Monday, December 31, 2007

Books Read: March 21, 2007-December 31, 2007

* American Gods by Neil Gaiman (12/29/07)
* The Tale of Despereaux by Kate DiCamillo (12/16/07)
* When Santa Fell to Earth by Cornelia Funke (12/16/07)
* Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets by J.K. Rowling (12/9/07)
* New and Selected Tales by Mary Oliver (11/22/07)
* The View from Saturday by E.L. Konigsburg (11/17/07)
* Animal Farm by George Orwell (11/10/07)
* Something Wicked This Way Comes by Ray Bradbury (10/28/07)
* The Wright 3 by Blue Balliett (10/21/07)
* The Halloween Tree by Ray Bradbury (10/20/07)
* A Time to Kill by John Grisham (10/20/07)
* The Lewis & Clark Expedition: Join the Corps of Discovery to Explore Uncharted Territory by Carol A. Johmann (10/19/07)
* Cross by James Patterson (10/17/07)
* Charlotte's Web by E.B. White (10/15/07)
* MacBeth by William Shakespeare (10/12/07)
* Frankenstein by Mary Shelley (10/11/07)
* The Trials of Life by David Attenborough (9/30/07)
* Tithe by Holly Black (9/7/07)
* Lethal Practice by Peter Clement (8/22/07)
* And The Band Played On by Randy Shilts (8/22/07)
* To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee (8/5/07)
* Island of the Blue Dolphins by Scott O'Dell (7/29/04)
* Terminal Condition by David Shobin (7/24/07)
* The Worst Hard Time by Timothy Egan (7/21/07)
* Angel of Mercy by Andrew Neiderman (7/6/07)
* Kiss Me, Kill Me by Ann Rule (6/28/07)
* Bridge to Terabithia by Katherine Paterson (6/26/07)
* The Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd (6/17/07)
* The Call of the Wild by Jack London (6/4/07)
* The Last of the Really Great Whangdoodles by Julie Andrews Edwards (6/3/07)
* Before I Say Goodbye by Mary Higgins Clark (5/25/07)
* We wish to inform you that tomorrow we will be killed with our families: Stories from Rwanda by Philip Gourevitch (5/22/07)
* Just Jane by William Lavender (5/12/07)
* Inkheart by Cornelia Funke (4/27/07)
* George vs. George: The American Revolution as seen from Both Sides by Rosalyn Schanzer (4/18/07)
* Tai Shan of the Dead by Jean Lightner Norum (3/31/07)
* Executive Orders by Tom Clancy (3/27/07)
* Kira-Kira by Cynthia Kadohata (3/21/07)

A-to-Z Reading Challenge

Dates: January 1st through December 31st, 2008

Host: Joy

For Details: Click here.

The Challenge (put simply): For each letter of the alphabet, read a book whose title starts with the letter and a book by an author whose last name begins with the letter. Total of 52 books.

My list (to be filled in as I go):


A-Adoration of Jenna Fox, The (Mary E. Pearson)

B-Bat-Poet, The (Randall Jarrell)

C-The Cobra Event (Richard Preston)

D-Death: The High Cost of Living (Neil Gaiman)

E-Ender's Game (Orson Scott Card)

F-The Field Guide (Holly Black)

G-The Goose Girl (Shannon Hale)

H-Horns & Wrinkles (Joseph Helgerson)

I-I Was a Rat (Philip Pullman)



L-Life As We Knew It (Susan Beth Pfeffer)


N-Notes from a Small Island (Bill Bryson)


P-Peter Pan (J.M. Barrie)

Q-Quickie, The (James Patterson and Michael Ledwidge)

R-Rose and the Beast, The (Francesca Lia Block)

S-The Stainless Steel Rat (Harry Harrison)

T-The Translator (Daoud Hari)



W-The War of the Worlds (H.G. Wells)





A-Asher, Jay (Th1rteen R3asons Why)

B-Bradbury, Ray (Fahrenheit 451)

C-Cooper, Helene (The House at Sugar Beach)

D-Dahl, Roald (The Witches)

E-Edwards, Ali (Life Artist)


G-Gaiman, Neil (The Graveyard Book)

H-Hale, Shannon (Enna Burning)



K-King, Stephen (The Stand)

L-Lowry, Lois (The Giver)

M-Madeley, John and Miles Litvinoff (50 Reasons to Buy Fair Trade)


O-O'Brien, Robert C. (Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH)

P-Patterson, James (Double Cross)



S-Stoker, Bram (Dracula)

T-Talbot, Bryan (Alice in Sunderland)



W-Wilson, N.D. (100 Cupboards)

X-Xinran (Sky Burial)



Saturday, December 29, 2007

Mythopoeic Awards Reading Challenge

Dates: January 1st through December 31st

Host: Lenneth (Foxy Writer)

For Details: Click here.

The Challenge (put simply): Read 7 nominees and/or winners from the Mythopoeic Awards list.

My list of possibles:

*The Ladies of Grace Adieu by Susanna Clarke

*Anansi Boys by Neil Gaiman

*Sea of Trolls by Nancy Farmer

*Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell by Susanna Clarke

*Stardust by Neil Gaiman

*Rose Daughter by Robin McKinley

*Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman

*Three Days to Never by Tim Powers

*The Prisoner of Azkaban by J.K. Rowling

*The House of the Scorpion by Nancy Farmer

Sci-Fi Experience

***There was no real list to be completed, so success or failure is somewhat irrelevant. Nonetheless I consider this a success. I read 4 books, and enjoyed every one. Awakened a love for a genre. Can't beat that.***

Dates: January 1st through February 29th (2008)

Host: Carl

For details: Click here.

The experience (put simply): Notice it says "experience" not "challenge"...that's because there are no rules, no lists to be made. Just reading and reviewing some sci-fi.

My list:

--Were you not paying attention above?!! There are no lists!

But I do have a few books in mind...I hope to get to at least a couple of them...

*War of the Worlds by H.G. Wells
*The Martian Chronicles by Ray Bradbury
*The Stainless Steel Rat by Harry Harrison
*Dune by Frank Herbert
*Ender's Game by Orson Scott Card
*Star Split by Kathryn Lasky