Reading Challenges

January 19, 2008

Graphic Novel Reading Challenge 2008

Graphic Novel Reading Challenge 2008

To participate in the Graphic Novels Challenge, simply choose at least 6 graphic novels to read from January 2008 to December 2008.

You may overlap with other challenges. You may also change your list of titles at any point if something comes up that you want to switch around.

*1. Asterix and the Great Crossing
*2. Asterix and the Mansions of the Gods
*3. Asterix in Spain
*4. The adventures of Tintin: The Black Island
*5. Tintin and the Lake of Sharks
6. …..


Outmoded Authors Challenge Sep 2007-Feb 2008

Outmoded Authors Challenge Sep 2007-Feb 2008

The challenge will last for six months and end on February 29th 2008. During that time you may choose to read however many books by however many authors you like. Membership will be open to all, including those who don’t have a blog, until January 31st 2008. As you can see I’m not one for too many rules, not liking them myself when it comes to any sort of group reading activity.

Outmoded Authors

Neustadt Challenge May-Aug 2008

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Neustadt Challenge May-Aug 2008

The Neustadt International Prize for Literature is a biennial award for a body of work by poets, novelists, or playwrights. The prize is not limited by geographic area, language, or genre, and is hosted by the University of Oklahoma and the international literary publication World Literature Today.
You have two options with this challenge, which will run from May – August, 2008.
1. Read three books/plays/collection of poetry by one of the authors who have received the award.
2. Read three books by three different authors.

Here is the list of award winners.

2008 Patricia Grace (New Zealand) – to be awarded in Fall 2008)

2006 Claribel Alegría (Nicaragua/El Salvador)
2004 Adam Zagajewski (Poland)
2002 Alvaro Mutis (Colombia)
2000 David Malouf (Australia)
1998 Nuruddin Farah (Somalia)
1996 Assia Djebar (Algeria)
1994 Kamau Brathwaite (Barbados)
1992 João Cabral de Melo Neto (Brazil)
1990 Tomas Tranströmer (Sweden)
1988 Raja Rao (India)
1986 Max Frisch (Switzerland)
1984 Paavo Haavikko (Finland)
1982 Octavio Paz (Mexico) 
1980 Josef Škvorecky  (Czechoslovakia/Canada)
1978 Czeslaw Milosz (Poland)
1976 Elizabeth Bishop (USA)
1974 Francis Ponge (France)
1972 Gabriel García Márquez (Colombia) 

1970 Giuseppe Ungaretti (Italy)

Mini-Jane Austen Challenge 2008

Mini-Jane Austen Challenge 2008

*Northanger Abbey
*Mansfield Park

Man Booker Challenge 2008

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Man Booker Challenge 2008
1) 2007 The Gathering by Anne Enright
2) 2006 *The Inheritance of Loss by Kiran Desai
3) 2000 *The Blind Assassin by Margaret Atwood currently reading it
4) 1981 *Midnight’s Children by Salman Rushdie

January 15, 2008

Triple eight (888) Challenge 2008

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Triple eight (888) Challenge 2008

1. Challenge runs from January 1 through December 31, 2008.

2. Choose 8 categories of your own that you would like to read 8 books EACH in.

3. You will be allowed 8 overlaps, for a total of 56 unique book titles.

4. You may overlap these 56 titles with any other challenge.

5. You may change your list or your categories at any time.

I have been procastinating about making a list for this. Suppose I have to do it now as it already half of January 2008.

My tentative categories:

1) 8 romances

*French Silk by Sandra Brown

*The Silken Web by Sandra Brown

*Heart of Thunder by Johanna Lindsay

*The Wind Dancer by Iris Johansen

*Double Take by Brenda Joyce

*Morning Comes Softly by Debbie Macomber

*Once and Always by Judith McNaught

2) 8 award winners

1940 (Pulitzer) *The Grapes of Wrath – John Steinbeck
1946 (Nobel Prize Winner) *Siddhartha – Hermann Hesse
1961 (Pulitzer) *To Kill a Mockingbird – Harper Lee
1981 (Booker) *Midnight’s Children – Salman Rushdie
1982 (Nobel Prize Winner) *Love in the Time of Cholera – Gabriel García Márquez
1995 (Cheltanham) *The Unconsoled – Kazuo Ishiguro
2004 (Royal Society Prize -Sciences) *A Short History of Nearly Everything – Bill Bryson
2006 (Booker) *The Inheritance of Loss – Kiran Desai
2006 (World Fantasy) *Kafka on the Shore – Haruki Murakami

3) 8 classics

*Robinson Crusoe by Daniel Defoe
*Emma by Jane Austen
*Mansfield Park by Jane Austen
*The Small House at Ellington by Anthony Trollope
*A Pair of Blue Eyes by Thomas Hardy
*Great Expectations By Charles Dickens
*Hard Times by Charles Dickens
*Uncle Tom’s Cabin by Harriet Beecher Stowe
*The Three Muskeeters by Alexandre Dumas
*Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoevsky

4) 8 non fiction

*Civilisation by Kenneth Clark
*The Snoe Leopard by Peter Matthiessen
*Travel Writing 1700-1830 An Anthology, Edited by Elizabeth A. Bohls and Ian Duncan
*The Argumentave Indian by Amartya Sen
*Unweaving the Rainbow by Richard Dawkins
*A Short History of Nearly Everything by Bill Bryson
*Shiva: The Wild God of Power and Ecstacy by Wolf-Dieter Storl
The Universe in a Nutshell by Stephen Hawking

5) 8 Stephen Kings books

6) 8 books that make me feel good. It can be assorted

*Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman

*Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher

*Half of a Yellow Sun by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

*Hearts and Minds by Rosy Thornton

*Did I see Angels by Kathryn Maughan

*Yellowknife by Steve Zipp

*Purple Hibiscus by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

*Picture Perfect by Jodi Picoult

7) 8 collected short stories

*Collected stories by Gabriel Garcia Marquez
*Metamorphosis and other stories by Franz Kafta
*The Best Short Sories by Rudyard Kipling
*Collected Stories of Guy de Maupassant
*Murder in the Menu Edited by Peter Haining
*Twelve Read Herrings by Jeffrey Archer
*The Raven and other writings by Edgar Allan Poe
*Collected Ghost Stories
*The Frankenstein Omnibus Edited by Peter Haining

8) 8 Comics or graphic books

*1. Asterix and the Great Crossing
*2. Asterix and the Mansions of the Gods
*3. Asterix in Spain
*4. The adventures of Tintin: The Black Island
*5. Tintin and the Lake of Sharks
6. …..

The Short Story Challenge 2008

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The Short Story Challenge 2008

Options 1 & 2: If you’re short on time, you can simply commit to reading ten short stories by ten different authors over the course of 2008. If you’re relatively new to reading short stories, any ten will do.

Options 3 & 4: If you’ve got a bit more time to devote to this endeavour, you can commit to reading between five and ten short story collections over the course of 2008. Again, if you’re a short story novice, the world is your oyster as far as selection is concerned. But if you’re a seasoned short story reader, you’ll want to choose collections by writers whose short stories you have not yet encountered.

Option 5: This is the custom option under the rubric of which you can tailor your reading list to best meet your personal reading aspirations. You might wish to craft a list that focuses on a particular place, or era, or genre.

I have a lot of short story collections. I will make a list here:

Collected stories by Gabriel Garcia Marquez

Metamorphosis and other stories by Franz Kafta

The Best Short Sories by Rudyard Kipling

Collected Stories of Guy de Maupassant

Murder in the Menu Edited by Peter Haining

Twelve Read Herrings by Jeffrey Archer

The Raven and other writings by Edgar Allan Poe

Collected Ghost Stories

The Frankenstein Omnibus Edited by Peter Haining

The Canadian Book Challenge July 1, 2008

The Canadian Book Challenge 2008

The rules are simple: read 13 Canadian books (books by Canadians and/or about Canadians) before next Canada Day (That’s July 1st for you non-Canadians in the audience)

*Crow Lake by Mary Lawson

*The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood

*Yellowknife by Steve Zipp

And now stuck!

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