Reading Challenges

May 10, 2008

A ~ Z Reading Challenge 2008 (23)

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A ~ Z Reading Challenge 2008


~ align the author’s last name or the title of a book (excluding “the”, “a”, etc.) with its corresponding letter in the alphabet
~ enter a different book for each author and title (total of 52 books)
~ complete the alphabet lists anyway that suits your fancy
(i.e.: complete each list separately in alphabetical order, read both “A” entries, then “B” entries, fit whatever you’re reading into either list, etc.)
~ complete the challenge in the year 2008

A-After the Fire by Belva Plain
B-Baby Proofing Your Marriage by Cockerell, O’Neil and Stone
C-Creed for the Third Millenium, A, Colleen McCullough
D-Double Take by Brenda Joyce
F-French Silk by Sandra Brown
G-Great rossing, Asterix and the, By Goscinny and Uderzo
H-Heart of Thunder by Johanna Lindsay
K-Kafka on the Shore by Haruki Murakami
L-Ladder of Years by Anne Tyler
M-Morning Comes Softly by Debbie Macomber
N-Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman
O-Once and Always by Judith McNaught
P-Picture Perfect by Jodi Picoult
Q-Quiver by Javed Akhtar
R-Road, The, Cormac McCarthy
S-Silken Web, The, Sandra Brown
T-Thirteen Reasons Why, Jay Asher

U-Uncle Tom’s Cabin by Harriet Beecher Stowe

W-Wind Dancer, The, Iris Johansen

Y-Yellowknife by Steve Zipp

A-Adichie, Chimamanda Ngozi, Half of a Yellow Sun,
B-Bond, Larry, Day of Wrath
C-Chopin, Kate, The Awakening
D-Davis, Kenneth c., America;s Hidden History
E-Eco, Umberto, The Name of the Rose
F-Freese, Mathias B., Down to a Sunless Sea
G-Gaiman Neil, American Gods
H-Hesse, Herman, Siddhartha
I-Ishiguro, Kazuo, The Unconsoled
J-Jerome K. Jerome, Three Men in a Boat
M-Marquez, Gabriel Garcia, Collected Stories
O-Ortega, Shiela, The Road from La Cuava
P-Picoult, Jodi, Mercy
S-Sparks, Nicholas, The Notebook
T-Tan, Amy, The Bonesetter’s Daughter

Z-Zusak,Markus, The Book Thief


May 9, 2008

Chunkster Reading Challenge 2008

Chunkster Reading Challenge 2008

  • To qualify the book must be 450 pps regular type OR 750 pps large text.
  • You must read FOUR chunksters (one each quarter), you OBVIOUSLY may read more
  • The Challenge will run Jan 7th, 2008 – Dec 20th, 2008 (the only chunky thing occupying my mind over Christmas is ME! AND I am using my foresight remembering my inbox on Dec 31st/ Jan 1 of THIS year when all the challenges ended). BUT any chunkster started after Jan 1 qualifies.
  • OH THERE WILL BE PRIZES – one a quarter. Prizes to be determined later ( so making the rules on the fly here, peeps). Think small and fun, not big and chunky.

My list:

*Kafka on the Shore by Haruki Murakami

*Blind Assassin by Margaret Atwood

*Sophie’s World by Jostein Gaarder
*Shantaram by Gregory David Roberts
*Roots by Alex Haily

*A Creed for the Third Millennium by Colleen McCullough

*The French Silk by Sandra Brown

January 19, 2008

Shakespeare Reading Challenge June 2008

Shakespeare Reading Challenge June 2008

This challenge is about William Shakespeare. Your challenge (if you choose to accept it) is to read 4 (four) books about Shakespeare. Not just the plays but anything about him.

You can read fiction, non-fiction, anything that supports his being the author, anything that does not support him being the author. If you want to read the plays and/or the sonnets, that’s fine too.

Planet Earth Reading Challenge 2008

Planet Earth Reading Challenge 2008

Tto read one book about each of these four parts of our planet, or two or three books on geology (since there are so many of them), and one on another topic.

  • Lithosphere: the rocky (and molten) part of our planet
  • Hydrosphere: the oceans and the water cycle
  • Biosphere: evolution and the global ecosystem
  • Atmosphere: our thin, blue blanket of air

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

Mini-Jane Austen Challenge 2008

Mini-Jane Austen Challenge 2008

*Northanger Abbey
*Mansfield Park

January 15, 2008

Themed Reading Challenge 2008

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Themed Reading Challenge 2008

Choose at least 4 books that share a theme – such as historical romances or books with animals as the central character or books set in a particular part of the country or books about family secrets. It doesn’t matter what the theme is – your choice!

Yet to think of a theme for this!

The Sci-Fi Experience Feb 2008

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The Sci-Fi Experience Feb 2008

The Sci~Fi Experience will begin (immediately) January 1st and run through February 29th, 2008.

Read one, many or none. But do read others located here.

I plan to read a few

*The First Men in the Moon by H G Wells

*Foundation and Empire by Isaac Asimov

*A Creed for the Third Millenium by Colleen McCullough

Science-Book Challenge 2008

Science-Book Challenge 2008

  1. Read three nonfiction books this year related to the theme “Living a Rational Life”, broadly construed. Each book should have something to do with science, how science operates, or science’s relationship with its surrounding culture. The books might be popularizations of science, they might be history, they might be biography, they might be anthologies.
  2. After you’ve read it, write a short note about the book; 500 words would suffice. What goes in the note? The things you would tell a friend if you wanted to convince said friend to read it, too. Naturally, you can read some of the existing Book Notes for ideas.

My List:

*Unweaving the Rainbow by Richard Dawkins

The Universe in a Nutshell by Stephen Hawking

*A Short History of Nearly Everything by Bill Bryson

Russian Reading Challenge 2008

Russian Reading Challenge 2008

This challenge is a twelve month challenge, but the minimum number of books to read is only four. Why? Many Russian novels are quite lengthy, so it may take more than one month to read one book.

Both fiction and non-fiction are acceptable here, as well as short stories and poetry. Authors read should either be authors who wrote (write) in Russian or authors who wrote (write) about Russia and Russians. The challenge begins January 1, 2008 and ends December 31, 2008, so you have plenty of time to be thinking about your book list. Oh, yes, there may even be some prizes in store throughout the year!

My List:

1) *Crime and Punishment by Fyoder Dostoevesky

2) *War and Peace Leo Tolstoi

3) *The Crew of the Mekong by E Voiskunsky and I Lukodyanov

4) *The Origins of World War Two by Igor Ovsyany

If I can, I will read the Autobiography of Lenin.


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