I’m finally joining the Classics Club and the Buckeyes Win!!

I’ve eyed this challenge for years, but have always had enough sense to resist, but NO MORE!  I’m feeling confident and pumped up after my Ohio State Buckeyes kicked butt last night and beat #1 Alabama.  Sorry, still riding a little high 🙂

The rules are that I have to read 50 classics in 5 years time.  I have to make a list (this is often where I’ve stalled out in the past) and to do this I have to define what classic means for me.  I think a classic is something that stands the test of time and has something to say.  I will use an arbitrary number of 25 years, so anything before 1990 (just typing that makes me feel old). The list can be changed as the years go on, but I think I’ll start with the classics that are sitting on my shelves right now, many of them for years. Take a look and tell me which one I should read first.

1. The Color Purple by Alice Walker

2. Revolutionary Road by Richard Yates

3. Washington Square by Henry James

4. The Prince by Niccolo Machiavelli

5. Stranger in a Strange Land by Robert Heinlein

6. The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison

7. Ada by Vladimir Nabokov

8. Three Men in a Boat by Jerome K Jerome

9. Night by Elie Wiesel

10. Up From Slavery by Booker T Washington

11. Ethan Frome by Edith Wharton

12. Cat’s Cradle or Mother Night by Kurt Vonnegut

13. Aesop’s Fables

14. Good as Gold by Joseph Heller

15. Lady Chatterly’s Lover or Women in Love by DH Lawrence

16. Jude the Obscure by Thomas Hardy

17. Fear of Flying by Erica Jong

18. Moonstone or The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins

19. 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea by Jules Verne

20. The Mists of Avalon by Marion Zimmer Bradley

21. Gone With the Wind by Margaret Mitchell

22. The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett

23. 1984 by George Orwell

24. Tell Me How Long the Train’s Been Gone by James Baldwin

25. Babbit by Sinclair Lewis

25. Frankenstein by Mary Shelley

26. Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance by Robert m Pirsig

27. The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman

28. The Adventures of Tom Sawyer or The Prince and the Pauper by Mark Twain

29. Nine Coaches Waiting by Mary Stewart

30. The Chosen by Chaim Potok

31. Christy by Catherine Marshall

32. Lord of the Flies by William Golding

33. The Hound of the Baskervilles by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

34. Roll of Thunder Hear, Hear My Cry by Mildred Taylor

35. Eva Luna by Isabel Allende

36. Gather Together in My Name by Maya Angelou

37. Villette by Charlotte Bronte

38. Oliver Twist or Great Expectations by Charles Dickens

39. The War of the Worlds by HG Wells

40. The Bonfire of the Vanities by Tom Wolfe

41. Death in Venice by Thomas Mann

42. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl

43. The Two Towers by JRR Tolkien

44. Sophie’s Choice by William Styron

45. Across Five Aprils by Irene Hunt

46. 84, Charing Cross Road by Helene Hanff

47. The Prince of Tides by Pat Conroy

48. Mansfield Park by Jane Austen

49. And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie

50. The Masqueraders by Georgette Heyer

 

Challenges *with giveaway

When I join a challenge I plan to finish it.  Last week I mentioned that my dad had a stubborn streak and I think that plays a part for me.  I have 5 books left over from a 2010 challenge, plus a few other challenges to finish this year and I’m determined to do it.  I need your help with two challenges.

I signed up to read, review and give away 12 books this year and I’m offering up the 3 books I have left to finish the challenge.  Skinny Legs & All by Tom Robbins (trade paperback), Emma by Jane Austen (trade paperback), Emerald Dreams by Carolyn Bourne (hardcover)and they have all been read one time by me.

I also need your help to finish the States challenge.  This is the 3rd year I’ve tried this one and I’d like to check it off this year.

Please recommend a book from the blank states for me and the shorter the better 🙂  Here’s the challenge page for the 21 states I have left.

Giveaway

Tell me which book or books you’d like to win.  I’ll give you an extra entry for every book you recommend in the States challenge above. 

I’ll choose winners on October 19th.

 

 

 

Birthday Photo

I grew up surrounded by family and we spent a lot of time together.  My cousin Amy and I put on lots of “shows” that I’m sure everyone just loved 😉  That’s me on the left and my cousin Sarah between us.  Amy was actually a good dancer.  I took two years of something called acro and remained terrible. 

Amy and I did not go to the same school but we were roommates at Ohio State and maid/matron of honor at each other’s weddings

Maybe I was in 5th grade or so here?  I really don’t know.

 

 

 

 

Win a B&N gift card here.

Win a journal and chocolate here.

 

 

A Challenge Completed

I finally finished my first challenge of the year, the 100 Miles Fitness Challenge!!  Woo Hoo!  I actually finished my 100 miles with 2 weeks to spare.  So, far this walking has not translated into weight loss, but I’m okay with that.

I don’t sign up for challenges expected not to complete them.  I tend to push myself to get them done.  With Gage around this year I chose only a few challenges to try to think I have a good chance of finishing them all, except for the States challenge.  I still have a lot of states to get through and  this is my 3rd year trying this one and I’d love to complete it.  If you’d like to recommend a short book for any of the states I have left I will send you lots of virtual hugs 🙂  My challenge list here.

Mid Year Update

So, having a baby in the house kinda cuts into your reading time!  This year I thought I signed up for challenges in a conservative fashion, but we’ll see as we take a lot at what I’ve accomplished.

Yes, this is a 2010 challenge that I am determined to finish this year because it’s the one where all of you voted for what I would read from my stacks of books.

Goal 14  Read so far  5   Since this is the one that I most want to finish I need to get busy.

Book ObsessedI knew this would be the one challenge that would be a long shot but I wanted to try it anyway.

Goal 51 Read so far 16    That’s worse than I thought I was doing.

I’m fairly good about giving away my books so I thought this one was a no brainer.

Goal 12  So far I’ve given away 5 that I reviewed this year, but 2 more will be offered on Saturday.

I wanted to get back to reading more fluff but haven’t read too many.  Maybe it’s because I haven’t discovered a new romance author that I love lately.

Goal 12  Read so far 5

One down, still over 100 to go 🙂  Good thing there’s no time limit on this one!

This one starts on July 1st, so I’m not behind yet!  Woo Hoo 🙂

 

My favorite book so far has been Good Grief by Lolly Winston.

My favorite movie so far this year is Bridemaids.

A Classic Summer

My friend Molly of both The Bumbles Blog and Quirky Girls Read is hosting a challenge.  And since Molly is fun, creative and just all around great, I thought I would join in and invite you to do the same.

She couldn’t have made the challenge any easier.  Read a classic book before Labor Day, review it (linking to Molly’s challenge post) and add your post to Mr. Linky.  And you can enter as many classics as you want!

Did I mention she’s giving out an Amazon gift card?  You should probably head over there and check it out for yourself!

The Classic Bribe

I am currently reading A Room with a View by Forster (and loving it) and hope to get Emma by Austen in this summer too.  I also need to read Roots and Mists of Avalon.  What about you?  Is there a classic that you’d like to read this summer and this challenge is just the thing to give you a gentle push?

2010 Challenge Wrap Up

I love participating in challenges.  They help me focus and try books and authors I wouldn’t have otherwise.  In 2009 I completed all 4 of my challenges.  This year?  Not so much.  Having many months of morning sickness and then the arrival of little Gage 10 weeks ago have forced me to prioritize and I’m okay with that. 

I only completed one challenge this year – The New Authors challenge where I committed to read 35 new to me authors.  My favorite is Beth Hoffman, author of Saving Cee Cee Honeycutt, because not only did I love her debut novel, but she is a super nice person, an inspiring speaker and she actually interacts with the book blogging community.  Three cheers for Beth.

I failed the A-Z Challenge this year and plan to try again in 2011.  I also failed The RYOB Challenge where I had you all vote for 50 of the books I’d read this year.  I have 14 left and will be reading them in 2011.  You guys really picked some winners for me, you chose 4 of my top 5 reads this year!  I failed the States challenge and Color challenge and will try again in 2011.  I also failed the Short Story  and 100 mile fitness challenges.

I’ll be a bit choosier in my 2011 challenges.  Unless I can start counting board and cloth books 🙂

1. She’s Come Undone by Wally Lamb – 12 votes (Mary, Marce, Jo-Jo, Amanda, Calico Critic, ‘Nise, Jo Ann, Allesandra, Piroska, Mom, Literary Feline, Melissa)

2. A Prayer for Owen Meany by John Irving – 10 votes (Mary, BermudaOnion, Word Lily, Linda B, Em, Literate Housewife, Ms. Mazzola, Jessica, Mille, Margie)

3. The Glass Castle by Jeanette Wells – 11 votes (Marce, Jo-Jo, Jenners, Bumbles, Sheral, Debby, Rebecca, Alita Reads, Soft Drink, Melissa, Angie)

4. Life of Pi by Yann Martel – 10 votes (Gofita, Carol, Staci, Ms. Mazzola, Heather, Kerri, Rebecca, Alita Reads, Julie H., Rhapsody)

5. The Tea Rose by Jennifer Donnelly – 8 votes (Mary, Linda B, Melody, Literate Housewife, ‘Nise, Sandee, Bonnie, Kathrin)

6. The Joy Luck Club by Amy Tan – 8 votes (Word Lily, Golda, Margot, Jackie, Staci, Jenners, Mom, Mystica)

7. The No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency by Alexander McCall Smith – 7 votes (Word Lily, Jo-Jo, Sharon, Alita Reads, Bonnie, Sarah Emmerson, Literary Feline)

8. In Cold Blood by Truman Capote – 7 votes (BermudaOnion, Marie, Jo Ann, Bumbles, Sandee, Piroska, Literary Feline)

9. The Mists of Avalon by Marion Zimmer Bradley – 7 votes (Carol, Staci, FleurFisher, Vasilly, Ms. Mazzola, Angie, Amanda)

10. Persuasion by Jane Austen – 6 votes (Calico Critic, Melody, ‘Nise, Allesandra, Angie, Sarah Emmerson)

11. Emma by Jane Austen – 6 votes (Candice, Jennifer, Ms. Mazzola, Alita Reads, Kathrin, Literary Feline)

12. Nickel and Dimed by Barbara Ehrenreich – 6 votes (Candice, Jennifer, Margot, Heather, Colleen, Angie)

13. Garden Spells by Sarah Addison Allen – 6 votes (Wrighty’s Reads, Mary, Amanda, Allesandra, Soft Drink, Bonnie, Melissa)

14. Son of a Witch by Gregory Maguire – 5 votes (Shanyn, Jo-Jo, Calico Critic, Donna S, Lisa-Marie)

15. The History of Love by Nicole Kraus – 5 votes (Vasilly, Heather, Mille, Alita Reads, Literary Feline)

16. Lucky You by Carl Hiaasen – 5 votes (Kristie, Jessica, Sharon, Sue R., Jason)

17. Blood Memory by Greg Iles – 5 votes (Jennofer, Kristie, Carol, Jenners, Angie S.)

18. The Pact by Jodi Picoult – 5 votes (Sharyn, Em, Colleen, Sheral, Margie)

19. Roots by Alex Hailey – 5 votes (Cee-Cee, Staci, Literate Housewife, Sarah E., Angie S.)

20. Confessions of a Shopaholic by Sophie Kinsella – 4 votes (BermudaOnion, Kerri, Julie H., Kathrin)

21. The Lake House by James Patterson – 4 votes (Donna S., GMR, Mom, Sue R., Rebecca)

22. Under the Tuscan Sun by Frances Mayes – 4 votes (Jo Ann, GMR, Piroska, Mystica)

23. Love Walked In by Maria de los Santos – 4 votes (Candice, Amanda, Colleen, Soft Drink)

24. Good in Bed by Jennifer Weiner – 4 votes (Shanyn, Wrighty’s Reads, Em, Mom)

25. Winter Solstice by Rosamunde Pilcher – 4 votes (Linda B., Margot, FleurFisher, Sandee)

26. Digital Fortress by Dan Brown – 4 votes (Melody, Bumbles, Virginie, Jason)

27. Women Who Loves Books Too Much – 3 votes (Amanda, Angie, Mystica)

28. Welcome to the World, Baby Girl by Fannie Flagg – 3 votes (Wrighty’s Reads, Bumbles, Sarah E.)

29. The Shop on Blossom Street by Debbie Macomber – 3 votes (‘Nise, Mom, Bonnie)

30. See Jane Run by Joy Fielding – 3 votes (Kristie, GMR, Debby)

31. The Sleeping Doll by Jeffrey Deaver – 3 votes (Kristie, Margie, Jason)

32. The Husband by Dean Koontz – 3 votes (Wrighty’s Reads, Marce, Jason)

33. War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy – 3 votes (Jennifer, Calico Critic, Angie)

34. Odd Thomas by Dean Koontz – 3 votes (Donna S., Sandee, Sharon)

35. Good Grief by Lolly Winston – 3 votes (Staci, Jenners, Margie)

36. Testimony by Anita Shreve – 3 votes (Marce, Allesandra, Mystica)

37. As I Lay Dying by William Faulkner – 3 votes (Candice, Word Lily, Bumbles)

38. Remember When by Nora Roberts – 2 votes (Donna S., Debby)

39. The Bean Trees by Barabara Kingsolver – 2 votes (Golda, Amanda)

40. Three Junes by Julia Glass – 2 votes (Golda, Soft Drink)

41. The Sister by Poppy Adams – 2 votes (Literate Housewife, Sandee)

42. Skinny Legs and All by Tom Robbins – 2 votes (Carol, Mille)

43. The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafon – 2 votes (Vasilly, Allesandra)

44. The Weight of Water by Anita Shreve – 2 votes (Piroska, Wanda)

45. The Trials of the Honorable F. Darcy by Sara Angelini – 2 votes (Gofita, Calico Critic)

46. Bel Canto by Ann Patchett – 2 votes (Golda, Heather)

47. Running Blind by Lee Child – 2 votes (‘Nise, Sheral)

48. White Fang by Jack London – 2 votes (GMR, Rhapsody)

49. The Human Stain by Philip Roth – 2 votes (Jackie, Mille)

50. A Room With a View by E.M. Forster – 2 votes (Candice, Jenny girl)

51. The Devil & Tom Walker by Washington Irving

52. Red Light by T.Jefferson Parker (Color Challenge)

53. Black Water by T.Jefferson Parker (Color Challenge)

54. The Blue Bedroom by Rosamunde Pilcher (Color Challenge)

55. Saving CeeCee Honeycutt by Beth Hoffman

Sign up for the 2010 A to Z Challenge

Titles

As I Lay Dying by William Faulkner

Blood Memory by Greg Iles

Caught by Harlan Coben

Digital Fortress by Dan Brown

E

Fortunate Harbor by Emilie Richards

Garden Spells by Sarah Addison Allen

The Husband by Dean Koontz

In Cold Blood by Truman Capote

The Joy Luck Club by Amy Tan

K

Lake Magic by Kimberly Fisk

Murder List by Julie Garwood

The No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency by Alexander McCall Smith

Odd Thomas by Dean Koontz

Persuasion by Jane Austen

Q

Red Light by T. Jefferson Parker

Saving CeeCee Honeycutt by Beth Hoffman

The Trials of the Honorable F. Darcy by Sara Angelini

Under the Tuscan Sun by Frances Mayes

V

Women Who Love Books Too Much by Brenda Knight

X

Y

Z

AUTHORS

The Sister by Poppy Adams

Home Safe by Elizabeth Berg

Die Trying by Lee Child

The Tea Rose by Jennifer Donnelly

Inside Out by Barry Eisler

Give + Take by Stona Fitch

The Beach House by Jane Green

Lucky You by Carl Hiaasen

The Devil & Tom Walker by Washington Irving

Deadly Love by Brenda Joyce

The Bean Trees by Barbara Kingsolver

White Fang by Jack London

The Cougar Club by Susan McBride

The Book of Unholy Mischief by Elle Newmark

Keeper of the Keys by Perri O’Shaughnessy

The Blue Bedroom by Rosamunde Pilcher

Put on Your Crown by Queen Latifah

Confessions of a Jane Austen Addict by Laurie Viera Rigler

This One is Mine by Maria Semple

War & Peace by Leo Tolstoy

Why We Buy by Paco Underhill

Think of a Number by John Verdon

The Proof is in the Pudding by Melinda Wells

X

The Shack by William P. Young

The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafon

New Author Challenge 2010

Beth Hoffman – Saving CeeCee Honeycutt

Elle Newmark – The Book of Unholy Mischief

Sarah Addison Allen – Garden Spells

Sara Angelini – The Trials of the Honorable F. Darcy

Poppy Adams – The Sister

Susan McBride – The Cougar Club

Helen Keller – The Story of My Life

Kimberly Fisk – Lake Magic

This One is Mine by Maria Semple

10  Washington Iving – The Devil & Tom Walker

11  Sophie Kinsella – Confessions of a Shopaholic

12  Leo Tolstoy – War & Peace

13  Give + Take by Stona Fitch

14  William P. Young – The Shack

15  Marisa de los Santos – Love Walked In

16  Laurie Viera Rigler – Confessions of a Jane Austen Addict

17  Brenda Knight – Women Who Love Books Too Much

18  Fannie Flagg – Welcome to the World, Baby Girl!

19  Jennifer Donnelly – The Tea Rose

20  Eloisa James – Potent Pleasures

21  Frances Mayes – Under the Tuscan Sun

22  Jeannette Walls – The Glass Castle

23  Jane Green – The Beach House

24  Alexander McCall Smith – The No.1 Ladies’ Detective Agency

25  William Faulkner – As I Lay Dying

26  Carol Burnett – This Time Together

27  Barbara Ehrenreich – Nickel and Dimed

28  Nicole Krauss – The History of Love

29  John Verdon – Think of a Number

30  Jennifer Weiner – Good in Bed

31  Amy Tan – The Joy Luck Club

32  Paco Underhill – Why We Buy

33  Heidi Murkoff – What to Expect When You’re Expecting

34  Gary Ezzo & Robert Bucknam – On Becoming Baby Wise

35 Perri O’Shaughnessy – Keeper of the Keys

Queen Latifah – Put on Your Crown, Carlos Ruiz Zafon – The Shadow of the Wind

 

The Blue Bedroom by Rosamunde Pilcher

Red Light by T. Jefferson Parker

Black Water by T. Jefferson Parker

White Fang by Jack London

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Looking for the Short Story Challenge?

The Devil & Tom Walker by Washington Irving

The Blue Bedroom by Rosamunde Pilcher

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50 states of mind

Alabama  The Story of My Life by Helen Keller

Alaska

Arizona  The Bean Trees by Barbara Kingsolver

Arkansas

California  The Husband by Dean Koontz, The Trials of the Honorable F. Darcy by Sara Angelini, The Proof is in the Pudding by Melinda WellsThis One is Mine by Maria Semple, Red Light by T. Jefferson Parker, Black Water by T. Jefferson Parker, Odd Thomas by Dean Koontz, The Sleeping Doll by Jeffery Deaver, This Time Together by Carol Burnett, The Joy Luck Club by Amy Tan, Keeper of the Keys by Perri O’Shaughnessy

Colorado  The Shining by Stephen King, The Lake House by James Patterson

Connecticut

Delaware

Florida  Fortunate Harbor by Emilie Richards, Lucky You by Carl Hiaasen

Georgia  Saving CeeCee Honeycutt by Beth Hoffman

Hawaii

Idaho

Illinois  Limitations by Scott TurowHome Safe by Elizabeth Berg, Murder List by Julie Garwood

Indiana

Iowa

Kansas  In Cold Blood by Truman Capote

Kentucky

Louisiana

Maine  The Weight of Water by Anita Shreve

Maryland  Digital Fortress by Dan Brown, Back When We Were Grownups by Anne Tyler, Remember When by Nora Roberts

Massachussetts  The Beach House by Jane Green, See Jane Run by Joy Fielding

Michigan

Minnesota  Storm Prey by John Sandford

Mississippi  Blood Memory by Greg Iles, As I Lay Dying by William Faulkner

Missouri  The Cougar Club by Susan McBride, Welcome to the World, Baby Girl! by Fannie Flagg

Montana  Die Trying by Lee Child

Nebraska

Nevada

New Hampshire  The Pact by Jodi Picoult

New Jersey  Caught by Harlan Coben, Put on Your Crown by Queen Latifah

New Mexico

New York   Deadly Love by Brenda Joyce, Deadly Pleasures by Brenda Joyce, Deadly Affairs by Brenda Joyce, Deadly Desire by Brenda Joyce, Deadly Caress by Brenda Joyce. Deadly Promise by Brenda Joyce, Deadly Kisses by Brenda Joyce, The Burning Wire by Jeffery Deaver, The History of Love by Nicole Krauss, Think of a Number by John Verdon

North Carolina  Garden Spells by Sarah Addison Allen

North Dakota

Ohio

Oklahoma

Oregon   The Shack by William P Young

Pennsylvania  Love Walked In by Marisa de los Santos, Good in Bed by Jennifer Weiner

Rhode Island

South Carolina

South Dakota

Tennessee

Utah

Vermont

Virginia

Washington  Lake Magic by Kimberly Fisk, The Shop on Blossom Street by Debbie Macomber

West Virginia  The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls

Wisconsin

Wyoming

Washington DC   Inside Out by Barry Eisler

(England-Persuasion by Jane Austen, The Sister by Poppy Adams, Confessions of a Shopaholic by Sophi Kinsella, The Blue Bedroom by Rosamunde Pilcher   , Confessions of a Jane Austen Addict by Laurie Viera Rigler, The Tea Rose by Jennifer Donnelly, Potent Pleasures by Eloisa James)  Italy-The Book of Unholy Mischief by Elle Newmark, Under the Tuscan Sun by Frances Mayes  Russia- War & Peace by Leo Tolstoy  Canada- White Fang by Jack London, Botswana- The No.1 Ladies’ Detective Angency by Alexander McCall Smith Scotland- Winter Solstice by Rosamunde Pilcher)  Spain- The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafon

Too many places – Give + Take by Stona Fitch, Women Who Love Books Too Much by Brenda Knight, Running Blind by Lee Child, Nickel & Dimed by Barbara Ehrenreich, Why We Buy by Paco Underhill

  Jan-March = 100 miles 96 miles (as of 1-8-10)  94 miles to go (as of 1-15-10)  91 miles to go (as of 1-22-10)

Half Year Round Up

So, we’re halfway through the year and time to take a look at how I’m doing on my goals and what’s been going on around here on this blog.  Let me start by mentioning my two favorite posts, not because of what I wrote, but because of what you did.  (After 14 Years a Pregnant Pause, Morning Sickness and My Google Reader)  The response to my pregnancy has been heartwarming and I thank you all for taking the time to wish us well. The Little One should weigh about pound now and be the size of a small doll.  Is it time to start getting nervous?

My reading goal for the year is 105 books with 12 of those being non-fiction.  I could be doing better.  I’ve only read 44 books and 2 of those were non-fiction.  I’m usually a little OCD about goals and challenges, but I’m trying to cut myself some slack.  I’ve got other things going on these days and need to keep reading in perspective.  But even as I type that my mind is whispering, “You can do it.  No problem.” So, we’ll see.

There have been a few changes.  I’ve started posting my weekly quizzes on Tuesdays and offering a few prizes.  Thank you to everyone who participates.  I have fun and hope you do too!  As a bonus I discovered that if you Google ‘book quizzes’ I’m the first thing that pops up and I’m starred even.  I admit I got a kick out of that 😉

I’m doing my 5 word movie reviews every month and invite you all to try it and link up.  I’ve only done a few author interviews and although I love doing them I don’t have the time to focus on that right now.  They do take quite a bit of time.

I asked you all to vote for 50 of the books I’d read from my own shelves this year and 72 of you voted.  Of those 50 I’ve read 16 for the RYOB Challenge My two favorite so far have been The Tea Rose by Jennifer Donnelly (to be reviewed tomorrow) and Garden Spells by Sarah Addison Allen.  So far, you’ve done a great job choosing books 🙂

Sign up for the 2010 A to Z ChallengeI’ve read 29 out of 52 for this challenge, so I’m not doing too bad.  So far, my favorite read from this challenge is Saving Cee Cee Honeycutt by Beth Hoffman.

New Author Challenge 2010For some crazy reason I signed up to read 35 new authors this year and I’ve managed 19.  My favorite (aside from the ones I’ve mentioned above) is Marisa de los Santos.

I’m to read 9 books with 9 different colors in the title for this one and have read 3.  I loved Red Light and Black Water, both by T. Jefferson Parker.

Looking for the Short Story Challenge?I’ve read 2 of 4 short story collections and didn’t really love either one, so I’m hoping the next 2 will be great.

50 states of mindOf the 51 (with Washington DC) I’ve read from 18 states.  So far, New York has been the most visited with 8 trips.

I’m looking forward to the second half of 2010 🙂

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

2010 Goals and Challenges

I’ve been blogging for two full years now and loving every minute of it.  2009 was different in that I became more involved with the book blogging community and because of it found the need to figure out how to use a Reader and to keep track of my ever-increasing Reading Wish List.  Last year I made a goal to read 130 books and did it by finishing #130 at 5pm yesterday.  I also wanted to read 30 non-fiction, but only ended the year with 19.  This was the only reading goal or challenge I failed last year 😦

In 2010 I am lowering my reading goal to 105.  I need to have a little less stress at the end of the year and I want to make time for some chunky books I want to read.  I’ll make my non-fiction goal 12.  I let you all choose 50 of the books I’ll read this year and I’m excited to see what you’ve chosen! 

I do have a few other things that will be happening in 2010.  My weekly quiz will move to Tuesday mornings so that I can participate in The Bumbles Monday Movie meme more often.  I will also continue to give away books on the first or second day of each month and give my 5 word movie reviews at the end of each month.  On Fridays (except for today :)) I’ll feature a favorite movie or an author interview.  And as I was looking over old posts I found one that I’d like to continue on a monthly basis, so look out!  And I’ll be posting about 2 reviews a week.  I think that’s enough to keep me busy, don’t you? 

Here are the reading challenges I’ve joined for the year.  I am looking forward to them all.  The challenges really help me focus and I need that.

New Author Challenge 2010This is my first year trying this challenge and I’m going to go for 35 new authors.  Go here for more details.

The Colorful Reading Challenge.  This is my first year, but the goal is to read 9 books with 9 different colors in the title.  I have 7 on my shelves already, so this will help me clear some shelf space too.  Click here for more details.

Sign up for the 2010 A to Z Challenge I loved this one last year and look forward to the challenge again this year.  Last year I read a few books that I never would have tried and ended up loving them, so I have high hopes for this year.  Click here for more details.

 This one helped me so much last year.  I am committed to reading 55 of my own books this year.  You all voted to choose 50 of those and I’m excited to see what you’ve chosen for me.  Click here for more details.

I finished Round 1 and am signing up for Round 2.  I need to walk 100 miles by March 31st.  And I need to not leave 8 1/2 miles for the last two days!  Click here for more details.

Looking for the Short Story Challenge?I haven’t read short stories since college, but I do have a few languishing on my shelves so I’m signing up for the Bronze level and will read one short story collection a quarter for a grand total of 4.  Click here for more details.

2009 Wrap-up, part 2

Out of the 130 books I read this year (the final 2 to be reviewed in the next week) I gave only 3 a perfect 5 Star rating.  I’m picky.

The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie: Book CoverThe Secret Life of Bees by Kidd Monk Kidd: Book CoverCover Image

I gave out 15 4 1/2 Stars.  To make it a top ten list I’ll choose my favorite 7 from this list.

Cover ImageCover ImageCover ImageMidnight in the Garden of Good and Evil by Berendt Berendt: Book CoverPride and Prejudice (Barnes & Noble Classics Series) by Jane Austen: Book CoverCover ImageCover Image

I see none of these were published in 2009, but that can’t be helped now. 

I joined 5 Challenges and COMPLETED THEM ALL!!!!  Of course, I should confess I only finished the 100 Mile Challenge today at 3:30 pm after walking 4 miles on the treadmill 🙂 

readown3I made a goal of 50 and reached that number in October.

I finished this one in October too.  For each letter I read a title and author. 

Southern Reading Challenge BadgeI realized how little Southern fiction I read and did something about it.  I only read 3 books, but liked them all.

everythingausten2I’d never read Austen and enjoyed reading Pride & Prejudice and listening to Sense & Sensibility during this challenge.

I had 3 months to walk 100 miles.  As I’ve already confessed it came down to the wire, but I did it!

And this is a monthly challenge where I committed to reading when I could.  Of the four months, I’ve participated in 2 and look forward to more screenplays and movies in 2010.

Thanks for reading and commenting!  I appreciate each and every one of you 🙂  Have a fun and safe New Year’s Eve.