2014 Chunkster Challenge

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Hosted by me but on this blog

January 1 – December 31, 2014

A few days ago I mentioned that the Chunkster Challenge will be back in 2014. Even though I’m the host, this challenge is well, a challenge. Chunksters can be intimidating because of their size and the time needed to read them. So that made me think long and hard about the rules and there’s been some changes.

  • Audio books and e-books are now allowed. You want to listen to a chunkster on audio? Be my guest.
  • There won’t be any levels in 2014. It’s up to participants to decide how many chunksters they want to read.

If you want to know the other rules, go to next year’s sign-up page.

For the Chunkster Challenge, I’m trying to stick to my tbr pile. I need to tackle that sucker in 2014. I’m hoping to read a chunkster a month. I’m calling my reading pool the “pool of shame” since most of these books have been on my shelves for years people.

Learning to Lose by David Trueba

The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck.  Every year I say I’m going to read this book and never do.

Best American Short Stories of the Century edited by John Updike. If I can read a short story or two a week, I can finish this book in 2014.

oneillAmerican Food Writing: An Anthology with Classic Recipes edited by Molly O’Neill. Guys, it took me years to find this book at a reasonable price. I found it for a dollar years ago and never read it.

Thinking, Fast and Slow by Daniel Kahnman (nonfiction)

Redeemers: Ideas and Power in Latin America by Enrique Krauze

Far From the Tree by Andrew Solomon. Last year I went on and on about this book and never finished it.

Miss Anne in Harlem: The White Women of the Black Renaissance by Carla Kaplan

Life after Life by Kate Atkinson

Don’t Know Much about History by Kenneth C. Davis

The Street Sweeper by Eliot Perlman

What to Look For in Winter: A Memoir in Blindness by Canadia McWilliam

The Iliad by Homerlamb

We Are Water by Wally Lamb

A Prayer for Owen Meany by John Irving

The Jinni and the Golem by Helene Wrecker. I started this book a few weeks ago and didn’t finish.

Unless I have a spectacular reading year in 2014, there will be a few of these that I won’t get to. The ones I don’t read, I’m giving away.

Will you join the Chunkster Challenge?

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Spring Reading Thing 2012

March 20, 2012 – June 20, 2012

Hosted at Callapidder Days

If you didn’t know that today was the first day of spring, you wouldn’t be able to tell by looking out my window. It’s nice and cold outside, perfect winter weather. So it seems a little funny to be making a list of books I want to read for spring. I missed last year’s Spring Reading Thing, a seasonal “challenge”, and I refuse to miss it again this year.

I decided to dedicate this year’s SRT to my many stacks of unread books. This idea came to me yesterday after “finding” an under-bed shoe storage filled with books. I think that’s one of the great things about Spring Reading Thing is that participants are encouraged to make goals. It’s not just the amount of books to read but anything else you can think of.

One of my goals is to read at least fifteen of my own books within the next three months. It doesn’t have to be the fifteen books on this list but it needs to be fifteen. I’ve own The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot since its publication in 2009. I even pre-ordered it and still haven’t read it. If I don’t read it by the end of this challenge, I’m going to give it away to my local public library. Which leads me to my second goal:

  • Give away at least ten books by June 20th. If I don’t miss the 30+ books under my bed, I won’t miss the ten that I plan on giving away. I’m thinking of this as my own bookish spring cleaning.

Last but not least is to have at least one read-along with my daughter. She’s ten and hasn’t read The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett yet. It’s been a reading tradition of mine to read it every spring. I already bought her the book and movie version. Now it’s time to read it to her. Maybe I’ll give her a package of seeds to go with it. I think she’ll like that. If the read-along is a success, we can add Natalie Babbit’s Tuck Everlasting in June. It’s one of my favorite summer reads.

My pool of books:

  1. Head Off and Split by Nikki Finney (poetry)
  2. Land to Light On by Dionne Brand (poetry)
  3. Animal, Vegetable, Miracle by Barbara Kingsolver (non-fiction)
  4. The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot (non-fiction)
  5. Feathers by Jacqueline Woodson (middle grade)
  6. The Memory of Love by Aminatta Forna
  7. A Mercy by Toni Morrison
  8. Hate that Cat by Sharon Creech (poetry)
  9. The Humming Room by Ellen Potter (middle grade)
  10. Sula by Toni Morrison
  11. Alcestis by Katharine Beutner
  12. What Looks Like Crazy on An Ordinary Day by Pearl Cleage
  13. No Regrets Parenting by Harley A. Rotbart (non-fiction)
  14. The Street Sweeper by Elliot Perlman
  15. Among Others by Jo Walton (young adult)
  16. The Illumination by Kevin Brockmeier
  17. Wonder by R.J. Pollacio (middle grade)
  18. The Fault in Our Stars by John Green (young adult)
  19. The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett (middle grade)
  20. Flygirl by Sherri L. Smith (middle grade)
  21. The Rock and the River by Kekla Magoon (middle grade)
  22. Cousins by Virginia Hamilton (middle grade)
  23. An Altar in the World by Barbara Brown Taylor (non-fiction)

So that’s what I’m planning this spring. Have you started thinking about your spring reading? Are you joining Spring Reading Thing this year?

NetGalley October

The lovely Emily over at Red House Books has decided to once again dedicate a month to reading NetGalley books. I participated in July during the last time this challenge was going on and failed pretty miserably. So I’m signing up once again and posting my intentions in hopes of doing better.  I plan on reading 5 – 10 of my review galleys this month.  I’ve already finished one NetGalley book so I’m feeling pretty good. If you want to make a dent in your pile of NetGalley books, why not sign up?

R.I.P. Challenge VI

As I sit here typing, the sun is setting and the wind’s blowing. Outside my window the leaves on various trees have started to change from that brilliant green of summer to the crisp orange of fall. I can’t believe that I almost missed one of my favorite reading challenges: Carl’s Readers Imbibing Peril challenge. It’s hard to believe that this is my fifth year but it is.

This year I’m participating in a few perils:

  • Peril the First– four books of any length
  • Peril of the Short Story
  • Peril on the Screen – scary movies!

I also plan on participating in a peril you may not have heard of before: Peril of the Children. I love this challenge so much that I’m making letting my children participate too. I plan on reading one spooky picture book or story to them each night throughout October. The kids have already started putting some of their favorite Halloween tales on hold at our local library. I’m hoping to write a post a week on the stories we read together.

My pool of books:

  • Anya’s Ghost by Vera Brosgol  (re-read)
  • The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman (re-read)
  • Fish by Gregory Mone
  • The Red Pyramid by Rick Riordan
  • The Night Circus by Erin Mortensen
  • The Illumination by Kevin Brockmeier
  • Who Fears Death by Nnedi Okorafor
  • Beowulf
  • Under the Dome by Stephen King
  • Bradbury Stories by Ray Bradbury (re-read)
  • The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson
  • The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafon
  • Full Dark House by Christopher Fowler
  • Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman
  • The Beekeeper’s Apprentice by Laurie R. King
  • Memento Mori by Muriel Spark
  • A Wish After Midnight by Zetta Elliot
  • Under the Green Hill by Laura L. Sullivan
  • Hellboy series by Mike Mignola
  • Amulet series by Kazu Kibuishi

Have you read anything in this reading pool? Is there one book you think I should put at the top of my TBR list?

Diversify Your Reading Challenge

Authors Malinda Lo and Cindy Pon have started a new reading challenge on their blog, Diversity in YA Fiction.  It’s called the Diversify Your Reading Challenge. The goal of the challenge is to get participants reading MG and YA books by and/or about  people of color or LGBT and write an essay – 500 words or more –  about their diverse reading experience. There’s also prizes.

For more information, visit the Diversity in YA Fiction blog or click the link above.

 I’m taking the challenge. What about you? Can you add a few diverse books into your summer reading pile? 

Once Upon a Time V

It’s that time of the year again! Time for Carl’s excellent Once Upon a Time challenge. It started March 20th and ends June 20, 2011.  Nothing says spring like the start of this challenge. I wasn’t going to write a post about this challenge but after Kelly’s excellent post of potential reads, I thought I should write my own post about the pool of books I’m choosing from.

My quests:

Read at least five books that fit somewhere within the criteria.

 

Read two non-fiction books that treat any of the four genres covered in this challenge.

Who can resist a good movie?

Last but not least of my quests:

I have read some great short stories so far this year, so this is the perfect quest for me.

Last year I’m trying to read as many of books from my tbr pile as possible, so the books that I’m going to read from this challenge will mostly come from my shelves.  Here’s my list of possible reads:

  • The Dark is Rising by Susan Cooper
  • Touching Spirit Bear by Ben Mikaelsen
  • Under the Green Hill by Laura L. Sullivan
  • The Bloody Chamber by Angela Carter
  • The Wild Things by Dave Eggers
  • Nights at the Circus by Angela Carter
  • The Magic Toyshop by Angela Carter
  • The Fox Woman by Kij Johnson
  • The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafon
  • Bone: Rose by Jeff Smith
  • American Gods by Neil Gaiman (re-read)
  • Chew Vol. 1: Taster’s Choice by John Layman
  • Bloodroot by Amy Greene
  • The Tiger’s Wife by Tea Obreht
  • A Wish After Midnight by Zetta Elliot
  • The Illumination by Kevin Brockmeier
  • The Beastly Bride edited by Ellen Datlow
  • Trickster: Native American Tales
  • BB Wolf and the Three LPs by JD Arnold
  • Bayou Vols 1 and 2 by Jeremy Love
  • The Grimm Reader: The Classic Tales of the Brothers Grimm translated by Maria Tatar
  • “The Cat Who Walked a Thousand Miles” by Kij Johnson

I also found out about a few more books that I’ll probably add to the pool later on in the challenge. Have you joined the Once Upon a Time Challenge this year? Is there a book, short story, or movie that you’re looking forward to reading or viewing?

 

 

 

Sunday Salon and Weekly Geeks: Reading Challenges Plans for 2011

Good morning! It’s a chilly Sunday morning here and of course, I have my cup of coffee in front of me while I type. The weather’s perfect since I made a huge pot of beef stew yesterday and I have a huge research project to work on today.  If today ends up being sunny, I’ll probably try to take a walk instead of doing homework!

This weeks’ Weekly Geeks question is about reading challenges:

Do you plan on participating in any reading challenges in 2011? Are you planning on hosting any reading challenges? Perhaps you’d like to share an idea for a reading challenge–to see if there is any interest!  Share with us which challenges look tempting to you! (You don’t have to “officially” join any of the challenges for this weekly geek. Just let us know which ones you’d be most interested in.) You might want to spend some time browsing A Novel Challenge. Are there any challenges you are looking forward to that haven’t been announced yet? Regardless of your challenge plans, are you starting to plan ahead for next year? Do you make lists or goals? Are you a person who enjoys reading more if it is structured? Or are you all about being free to read what you want, when you want?

I love reading challenges. It was reading challenges that pushed me to start blogging years ago. I swore that I wouldn’t join any challenges next year  after failing most of the challenges I signed up for this year. I ended up changed my mind when I offered to host the Graphic Novels challenge next year!

I think one of the best things about reading challenges is making lists. There’s something so interesting about finding books to fit a particular challenge. I can easily spend hours finding books by old and new-to-me authors. Once I finish my list is often half-a-page long. I always have this optimism that I’m going to read every single book on the list and then some. By the time the end of the year comes around, I’m lucky if I read two books off the list.

I think it’s because I’m a pretty moody reader. I read what I want, when I want. The only exceptions  are for school or reading obligations. I’ve been known to go on reading binges and just read one subject or genre for weeks at end. That won’t change next year but I would love to read more and outside my comfort zone.

Another great thing about reading challenges is finding new blogs to follow. Before the days of Twitter, that was often how I would find a new blogger.

There are so many new challenges next year and several of my favorite challenges are returning. Here’s a few that I’m signing up for:

  1. Amazon.com best of 2010 challenge – I’ve read very little of the books published this year. After reading a few “best of” lists, I think there’s a few books I really need to read.
  2. Jewish Literature Challenge. I sign up for this challenge almost every year and fail every year. It’s a shame since I have a ton of books by Jewish authors sitting on my shelves.
  3. GLBT.
  4. One Two Theme. I’m prepared to bring out my inner geek!
  5. Quirky Brown Reading Challenge.
  6. South Asian Challenge
  7. A Year of Feminist Classics (A book a month.)
  8. Back to the Classics Challenge 2011
  9. Outdo Yourself (Read more books in 2011 than you did in 2010)

So that’s just a few of the challenges that I’m planning on joining . Are you planning on joining any challenges next year? If so, which challenges look interesting to you?

Spring Challenges

There’s something about the beginning of spring that makes me so happy. I’m more of a fall-winter person but even I can admit that the first day of spring brings the feeling of new possibilities more than fall or winter. You know it’s spring in the blogisphere when two very popular reading challenges begin:  Spring Reading Thing and Once Upon a Time.

March 20 – June 20, 2010

For this challenge I want to read as many books as I can off of my TBR shelves but with so many obligations, if I can read as many as six TBR books I’m happy. Here’s the pool of books I’m picking my reads from:

A Wish After Midnight by Zetta Elliot, One Amazing Thing by Chitra Divakaruni, The Housekeeper and the Professor by Yoko Ogawa

An Altar in the World by Barbara Brown Taylor, Beloved by Toni Morrison, Two Old Women by Velma Wallis

The Journal Keeper by Phyllis Theroux and The Purloined Boy by Mortimus Clay

not pictured: ZZ Packer’s Drinking Coffee Elsewhere and David Truer’s Little

March 21 – June 20, 2010

For the Once Upon a Time challenge with the exception of A Wish After Midnight and The Purloined Boy, I’ve almost picked a totally different pool of books to read from. This pool is built up of books on my TBR shelves and library holds. I’m doing Quest the Third which is reading at least five books from a mixture of four genres: fantasy, folklore, fairy tale, and mythology plus a reading of William Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream,  Short Story Weekends, and Quest the Fourth which is reading two non-fiction books that cover the above genres. It’s a lot but I’m up for the challenge.

Anthologies edited by Terri Windling and Ellen Datlow

The Green Man: Tales from the Mythic Forest, The Faery Reel: Tales from the Twilight Realm, and The Beastly Bride: Tales of Animal People

Beautiful Creatures by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl

Bleeding Violet by Dia Reeves and A Fistful of Sky by Nina Kiriki Hoffman

(Not pictured)

Touch Magic by Jane Yolen

Maps and Legends by Michael Chabon

Fathom by Cherie Priest

Tender Morsels by Margo Lanagan

The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman

Goblin Market by Christina Rossetti

The Bloody Chamber by Angela Carter

The Mists of Avalon by Marion Zimmer Bradley

Have you read anything in my piles? Are you joining these challenges also?

How did I sign up for more challenges?

So remember that last post I did about 2010 reading challenges? Well after that post a lot of bloggers decided they were going to start their own challenges and guess what? I signed up! Yay! Before I talk about the newest challenges I’ve joined, let’s talk about the reading lists. WARNING: this post is long but hopefully entertaining.

Bibliofreak has made a new blog dedicated to her World Religion Challenge that starts next year. I’ve signed up for the Universalist path, so I’m reading as many books as I can about as many spiritual paths as I want. My list:

Hinduism
Hinduism: A Beginner’s Guide by Klaus K. Klostermaier
My Family and Other Saints by Kirin  Narayan
Essential Hinduism – Steven Rosen

Judaism
The Talmud and the Internet – Jonathon Rosen
Finding God in the Garden – Balfour Brickner
Living Judaism – Wayne Dosick

Religious Society of Friends (Quakers)
Holy Silence: The Gift of Quaker Spirituality – J. Brett Bill
Quaker Spirituality: Selected Writings
Plain Living: A Quaker Path to Simplicity – Catherine Whitmire

 

Islam
No god but God: The Origins, Evolution, and Future of Islam– Reza Aslan

Wicca
The Pagan Book of Living and Dying – Starhawk

Buddhism
Razor-Wire Dharma: A Buddhist Life in Prison – Calvin Malone (memoir)

Unitarianism Universalism
The A to Z of Unitarian Universalism – Mark W. Harris

Mythology
Don’t Know Much about Mythology – Kenneth C. Davis

Christianity
Easter Everywhere – Darcey Steinke (memoir)
Traveling Mercies – Anne Lamott (re-read/memoir)

Shinto
A Year in the Life of a Shinto Shrine – John K. Nelson

Sufism
The Gift – Hafiz (poetry)
Sufism: A Beginner’s Guide – William C. Chittick

Comparative Religion/Spirituality
God: stories edited by C. Michael Curtis
Best American Spiritual Writing (various years)
The Life of Meaning: Reflections on Faith, Doubt, and Repairing the World edited by  Bob Abernathy

 

I also signed up for the GLBT reading challenge hosted by Amanda from The Zen Leaf. I’m planning to read at least four books. Some of the authors I’m looking forward to reading are:

Sara Teasdale
Langston Hughes
W.H. Auden
Dorothy Allison
John Cheever
Patricia Highsmith
Tennessee Williams
Jeanette Winterson
Rita Mae Brown
Edna St. Vincent-Millay
Ellis Avery
Audre Lorde
Sarah Waters

Aarti over at Book Lust is hosting the Flashback Challenge! I cannot wait to start this re-read challenge. I’m signing up for the Literari level, which is to re-read six books. I have a ton of books on my shelves that I would love to get to, so I’m hoping to re-read more than six.

The TwentyTen challenge hosted by Darren over at Bart’s Bookshelves. Participants are to read two books from ten categories for a total of twenty books.  The ten categories: young adult, tbr, shiny and new, bad bloggers, charity, new in 2010, older than you, and who are you again?. For the last category particpants choose the theme and I’m going with prize-winning books.

The brilliant Lu over at Regular Ruminations is hosting the VPR challenge. It’s a poetry challenge. I don’t read poetry as much as I want to outside of school, so I’ve signed up. I plan on reading at least two volumes of poetry.

Okay. So those are the rest of the challenges I’m signed up for in 2010. Have you added any more challenges to your list for next year?

Shelf Discovery Reading Challenge

shelf discoveryShelf Discovery Reading Challenge
November 1, 2009 -April 30, 1020

Julie over at Bookingmama came up with the great idea to host this challenge based on the book, Shelf Discovery by Lizzie Skurnick. The reading challenge is all about revisiting childhood favorites. The goal of the challenge is to read at least six of the books mentioned in Shelf Discovery. Doesn’t that sound easy?

Here’s my picks:

  1. The Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler by E.L. Konigsburg
  2. A Day No Pigs Would Die by Robert Newton Peck
  3. Are You There God? It’s me, Margaret by Judy Blume
  4. Island of the Blue Dolphins by Scott O’Dell
  5. Homecoming by Cynthia Viorst
  6. The Witch of Blackbird Pond by Elizabeth George Speare
  7. The Wolves of Willoughby Chase by Joan Aiken

Have you read any of your childhood favorites lately? If not, what is one you wouldn’t mind revisiting?

Emily’s Piano by Charlotte Gingras

gingasEmily’s Piano (2005)
By Charlotte Gingras
Translated from the French by Susan Ouriou
Illustrations by Stephane Jorisch
60 pages

Middle school fiction

Grown-ups think I don’t understand anything. They’re wrong. I watch soap operas just like everyone else. What’s more, I have hypersensitive ears and piercing eyes. Even my sense of smell is much better than most people’s. I’d make a great bloodhound.

Summary

Emily’s family life is not the best. Her father rarely comes home at night and her mother spends her days crying. One day the family has to move from their grand house to a much smaller apartment. Most of their things are sold including the family’s old black piano.

Emily thinks that if she can just get her mother’s piano back, it would make her mother feel so much better. She goes  on walks all around the city, looking for the piano. Will she find it and bring her mother happiness?

Thoughts

I enjoyed reading this book. The author never tells you Emily’s age but I imagine her to be a  tween, ten or eleven years old. Everyone from her parents to her much older sisters are too busy with their own lives to pay her any attention.

As an adult and a parent it was sad to see that no one in that family was focused on Emily. Though Emily herself is a little sad about her parents’ divorce, she’s still going on with her life, taking care of herself while understanding her mother’s grief.

Here’s two more great quotes from the book,

There’s no hope of a truce in this family now. We criticize each other, we tell each other’s secrets. Sometimes we scream insults.

Emily’s conversation with her father,

He says children can’t know how complicated and strange grown-ups’ lives are, even to them. How sometimes life is like a canoe trip down a dangerous river when the canoe tips down and sinks. How sometimes a person has to run away, or how . . .

What about me? Do grown-ups know what they’re doing to me?

Though this  is a short book, readers travel with Emily on a journey through sadness and emotional maturing that has a beautiful ending.

Congratulations to Sarah for winning the Karma Wilson giveaway!

Once Upon a Time III

once-upon-a-time-iiiEvery the third consecutive year Carl is hosting the Once Upon a Time challenge. It’s one of my favorite challenges. In case you don’t know,

Once Upon a Time is the celebration of the transformative power of literature, specifically those books which can be categorized under the headings of fantasy, fairy tale, folklore, and mythology. For the third year in a row it is my great pleasure to host this challenge, which begins Saturday, March 21st and ends Friday, June 2oth.

This year I’m participating in Quest the Third, which requires reading five books and a June reading of A Midsummer Night’s Dream. I’m also doing the Short Story Weekend.

Here’s a list of my potential reads:

  1. Tender Morsels – Margo Lanagan
  2. A Midsummer Night’s Dream – Shakespeare
  3. Wild Magic- Cat Weatherill
  4. The Dark Hills Divide – Patrick Carman
  5. The Book of the Unknown – Jonathon Keats
  6. Peter Pan – J.M. Barrie
  7. Tigerheart – Peter David
  8. Fables series – Bill Willingham
  9. The Bloody Chamber – Angela Carter
  10. Nights at the Circus – Angela Carter
  11. The Shadow of the Wind – Carlos Ruiz Zafron
  12. Nocturnes – John O’Connolly
  13. The Eyre Affair – Jasper Fforde
  14. A Curse Dark as Gold – Elizabeth C. Bunce
  15. Hansel and Gretel- Cynthia Rylant
  16. Death with Interruptions – Jose Saramago
  17. The War of the Worlds – H.G. Wells
  18. Perfume – Patrick Suskind

Wish me luck! Are you joining this challenge?


Edit: I’m adding more books

  1. The Lightning Thief – Rick Riordan
  2. Black Swan, White Raven edited by Ellen Datlow

Unshelved Reading Challenge

I promise this will be my last challenge post for today. This challenge is being hosted by Becky at Becky’s Book Reviews. It starts February 1st and ends June 1st 2009. The goal is to read at least three books reviewed by the Unshelved Book Club. My picks:

1. An Abundance of Katherines – John Green
2. The Confessions of Max Tivoli – Andrew Sean Greer
3. The Gargoyle – Andrew Davidson
4. Mouse Guard Fall 1152 – David Peterson
5. Sharp Teeth – Toby Barlow

Lambda Challenge

I really do need to keep up with all the challenges I’m signed up for. The Lambda Challenge is being hosted by Adventures in Reading. There’s no time limit and the only rule is to read books that have won the Lambda Award. The award celebrates the best in LBGT literature. My list so far with books I’ve read in bold:

Call me by your name – Andre Aciman
The bill from my father – Bernard Cooper
Fun Home – Alison Bechdel
Me talk pretty one day – David Sedaris

Day Seven’s Summary

I finished reading Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist by Rachel Cohn and David Levithan this morning. What a great read! It’s marketed towards the high school crowd, but after several references to the sitcom My So-Called Life, I knew this book is really for my generation.

The book is about the “five-minute” relationship between two strangers that turns into an unforgettable first date complete with great music, drunk loyal friends, ex-girlfriends from hell, and the possibility of new love.

I also finished Patti Digh’s Life is a Verb: 37 Days to wake up, be mindful, and live intentionallyy. It’s a great self-help book with tons of stories, exercises, examples and laughs to get you going. The inspiration for the book come from Digh’s father. Her father was diagnosed with lung cancer and died just thirty seven days later. This is not a book of sadness or grief, but one that celebrates life and the human potential fully. I cannot say enough about the book, but I can say this: go out and buy it now. Also go and check out Patti’s blog: http://37days.typepad.com/37days/

23 Books in 23 Days Personal Challenge

Starts: Tomorrow, December 20, 2008
Ends: January 11, 2009, Sunday

With the fall semester officially over for me as of this morning, I can finally relax and read without guilt until the start of spring semester next year. Every year I usually hit the 150 mark when it comes to books read, but since I became a full-time student this year, I am currently at 128 books. So I came up a personal challenge to read 23 books in the next 23 days. I’m starting the challenge tomorrow and will end it on Sunday, January 11th, the day before the semester starts. I’m not giving myself any restrictions on genre or book length, though I do plan on reading Roberto Bolano’s masterpiece 2666 which clocks in at a whooping 894 pages. This might end up the 22 books in 23 days challenge. Any way, wish me luck!

Time has gone by so fast

It has been a minute since the last time I posted an entry. I’ve been so caught up in life: reading, going to school, and being a mom. All of that takes up so much time that I totally forgot that I even a blog. That is until today. Yesterday I joined Anovel challenge group on yahoo!groups. I had already decided to do the Summer Reading Challenge, Short Story Challenge, and also the Southern Reading Challenge. Since you have to have a blog for many of these challenges, then here I am.

For the Summer Reading Challenge, I’m going to read probably four books. The challenge begins June 1st and ends August 1st. My four books will be:
Dirt Music by Tim Winton
Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen
An Unfinished Life By Mark Spragg
The Convenant by Naomi Ragen
Extra Credit or Alternate: Cloudstreet by Tim Winton
Children of Men by P.D. James

These are the books that I have been wanting to read for the longest time and haven’t gotten a chance to. I’ve heard such great reviews about all four books. My alternates are there just in case I can’t get into a book. I’m a believer in the 50-page rule. If by page 50 the book isn’t keeping my interest, then I’m going to put it down.

The Southern Reading Challenge starts June 1st to August 31st. The challenge is to read three books from Southern writers that are based in Southern settings. My three books will be:

To kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
The Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison
A Curtain of Green by Eudora Welty

I know I’m going to be busy for a couple of months!!