Saturday, May 30, 2009

Beowulf on the Beach Challenge


Books on the Nightstand is hosting the Beowulf on the Beach Reading Challenge. May 25, 2009 through September 7, 2009.
Read at least one book from the "Beowulf on the Beach" book list. (See below).

Reviews will be posted at Becky's Book Reviews

1. Middlemarch by George Eliot
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The list to choose from:

Homer (The Iliad, The Odyssey)
The Bible (The Old Testament, The New Testament)
Virgil (The Aeneid)
Ovid (Metamporphoses)
Anonymous (Beowulf)
Dante Alighieri (Inferno, Paradiso)
Giovanni Boccaccio (The Decameron)
Geoffrey Chaucer (The Canterbury Tales)
Edmund Spenser (The Faerie Queene)
William Shakespeare (Hamlet, King Lear, Macbeth)
Miguel de Cervantes (Don Quixote)
John Milton (Paradise Lost)
Henry Fielding (Tom Jones)
Jane Austen (Pride and Prejudice)
Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe (Faust 1 & 2)
Alexander Pushkin (Eugene Onegin)
Honore de Balzac (Pere Goriot)
Charlotte Bronte (Jane Eyre)
Emily Bronte (Wuthering Heights)
Herman Melville (Moby Dick)
Charles Dickens (Bleak House, Great Expectations)
Gustave Flaubert (Madame Bovary)
Fyodor Dostoevsky (Crime & Punihsment; Brothers Karamazov)
Leo Tolstoy (War and Peace; Anna Karenina)
George Eliot (Middlemarch)
Henry James (Wings of the Dove)
Marcel Proust (Remembrance of Things Past)
James Joyce (Ulysses)
Thomas Mann (The Magic Mountain)
Franz Kafka (The Trial)
Virginia Woolf (To The Lighthouse)
William Faulkner (The Sound and the Fury)
Ernest Hemingway (A Farewell to Arms)
Henry Miller (Tropic of Cancer)
Richard Wright (Native Son)
Robert Musil (The Man Without Qualities)
Vladimir Nabokov (Lolita)
James Baldwin (Giovanni's Room)
Gabriel Garcia Marquez (One Hundred Years of Solitude)
Thomas Pynchon (Gravity's Rainbow)
Cormac McCarthy (Blood Meridian)
Toni Morrison (Beloved)

Book Awards 3

Book Awards 3 Challenge.
5 months. 5 awards.
July 1, 2009 through December 1, 2009
Rules.
Challenge Blog.
Reviews will be dually posted on the challenge blog and Becky's Book Reviews.

1. To Be A Slave by Julius Lester (Newbery Honor, 1969)
2. Old Man's War by John Scalzi (John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer, Science Fiction, 2006 (for the 2005 year))
3. Feed by M.T. Anderson (Boston Globe-Horn Book Award, 2003)
4. Pride and Prometheus by John Kessel (Nebula, Best Novellete, 2009)
5. The Jewish Husband by Lia Levi. (Moravia Prize for Fiction, 2001)

Southern Reading Challenge


Maggie Reads is hosting The Southern Reading Challenge again this year! May 15th through August 15th.

My reviews will be posted at Becky's Book Reviews. But my progress will be tracked here. (Links to reviews will be kept here.)

1. When the Whistle Blows by Fran Cannon Slayton
2. Margaret Mitchell & John Marsh: The Love Story Behind Gone With The Wind by Marianne Walker
3. The Frontierman's Daughter by Laura Frantz

Friday, May 29, 2009

Summer Reading Blitz


Read 30 books in 30 days in the month of June. Hosted by Reading and Ruminations.

1. The Dragon of Trelian by Michelle Knudsen
2. Emily Climbs by L.M. Montgomery
3. When We Were Very Young by A.A. Milne
4. Now We Are Six by A.A. Milne
5. The Moon Is A Harsh Mistress by Robert A. Heinlein
6. All's Well That Ends Well by William Shakespeare
7. Liar by Justine Larbalestier
8. Alcatraz Versus the Scrivener's Bones by Brandon Sanderson
9. Skellig by David Almond
10. Bound by Donna Jo Napoli
11. Two Parties, One Tux, etc. by Steven Goldman
12. Howl's Moving Castle by Diana Wynne Jones
13. The Summoning by Kelley Armstrong
14. The Painter From Shanghai by Jennifer Cody Epstein
15. When the Whistle Blows by Fran Cannon Slayton
16. Emily's Quest by L.M. Montgomery
17. Along for the Ride by Sarah Dessen
18. The Body of Christopher Creed by Carol Plum-Ucci
19. Darkwood by M.E. Breen
20. Ghost Town by Richard W. Jennings
21. A Tangled Web by L.M. Montgomery
22. Middlemarch by George Eliot
23. The City in the Lake by Rachel Neumeier
24. A Bride in the Bargain by DeeAnne Gist
25. The Wall by Peter Sis
26. Margaret Mitchell & John Marsh: The Love Story Behind Gone With The Wind by Marianne Walker
27. Pretty Monsters by Kelly Link
28. Chronicles of Avonlea by L.M. Montgomery
29. The Blue Castle by L.M. Montgomery
30. Barchester Towers by Anthony Trollope

Saturday, May 23, 2009

Summer Vacation Reading Challenge

Fancypants by Cathy Marie Hake
Whirlwind by Cathy Marie Hake
Bride in the Bargain by Deeanne Gist
Love's Pursuit by Siri Mitchell
Offworld by Robin Parrish
Lady of Milkweed Manor by Julie Klassen

Alternates:

The Dowry of Miss Lydia Clark by Lawana Blackwell
The Gate of Heaven by Gilbert Morris
An Untamed Land by Lauraine Snelling

2nd Spring Reading Thing 2009

A Passion Most Pure by Julie Lessman
A Passion Redeemed by Julie Lessman
A Passion Denied by Julie Lessman
Fireflies in December by Jennifer Erin Valent
Fixing Abraham by Chris Tiegreen
No Woman So Fair by Gilbert Morris
The Dowry of Miss Lydia Clark by Lawana Blackwell
The Jewel of Gresham Green by Lawana Blackwell
The Secret Holocaust Diaries by Nonna Bannister
The Gate of Heaven by Gilbert Morris
Till Shiloh Comes by Gilbert Morris
Lady of Milkweed Manor by Julie Klassen
The Apothecary's Daughter by Julie Klassen
An Untamed Land by Lauraine Snelling
A New Day Rising by Lauraine Snelling
A Land to Call Home by Lauraine Snelling
Fancypants by Cathy Marie Hake
Whirlwind by Cathy Marie Hake
The Circle of Friends: Lori (Book 1) by L. Diane Wolfe
Becoming God's True Woman edited by Nancy Leigh DeMoss
Through His Eyes: God's Perspective On Women in the bible by Jerram Barrs
Tyndale New Testament

TBR Lite 2009

Becky's list of six

1. An Untamed Land by Lauraine Snelling
2. A New Day Rising by Lauraine Snelling
3. A Land to Call Home by Lauraine Snelling
4. The Reaper's Song by Lauraine Snelling
5. Tender Mercies by Lauraine Snelling
6. Blessing In Disguise by Lauraine Snelling

Becky's list of six alternates

1. No Woman So Fair by Gilbert Morris
2. Heart of a Lion by Gilbert Morris
3. The Gate of Heaven by Gilbert Morris
4. Till Shiloh Comes by Gilbert Morris
5. The Way of the Wilderness by Gilbert Morris
6. Daughters of Deliverance

100+ Challenge


J. Kaye is hosting the 100+ Reading Challenge in 2009.

This will be a super-stretch for me. Last year I probably read twenty Christian books. (Now, the challenge isn't for Christian books only. It is for anything and everything. But my own restriction is to have the challenge be for this blog only, and this blog only reviews Christian stuff. So there you have it.) So to aim for 100 is a true challenge. But I want to do it. I need to do it. So let's see how it goes.

1. In the Company of Secrets by Judith Miller
2. Jonathan Edwards for Armchair Theologians by James P. Byrd
3. Whispers Along the Rail by Judith Miller
4. Never Say Diet by Chantel Hobbs
5. An Uncertain Dream by Judith Miller
6. Nefertiti by Michelle Moran
7. On Church Leadership by Mark Driscoll
8. The Heretic Queen by Michelle Moran
9. The Courtship of the Vicar's Daughter by Lawana Blackwell
10. Red Letters edited by Timothy Beals
11. Gingham Mountain by Mary Connealy
12. John Calvin And His Passion for the Majesty of God by John Piper
13. The Convenient Groom by Denise Hunter
14. The Desires of Her Heart by Lyn Cote
15. Christianity in Crisis 21rst Century by Hank Hanegraaff
16. Heart of a Lion by Gilbert Morris
17. Just Another Girl by Melody Carlson
18. Wycliffe New Testament
19. Jesus, Keep Me Near the Cross edited by Nancy Guthrie
20. The Passion of Mary Margaret by Lisa Samson
21. The Classic Bible Storybook by Kenneth N. Taylor
22. Journey to the Well by Diana Wallis Taylor
23. Michal by Jill Eileen Smith
24. Fireflies In December by Jennifer Erin Valent
25. A Passion Most Pure by Julie Lessman
26. A Passion Redeemed by Julie Lessman
27. No Woman So Fair by Gilbert Morris
28. Before the Season Ends by Linore Rose Burkard
29. Fixing Abraham by Chris Tiegreen
30. A Passion Denied by Julie Lessman
31. The Secret Holocaust Diaries by Nonna Bannister
32. The House in Grosvenor Square by Linore Rose Burkard
33. Tyndale's New Testament (1534)
34. A Bride in the Bargain by DeeAnne Gist
35. The Disappearance of God by R. Albert Mohler Jr.
36. Eyes Wide Open by Jud Wilhite
37. Love's Pursuit by Siri Mitchell
38. The Enclave by Karen Hancock
39. Offworld by Robin Parrish
40. Montana Rose by Mary Connealy
41. The Frontiersman's Daughter by Laura Frantz
42. Lady of Milkweed Manor by Julie Klassen
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Nonfiction Five Challenge

I don't know which five I'll be reading for the challenge. But I'll be reading something.

1. Mind-Rain (edited by Scott Westerfeld) (collection of essays)
2. The Anne Frank Case: Simon Wiesenthal's Search for The Truth by Susan Goldman Rubin (picture book for older readers)
3. The Wall by Peter Sis (picture book for older readers)
4. Margaret Mitchell & John Marsh: The Love Story Behind Gone With The Wind by Marianne Walker
5. To Be A Slave by Julius Lester
6. Clara's War by Clara Kramer

The Rules (unchanged from previous years)

1. Read 5 non-fiction books during the months of May - September, 2009 (please link your reviews on Mister Linky each month; Mister Linky can be found each month on this blog)

2. Read at least one non-fiction book that is different from your other choices (i.e.: 4 memoirs and 1 self-help)

Leo Tolstoy Challenge

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Friday, May 22, 2009

Printz Project

I’m joining the Printz Project, a perpetual challenge, to read the winners and honors of the Printz Award.

Winners I’ve read:

Honors I’ve read:

Read Your Own Books 2009

1. In the Company of Secrets by Judith Miller

2. Need by Carrie Jones

3. Just One Wish by Janette Rallison

4. Flygirl by Sherri L. Smith

5. Jonathan Edwards for Armchair Theologians by James P. Byrd

6. Whispers Along the Rail by Judith Miller

7.House at Pooh Corner by A.A. Milne

8. Something Maybe by Elizabeth Scott

9. The Farwalker’s Quest by Joni Sensel

10. Veronica by Jane Claypool Miner

11. What Would Emma Do? by Eileen Cook

12.Ten Things I Hate About Me by Randa Abdel-Fattah

13. Nefertiti by Michelle Moran

14. Far From You by Lisa Schroeder

15.The Starry Rift edited by Jonathan Strahan

16.ABC’s of Kissing Boys by Tina Ferraro

17.Emma by Jane Austen

18.Because I Am Furniture by Thalia Chaltas

19.The King’s Rose by Alisa M. Libby

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Serial Readers Challenge

serial-reader

Becky’s Progress/Completed Reads

1. Postcards from Pullman Series by Judith Miller consisting of a) In The Company of Secrets b) Whispers Along the Rail and c) An Uncertain Dream.

2. The Hungry City Chronicles by Philip Reeve consisting of a) Mortal Engines b) Predator’s Gold c)Infernal Devices by Philip Reeve, A Darkling Plain by Philip Reeve

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About the challenge in general

Beth at Just Your Average Carpool Queen is hosting a series challenge. The 2009 Serial Readers Challenge is designed for readers who like to read series or trilogies. Here are the rules:

  1. Read books in series/trilogies/related by author. (Julie Garwood’s Lion’s Lady, Castles, The Gift are related.)
  2. For a series to count you must read each book in that series during 2009 calendar year. (Rereads and audio books welcome!)
  3. If you previously started a series and do not wish to re-read, then only the titles read after 01/01/09 will count towards your total books read. You will not however get “credit” for total series read. Only series started and finished in 09 will count toward the prize for # of series read.
  4. Post your list on your blog and link it back to the post about the challenge. Your list is not something, you need to decide in advance. Please add as you go!
  5. Rate and review each title on your blog. When you do so, please label it SRC or Serial Readers Challenge so other participants can read your reviews and maybe be inspired to try a new series for ourselves.
  6. There will be prizes! Woo Hoo! Some of the prizes may be simple online trophies, and some will be book give-aways. (Titles to be determined) Prizes will be given for most books read, most # series read, most pages read, and some maybe at random!
  7. To wrap up the challenge next winter, comment on the post about the challenge linking your wrap-up post by December 31! Prizes will be awarded January 2010!

For more information, visit Beth at the post about the challenge.

Support Your Local Library

1.Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro

2.Anubis Gates by Tim Powers

3.Clementine’s Letter by Sara Pennypacker

4.Mortal Engines by Philip Reeve

5.Predator’s Gold by Philip Reeve

6.Infernal Devices by Philip Reeve

7.Beneath My Mother’s Feet by Amjed Qamar

8.A Darkling Plain by Philip Reeve

9. He’s Got The Whole World In His Hands by Kadir Nelson

10.The Louis Armstrong You Never Knew by James Lincoln Collier

11.A Horn for Louis by Eric Kimmel

12 This Jazz Man by Karen Ehrhardt

13.Jazz On a Saturday Night by Leo and Diane Dillon

14.Jazz ABZ by Wynton Marsalis.

15. Punk Farm by Jarrett J. Krosoczka

16. Rent Party Jazz by William Miller

17.Punk Farm on Tour by Jarret J. Krosoczka

18. A Young Person’s Guide to the Orchestra by Anita Ganeri

19. Piano Starts Here by Robert Andrew Parker

20. Dizzy by Jonah Winter

21. Duke Ellington by Andrea Pinkney

22. Ella Fitzgerald by Andrea Pinkney

23 Ella’s Big Chance by Shirley Hughes

24 Jazz by Walter Dean Myers

25 Mama Don’t Allow by Thacher Hurd

26 Tortilla Flat by John Steinbeck

27 Travels with Charley by John Steinbeck

28 The Wayward Bus by John Steinbeck

29 Burning Bright by John Steinbeck

30 The Winter of Our Discontent by John Steinbeck

31 The Morgesons by Elizabeth Stoddard

32 How I Live Now by Meg Rosoff

33 The Man in the High Castle by Philip K. Dick

34 Cart and Cwidder by Diana Wynne Jones

35 To Say Nothing of the Dog by Connie Willis

36 Old Man's War by John Scalzi

37 The Ghost Brigades by John Scalzi

38 Three Men In A Boat by Jerome K. Jerome

39 Three Men on the Bummel by Jerome K. Jerome

40 Howl's Moving Castle by Diana Wynne Jones

41 Castle in the Air by Diana Wynne Jones

42 House of Many Ways by Diana Wynne Jones

43 Feed by M.T. Anderson

44 To Be A Slave by Julius Lester

45 Skellig by David Almond.

46 Bound by Donna Jo Napoli.

47 Two Parties, One Tux, And A Very Short Film About the Grapes of Wrath. Steven Goldman.

48 Body of Christopher Creed. Carol Plum-Ucci.

49 The Moon Is A Harsh Mistress by Robert A. Heinlein.

50 Margaret Mitchell & John Marsh: The Love Story Behind Gone With The Wind by Marianne Walker.

51 The Queen of Everything. Deb Caletti.

52 The Fire of Ares. Michael Ford.

53 The Demigod Files. Rick Riordan.

54 Marsbound by Joe Haldeman.

55 The Zombie Queen of Newbury High by Amanda Ashby.

56 This Is What I Want To Tell You by Heather Duffy Stone

57 Jumped. Rita Williams-Garcia.

58 Doing It by Melvin Burgess.

59 Fly On the Wall. E Lockhart.

60 Envy by Anna Godbersen.

61 Gone by Michael Grant.

62 The House of the Scorpion by Nancy Farmer

63 To A God Unknown by John Steinbeck.

64 Maus: A Survivor's Tale: My Father Bleeds History by Art Spiegelman.

65 Maus II : A Survivor's Tale: And Here My Troubles Began by Art Spiegelman.

66 The Funeral Director's Son by Coleen Murtagh Paratore.

67 Dog Whisperer: The Rescue by Nicholas Edwards.

68 Casebook for Victor Frankenstein. Peter Ackroyd.

69 Slaughterhouse-Five. Kurt Vonnegut.

70 Colonel Brandon's Diary. Amanda Grange.

71 Alvin Ho: Allergic to Girls, School, and Other Scary Things. Lenore Look.

72 Ottoline and the Yellow Cat by Chris Riddell.

73 Journey of Dreams. Marge Pellegrino.

74 Ottoline Goes to School. Chris Riddell.

75 Neil Armstrong Is My Uncle & Other Lies Muscle Man McGinty Told Me. Nan Marino

76 Signal. Cynthia DeFelice.

77 The Martian Child by David Gerrold.

78 Tomorrow, When the War Began. John Marsden

79 The Dead of Night by John Marsden.

80 A Killing Frost by John Marsden.

81 Never Slow Dance With a Zombie. E. Van Lowe.

82 Confessions of a Jane Austen Addict. Laurie Viera Rigler

83 The Good Humor Man. Andrew Fox.

84 The Jewish Husband by Lia Levi.

85 Emily's Ghost. Denise Giardina.

86 Girl In a Blue Dress. Gaynor Arnold

87 Look for Me By Moonlight. Mary Downing Hahn.

88 The True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle. Avi.

89 A Monster's Notes by Laurie Sheck.

90 Go-Go Girls of the Apocalypse by Victor Gischler.

91 Tarzan of the Apes by Edgar Rice Burroughs

92 Vampire A Go-Go by Victor Gischler.

93 Riders of the Purple Sage by Zane Grey.

94 Twilight of Avalon: A Novel of Trystan and Isolde. Anna Elliott.

95 The Secret Diaries of Charlotte Bronte. Syrie James

96 Fourth Comings by Megan McCafferty.

97 Perfect Fifths by Megan McCafferty

98 The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society. By Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows.

99 Tom's Midnight Garden. Philippa Pearce

100 Flowers in the Attic by V.C. Andrews.

101. How Beautiful the Ordinary by Michael Cart ed.

102. Genesis by Bernard Beckett

103. The Small Adventure of Popeye and Elvis by Barbara O'Connor

104. The Gift by Richard Paul Evans

105. The Christmas List by Richard Paul Evans

106. A Constant Heart by Siri Mitchell

107. Wanting Mor by Rukhsana Khan

108. Emma-Jean Lazarus Fell Out of a Tree by Lauren Tarshis

109. Alibi Junior High by Greg Logsted

110. Mudville by Kurtis Scaletta

Spring Reading Thing 2009


Host: Callapidder days
Link to Challenge Sign Up
Link to Reviews Post
Challenge Dates: March 20, 2009 through June 20th

Becky's List (in no particular order):

The Hourglass Door by Lisa Mangum
"It is the counting that saves him."

Fablehaven: Secrets of the Dragon Sanctuary by Brandon Mull
"Kendra Sorenson briskly scraped the head of a wooden match against the rough strip on the side of a rectangular matchbox."

City of Ashes by Cassandra Clare
"Are you still mad?"

City of Glass by Cassandra Clare
"The cold snap of the previous week was over; the sun was shining brightly as Clary hurried across Luke's dusty front yard, the hood of her jacket up to keep her hair from blowing across her face."

When the Whistle Blows by Fran Cannon Slayton
"Every time I go to jump on a steam train as it chugs its way through Rowlesburg-- Every time I throw out my hands to grab the rusty metal rungs and haul myself up onto the side of one of them black coal cars, hoisting my knees up over its churning, screeching wheels--
Every single time I jump on a train--my heart thumps even noiser in my ears than the clanking of the old iron horse I'm hopping up onto."

Along for the Ride by Sarah Dessen
"The emails always began the same way."

Waiting for You by Susane Colasanti
"The best thing about summer camp is the last day."

The Miles Between by Mary E. Pearson
"I was seven the first time I was sent away."

Also Known As Harper by Ann Haywood Leal
"Winnie Rae Early followed ten steps behind me the entire way home from school."

Libyrinth by Pearl North
"The wind howled and the flames roared, but the books, as they died, merely fell silent."

Postsingular by Rudy Rucker
"Two boys walked down the beach, deep in conversation."

Witch Ember by John Lawson
"Once, Trickster Man snuck into the Circle of Wejwej and stole one of his Stones of Power."

The Keep by F. Paul Wilson
"A year and a half ago there had been another name on the door, a Polish name, and no doubt a title and the name of a department or bureau in the Polish department."

Exodus by Julie Bertagna
"Earth spins."

Zenith by Julie Bertagna
"Out on the world's ocean, night is a black warhorse."

Dandelion Fire by N.D. Wilson
"Kansas is not easily impressed."

Foundling by D.M. Cornish
"Rossamund was a boy with a girl's name."

Cybele's Secret by Juliet Marillier
"The deck tilted to port, and I tilted with it, grabbing at a rope to keep my balance."

Tender Morsels by Margo Lanagan
"There are plenty would call her a slut for it."

Nation by Terry Pratchett
"The snow came down so thickly, it formed fragile snowballs in the air that tumbled and melted as soon as they landed on the horses lined up along the dark."

Eon Dragoneye Reborn by Alison Goodman
"I let the tips of both my swords dig into the sandy arena floor."

The Black Book of Secrets by F.E. Higgins
"When I opened my eyes I knew that nothing in my miserable life prior to that moment could possibly be as bad as what was about to happen."

Streams of Babel by Carol Plum-Ucci
"I sat very still, waiting for the police and ambulance to arrive."

Time's Chariot by Ben Jeapes
"They had drugged him and now his body twisted lazily as it tumbled through the air."

Princess Ben by Catherine Gilbert Murdock
"How many times I have wondered what my fate might have been had I accompanied my parents that rainy spring morning."

Barnaby Grimes: Curse of the Night Wolf by Paul Stewart & Chris Riddell
"Have you ever felt your skin being peeled slowly away from your arms and legs?"

Ivy by Julie Hearn
"When she was born her father took one look at her and spat into a corner."

The Ruby Key by Holly Lisle
"The sun slid down toward the tops of the trees."

The Tripods: The White Mountains by John Christopher
"Apart from the one in the church tower, there were five clocks in the village that kept reasonable time, and my father owned one of them."

The Tripods: The Pool of Fire by John Christopher
"Everywhere there was the sound of water."

The Tripods: The City of Gold and Lead by John Christopher
"Even when we first came to the White Mountains, in summer, the upper reaches of the Tunnel looked out over fields of snow and ice; but at the lower end there were rocks and grass and a view of the glacier, stained brown with mud and dripping into rivulets that ran down to the valley, far far below."

The Tripods: When the Tripods Came by John Christopher
"An explosion of noise woke me."

A Curse Dark as Gold by Elizabeth C. Bunce
"When my father died, I thought the world would come to an end."

A Crack in the Line by Michael Lawrence
"At sixteen, Alaric and Naia were as alike as any two people of the opposite sex can be."

Small Eternities by Michael Lawrence
"Aldous was just six years old when he first began to wonder where they would bury him, and when."

The Underwood See by Michael Lawrence
"Sometimes there were whispers in the night, and no one there when she opened her eyes or looked around corners."

Mars by Ben Bova
"Listen to the wisdom of the Old Ones: The red world and the blue are brothers."

Emil and Karl by Yankev Glatshteyn
"Karl sat on a low stool, petrified."

The Warden by Anthony Trollope
"The Rev. Septimus Harding was, a few years since, a beneficed clergyman residing in the cathedral town of -----; let us call it Barchester.

Barchester Towers by Anthony Trollope
"In the latter days of July in the year 185-, a most important question was for ten days hourly asked in the cathedral city of Barchester, and answered every hour in various ways. Who was to be the new Bishop?"

iPoe Reading Challenge

1. The Tell-Tale Heart. (Completed 3/14/2009)

2. X-ing a Paragrab (Completed 3/14/2009)

3. The Thousand And Second Tale of Scheherazade (completed 3/21/2009)

4. Silence–A Fable (completed 3/21/2009)

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2009 eBook Challenge


I'm late in joining J. Kaye's 2009 eBook Reading Challenge. I'm *hoping* it goes better than the audio book challenge. (Which I might as well drop out of because I am so failing that one!) It is for the whole year of 2009.

1. Lady Chatterley's Lover by D.H. Lawrence
2. All's Well That Ends Well by William Shakespeare
3. Middlemarch by George Eliot
4. Scarlet Pimpernel by Baroness Orczy
5. The Taming of the Shrew by William Shakespeare
6. Antony and Cleopatra by William Shakespeare
7. Pride and Prometheus by John Kessel
8. Lady Susan by Jane Austen
9. Man and Wife by Wilkie Collins
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Celebrate the Author 2009 Progress

January: House at Pooh Corner by A.A. Milne
February: Tortilla Flat by John Steinbeck, The Wayward Bus by John Steinbeck, Travels with Charley by John Steinbeck, Burning Bright by John Steinbeck, Winter of Our Discontent by John Steinbeck
March:
April: The Warden by Anthony Trollope
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September: Lady Chatterley's Lover by D.H. Lawrence
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December:

Shakespearean Summer


Liv is hosting "A Shakespearean Summer" reading challenge. Here are her rules for the challenge:

So onto the rules. 1. You must read three plays by Shakespeare between June 1st and August 31st. There's a list of all of his stuff toward the bottom of this page. 2. After you've finished reading one, do a post about it on your blog. Link back to this original post in your own post so people can see what it's all a part of. 3. If you don't have a blog, leave your thoughts in the comments of this post so there's some sort of documentation. 4. The Sparknote versions of the plays can count. Because yes, Shakespeare is hard to understand and sometimes we might need a little help along the way. I know that I'll be reading some Sparknotes. 5. Have fun.
Lisa Mantchev--one of my favorite, favorite, favorite people. (And no, she didn't give me a cupcake to say that!) is the sponsor for the challenge. And successful participants who complete the challenge are entered to win some prizes. And since one of those prizes is an autographed hardback copy of Eyes Like Stars, I am so there!

My three plays:

1. All's Well That Ends Well
2. Antony and Cleopatra
3. The Taming of the Shrew


18th and 19th Century Women Writers Progress

1. Emma by Jane Austen
2. Silas Marner by George Eliot
3. The Morgesons by Elizabeth Stoddard
4. Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte
5. Middlemarch by George Eliot
6. Lady Susan by Jane Austen
7. Frankenstein by Mary Shelley
8. The Scarlet Pimpernel by Baroness Orczy
9. Cranford by Elizabeth Gaskell
10. Mary Barton by Elizabeth Gaskell
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100 Shots of Short

shots-logo_1801Rob is hosting the 100 Shots of Short Reading Challenge. It’s perpetual. The goal is to read 100 short stories.

1. Ass-Hat Magic Spider by Scott Westerfeld (in Starry Rift, 2008)*
One of the best, best, best short stories ever. What would you do for a favorite book? Would you starve yourself? Shave your head? Meet the boy who’ll go to any extreme to keep his favorite book intact as he heads for a new home in the stars.
2. Cheats by Ann Halam (in Starry Rift, 2008)*
A short story about virtual gaming–the blending of the virtual world with reality. Not a favorite by any means. But okay.
3. Orange by Neil Gaiman (in Starry Rift, 2008)*
An unusual way to read a story, isn’t it? All answers, no questions. But it works in an odd kind of way. But it leaves me wanting more.
4. The Surfer by Kelly Link (in Starry Rift, 2008)*
I liked this one for many reasons. A boy is kidnapped (by his father) and taken to Costa Rica. Once they arrive–they and the whole plane of passengers–are put in quarantine. It seems there has been an international flu (or other disease??) outbreak and thousands upon thousands upon thousands are dead. While these strangers get to know one another in relatively cramped quarters, the boy begins to learn about life. I liked it because the father–a doctor–brought along a suitcase or two full of science fiction books–paper backs mostly. And these books become a lending library of sorts. There’s reading of sci-fi, soccer, talk of politics, and aliens. A little bit of everything to please everyone.
5. Repair Kit Stephen Baxter (in Starry Rift, 2008)*
It was okay. But it was like Data’s head. Too confusing to comprehend.
6. The Dismantled Invention of Fate by Jeffrey Ford (in Starry Rift, 2008)*
And I thought Repair Kit was confusing! I suppose some might like it. But it’s weird.
7. Anda’s Game by Cory Doctorow (in Starry Rift, 2008)*
I saw the title and thought, “Hey, I just bet they’re playing on Ender’s Game!” and I was right :) It was an okay story. Much much better than Repair Kit and Dismantled Invention. But it didn’t capture me the same way that Westerfeld’s story did. So it’s among the more interesting ones I’ve read thus far…
8. Sundiver Day by Kathleen Ann Goonan (in Starry Rift, 2008)*
Not really my kind of story. I could follow most of what was going on. And it was vaguely interesting. But it was more weird than interesting.
9. The Dust Assassin by Ian McDonald (in Starry Rift, 2008)*
I liked this one. Didn’t love it. But found it interesting. A girl–on the verge of womanhood–is told (I can’t remember if she overhears this news or if she’s told directly…) that she’s a weapon. Her family is at war with another family. Both want to rule, want the power–undisputed and uncontested power. The opposing family has a son. They have a daughter. I’ll let you figure out the rest…her destiny to “be a weapon” is the theme of this one all about revenge, destiny, and the meaning of life.
10. The Star Surgeon’s Apprentice by Alastair Reynolds (in Starry Rift, 2008)*
It was okay. But not really one I *liked* it was too bloody for me. Almost like how The Island of Dr. Moreau was too bloody for me. A surgeon who loves lobotomies–giving them of course–and robotics gets his comeuppance but not without a lot of yucky descriptions.
11. Lost Continent by Greg Egan (in Starry Rift, 2008)*
This one had its moments. It took me a little bit to orientate myself to this one–the premise, the setting, the plot and characters. But overall I liked this one. It was an interesting take on immigration/emigration. On the fine line between countries being welcoming and safe with being cruel and tyrannical. Of how easy it is to have an us-vs-them mentality. Of dehumanizing those you don’t want to know, acknowledge, help. In this story, there is time travel. Countries become overburdened (at times) just accepting refugees from war-torn, cruel, abusive governments in the here and now. Imagine a world where refugees could come from the past, present, and future. How many alternate realities there could be because of the time travel. Once you’ve left your own time and place–and usually you did so for an extremely good reason–your history has lost its context–if (and sometimes it’s a big if) your country exists in this new world, its history wouldn’t be the history you know. This is one of the more thought-provoking works in the collection.
12. Incomers by Paul McAuley (in Starry Rift, 2008)*
Set on another planet–Saturn maybe?–on a human colony that has seen its fair share of war. A handful of teens have some mini-adventures and get in and out of trouble. I didn’t much like this one. I guess I just didn’t get it.
13. Post-Ironic Stress Syndrome by Tricia Sullivan (in Starry Rift, 2008)*
This one was way, way over my head. I know it involved traveling through time. But it also involved other dimensions as well. It was way too complex, and a bit too wordy at times. Somehow or other humans could be worked so that individual body parts represented real lives in a galaxy far, far away. Like your brain could be a government on a planet. And an elbow might be a space freighter or something like that. Anyway, I just didn’t get it. At all. Maybe I’m just too dumb. Anyway, lots of fighting. And a weird tie-in to Medusa.
14. Infestation by Garth Nix (in Starry Rift, 2008)*
Vampires. Need I say more? Aliens-as-vampires. Vampires as aliens. Whatever way you phrase it is good. Not great in the same way as Scott Westerfeld’s story, but it was readable. And that was something considering the complexity of some of the other stories.
15. Pinocchio by Walter Jon Williams (in Starry Rift, 2008)*
I liked this one. A lot. Again, not as much as Scott Westerfeld’s story. But it reminded me in a way of one of Scott Westerfeld’s other novels about trend-setters, popularity, fame. A teen guy, Sanson, 16, is very famous–he’s used to everyone watching and caring about anything and everything that he does. Set in a world where young people are scarce–with humanity reaching immortality of sorts, there is no “need” to procreate. In fact, it’s frowned upon to have kids. But there are exceptions every now and then. Still, there may be only a few people (proportionally speaking at least) under sixty in each city or town. In some ways, things are very typical–friends, girl-and-boy troubles, parties, obsession with popularity–but this one is unique in a way. What would you do to be famous? What would you do to stay famous? How would you let others opinions of you change the way you live? Would you let them control you and your choices? How do you know who you really are if you’re so caught up in other’s opinions? Would you choose to be happy but free? Or would you remain a slave to the masses? As I said this one was a great choice to end the book. I love the title too.
16. X-ing a Paragrab. By Edgar Allan Poe. The story of two rival newspaper editors. Mr. Touch-and-go Bullet-head “Mr B.” is new to the town of Alexander-the-Great-o-nopolis, “nopolis” for short. And though he’d planned on being the only man with a paper, he arrives to discover there is already a town paper. His first issue is an exclamatory article on the other editor. The other editor teases back saying this new guy is so in love with the letter ‘o’ that he couldn’t write a paper without it. And in the resulting weeks, such is proven to be true. The lowercase and uppercase o’s are missing. And the printer doesn’t know what to do with the paper that needs to be printed. So he–without particularly telling anyone–replaces all the would-be-o’s with x’s. The result is hilarious. But poor Mr. B is oh-so-ashamed!
17. The Tell-Tale Heart by Edgar Allan Poe. Short and sweet, a study on insanity. A man is led to commit murder when an old man’s eye freaks him out a bit too much. But there is justice in the end as the insane man can’t act sane…
18. Godmother Death by Jane Yolen. Found here. I greatly enjoyed this story by Jane Yolen. It has a very fairy-tale feel to it. Beautiful narrative. Highly recommended.
19. The Thousand and Second Tale of Scheherazade by Edgar Allen Poe. The “little” known “real” ending to Arabian Nights in which he gets tired of hearing his wife tell stories. Poe had a quirky sense of humor and it shows in this one. Very imaginative though. I don’t know that I could have imagined an imaginary story for her to tell that would drone on so much…
20. Silence–A Fable by Edgar Allen Poe. Here’s how it starts off, “Listen to me,” said the Demon, as he placed his hand upon my head.” This one has loads of atmosphere. An other-worldliness to it that is haunting and weird. Listen to this one sentence alone and maybe you’ll see what I mean: “It was night, and the rain fell; and, falling, it was rain, but, having fallen, it was blood.” It’s weird and sometimes beautiful. But I did not get it at all. I’m still going “huh????” I read it several times and I just feel dense.
21. A Dog's Tale by Mark Twain
22. A Word From the Nearly Distant Past by David Levithan
23. Happily Ever After by Eric Shanower
24. My Life As A Dog by Ron Koertge
25. Trev by Jacqueline Woodson
26. My Virtual World by Francesca Lia Block
27. A Dark Red Love Knot by Margo Lanagan
28. Fingernail by William Sleator
29. Dyke March by Ariel Schrag
30. The Missing Person by Jennifer Finney Boylan
31. First Time by Julie Anne Peters
32. Dear Lang by Emma Donoghue
33. The Silk Road Runs Through Tupperneck, N.H. by Gregory Maguire

34. Goblin Fruit by Laini Taylor
35. Spicy Little Curses Such As These by Laini Taylor
36 Hatchling by Laini Taylor

37 Pride and Prometheus by John Kessel
38 The Curious Case of Benjamin Button by F. Scott Fitzgerald
39 The Wrong Grave by Kelly Link
40 The Wizards of Perfil by Kelly Link
41 Magic for Beginners by Kelly Link
42 The Faery Handbag by Kelly Link
43 The Specialist's Hat by Kelly Link
44 Monster by Kelly Link
45 The Surfer by Kelly Link
46 The Constable of Abal by Kelly Link
47 Pretty Monsters by Kelly Link

48 Beautiful People by Charles Beaumont
49 Liking What You See by Ted Chiang

50 The Hurrying of Ludovic by L.M. Montgomery
51 Old Lady Lloyd by L.M. Montgomery
52 Each In His Own Tongue by L.M. Montgomery
53 Little Joscelyn by L.M. Montgomery
54 The Winning of Lucinda by L.M. Montgomery
55 Old Man Shaw's Girl by L.M. Montgomery
56 Aunt Olivia's Beau by L.M. Montgomery
57 The Quarantine at Alexander Abraham's by L.M. Montgomery
58 Pa Sloane's Purchase by L.M. Montgomery
59 The Courting of Prissy Strong by L.M. Montgomery
60 The Miracle at Carmody by L.M. Montgomery
61 The End of A Quarrel by L.M. Montgomery

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1% Well Read Challenge Progress


3M (Michelle) is hosting the 1% Well Read Challenge again for 2009. There are three options offered--to accommodate the changes made to the list recently. I'm choosing option 3, Read 13 TITLES FROM THE COMBINED LIST OF ALMOST 1300 TITLES FROM MARCH 1, 2009 THROUGH MARCH 31, 2010.

1. Lady Chatterley's Lover by D.H. Lawrence

2. Middlemarch by George Eliot

3. Tarzan of the Apes by Edgar Rice Burroughs

4. Cranford by Elizabeth Gaskell

5. Mary Barton by Elizabeth Gaskell

6. Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck

7. Slaughter-house Five by Kurt Vonnegut, Jr.

8. Cannery Row by John Steinbeck

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Pool of Possibilities:

The Thousand and One Nights – Anonymous

*The Pilgrim’s Progress – John Bunyan

Robinson Crusoe – Daniel Defoe

Love in Excess – Eliza Haywood

Moll Flanders – Daniel Defoe

*Roxana – Daniel Defoe

Joseph Andrews – Henry Fielding

Pamela – Samuel Richardson

Clarissa – Samuel Richardson

Tom Jones – Henry Fielding

*Amelia – Henry Fielding

The Female Quixote – Charlotte Lennox

The Castle of Otranto – Horace Walpole

The Vicar of Wakefield – Oliver Goldsmith

Evelina – Fanny Burney

*Cecilia – Fanny Burney

Dangerous Liaisons – Pierre Choderlos de Laclos

The Monk – M.G. Lewis

Castle Rackrent – Maria Edgeworth

*The Absentee – Maria Edgeworth

The Hunchback of Notre Dame – Victor Hugo

Oliver Twist – Charles Dickens

Vanity Fair – William Makepeace Thackeray

*Agnes Grey – Anne Brontë

The Tenant of Wildfell Hall – Anne Brontë

*Shirley – Charlotte Brontë

David Copperfield – Charles Dickens

North and South – Elizabeth Gaskell

*Villette – Charlotte Brontë

Adam Bede by George Eliot

*A Tale of Two Cities – Charles Dickens

*He Knew He Was Right – Anthony Trollope

War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy

The Moonstone – Wilkie Collins

*Our Mutual Friend – Charles Dickens

*Castle Richmond – Anthony Trollope

The Mill on the Floss – George Eliot

The Woman in White – Wilkie Collins

Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy

*Daniel Deronda – George Eliot

The Last Chronicle of Barset – Anthony Trollope

*She – H. Rider Haggard

King Solomon’s Mines – H. Rider Haggard

The Awakening by Kate Chopin

A Room With A View by E.M. Forster

*Summer – Edith Wharton

Sons and Lovers – D.H. Lawrence

The Rainbow – D.H. Lawrence

Howards End – E.M. Forster

Women in Love – D.H. Lawrence

Main Street – Sinclair Lewis

The Age of Innocence by Edith Wharton

We – Yevgeny Zamyatin

The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck

*Cannery Row – John Steinbeck

The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien

I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings – Maya Angelou

Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? – Philip K. Dick

Wide Sargasso Sea – Jean Rhys

Buy It & Read It Challenge Progress


The *wonderful* blogger, Amy, is hosting the Buy One Book and Read It Challenge. There are two levels. The first level is just to read one book in 2009 and read it. The second level--option two is to commit to buying TWELVE books in 2009 and reading them. There is a small loophole. You can use three books you bought prior to 2009 for your twelve--books already on your TBR pile. But most of your books should be bought in 2009. Reviews can be shared via Mr. Linky here on her blog.

Becky's Twelve:

1. Don Quixote by Miguel de Cervantes.
2. The Warden. Anthony Trollope
3. The Bone Doll's Twin by Lynn Flewelling.
4. Chocolat by Joanne Harris.
5. Alcatraz Versus the Evil Librarian by Brandon Sanderson
6. Last Olympian by Rick Riordan
7. Barchester Towers by Anthony Trollope
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My Year of Reading Dangerously 2009 Challenge

Estella is hosting a challenge for 2009 called My Year of Reading Dangerously The rules are to read twelve books you deem "dangerous" between January 1rst and December 31rst 2009.

My twelve books:

1. Don Quixote by Miguel de Cervantes
2. Complete Tales and Poems of Edgar Allan Poe
3. War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy, translated by Richard Pevear
4. Tyndale's New Testament
5. Wycliffe New Testament
6. Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck
7. Inkheart by Cornelia Funke
8. Inkspell by Cornelia Funke
9. Inkdeath by Cornelia Funke
10. North and South by Elizabeth Gaskell
11. Daniel Deronda by George Eliot
12. Robinson Crusoe by Daniel Defoe

Alternates:

1. Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy, translated by Richard Pevear
2.Tortilla Flat by John Steinbeck-- another John Steinbeck book (checked out from library; title to be decided later)
3. The Divine Comedy by Dante Alighieri
4. The Female Quixote by Charlotte Lennox
5. Cranford by Elizabeth Gaskell
6. The Monk by M.G. Lewis

My Year of Reading dangerously
Challenge Blog
All of 2009
12 Books

War Through the Generations: WWII

1. Flygirl by Sherri L. Smith
2. Veronica by Jane Claypool Miner
3. Tropical Secrets by Margarita Engle
4. In My Hands by Irene Gut Opdyke
5. Maus I by Art Spiegelman; Maus II by Art Spiegelman
6. Clara's War by Clara Kramer
7. The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows.
8. The Jewish Husband by Lia Levi
9. A Thread of Grace by Mary Doria Russell
10. Slaughterhouse Five by Kurt Vonnegut Jr.

Possibly: The Shadow Dragons. James A. Owen

Centuries Reading Challenge

1. Emma by Jane Austen (1815)
2. Fanny Hill by John Cleland (1749)
3. Don Quixote by Miguel de Cervantes (1605/1615)
4. Wycliffe New Testament (1388)
5. Silas Marner by George Eliot (1861)
6. The Warden by Anthony Trollope (1855)
7. The Morgesons by Elizabeth Stoddard (1862)
8. All's Well That Ends Well by William Shakespeare (1590s or 1600s)
9. Tyndale New Testament (1534)
10. Middlemarch by George Eliot (1871/1872)
11. Barchester Towers (1857)
12. Three Men In A Boat by Jerome K. Jerome (1889)
13. Three Men On A Bummel by Jerome K. Jerome (1900)
14. Man and Wife by Wilkie Collins (1870)
15. The Way We Live Now by Anthony Trollope (1875)
16. Cranford by Elizabeth Gaskell
17. Mary Barton by Elizabeth Gaskell

Casual Classics 2009


1. Emma by Jane Austen
2. Don Quixote by Miguel de Cervantes
3. Silas Marner by George Eliot
4. Tortilla Flat by John Steinbeck
5. Travels with Charley by John Steinbeck
6. The Wayward Bus by John Steinbeck
7. Burning Bright by John Steinbeck
8. Winter of Our Discontent by John Steinbeck
9. Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte
10. The Warden by Anthony Trollope
11. The Morgesons by Elizabeth Stoddard
12. Lady Chatterley's Lover by D.H. Lawrence
13. Middlemarch by George Eliot
14. Barchester Towers by Anthony Trollope
15. Three Men in A Boat by Jerome K. Jerome
16. Three Men on a Bummel by Jerome K. Jerome
17. The Scarlet Pimpernel by Baroness Orczy
18. Frankenstein by Mary Shelley
19. Cranford by Elizabeth Gaskell
20. Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck
21. Mary Barton by Elizabeth Gaskell
22. Man and Wife by Wilkie Collins
23. The Way We Live Now by Anthony Trollope
24. Riders of the Purple Sage by Zane Grey
25. Tarzan of the Apes by Edgar Rice Burroughs
26. Lady Susan by Jane Austen
27. To A God Unknown by John Steinbeck
28. The Taming of the Shrew by William Shakespeare.
29. Antony and Cleopatra by William Shakespeare
30. All's Well That Ends Well by William Shakespeare

2009 Audio Book Challenge

1. The Screwtape Letters by C.S. Lewis
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Herding CATS II Challenge

The Bone Doll's Twin by Lynn Flewelling
Old Man's War by John Scalzi
Skellig by David Almond
Howl's Moving Castle by Diana Wynne Jones
Nation by Terry Pratchett

George Eliot Progress


1. Silas Marner
2. Middlemarch

Elizabeth Gaskell Progress


1. Cranford
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Anthony Trollope Progress


1. The Warden by Anthony Trollope
2. Barchester Towers by Anthony Trollope

Daniel Defoe Progress


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Sarah Dessen Mini-Challenge Progress

Someone Like You by Sarah Dessen
Along for the Ride by Sarah Dessen

Steinbeck Mini-Challenge Progress


The challenge was to read two Steinbeck novels in 2009.

My choices:

Tortilla Flat by John Steinbeck
Travels with Charley by John Steinbeck
The Wayward Bus by John Steinbeck
Burning Bright by John Steinbeck
Winter of Our Discontent by John Steinbeck
To A God Unknown by John Steinbeck
Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck

Montgomery Mini-Challenge

This mini-challenge is hosted by Maria. The challenge is to read FOUR books by L.M. Montgomery. The challenge is January 1, 2009 through November 30, 2009. There's a catch--they can't be any of her Anne books. (A catch I'm fine with, by the way, since I read those eight books this fall!!!) I'm not exactly sure which four I'll be reading yet...but this is my tentative list:

Emily Climbs
Emily's Quest
Blue Castle
A Tangled Web

1. Emily Climbs
2. Emily's Quest
3. A Tangled Web
4. Chronicles of Avonlea

Chunkster Challenge

Chunkster Challenge
Dana
Now - November 15, 2009
Your Choice: Morbookly Obese

I'm committing to the Mor-book-ly Obese option. (A chunkster is 450 pages or more of ADULT literature (fiction or nonfiction) The challenge is between now and November 15, 2009.

Books I am strongly considering:

Don Quixote by Miguel de Cervantes
Daniel Deronda by George Eliot
Cecilia by Fanny Burney
The Way We Live Now by Anthony Trollope

Books I'm timidly but stubbornly considering:

War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy, translated by Richard Pevear
Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy, translated by Richard Pevear
Clarissa by Samuel Richardson
Tom Jones by Henry Fielding

I may add different books--I'll have to check the page count on other classics I'm reading this year.

The books I actually read:

1. Don Quixote by Miguel de Cervantes
2. Middlemarch by George Eliot
3. Barchester Towers by Anthony Trollope
4. A Thread of Grace by Mary Doria Russell
5. A Monster's Notes by Laurie Sheck.
6. The Greatest Knight by Elizabeth Chadwick
7. The Secret Diaries of Charlotte Bronte. Syrie James.
8. To Say Nothing of the Dog. Connie Willis.
9. The 19th Wife by David Ebershoff.
10. The Bone Doll's Twin by Lynn Flewelling.
11. The Traitor's Wife by Susan Higginbotham.
12. Nefertiti by Michelle Moran.

For this level of challenge you must commit to 6 or more chunksters OR three tomes of 750 pages or more. You know you want to.....go on and give in to your cravings.

Classics Challenge 2009

Hosted by Trish of Trish's Reading Nook. The challenge has its own blog--the Classics 2009 Challenge blog. The challenge is from April 1 through October 31, 2009.

I'm going with option three--Classics Feast--Read six classics. (Plus one, bonus book if desired that is a "new" classic; so a total of seven books possibly).

1. The Warden by Anthony Trollope
2. Lady Chatterley's Lover by D.H. Lawrence
3. Middlemarch by George Eliot
4. Barchester Towers by Anthony Trollope
5. Three Men In A Boat by Jerome K. Jerome
6. Three Men On A Bummel by Jerome K. Jerome
7. The Scarlet Pimpernel by Baroness Orczy
8. Frankenstein by Mary Shelley
9. Lady Susan by Jane Austen
10. Cranford by Elizabeth Gaskell
11. The True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle by Avi

It's The End of the World Progress


What I read:

1. The Forest of Hands and Teeth by Carrie Ryan
2. How I Live Now by Meg Rosoff
3. Gone by Michael Grant
4. Tomorrow When the War Began by John Marsden
5. The Dead of Night by John Marsden
6. Bones of Faerie by Janni Lee Simner
7. Feed by M.T. Anderson
8. The Moon is a Harsh Mistress by Robert A. Heinlein
9. The Silenced by James DeVita
10. Go-Go Girls of the Apocalypse by Victor Gischler
11. Killing Frost by John Marsden
12. The Good Humor Man by Andrew Fox