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The Four Month Challenge- Part 3

March 3, 2010

I have been waiting for the next part of this challenge to begin! I have not participated in a challenge with categories to date and it sounds like a lot of fun…the book possibilities are endless!

The Four Month Challenge Part Three will  be hosted by Martina at She Read A Book. This segment will run from March 1, 2010 until June 30, 2010. I’m hoping to be successful with all this freedom! The challenges are listed below:

5 Point Challenges

Read a book by an author you’ve never read before
Read a book with a one word title
Read a book with an animal name in the title
Read a book with a proper name in the title
Read a fantasy

10 Point Challenges

Read an ‘Austenesque’ book
Read a book with a two word title
Read a book that is part of a series
Read a book about a real person- Hiking Through by Paul V. Stutzman (in progress)
Read a mystery

15 Point Challenges

Read a book written in the 60’s (any century)
Read a book with a number in the title
Read a book by an author born in March, April, May or June.
Read a book with a three word title
Read a book by an author with three names

20 Point Challenges

Read a book with over 500 pages
Read a book with a four word title
Read a book by two authors
Read a book written in the 70s (any century)
Read a book that has been number one on the NYT Best-sellers list
0/250 points

I will update this post as I complete each of the challenges.


Audio Challenge

January 6, 2010

It is beginning to look like I don’t do any reading and all I do is join challenges, but I keep coming across interesting challenges and books, so I can’t help signing up! I recently tried listening to an audiobook. I was convinced that I wouldn’t like it, but in fact it was a wonderful experience! As a result I bought a subscription to Audible, and I listen to books on all my road trips and anytime I am working on anything monotonous at work (unfortunately or fortunately this never happens!).

I found this audio challenge a few days ago, and I’ve decided to participate.

The challenge is hosted at The Royal Reviews and it has four different levels. I have decided to go for Fascinated, which means I need to listen to 6 audiobooks. I might up the challenge, later but for now I think 6 is very reasonable for me. I am not going to pick the books ahead of time. Instead I will just add them to this post as I decide.

1. Anne of Avonlea – L.M. Montgomery

Book Awards IV Challenge

January 2, 2010

I attempted Book Awards III, but I started very late, and ran out of time. This time I’m starting at the beginning of the challenge, and I am excited to pick out my books. The challenge is to read ten books, each having won a different award in ten months. I haven’t chosen my books yet, but I’ll update this post in the next few weeks as I make my decisions.

1. Peace Like a River -Leif Enger (Alex Award)
2. Every Secret Thing- Laura Lippmann (Anthony Award)
3. Schindler’s Ark- Thomas Keneally (Man Booker Prize)
4. The Brief Wonderous Life of Oscar Wao- Junot Diaz (Pulitzer Prize)
5. Love in the Time of Cholera- Gabriel Garcia Marquez (Nobel Prize)

If you are interested in joining me on this challenge head on over to bookawardschallenge to check it out.

Nancy Drew Challenge

January 2, 2010

Fourth Grade was my Nancy Drew year. I remember receiving an award for reading 88 books in the fourth grade, if I found the list I made of those books, I bet at least 50 of them were Nancy Drew books. My dad used to read to me each night before I went to bed. Nancy Drew was the first time that this habit drove me nuts, my dad wasn’t reading the stories quickly enough for me, a chapter a night wasn’t enough…I was always dying to know what would happen next. That was the year I told my dad I know longer needed him to read to me, I could do it myself. I’m sure my father was devastated by this “growing up” I was doing, especially since I stopped him mid-book. To this day he probably doesn’t know the end to which ever book we were reading at the time. (I think perhaps he has gotten over it by now.)

When I came across this challenge I knew I wanted to participate! I still have all of my yellow spined books, and I probably won’t even have to buy or borrow a single book for this challenge. I didn’t realize that the books I own are shorter than the original novels. Although the originals do not count towards the official challenge I am going to try to get my hands on a few and check them out.

The challenge is hosted at Books, Movies, and Chinese Food and runs from today (Jan. 1) until December 31st. I will add each of the 56 titles to this post as I finish them! (I can’t start until I get the books from my mothers attic, so don’t expect anything for a few weeks).

1. The Secret of the Old Clock
2. The Hidden Staircase
3. The Bungalow Mystery

Jan. 31, 2010
4. The Mystery at Lilac Inn
5. The Secret at Shadow Ranch
6. The Clue in the Diary
7. Nancy’s Mysterious Letter
8. The Sign of the Twisted Candles
9. Password to Larkspur Lane

Feb 7, 2010
10. The Clue of the Broken Locket
11. The Message of the Hollow Oak
12. The Mystery of the Ivory Charm
13. The Whispering Statue

15. The Clue of the Tapping Heels
16. The Mystery of the Brass Bound Trunk

Feb. 10, 2010
18. The Mystery of the Moss Covered Mansion

Feb 14, 2010
19. The Quest of the Missing Map
20. The Clue in the Jewel Box

The Rory Gilmore Challenge

January 2, 2010

I absolutely LOVE The Gilmore Girls, and when I came across this challenge I knew I had to participate. I often wondered how many books Rory read, it seemed that she had at least one new book with every episode. I am actually planning on participating in two Gilmore challenges. One is Rory Gilmore Books project, a perpetual challenge hosted by Shona at Shona’s Book Shelves. The goal is to read all of the books mentioned, read or discussed during the series.

The second challenge I will participate in is Gilmore Girls Reading Challenge. The challenge begins on January 1st 2010 and end on December 31st. This challenge has three levels :

Emily: Read 5 books from at least 2 different categories
Lorelai: Read 10 books from at least 3 different categories
Rory: Read 20 books from at least 4 different categories

I am going for the Rory level. Below I have listed my choices (these may change in order to match up better with other challenges I join in the future).

1. Lady Chatterly’s Lover-D.H.Lawrence
2. The Canterbury Tales- Geoffry Chaucer
3. Pride and Prejudice- Jane Austen
4. Jane Eyre- Charlotte Bronte

5. The Perks of Being a Wallflower- Stephen Chobsky

6. A Clockwork Orange- Anthony Burgess
7. Gone with the Wind- Margaret Mitchell
8. A Streetcar Named Desire- Tennessee Williams
9. The Catcher and the Rye- JD Salinger
10. Slaughterhouse Five- Kurt Vonnegut

11. Memoirs of a Dutiful Daughter- Simone De Beauvoir
12. Tuesdays with Morrie- Mitch Album
13. What Color is Your Parachute- Richard Nelson Bolles
14. The Miracle Worker- William Gibson
15. Nickel and Dimed- Barbara Ehrenreich

16. Driving Miss Daisy- Alfred Uhry
17. The Joy Luck Club- Amy Tan
18. Girl Interrupted- Susanna Kaysen
19. What Happened to Baby Jane- Henry Farrell
20. Everything is Illuminated- Jonathan Safran Foer

I will be posting reviews of each of these books as I finish them. I can’t wait to begin, it looks like an interesting list and it will give me the opportunity to read classics that I’ve been meaning to get around too, as well as many titles that I may have skipped all together. I think I will start off with one of my all time favorites however, and read Jane Eyre. I have always enjoyed this book, and it will be nice to begin a new year with an old friend.