2009 Challenges

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1. The Hiding Place by Corrie ten Boom

2. Angels & Demons by Dan Brown

3. Second Nature by Alice Hoffman

4. Fox River by Emilie Richards

5. The Pigman by Paul Zindel

6. Educating Esme by Esme Raji Codell

7. Presidential Leadership edited by James Taranto and Leonard Leo

8. The Man Who Ate the 747 by Ben Sherwood

9. Smart Women by Judy Blume

10. Shantaram by Gregory David Roberts

11. Yesterday I Saw the Sun by Ally Sheedy

12. Blue Smoke by Nora Roberts

13. Midnight in the Garden of Good & Evil by John Berendt

14. Naked Came the Matinee by Hiaasen et al.

15. Deep Shaker by Les Roberts

16. April Morning by Howard Fast

17. Sights Unseen by Kaye Gibbons

18. The 5th Horseman by James Patterson

19. The Zero Hour by Joseph Finder

20. An Invisible Sign of My Own by Aimee Bender

21. Shoot the Moon by Billie Letts

22. Joy School by Elizabeth Berg

23. The Cove by Catherine Coulter

24. The Cold Moon by Jeffery Deaver

25. Children of Eve by Kevin Casey

26.. The Rival by Brenda Joyce

27. House of Many Shadows by Barbara Michaels

28. Small Town Girl by Lavyrle Spencer

29. Dreamers of the Day by Mary Doria Russell

30. The Angel by Carla Neggers

31. Slightly Shady by Amanda Quick

32. When Venus Fell by Deborah Smith

33. Pot of Gold by Judith Michael

34. Watchers by Dean Koontz

35. A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens

36. Storm Rider by Cassie Edwards

37. Pride & Prejudice by Jane Austen

38. A Useful Affair by Stella Cameron

39. Billy Budd by Herman Melville

40. The Quilter’s Apprentice by Jennifer Chiaverini

41. God on a Harley by Joan Brady

42. The Stone Monkey by Jeffrey Deaver

43. The Time Machine by HG Wells

44. Silk and Stone by Deborah Smith

45. The Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd

46. Durable Goods by Elizabeth Berg

47. Dead Sleep by Greg Iles

48. The Taking by Dean Koontz

49. Skipping Christmas by John Grisham

50. The Appeal by John Grisham

Authors

Sense & Sensibility by Jane Austen

God on a Harley by Joan Brady

Working Stiff by Tori Carrington

The Stone Monkey by Jeffery Deaver

Storm Rider by Cassie Edwards

April Morning by Howard Fast

Skipping Christmas by John Grisham

Second Nature by Alice Hoffman

Dead Sleep by Greg Iles

The Rival by Brenda Joyce

The Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd

Shoot the Moon by Billie Letts

Pot of Gold by Judith Michael

The Angel by Carla Neggers

The Housekeeper and the Professor by Yoko Ogawa

What I Did For Love by Susan Elizabeth Phillips

Slightly Shady by Amanda Quick

Blue Smoke by Nora Roberts

Small Town Girl by Lavyrle Spencer

Murder on Nob Hill by Shirley Tallman

U  Sliver of Truth by Lisa Unger

Scarlet Moon by Debbie Viguie

The Time Machine by H.G. Wells

Sky Burial by Xinran

Blood Bayou by Karen Young

The Pigman by Paul Zindel

TITLES

Angels & Demons by Dan Brown

Billy Budd by Herman Melville

Comfort & Joy by Kristin Hannah

Dreamers of the Day by Mary Doria Russell

Educating Esme by Esme Raji Codell

Fox River by Emilie Richards

Garden of Beasts by Jeffery Deaver

The Hiding Place by Corrie ten Boom

An Invisible Sign of My Own by Aimee Bender

Joy School by Elizabeth Berg

Killer Mousse by Melinda Wells

Long Lost by Harlan Coben

The Man Who Ate the 747 by Ben Sherwood

Naked Came the Manatee by Carl Hiaasen, et al.

O Outtakes from a Marriage by Ann Leary

Plum Lucky by Janet Evanovich

The Quilter’s Apprentice by Jennifer Chiaverini

The Red Siren by M.L. Tyndall

Salty Like Blood by Harry Kraus, MD

Twilight by Stephenie Meyer

Ultra-Longevity by Mark Liponis, MD

The Vanished Man by Jeffery Deaver

Watchers by Dean Koontz

The Xibalba Murders by Lyn Hamilton

Yesterday I Saw the Sun by Ally Sheedy

The Zero Hour by Joseph Finder

Midnight in the Garden of Good & Evil by John Berendt

When Venus Fell by Deborah Smith

Sights Unseen by Kaye Gibbons

Runs from May 15-August 15

everythingausten1From July 1 – Dec 31, 2009

1. Listen to Sense & Sensibility

2. Watch Sense & Sensibility movie

3. Read or listen to Persuasion

4. Read Pride & Prejudice

5. Read The Jane Austen Book Club

6. Watch The Jane Austen Book Club movie

It’s Bloggiesta Time!

Bloggiesta: PedroNatasha at Maw Books is hosting this weekend of planning, editing, developing, reviewing, and organizing our blogs.  This is my first time participating, so we’ll see how much time I have.  It runs from 8-8 today, tomorrow, and Sunday and I’d like to aim for 18-24 hours.  Not sure how often I’ll be posting , but maybe you’ll see a few changes when you visit.

My to do list so far…work on my sidebar and with that my blogroll, work on my author interviews (I have two authors waiting for questions :))  Choose my free books through June and get the posts done, resize some old photos, double-check my books read list, move 2009 challenges to a post, take a look at the rating of books, brainstorm quizzes…I think I’ll stop there so I can get busy.

Why not join us for a few hours?  There are mini-challenges and prizes!

Tracy Chevalier Book Signing and Giveaway

Tonight my friend Jean and I met for dinner at Joseph-Beth Bookstore and stayed for the book reading by bestselling author Tracy Chevalier.  I just recently read Girl with a Pearl Earring and loved it, so I was excited to hear her speak. Her first question to the 30-40 of us who were there was ‘who likes Jane Austen’?  Well, with a start like that you knew it was going to be good.  She chose 3 different passages from her new book, Remarkable Creatures (just realeased January 5th), and spent half an hour reading to us.  She was wonderful. 

Then she opened it up to questions.  Here are a few things I learned…

*It took her 2 1/2 years from beginning research to completion to finish Remarkable Creatures.  As part of her research she looked for fossils and brought a few that she had found to the signing.

*Margaret Atwood is the living writer that she respects the most.

*She went to an Ohio college, Oberlin.  One of her professors was sitting in the front row.

*She chose to not be directly involved with the making of the movie, Girl with a Pearl Earring.  She thinks a movie should respect the book, but not be a slave to it or the movie will fall flat.  She was able to visit the set and loved it.

*Her next book is set in Ohio.  Woo Hoo for the Buckeye State!

It was a wonderful way to spend a Thursday evening with a friend.  So, when it was my turn to have my book signed I had her sign two. 

So, is this your book she’s signing?  Could be.  Leave a comment with your email address and you’ll be entered to win this autographed hardcover copy of Remarkable Creatures.  You have a chance to earn extra entries by participating in my Tuesday quizzes.  Open internationally and I’ll draw a winner on February 1st.