gies
  • Anthony Gilbert (Lucy Beatrice Malleson, aka Anne Meredith)
  • Janet Gleeson
  • Kristin Gleeson
  • Molly Gloss
  • Lisa Goldstein
  • Carol Goodman
  • Nadine Gordimer
  • Charlotte Gordon
  • Sue Grafton
  • Caroline Graham
  • Anna Katherine Green
  • Kerry Greenwood - prior to 2018
  • Germaine Greer
  • Lady Augusta Gregory
  • Susanna Gregory - prior to 2018
  • Kate Grenville
  • Aceituna Griffin
  • Nicola Griffith
  • Martha Grimes . prior to 2018
  • Sarah Gristwood
  • Judith Guest
  • Ursula K. Le Guin

     

     

    H
  • Radclyffe Hall - 2018
  • Brigitte Hamann
  • Barbara Hambly
  • Denise Hamilton
  • Edith Hamilton - prior to 2018
  • Sheila Hancock
  • Helene Hanff
  • Lorraine Hansberry
  • Valerie Hansen
  • Kate Harding
  • Kathryn Harkup - 2018
  • Joanne Harris
  • Cynthia Harrod-Eagles
  • Mavis Doriel Hay - 2018 and prior
  • Eliza Haywood
  • Anne Hébert
  • Elke Heidenreich - prior to 2018
  • Lillian Hellman
  • Kristien Hemmerechts
  • Amy Hempel
  • Sandra Hempel
  • Jennifer Morag Henderson
  • Christine Heppermann
  • Georgette Heyer - 2018 and prior
  • Joanna Hickson
  • Susan Higginbotham
  • Mary Higgins Clark - prior to 2018
  • Patricia Highsmith - 2018 and prior
  • Hildegard von Bingen - prior to 2018
  • Susan Hill
  • Laura Hillenbrand
  • Lisa Hilton
  • Ayaan Hirsi Ali
  • Tami Hoag
  • Antonia Hodgson - prior to 2018
  • Frances Hodgson Burnett - prior to 2018
  • Beatrice Hohenegger
  • Renate Holland-Moritz
  • Victoria Holt (Eleanor Hibbert, aka Jean Plaidy & Philippa Carr) - prior to 2018
  • Winifred Holtby
  • Susan Howatch - 2018
  • Dorothy B. Hughes
  • Zora Neale Hurston
  • Siri Hustvedt
  • Elspeth Huxley
  • Hypathia of Alexandria

     

     

    I
  • Laura Ingalls Wilder - 2018
  • Susan Isaacs
  • Molly Ivins - prior to 2018

 

 

J

  • Shirley Jackson - prior to 2018
  • Lilian Jackson Braun
  • Miranda James
  • P.D. James - 2018 and prior
  • J.A. Jance - 2018
  • Tove Jansson
  • Lisa Jardine
  • Inge Jens
  • Ianthe Jerrold
  • Sarah Orne Jewett
  • Katherine (and Romilly) John
  • Elizabeth Jolley
  • Erica Jong
  • Morag Joss
  • Rachel Joyce
  • Sor Juana Inez de la Cruz - prior to 2018
  • Julian of Norwich

     

     

    K
  • Frida Kahlo
  • Liz Kalaugher
  • Lydia Kang
  • Ellis Kaut - prior to 2018
  • M.M. Kaye
  • Doris Kearns Goodwin
  • Susanna Kearsley - 2018
  • Helen Keller - prior to 2018
  • Faye Kellerman
  • Karen Kelly
  • Margery Kempe
  • Sarah Kendzior
  • Christine Kenneally
  • Hannah Kent
  • Jamaica Kincaid
  • Laurie R. King
  • Naomi Klein
  • Barbara Kingsolver
  • Rosalie Knecht - 2018
  • Helen J. Knowles
  • Rachel Knowles
  • Clea Koff
  • Elizabeth Kostova
  • Nicole Krauss
  • Ellen Kushner
  • Aug San Suu Kyi

 

 

L

  • Marie Laberge
  • Camilla Läckberg
  • Mercedes Lackey
  • Mary Ladd Gavell
  • Carmen Laforet
  • Selma Lagerlöf - prior to 2018
  • Jhumpa Lahiri - prior to 2018
  • Lorna Landvik
  • Nella Larsen
  • Carole Lawrence - 2018
  • Camara Laye
  • Laurie Lee
  • Tanith Lee
  • Madeleine L'Engle
  • Charlotte Lennox
  • Donna Leon - prior to 2018
  • Doris Lessing
  • Elizabeth Letts
  • Laura Levine - 2018
  • Andrea Levy
  • Marina Lewycka
  • Amy Licence
  • Juliette Lichtenstein
  • Astrid Lindgren - prior to 2018
  • Leanda de Lisle
  • Clarice Lispector
  • Elizabeth Little
  • Ivy Litvinov
  • Guadalupe Loaeza
  • Norah Lofts
  • Sarah Lovett - 2018
  • E.C.R. Lorac - 2018

 

 

M

  • Sharon Maas - prior to 2018
  • Greer Macallister
  • Hilary Macaskill
  • Helen MacInnes - 2018
  • Margaret MacMillan
  • Karen Maitland - prior to 2018
  • Abby Mann
  • Erika Mann
  • Katia Mann
  • Elisabeth Mann-Borghese
  • Olivia Manning
  • Katherine Mansfield - prior to 2018
  • Hilary Mantel - prior to 2018
  • Beryl Markham - prior to 2018
  • Monika Maron
  • Ngaio Marsh - 2018 and prior
  • Megan Marshall
  • Sujata Massey
  • Francine Matthews - 2018
  • Doris Maurer
  • Margaret Mazzantini
  • Mari McAuliffe
  • Sarah McBride
  • Anne McCaffrey
  • Susan Carol McCarthy
  • Helen McCloy
  • K.D. McCrite
  • Sharyn McCrumb - 2018 and prior
  • Carson McCullers
  • Colleen McCullough
  • Val McDermid - 2018 and prior
  • Alison McGhee
  • Jill McGown - 2018
  • Maureen F. McHugh
  • Pat McIntosh - prior to 2018
  • Shirley McKay
  • Patricia McKillip - 2018
  • Paula McLain
  • Bethany McLean
  • Catherine Meadows
  • Leslie Meier - 2018
  • Lise Meitner
  • Francesca Melandri
  • Rigoberta Menchú
  • María Rosa Menocal
  • Anne Meredith (Lucy Beatrice Malleson, aka Anthony Gilbert) - prior to 2018
  • Claire Messud
  • Anne Michaels
  • Barbara Michaels (Barbara Mertz, aka Elizabeth Peters)
  • Rosalind Miles
  • Margaret Millar
  • Marja Mills
  • Anchee Min
  • Denise Mina - prior to 2018
  • Rupali Mishra
  • Gladys Mitchell - prior to 2018
  • Margaret Mitchell - prior to 2018
  • Nancy Mitford
  • Miyuki Miyabe
  • Theresa Monsour
  • Rosa Montero
  • Lucy Maud Montgomery - prior to 2018
  • Anne-Marie-Louise D'Orleans Montpensier
  • Lorrie Moore
  • Susanna Moore
  • Wendy Moore
  • Elsa Morante
  • Lorna Nicholl Morgan - 2019
  • Toni Morrison - prior to 2018
  • Toni Mount - prior to 2018
  • Hermynia Zur Mühlen
  • Bárbara Mujica
  • Alice Munro - prior to 2018
  • Lady Murasaki Shikubu
  • Iris Murdoch
  • Tamar Myers

 

 

N

  • Barbara Nadel
  • Meera Nair
  • Sylvia Nasar
  • Shizuko Natsuki
  • Marguerite de Navarre
  • Irène Némirovsky - 2018
  • Katherine Neville
  • Anaïs Nin - prior to 2018
  • Ingrid Noll - prior to 2018
  • Elizabeth Norton
  • Amélie Nothomb
  • Mary Novik - prior to 2018
  • Naomi Novik
  • Frances Noyes Hart
  • Tiina Nunnally

 

 

O

  • Joyce Carol Oates
  • Tea Obreht - prior to 2018
  • Edna O'Brien - prior to 2018
  • Carol O'Connell
  • Flannery O'Connor - prior to 2018
  • Sandra Day O'Connor
  • Nuala O'Faolain
  • Sofi Oksanen
  • Susan Orlean
  • Margaret Oliphant
  • Emmuska Orczy - 2018 and prior
  • Mary Orr
  • Anna Maria Ortese - prior to 2018
  • Perri O'Shaughnessy
  • Elsa Osorio - prior to 2018
  • Meta Osredkar
  • Isabel Ostrander
  • Delia Owens
  • Helen Oyeyemi
  • Ruth Ozeki
  • Cynthia Ozick

 

 

P

  • Tina Packer
  • Sydney Padua
  • Sara Paretsky - prior to 2018
  • Sandra Paretti - prior to 2018
  • Dorothy Parker
  • I.J. Parker
  • S.J. Parris - prior to 2018
  • Rachel Pastan
  • Ann Patchett - prior to 2018
  • Jill Paton Walsh
  • Renee Patrick
  • Maggie Pearson
  • Sharon Kay Penman - prior to 2018
  • Louise Penny
  • Andrea Penrose
  • Charlotte Perkins Gilman - prior to 2018
  • Régine Pernoud
  • Anne Perry - 2018 and prior
  • Ellis Peters / Edith Pargeter - 2018 and prior
  • Elizabeth Peters (Barbara Mertz, aka Barbara Michaels)
  • Nancy Pickard
  • Jodi Picoult
  • Hazel Pierce
  • Tamora Pierce
  • Marge Piercy
  • Christine de Pizan - prior to 2018
  • Jean Plaidy (Eleanor Hibbert, aka Victoria Holt & Philippa Carr) - prior to 2018
  • Sylvia Plath - prior to 2018
  • Sarah B. Pomeroy
  • Elena Poniatowska
  • Katherine Anne Porter
  • Linda Porter
  • Beatrix Potter - prior to 2018
  • Susan Power
  • Helen Prejean - prior to 2018
  • Annie Proulx - prior to 2018
  • Barbara Pym

     

     

    Q
  • Rachel de Queiroz
  • Amanda Quick
  • D.M. Quincy
  • Anna Quindlen - 2018 and prior

 

 

R

  • Lea Rabin
  • Ann Radcliffe
  • Carol Daugherty Rasnic - prior to 2018
  • Pauline Réage
  • Kathy Reichs - prior to 2018
  • Ruth Rendell (aka Barbara Vine) - prior to 2018
  • Barbara Reynolds
  • Lucy Ribchester
  • Dorothy Richardson
  • Henry Handel Richardson (Ethel Florence Lindesay Richardson)
  • Brenda Rickman Vantrease
  • Stella Rimington - 2018 and prior
  • Margaret Rivers Larminie
  • Candace Robb
  • J.D. Robb
  • Alice Roberts
  • Mary Roberts Rinehart - 2018
  • Marilynne Robinson
  • Roxana Robinson
  • Judith Rock
  • Katrin Rohde
  • Sally Rooney
  • Nelly Rosario
  • Colette Rossant
  • Christina Rossetti - prior to 2018
  • Roswitha von Gandersheim - prior to 2018
  • Laura Joh Rowland
  • J.K. Rowling - 2018 and prior
  • Arundhati Roy - prior to 2018
  • Gabrielle Roy
  • Priscilla Royal
  • Joanna Russ
  • Harriet Rutland
  • Sofie Ryan

     

     

    S
  • Vita Sackville-West
  • Jehan Sadat
  • Françoise Sagan
  • Angela Saini
  • George Sand - prior to 2018
  • Cora Sandel
  • Elisabeth Sanxay Holding
  • Sappho - prior to 2018
  • Beth Saulnier
  • Dorothy L. Sayers - 2018 and prior
  • Ruth Scarborough
  • Andrea Schacht
  • Katherine West Scheil
  • June Schlueter - 2018
  • Harriet Scott Chessman
  • Lisa Scottoline - prior to 2018
  • Alice Sebold - prior to 2018
  • Lisa See
  • Anna Seghers - prior to 2018
  • Sei Shōnagon
  • Annemarie Selinko - prior to 2018
  • Barbara Seranella
  • Julia Serano
  • Diane Setterfield - 2018
  • Anna Sewell - prior to 2018
  • Elif Shafak
  • Kamila Shamsie - 2018
  • Beth Shapiro
  • Mary Shelley - prior to 2018
  • Carol Shields
  • Katharine Sim
  • Helen Simonson
  • Helen Simpson
  • Mary Sinclair
  • Maj Sjöwall (& Per Wahlöö)
  • Margaret Skea
  • Karin Slaughter
  • Ali Smith - prior to 2018
  • Julie Smith
  • Shelley Smith
  • Zadie Smith
  • Rebecca Solnit
  • Susan Sontag - prior to 2018
  • Sonia Sotomayor
  • Diana Souhami
  • Muriel Spark - prior to 2018
  • Annie Spence
  • Julia Spencer-Fleming
  • Johanna Spyri - prior to 2018
  • Freya Stark
  • Gertrude Stein
  • Gloria Steinem
  • Carola Stern - prior to 2018
  • Amy Stewart
  • Mary Stewart - prior to 2018
  • Rebecca Stott
  • Susan Stryker
  • Edna St. Vincent Millay
  • Kate Summerscale - prior to 2018
  • Rachel Swaby
  • Beverly Swerling
  • S.D. Sykes

 

 

T

  • Lalita Tademy
  • Amy Tan -- 2018 and prior
  • Natasha Tarpley
  • Donna Tartt
  • Mary Taylor Simeti
  • Janne Teller
  • F. Tennyson Jesse
  • Sheri S. Tepper - prior to 2018
  • Mother Teresa
  • Josephine Tey - 2018 and prior
  • Angie Thomas
  • Jane Thynne - 2018
  • Grace Tiffany
  • James Tiptree Jr. (Alice Bradley Sheldon)
  • Masako Togawa
  • Claire Tomalin
  • Jean Toomer
  • Lillian de la Torre
  • Stella Tower
  • Sylvia Townsend Warner
  • Rose Tremain - prior to 2018
  • Joanna Trollope
  • Sojourner Truth
  • Gail Tsukiyama
  • Barbara Tuchman
  • Abigail Tucker
  • Katy Tur
  • Janette Turner Hospital
  • Helen Tursten - 2018
  • Joyce Tyldesley - prior to 2018
  • Anne Tyler
  • Kathleen Tynan

     

     

    U
  • Jenny Uglow
  • Ludmila Ulitskaya - 2018
  • Sigrid Undset
  • Else Ury - prior to 2018

 

 

V

  • Catherynne M. Valente
  • Sarah Vaughan
  • Barbara Vine (Ruth Rendell) - 2018 and prior
  • Serena Vitale
  • Susan Vreeland

 

 

W

  • Alice Walker
  • Amy Wallace
  • Maureen Waller
  • Harriet Walter - prior to 2018
  • Minette Walters
  • Evangeline Walton
  • Jo Walton
  • Sarah Waters
  • Winifred Watson
  • Tiffany Watt Smith
  • Betty Webb
  • Alison Weir - prior to 2018
  • Eudora Welty - prior to 2018
  • Patricia Wentworth - 2018 and prior
  • Debbie Lee Wesselmann
  • Rebecca West
  • Kate Westbrook - 2018
  • Megan Whalen Turner
  • Edith Wharton - 2018 and prior
  • Phillis Wheatley
  • Sara Wheeler
  • Ethel Lina White - 2018
  • Samantha Wilcoxson - prior to 2018
  • Margery Williams - prior to 2018
  • Wendy Williams
  • Valerie Plame Wilson - 2018
  • Jeanette Winterson - prior to 2018
  • Margaret Wise Brown - prior to 2018
  • Susan Wittig Albert
  • Christa Wolf - prior to 2018
  • Mary Wollstonecraft - prior to 2018
  • Faith Wolseley
  • Barbara Wood
  • Frances Wood
  • Paula L. Woods
  • Virginia Woolf - prior to 2018
  • Jennifer Worth
  • Mary Wortley Montagu
  • Jennifer Wright - 2018
  • Andrea Wulf

     

     

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  • Xinran (Xuē Xīnrán) - 2018, 2019

 

 

Y

  • Tiphanie Yanique
  • Jane Yolen
  • Banana Yoshimoto - 2018
  • Marguerite Youcenar - prior to 2018

     

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  • Juli Zeh - 2018
  • Xianliang Zhang
  • Edith M. Ziegler
  • Stefanie Zweig

 

 

 

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text 2019-01-03 21:16
24 Festive Tasks: Wrap and Final Results

 

A big Thank You to everybody who joined the game and participated so actively: Collectively, we achieved a total score of

 

1105 POINTS

 

-- that's more than double last year's result!  Go us!!

 

Based on this score, each of your three hosts will make a donation of USD 100 to charity (we'll reveal which ones separately, but we've agreed that this year, again, our donations will go to reading programs).

 

It's been great fun watching the truly amazing things that everybody came up with to complete to the various tasks and the creativity that went into everybody's update posts, and we're truly happy this year's "Advent Calendar" format seems to have worked so well.


A special thank you, too, to everybody for reporting in and tallying up posts and for using the "24 festive tasks" tag; particular those of you who put together "final count / wrap-up" posts -- all of this was a great help in keeping track of the running score and compiling the final count.

 

And a general meaow / purr / woof / cluck / bzzz / [insert assorted other animal noises] to everybody's pets and, um, pet plants who helped making their humans' posts even more fun, lovable and creative!

 

 
The Figures:

Number of active participants: 29
("Active" = completed at least one book or other task for the game)
Average number of points collected: 38.10
Number of card blackouts: 9
("Blackout" = completed at least one book or other task per square)

 

Results by Squares / Holidays:

... or put differently:


(Because there has to be at least one bona fide pie chart in here, right?)

 

On a whopping total of 19 squares, one or more participants completed all five tasks (book and other tasks). Of these, the square with the highest number of participants (6) completing all five tasks was Penance Day, closely followed by Mawlid and Thanksgiving (5 participants each), with Melbourne Cup Day, Diwali and Festivus jointly coming in third (3 participants each).

Biggest overall point-earning square: Melbourne Cup Day -- 71 points total (including 14 bonus points)
Runners-up: Día de los Muertos and Penance Day -- 61 points each

Third Place: Guy Fawkes Night -- 58 points total

 

Excluding bonus points, Melbourne Cup Day comes in third at 57 points, on equal footing with Mawlid.


Least point-earning square: Advent -- 29 points total

 

Average points per square (including bonus points): 46.04

Average points per square (excluding bonus points): 45.17

 

 

Breakdown of Books and Tasks per Square

(right-click on the images for a larger view):

 

 

The Books


Square for which the highest number of participants read a book: Día de los Muertos -- 18 participants

Runner-up: Guy Fawkes Night -- 16 participants

Third Place: Solstice / Yuletide -- 15 participants

Fewest books read for: St. Lucia's Day -- 7 participants

Average number of book points accrued per square: 10.92

 

 

 The Tasks

 

Square with the overall highest number of points collected for all non-book tasks: Melbourne Cup Day -- 62 points (including 14 bonus points)

Runner-up: Penance Day -- 50 points

Third place: Thanksgiving -- 48 points

 

Excluding bonus points, Melbourne Cup Day comes in second, equal with Thanksgiving.  Third then are Diwali and Mawlid (44 points each). 

 

Least number of points: Advent -- 21 points


Most popular individual task: Melbourne Cup Day, Task 1 ("Pick your ponies") --  22 participants / 36 points

Runner-up, by points: St. Lucia's Day, Task 4 ("Gävle Goat") -- 20 points (including 7 bonus points)

Runner-up, by participants (= excluding bonus points): Día de los Muertos, Task 2 ("Favorite epitaph") -- 18 points

Third place: On equal footing: Guy Fawkes Day, Tasks 1 and 2 ("Burn a book in effigy" and "3 treasonous crimes against books"), Diwali, Task 4 ("Girls holding flowers / book covers"), and Winter Solstice / Yuletide, Task 1 ("Bibliomancy") -- 16 points each

Least popular: Advent, Task 4 ("Make your own Advent wreath"), St. Lucia's Day, Task 2 ("lussebulle / saffron dish"), and New Year's Eve, Task 4 ("Krapfen") -- all 0 points (sniff)


Bonus points collected -- total: 21

* Melbourne Cup Day, Task 1 ("Pick your ponies"): 14

* St. Lucia's Day, Task 4 ("Gävle Goat"): 7

 

Average number of points accrued for non-book tasks per square, including bonus points: 35.13

Average number of points accrued for non-book tasks per square, excluding bonus points: 34.25

 

Average number of points accrued for individual non-book tasks, including bonus points: 8.78

Average number of points accrued for individual non-book tasks, excluding bonus points: 8.56

 

 

 

Congratulations, everybody, and thank you all so much again for making this such a fun and successful game!

 

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