Monday, November 16, 2015

starting over

While I'm not going to delete this blog, I do believe I'm going to give up on it. I haven't been able to keep up with it, keeping track of what books I've read for what challenges and whatnot. And frankly, I'm sort of challenged out. Okay, not totally...but I am making an effort to be FAR more selective in the future. :D

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Stephen King/Richard Bachman Reading Challenge

Dates: Perpetual (otherwise I could never do it!)

Host: Meaghan

For details: Click here.

The challenge (put simply): Read all of Stephen King's books. You do not have to reread any you've already read, but I think I am going to challenge myself to do that, too. If you want, you can also watch the movies...think I'll work on that, too.

Will list them as I read them:

Will list them as I watch them:

Saturday, December 31, 2011

Women of Color

This is a bit different. This is not an official reading challenge. This is a personal challenge, though I think everyone should join in.

Susan put together her "unofficial list of great YA by or about women of color." And I'm challenging myself to read them all. Sounds fantastic, doesn't it?

Susan's unofficial list of great YA by or about women of color:
1. When Kambia Elaine Flew In From Neptune by Lori A. Williams
2. Every Time A Rainbow Dies by Rita Williams-Garcia
3. No Laughter Here by Rita Williams-Garcia
4. Jumped by Rita Williams-Garcia
5. If You Come Softly by Jacqueline Woodson
6. The House You Pass On The Way by Jacqueline Woodson
7. Flygirl by Sherri L. Smith
8. From The Notebooks of Melanin Sun by Jacqueline Woodson
9. Sold by Patricia McCormick
10. Heaven by An Na
11. The Parable of The Sower by Octavia E. Butler
12. Purple Hibiscus by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
13. Persepolis by Majane Satrapi
14. The Rock and The River by Kekla Magoon
15. Secret Keeper by Mitali Perkins
16. Mare’s War by Tanita S. Davis
17. A Wish After Midnight by Zetta Elliott
18. Down To The Bone by Mayra Lazara Dole
19. Don’t Get It Twisted by Paula Chase
20. Jason & Kyra by Dana Davidson
21. Forged by Fire by Sharon Draper
22. Kendra by Coe Booth
23. Shine, Coconut Moon by Neesha Meminger
24. Does My Head Look Big In This? By Randa Abdel-Fattah
25. Born Confused by Tanuja Desai Hidier
26. Skunk Girl by Sheba Karim
27. The Meaning of Conseulo by Judith Ortiz Cofer
28. In The Time of the Butterflies by Julia Alvarez
29. Kindred by Octavia E. Butler
30. First Part Last by Angela Johnson
31. Pemba’s Song by Marilyn Nelson
32. Wanting Mor by Rukhsana Khan
33. M + O 4EVR by Tonya Hegamin
34. Lucy The Giant by Sherri L. Smith
35. The House on Mango Street by Sandra Cisneros
36. Throwaway Piece by Jo Ann Hernandez
37. White Bread Competition by Jo Ann Hernandez
38. Across A Hundred Mountains by Reyna Grande
39. Silver Phoenix by Cindy Pon
40. Ash by Malinda Lo
41. The Skin I’m In by Sharon G. Flake

The Printz Project

Dates: Perpetual--WooHoo!

Hosts: Suey and Jessica

For details: Click here.

The challenge (put simply): Read the Printz winners. And honors, if you're so inclined.

The list:

Jellicoe Road, by Melina Marchetta
The Astonishing Life of Octavian Nothing, Traitor to the Nation; Volume II: The Kingdom on the Waves, by M.T. Anderson
The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks, by E. Lockhart
Nation, by Terry Pratchett
Tender Morsels, by Margo Lanagan

The White Darkness, by Geraldine McCaughrean
Dreamquake: Book Two of the Dreamhunter Duet, by Elizabeth Knox
One Whole and Perfect Day, by Judith Clarke
Repossessed, by A.M. Jenkins
Your Own, Sylvia: A Verse Portrait of Sylvia Plath, by Stephanie Hemphill

American Born Chinese, by Gene Luen Yang
The Astonishing Life of Octavian Nothing, Traitor to the Nation; Volume I: The Pox Party, by M.T. Anderson
An Abundance of Katherines, by John Green
Surrender, by Sonya Hartnett
The Book Thief, by Markus Zusak

Looking for Alaska, by John Green
Black Juice, by Margo Lanagan
I Am the Messenger, by Markus Zusak
John Lennon: All I Want Is the Truth, a Photographic Biography, by Elizabeth Partridge
A Wreath for Emmett Till, by Marilyn Nelson

how i live now, by Meg Rosoff
Airborn, by Kenneth Oppel
Chanda’s Secrets, by Allan Stratton
Lizzie Bright and the Buckminster Boy, by Gary D. Schmidt

The First Part Last, by Angela Johnson
A Northern Light, by Jennifer Donnelly
Keesha’s House, by Helen Frost
Fat Kid Rules the World, by K.L. Going
The Earth, My Butt, and Other Big Round Things, by Carolyn Mackler

Postcards from No Man’s Land, by Aidan Chambers
The House of the Scorpion, by Nancy Farmer
My Heartbeat, by Garret Freymann-Weyr
Hole in My Life, by Jack Gantos

A Step From Heaven, by An Na
The Ropemaker, by Peter Dickinson
Heart to Heart: New Poems Inspired by Twentieth-Century American Art, by Jan Greenberg
Abrams Freewill, by Chris Lynch
True Believer, by Virginia Euwer Wolff

Kit’s Wilderness, by David Almond
Many Stones, by Carolyn Coman
The Body of Christopher Creed, by Carol Plum-Ucci
Angus, Thongs, and Full Frontal Snogging: Confessions of Georgia Nicolson, by Louise Rennison
Stuck in Neutral, by Terry Trueman

Monster, by Walter Dean Myers
Skellig, by David Almond
Speak, by Laurie Halse Anderson
Hard Love, by Ellen Wittlinger

Proof that my brain is in a state of decline...I could have sworn I'd signed up for this a few weeks ago. Oh well. Better late than never.

Friday, December 31, 2010

The Lambda Challenge

Dates: No time restraints. :)

Host: Adventures in Reading

For details: Click here.

The Challenge (put simply): Read as many Lambda Literary Award winners as you want.

My list:

Among Other Things, I've Taken Up Smoking by Aoibheann Sweeny (Lesbian Debut Fiction)

Name All the Animals by Alison Smith (Autobiography/Memoir)

Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim by David Sedaris (Humor)

Swimming in the Monsoon Sea by Shyam Selvaduai (Children's/Young Adult)

Fun Home by Alison Bechdel (Lesbian Memoir)

Saturday, July 31, 2010

Harry Potter Reading Challenge

Date: August 1st of 2009 through July 31st of 2010

Host: Michelle

For details: Click here.

The challenge (put simply): Read the Harry Potter series. (As an added bit of fun, I'm going to try to watch all the movies, too.

The list read, as I complete them:

The list watched, as I complete them:

Wednesday, March 31, 2010

1% Well-Read Challenge Round 2

Dates: March 1st of 2009 through March 31st of 2010 (each are the dates for option #3)

Host: 3M

For details: Click here.

The challenge (put simply): There are actually 3 different options, but basically it involves reading 10-13 books from "the list."

Notes: Despite the fact that I totally suck at finishing challenges, I'm going for option three which involves 13 books instead of 10. Simply because then I don't have to pay attention if they are from the "old" list or the "new" list. Yes, this boils down to pure laziness.

My list consists only of books which are currently in my house.

I wish I could include rereads as a.) I know I'll be rereading a few on the list because we'll be using them for school, and b.) there's some others I'd just really love to read again (like One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest and some of the Vonnegut). But I know that's not the point of the challenge.

My list of possibles:

*Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro
*The Reluctant Fundamentalist by Mohsin Hamid
*The Plot Against America by Philip Roth
*The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Mark Haddon
*Everything Is Illuminated by Jonathan Safran Foer
*Middlesex by Jeffrey Eugenides
*Life of Pi by Yann Martel
*The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle by Haruki Marakami
*The Virgin Suicides by Jeffrey Eugenides
*Like Water for Chocolate by Laura Esquivel
*Kitchen by Banana Yoshimoto
*The Wasp Factory by Iain Banks
*Neuromancer by William Gibson
*Confederacy of Dunces by John Kennedy Toole
*Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas by Hunter S. Thompson
*Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe
*The Lords of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien (because I still haven't read The Return of the King yet)
*The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck
*Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier
*The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien
*Out of Africa by Isak Dineson
*All Quiet on the Western Front by Erich Maria Remarque
*Orlando by Virginia Woolf
*We by Yevgeny Zamyatin
*The Hounds of the Baskervilles by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
*Kim by Rudyard Kipling
*The Time Machine by H.G. Wells
*The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson
*Kidnapped by Robert Louis Stevenson
*The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain
*Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson
*Through the Looking Glass by Lewis Carroll
*Little Women by Louisa May Alcott
*Alice's Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll
*Walden by Henry David Thoreau
*Uncle Tom's Cabin by Harriet Beecher Stowe
*Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte