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

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. …..

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 Unread Authors Challenge Feb 2008

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The Unread Authors Challenge Feb 2008

The challenge asks its participants to read at least six books in six months (September 2007 to February 2008) by authors whose work they have never previously read. New members are welcome at any time.

I had not heard of her before this. Now I finished 7 books by Jodi Picoult:

The Sister’s Keeper

The Tenth Circle

Second Glance

Nineteen Minutes

Perfect Match

Salem Falls

Picture Perfect

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

Pulitzer Project

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Welcome to the Pulitzer Project. The goal of the participants of this site is to read all 81 books that have won the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction. There is no time limit.

2007 – *The Road (McCarthy)
2006 – March (Brooks)
2005 – Gilead (Robinson)
2004 – The Known World (Jones)
2003 – Middlesex (Eugenides)
2002 – Empire Falls (Russo)
2001 – The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay (Chabon)
2000 – Interpreter of Maladies (Lahiri)
1999 – The Hours (Cunningham)
1998 – American Pastoral (Roth)
1997 – Martin Dressler: The Tale of an American Dreamer (Millhauser)
1996 – Independence Day (Ford)
1995 – The Stone Diaries (Shields)
1994 – The Shipping News (Proulx)
1993 – A Good Scent from a Strange Mountain (Butler)
1992 – A Thousand Acres (Smiley)
1991 – Rabbit at Rest (Updike)
1990 – The Mambo Kings Play Songs of Love (Hijuelos)
1989 – Breathing Lessons (Tyler)
1988 – Beloved (Morrison)
1987 – A Summons to Memphis (Taylor)
1986 – Lonesome Dove (McMurtry)
1985 – Foreign Affairs (Lurie)
1984 – Ironweed (Kennedy)
1983 – The Color Purple (Walker)
1982 – Rabbit is Rich (Updike)
1981 – A Confederacy of Dunces (Toole)
1980 – The Executioner’s Song (Mailer)
1979 – The Stories of John Cheever (Cheever)
1978 – Elbow Room (McPherson)
1977 – None given
1976 – Humboldt’s Gift (Bellow)
1975 – The Killer Angels (Shaara)
1974 – None given
1973 – The Optimist’s Daughter (Welty)
1972 – Angle of Repose (Stegner)
1971 – None given
1970 – Collected Stories by Jean Stafford (Stafford)
1969 – House Made of Dawn (Momaday)
1968 – The Confessions of Nat Turner (Styron)
1967 – The Fixer (Malamud)
1966 – Collected Stories by Katherine Anne Porter (Porter)
1965 – The Keepers Of the House (Grau)
1964 – None given
1963 – The Reivers (Faulkner)
1962 – The Edge of Sadness (Edwin O’Connor)
*1961 – To Kill a Mockingbird (Lee)
1960 – Advise and Consent (Drury)
1959 – The Travels of Jaimie McPheeters (Taylor)
1958 – A Death in the Family (Agee)
1957 – None
1956 – Andersonville (Kantor)
1955 – A Fable (Faulkner)
1954 – None
*1953 – The Old Man and the Sea (Hemingway)
1952 – The Caine Mutiny (Wouk)
1951 – The Town (Richter)
1950 – The Way West (Guthrie)
1949 – Guard of Honor (Cozzens)
1948 – Tales of the South Pacific (Michener)
1947 – All the King’s Men (Warren)
1946 – None
1945 – Bell for Adano (Hersey)
1944 – Journey in the Dark (Flavin)
1943 – Dragon’s Teeth I (Sinclair)
1942 – In This Our Life (Glasgow)
1941 – None
*1940 – The Grapes of Wrath (Steinbeck)
1939 – The Yearling (Rawlings)
1938 – The Late George Apley (Marquand)
1937 – Gone with the Wind (Mitchell)
1936 – Honey in the Horn (Davis)
1935 – Now in November (Johnson)
1934 – Lamb in His Bosom (Miller)
1933 – The Store (Stribling)
1932 – The Good Earth (Buck)
1931 – Years of Grace (Barnes)
1930 – Laughing Boy (Lafarge)
1929 – Scarlet Sister Mary (Peterkin)
1928 – The Bridge of San Luis Rey (Wilder)
1927 – Early Autumn (Bromfield)
1926 – Arrowsmith (Lewis)
1925 – So Big (Ferber)
1924 – The Able McLauglins (Wilson)
1923 – One of Ours (Cather)
1922 – Alice Adams (Tarkington)
1921 – The Age of Innocence (Wharton)
1920 – None
1919 – The Magnificent Ambersons (Tarkington)
1918 – His Family (Poole)

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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