Thursday, June 25, 2009

Everything Austen Challenge

Stephanie's Written Word is hosting the Everything Austen Challenge.
July 1, 2009 through January 1, 2010
Six months. Six Austen-themed "things."
I'll be reviewing everything at Becky's Book Reviews

What I read/watch:

1. Mr. Darcy, Vampyre by Amanda Grange
4. Pride and Prejudice (DVD) (1940)
5. Pride and Prejudice (DVD) (1980)
6. Pride and Prometheus (novella) (2008) by John Kessel

Everything Austen X Two. Austenprose.

7. Lady Susan by Jane Austen
8. Confessions of a Jane Austen Addict by Laurie Viera Rigler
9. A Match for Miss Mary Bennet by Eucharista Ward OSF
10. Colonel Brandon's Diary by Amanda Grange
11. Willoughby's Return by Jane Odiwe
12. The Other Mr. Darcy by Monica Fairview

What I *know* I'll be reading:

  • Mr. Darcy, Vampyre by Amanda Grange
  • The Plight of the Darcy Brothers: Pride and Prejudice Continues: A Tale of the Darcys and the Bingleys by Marsha Altman
  • The Other Mr. Darcy by Monica Fairview
  • A Match for Mary Bennet by Eucharista Ward O.S.F.
  • Prada and Prejudice by Mandy Hubbard

What I'm *considering* reading:

Pemberley by the Sea by Abigail Reynolds
Eliza's Daughter by Joan Aiken

I *might* read Northanger Abbey in graphic novel form.
I *might* read Mansfield Park by Jane Austen. (It's the only novel I haven't read recently.) I have read (and blogged about) Emma, Pride and Prejudice, Sense & Sensibility, Northanger Abbey, and Persuasion.

I may watch several Austen films as well. I'm not sure yet.

Books to consider:

(Library/On Order) Rude Awakenings of a Jane Austen Addict by Laurie Viera Rigler
(Library) By A Lady: Being the Adventures of An Enlightened American in Jane Austen's England by Amanda Elyot
(Library) The Jane Austen Book Club by Karen Joy Fowler
(Library) Confessions of a Jane Austen Addict by Laurie Viera Rigler

Sunday, June 21, 2009

Summer Lovin' Challenge

Jules Challenges
June 21, 2009 - September 21, 2009

I'm going to try to read three of these:

This challenge is one where you reread some of your favorite books:

Here are my picks:

The Truth About Forever by Sarah Dessen
Hope Was Here by Joan Bauer
A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith
Jennie by Jane Claypool Miner
Margaret by Jane Claypool Miner
Good Morning, Miss Dove by Frances Gray Patton
Gone With The Wind by Margaret Mitchell
Ender's Game by Orson Scott Card
Frankenstein by Mary Shelley
Evelina by Fanny Burney

Summer Reading Challenge 2009

Hosted by A Southern Daydreamer Reads
June 21, 2009 - September 21, 2009
Reviews will be posted at Becky's Book Reviews.

Tender Morsels by Margo Lanagan
Nation by Terry Pratchett

We by Yevgeny Zamyatin
Earth Abides by George R. Stewart
The Unit by Ninni Holmqvist

Mr. Darcy, Vampyre by Amanda Grange
The Other Mr. Darcy by Monica Fairview
The Tudor Rose: A Novel of Elizabeth of York by Margaret Campbell Barnes
A Match for Mary Bennet by Eucharista Ward O.S.F.

Sylvester by Georgette Heyer
These Old Shades by Georgette Heyer
Devil's Cub by Georgette Heyer

Barchester Towers by Anthony Trollope

Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck
East of Eden by John Steinbeck
Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck
The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins
The Moonstone by Wilkie Collins
The Awakening by Kate Chopin
North and South by Elizabeth Gaskell
Daniel Deronda by George Eliot
War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy
Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy

Wednesday, June 3, 2009

Summer Studies Mini-Challenge

Operation Actually: Summer Studies Mini-Challenge

Host: Operation Actually Read Bible

Duration of the Challenge: June 1, 2009 - September 7, 2009

Description of the Challenge: Participants will choose one gospel (Matthew, Mark, Luke, John) to study for the summer.

I'm planning on studying Luke. Which surprises me. But it's a good surprise, I think. I had planned on studying John. But in some ways, John would have been a less challenging choice for me. I know John. I love John. I crave John. I need no motivation to spend time with John. Out of the four gospels, it is the one I know best and love most. So I thought I would challenge myself to go the road less traveled, if you will. :)

I plan on reading Luke in at least two different translations. (Maybe three translations. But no promises.)

I also plan on listening to Alistair Begg's Gospel According to Luke sermon series. It's eleven volumes.Which is daunting to say the very least. But I love Alistair Begg, so maybe that will be motivation enough!

I plan on updating this post throughout the summer.