Reading Challenges

January 15, 2008

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

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

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!

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.


Romance Reading Challenge 2008

Romance Reading Challenge 2008
You just choose 5 Romance Novels and read them in 2008.

*Morning Comes After by Debbie Macomber

*Once and Always by Judith Mcnaught

*Double Take by Brenda Joyce

Read the Nobels

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Read the Nobels has no deadline.

Do keep reading on your own pace and as many as books you want to.

The Nobel Laureates I have read so far:

1907 – Rudyard Kipling
Jungle Book
The Second Jungle Book
Collected stories

1913 – Rabindranath Tagore

1925 – George Bernard Shaw
Arms and the Man

1936 – Eugene O’Neill
Desire Under the Elms

1938 – Pearl S Buck
The Townsman

1946 – Hermann Hesse

1948 – T S Eliot
Prufrock and Other Observations
The Waste Land
Murder in the Cathedral
The Confidential Clerk

1950 – Bertrand Russell
Introduction to Mathematical Philosophy
In Praise of Idleness

1954 – Ernest Hemingway
A Farewell to Arms
For Whom the Bell Tolls
The Old Man and the Sea
Islands in the Stream

1962 – John Steinbeck
The Moon Is Down
The Pearl
East of Eden

1965 – Mikhail Sholokhov
And Quiet Flows the Don

1971 – Pablo Neruda
Pablo Neruda : The Early Poems

1982 – Gabriel Garcia Marquez

Collected Stories
Innocent Erendira, and Other Stories
Strange Pilgrims : Twelve Stories

2001 – V S Naipaul
A House for Mr. Biswas

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