Thursday, January 31, 2008

Banned Books Challenge

***Blew it. Only 2 out of my 4 were completed on time. Oh well.***

Dates: February 24th through June 30th, 2008

Host: Pelham Public Library

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The Challenge (put simply): Read banned books, you choose how many.

My list: (It was really hard to narrow this down!)

*The Lorax by Dr. Seuss (although I've read it a bazillion times, I never tire of it)

*Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury

*Welcome to the Monkey House by Kurt Vonnegut (this will also be a reread...a needed one because I can't remember any of the stories)

*The Martian Chronicles by Ray Bradbury

Heart of a Child Reading Challenge

***Well, better late than never, as they say.***

Dates: February 1st through July 14, 2008

Host: Becky

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The Challenge (put simply): Read 3-6 books that you loved in childhood (childhood being broadly defined as birth to age 18).

My list: (though no list is required)

*The Velveteen Rabbit by Margery Williams (favorite book as a little tyke)

*Are You There, God? It's Me, Margaret by Judy Blume (favorite book as a preteen)

*The Stand by Stephen King (during middle school, Stephen King took over as my favorite The Stand when it first came out and it immediately became my all-time favorite book)

Wednesday, January 16, 2008

Margaret A. Edwards Reading Challenge

***WooHoo! Pulled this one off. Finished up with my last review on June 1st. Hey, I made the deadline.***

Dates: February 1 through June 1, 2008

Host: Becky

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The Challenge (put simply): Read 3-5 books by any Margaret A. Edwards award winner. All one author or mix it up.

My list:

*Ender's Game by Orson Scott Card

*Number the Stars by Lois Lowry

*I Hadn't Meant to Tell You This by Jacqueline Woodson

Alternatives, or hopeful additions:

*The Rose and the Beast: Fairy Tales Retold by Francesca Lia Block

*Voices by Ursula Le Guin

Wednesday, January 9, 2008

The Chunkster Challenge (2008)

Dates: January 7th through December 20th, 2008

Host: Dana

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The Challenge (put simply): Read at least 4 books of 450+ pages.

My list:

*Hearts in Atlantis by Stephen King --522 pages--

*Helter Skelter by Vincent Bugliosi --490 pages--

*The Stand: Complete and Uncut by Stephen King --1153 pages--

*Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell by Susanna Clarke --782 pages--


*The Fellowship of the Ring by J.R.R. Tolkien --458 pages--

*The Historian by Elizabeth Kostova --642 pages--