January 9, 2011


Book Bucket Reading List

Challenge Summary: Feel free to join me (Bookworm Lisa), make a list of books that you will read for 2011. Cross them off as you go. See if you can finish your list before I(Lisa) finish mine. Make a list of 10 or however many you feel is "do"able for you.

Hosted by/Link: Bookworm Lisa

Challenge Start and Ends Dates: January 1, 2011 - December 31, 2011

My Progress: 18/26 - FAILED (70% Complete)

My List:

This year I'm turning 26, so my Book Bucket List will have 26 books! List I have two lists, with the intention of finishing the first, them moving on to the second, as an extra bit of a challenge. What will likely happen is I'll read books from both lists simultaneously, so as long as I read 26 of these books I'll be happy.

List A

1) Half the Yellow Sun - Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
2) Little Women
3) Alias Grace - Margaret Atwood
4) Mists of Avalon
5) The Vicomte de Bragelonne - Alexandre Dumas
6) The Piano Man's Daughter
7) Sea of Poppies
8) A Thousand Splendid Suns
9) The Hunchback of Notre Dame
10) Geomancer
11) A Crown of Swords
12) Winter's Heart
13) The Poison Wood Bible
14) The Historian
15) The Birth House
16) The Forgotten Garden
17) The Seamstress
18) The Shipping News
19) The Heart Specialist
20) Shangri Girls
21) Unless

22) Lotus Eaters
23) Major Pettigrew's Last Stand
24) The Help
25) The Stone Carvers
26) The Last Crossing

List B

1) The Blind Assassin
2) Little Giant of Aberdeen County
3) Three Day Road
4) If on a Winters Night a Traveller
5) Girl with a Pearl Earing
6) Belinda
7) Cold Mountain
8) The Outlander
9) Beautiful Creatures
10) Wizards First Rule
11) A Farwell to Arms
12) Tetarch
13) Crossroads of Twilight
14) One Flew Over the Cuckoos Nest
15) The Ship of Brides
16) Dr. Zhivargo
17) Interview with a Vampire
18) Northanger Abbey
19) The Women in White
20) Middlemarch
21) Kidnapped
22) Gulliver's Travels
23) Catcher in the Rye
24) The Jade Peony
25) Autumn of the Patriarch
26) Never Let Me Go

Final Thoughts

I failed the challenge, this particular one was more of a oh, I'll read that book later. And of course I never did. Having a list of books to read in a challenge, instead of pick as you go is a downfall for me. And one of the main reasons I didn't complete the challenge, sometimes you're jsut not in the mood to read book X. Ah well, I knocked some books of the list, progress right?

January 3, 2011


War Through the Generations

Challenge Summary:
War Through the Generation‘s 2011 reading challenge will be the U.S. Civil War. The challenge will run from January 1, 2011, through December 31, 2011.

This year you have options when reading your fiction, nonfiction, graphic novels, etc. with the U.S. Civil War as the primary or secondary theme.
Books can take place before, during, or after the war. Books from other challenges count so long as they meet the above criteria.

Dip: Read 3-5 books in any genre with the U.S. Civil War as a primary or secondary theme.
Wade: Read 6-10 books in any genre with the U.S. Civil War as a primary or secondary theme.
Swim: Read 11 or more books in any genre with the U.S. Civil War as a primary or secondary theme.

Additionally, we’ve decided that since there are so many great movies out there about U.S. Civil War, that you can substitute or add a movie or two to your list this year and have it count toward your totals. We nabbed this idea from a few challenges in 2009, particularly The Everything Austen Challenge at Stephanies’s
Written Word.

*Participants anywhere in the world are eligible for most prizes in the post-challenge drawing!**
*Prize drawings will be for participants finishing the minimum 3-5 books.
*Participants can always read more than their initial goals, and even if you sign up for 11+, but read just 3-5, you officially completed the challenge and are eligible for prizes.
You can decide which books you’d like to read right away, or you can choose them during the course of the challenge. Check out the Recommended Reading: U.S. Civil War (page is coming soon) page for suggestions.

***Attention Participants***
We wanted to try something a little different this year, and we thought that it would be fun to do a group review here on War Through the Generations midway through the challenge. Book to be determined in the coming months.
How to sign up:
Leave a comment on this page with your reading goal. Please spread the word about the challenge on your blogs. Feel free to do a sign up post and leave a link to your post here.
Everyone who signs up will be listed on the U.S. Civil War Challenge Participants page.
Sign ups will be ongoing.

**Once you’ve signed up, please visit the Buttons page to snag some for your blog for use in your sign up post and book reviews! (New U.S. Civil War Challenge buttons forthcoming)**

Share your reviews with fellow participants:
If you have a blog and have reviewed a book you’re counting toward the challenge, please email the review links to warthroughgenerations AT gmail DOT com. We’d be happy to post the first paragraph (or the first few sentences, depending on paragraph length) and a link to your blog.

If you don’t have a blog but would like to share your thoughts on a book you’ve read for the challenge, please write up a review and email it to warthroughgenerations AT gmail DOT com. Please include the name you wish to be displayed as author of the review.
If you have any questions, please email us at warthroughgenerations AT gmail DOT com. We hope you will join us for a year filled with great books!

***Please follow War Through the Generations in your feed readers and on Twitter @wargenerations for updates, giveaways, and more***

Hosted by/Link: War Through the Generations

Challenge Start and Ends Dates: January 1,2011 - December 31, 2011

My Progress: FAILED - 4/5 - 80% Complet

My List:

2) The Red Badge of Courage - Stephen Crane
3) My Name is Mary Sutter - Robin Oliveira
4) Little Women - Louisa May Alcott

Final Thoughts\

Another challenge I've attempted 3 or 4 times, and one I keep getting close, but not finishing in the end. This one was harder to find books that interested me. But it also forced me to read Little Woman, which I never read before and had been on my TBR list for a while, so in the end I'm happy with how the challenge went for me.

Take a Chance 3 Challenge

Challenge Summary:

Basic Information
The concept of the challenge is to take chances with your reading by finding books to read in unusual or random ways. I’ve listed 10 different ways to find books below. Feel free to complete at many as you want. However, anyone completing all 10 challenges by December 31, 2011 will be entered in a prize drawing to win a book of their choice from Amazon.
The challenge will run from January 1, 2011 until December 31, 2011.
Crossover books from other challenges is fine. You can read books in any format.
On January 1, 2011, I will post pages for each of the 10 challenges so you can link up your completed posts.

The 2011 Challenges
1: Staff Member’s Choice: Go to a bookstore or library that has a “Staff Picks” section. Read one of the picks from that section.

2: Loved One’s Choice: Ask a loved one to pick a book for you to read. (If you can convince them to buy it for you, that is even better!)

3: Blogger’s Choice: Find a “Best Books Read” post from a favorite blogger. Read a book from their list.

4: Critic’s Choice: Find a “Best of the Year” list from a magazine, newspaper or professional critic. Read a book from their Top 10 list.

5: Blurb Book: Find a book that has a blurb on it from another author. Read a book by the author that wrote the blurb.

6: Book Seer Pick: Go to The Book Seer and follow the instructions there. Read a book from the list it generates for you.

7: What Should I Read Next Pick : Go to What Should I Read Next and follow the instructions there. Read a book from the list it generates for you.

8: Which Book Pick: Go to Which Book and use the software to generate a list of books. Read a book from that list.

9: LibraryThing Pick: Go to LibraryThing’s Zeitgeist page. Look at the lists for 25 Most Reviewed Books or Top Books and pick a book you’ve never read. Read the book. (Yes … you can click on MORE if you have to.)

10: Pick A Method: Pick a method for finding a book from the choices listed below (used in previous versions of the challenge).

Random Book Selection. Go to the library. Position yourself in a section such as Fiction, Non-Fiction, Mystery, Children (whatever section you want). Then write down random directions for yourself (for example, third row, second shelf, fifth book from right). Follow your directions and see what book you find. Check that book out of the library, read it and then write about it. (If you prefer, you can do the same at a bookstore and buy the book!)
Public Spying. Find someone who is reading a book in public. Find out what book they are reading and then read the same book. Write about it.
Random Bestseller. Go to Random.org and, using the True Random Number Generator, enter the number 1950 for the min. and 2010 for the max. and then hit generate. Then go to this site and find the year that Random.org generated for you and click on it. Then find the bestseller list for the week that would contain your birthday for that year. Choose one of the bestsellers from the list that comes up, read it and write about it.

Hosted by/Link: Take a Chance 3

Challenge Start and Ends Dates: January 1, 2011 - December, 31 2011

My Progress: 9/10 - FAILED - 90% Complete

My List:

1) Staff Members Pick: The Night Circus - Erin Morgernstern
2) Loved One's Choice: The Piano Man's Daughter - Timothy Findely
4) Critic's Choice: The Tiger's Wife - Tea Obreht
5) Book Blueb (found on 'One Amazing Thing'): The Namesake - Jhumpa Lahiri
6) Book Seer Pick (entered Daughters of Rome): The Irish Princess - Karen Harper
7) What Should I Read Next (entered 'Cold Mountain'): Snow Falling on Cedars - David Guterson
8) Which Book Pick: The Zigzag Way - Anita Desai
9) LibraryThing Pick: A Thousand Splendid Suns - Khaled Hosseini
10) Random Book Selection: Beautiful Assassin - Michael White

Final Thoughts

So close! This was a interesting challenges as it made me read some books I may not have read otherwise, particularly Beautiful Assassin, which has made my top books read in the years, so it did something right. It also had me read some books I didn't enjoy, but I treid them and went out my normal reading zones a few time, so I think I did pretty good.


New Author Challenge

Challenge Summary:
The idea behind this is to find new authors that you’ve never tried before. They can be in your genre of choice or be brave and try something new. You never know what you’re going to like until you try it. If you’re looking for some suggestions, you can check out the Author page here at Literary Escapism or the 2009 and 2010 Challenge pages. With over 1000 reviews posted, I’m sure there will be something there for everyone.

Here are the guidelines:

The challenge will run from January 1, 2011 through December 31, 2011.

Since this is an author challenge, there is no restriction on choosing your novels. They can definitely be from other challenges. However, the authors must be new to you and, preferably from novels. Anthologies are a great way to try someone new, but only a third of your new authors can be from anthologies.

I want this to be an easy challenge, so you can pick to do either 15, 25 or 50 new authors. It all depends on how fast you read and how adventurous you want to be. For me, I’m trying another 50 new authors. If you reach your goal halfway through the year, don’t stop. Any new author you try can be added to Mr. Linky.

We all want to know about your new experience.

After reading your new author, write your review and then come back here and add your link to Mr. Linky. Make sure you include your name and the author, but adding the title is completely up to you.
Bloggers or Non-Bloggers alike are welcome

Once you reach your goal, you don’t have to stop. Any new author you try, go ahead and head back here and add it to the list. Introduce us all to whoever you find. Afterall, there’s no reason to stop trying new authors, right?

Hosted by/Link: Literary Escapism - New Authors Challenge

Challenge Start and Ends Dates: January 1, 2011 - December 31, 2011

My Progress: 25/25 - COMPLETED May 23, 2011

My List:


Mental Illness Advocacy

Challenge Summary:
Reading, both fiction and nonfiction, is an excellent way to broaden one’s horizons and expose one to new ideas and ways of thinking and being. Many reading challenges already exist in the book blogging community to address racism, sexism, and homophobia, but I could not find any to address the stigma faced by those suffering from mental illness. In spite of mental illnesses being recognized by the scientific community as diseases just like physical ones, many still think those suffering from one are at fault for their own suffering. I hope reading and reviewing books featuring characters struggling to deal with mental illness, whether their own or another person’s, will help remove the stigma faced on a daily basis by those with a mental illness. They already have to struggle with an illness; they shouldn’t have to face a stigma too.

Challenge Levels:
Acquainted–4 books
Aware–8 books
Advocate–12 books

Books read for the challenge must address mental illness in some way. If it’s fiction, a character has a mental illness. It can also be non-fiction ranging from self-help books to academic books on the topic.
No book read for the challenge may demonize the mentally ill. They certainly can be presented as 3-dimensional, flawed characters, but absolutely not demonized or presented as “crazy” etc… That goes against the purpose of this challenge.
Books you read for this challenge can be counted for other challenges as well.
Be sure to point out what mental illness or illnesses are addressed in the book in your review of the book. If you use LibraryThing or GoodReads in lieu of blogging, please just note it in the tags on the book or in the comment stating you’ve completed the book.
Reading Suggestions and Review Links:
Check out the official MIA Reading Challenge page to find reading suggestions. Also use the comments section on that page to post links to your reviews. (Go to the link at the hosted by section)

Spread the Word:
Help get the word out on the challenge! Blog, tweet, facebook, email, whatever you can think of to do about it! Please feel free to grab the image above to post on your blog as well. This is a fun way to address an important cause.

Hosted by/Link: Opinions of a Wolf - Mental Illness Advocacy Challenge

Challenge Start and Ends Dates: January 1, 2011 - December 31, 2011

My Progress: 12/12 - COMPLETED December 30, 2011.

My List:

I'm doing the Advocate level of 12 books. Advocacy for mental illness is something important to me. So, when I complete this challenge, I will make a donation to the Schizophrenic Society of Canada.

1) The Bell Jar - Sylvia Plath (Depression)
2) Alias Grace - Margret Atwood (Multiple Personalities?)
3) Speak - Laurie Halse Anderson (Depression, PSTD)
4) The Awakening - Kate Chopin (Depression)
5) A Map of Glass - Jane Urquhart (Possibly Autism)
6) About a Boy - Nick Hornby (Depression)
7) Catcher in the Rye - J.D. Salinger (Depression)
8) The Piano Man's Daughter - Timothy Findley (Possibly Schizophrenia)
9) Halfway House - Katharine Noel (Bipolar)
10) Woman on the Edge of Time - Marge Piercy (Schizophrenia)
11) Tender is the Night - F. Scott Fitzgerald (Not specified)
12) Unless - Carol Shields (Not specified)

Final Thoughts

This was a good challenge, and I read some interesting and fantastic books in the process, all bringing to light some of the harsh realities of mental illness, in various forms. This was a great challenge to help bring awareness to mental illness, and as promised, I made a donation to the Schizophrenic Society of Canada. Thanks to the challenge host for this challenge!

Ireland Reading Challenge

Challenge Summary:
Welcome to the second annual Ireland Reading Challenge! Last year’s challenge was a lot of fun, and helped me clear some of my Ireland-related titles off of my to-read shelves. Of course, I’ve since added more. In the next week or so, I will be posting a list of suggested titles and authors to help with your challenge.

For those of you interested in joining me in the challenge, here are the details:
~ The challenge runs from January 1, 2011 to November 30, 2011.
~ Any books read for this challenge can also apply to other challenges you are working on.
~ Re-reads are allowed.
~ Any book written by an Irish author, set in Ireland, or involving Irish history or Irish characters, counts for the challenge – fiction, non-fiction, poetry, audiobooks, children’s books – all of these apply.

~ Choose your commitment level:
Shamrock level: 2 books
Luck o’ the Irish level: 4 books
Kiss the Blarney Stone level: 6 books
~ Write up a post indicating that you are participating (feel free to copy the lovely graphic at the top of this post), and then add your challenge post’s link to the Mr. Linky on the main challenge page.
~ You don’t have to list your books ahead of time – just have fun reading throughout the year.

Hosted by/Link: Books and Movies - Ireland Reading Challenge

Challenge Start and Ends Dates: January 1, 2011 - November 30, 2011

My Progress: 6/6 - Completed November 24, 2022

My List:

1) Tipperary - Frank Delaney
3) The Irish Princess - Karen Harper
4) An Irish Country Doctor - Patrick Taylor
5) Brooklyn - Colm Toibin
6) Portrait of an Artist as a Young Man - James Joyce

Final Thoughts

I really enjoyed this challenge and was able to read some fantastic books, and introduced to some new authors. I participated in the read-a-long, and while I didn't enjoy the book I did enjoy participating in the challenges.  My favourite book is a toss up between Tipperary and Irish County Doctor. My leas favourite was Irish Princess.


Historical Reading Challenge

Challenge Summary:
Each month, a new post dedicated to the HF Challenge will be created. To participate, you only have to follow the rules:

everyone can participate, even those who don't have a blog (you can add your book title and thoughts in the comment section if you wish)

add the link(s) of your review(s) including your name and book title to the Mister Linky we’ll be adding to our monthly post (please, do not add your blog link, but the correct address that will guide us directly to your review)

any kind of historical fiction is accepted (HF fantasy, HF young adult,...)
you can overlap this challenge with others kind of challenges
During these following 12 months you can choose one of the different reading levels:
Severe Bookaholism: 20 books
Undoubtedly Obsessed: 15 books
Struggling the Addiction: 10 books
Daring & Curious: 5 books
Out of My Comfort Zone: 2 books

Hosted by/Link: Historical Tapestry - Historical Reading Challenge

Challenge Start and Ends Dates: January 1, 2011 - December 31, 2011

My Progress: 10/10 -COMPLETED - June 12, 2011

My List:


Global Reading Challenge

Challenge Summary:
The Easy Challenge
Read one novel from each of these continents in the course of 2011:

North America
South America (please include Central America where it is most convenient for you)

The Seventh Continent (here you can either choose Antarctica or your own ´seventh´ setting, eg the sea, the space, a supernatural/paranormal world, history, the future – you name it).

From your own continent: try to find a country, state or author that is new to you.

The Medium Challenge
Read two novels from each of these continents in the course of 2011:

North America
South America (please include Central America where it is most convenient for you)

The Seventh Continent
Try to find novels from fourteen different countries or states.

The Expert Challenge
Read three novels from each of these continents in the course of 2010:

North America
South America (please include Central America where it is most convenient for you)
The Seventh Continent
Select novels from twenty-one different countries or states if possible. (For Australasia, selecting a different state for your last book will be acceptable)

Hosted by/Link: 2011 Global Reading Challenge

Challenge Start and Ends Dates: January 1, 2011 - December 31, 2011

My Progress: 19/21 - FAILED -  90% Completed

My List:

1 Nigeria - Purple Hibiscus - Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
2 Congo - The Witch Doctor's Wife - Tamar Myers

1 - Afghanistan - A Thousand Splendid Suns - Khaled Hosseini
2 - China - Petals From the Sky - Mingmei Yip
3 - Russia - Beautiful Assassin - Michael White

Australasia/ Oceania
1 - New Zealand - The Garden Party and Other Stories - Katherine Mansfield
2 - Papua New Guinea - Mister Pip - Lloyd Jones

1 - Scotland - Kidnapped - Robert Louis Stevenson
2 -Ukraine - Moonlight in Odessa - Janet Skeslien Charles
3 - Ireland - Tipperary - Frank Delaney

North America / Central America
1 - Canada - The Birth House - Ami McKay
2 - Mexico - The Zigzag Way - Anita Desai
3 - USA - Halfway House - Katharine Noel

South America / Caribbean
1 - Jamaica - Pao - Kerry Young
2 - Trinidad - Valmiki's Daughter - Shani Mootoo
3 - Brazil - The Seamstress - Frances De Pontes Peebles

The Seventh Continent
1 - Space/Pegasus Galaxy - Hunt and Run (SGA #13) - Aaron Rosenberg
2 - Ancient/Mythological Greece/Afterlife - The Penelopiad - Margaret Atwood
3 - The Red and Mediterranean Seas - The Cat's Table - Michael Ondeetje 

Final Thoughts

So close! So Close! I even had my two books I had left for the challenge chosen. The hardest Continent was Australasia/Oceania. I wanted to do three different countries. Either way, I did travel the World through reading  and visited some new places in the process,

Futeristic/Sci-Fi Challenge

Challenge Summary:

The goal of this challenge is to read novels that take place in the future or on an alternate planet. Your books can be of any format (ie. paperback, ebook, audiobook, etc.). No short stories. Re-reads and crossovers from other reading challenges are fine. You can list your books in advance or list them as you read them.

**Anyone can join. You don't need a blog to participate.

For bloggers: You can either list your books on your challenge post, sidebar, or a page dedicated to your challenges.

1. Explorer: 4 futuristic/sci-fi novels
2. Pioneer: 8 futuristic/sci-fi novels
3. Dweller: 12 futuristic/sci-fi novels

Hosted by/Link: Book Obsessed - 2011 Futeristic/Sci-Fi Challenge

Challenge Start and Ends Dates: January 1, 2011 - December 31, 2011

My Progress: 8/8 - COMPLETED September 25, 2011.

My List:


Fantasy Reading Challenge

Challenge Summary:
A) The challenge is open to everyone. If you don't have a blog, it's okay, just leave your information in the comment.

B) There are four levels:
Curious – Read 3 Fantasy Fiction novels.
Fascinated – Read 6 Fantasy Fiction novels.
Addicted – Read 12 Fantasy Fiction novels.
Obsessed – Read 20 Fantasy Fiction novels.
C) You don't have to list the books right away. It's your choice and you can always change whenever you feel want to.

D) The challenge runs from January 1 through December 31, 2011.

E) You can join anytime between now and December 31, 2011.

F) Starting on January 1st trough December 31st, 2011, you can start posting your review on my 2011 Fantasy Reading Challenge Reviews Page. But of course it must be read on 2011 only and I don't mind if you re-read.

G) If you successfully finish the challenge, according to your selected levels, write a wrap up challenge post and leave the link at the 2011 Fantasy Reading Challenge wrap up at my page. Noted: only if you finish the challenge. It will run through until December 31st, 2011.

H) And the fun part is that, on January 1st, 2012; 2 reviews from 2011 Fantasy Reading Challenge Reviews Page and 1 lucky person from the wrap up challenge post will be randomly selected to win $10 to pick a Fantasy Fiction of their choice from the Book Depository. But the trick is, the choice of the book will come from any books from the books reviewed by other participants. So, you must always link your review and wrap up post at the page to be selected.

I) If you're a blogger, you must write up a sign-up post that includes the URL to this post so that others can join in (not your blog address). Feel free to use the button above. When you sign up in the Linky, put the direct link to your 2011 Fantasy Reading Challenge post. Please put your name/nickname and blog on the subject e.g. Darlyn@Darlyn and Books.

Thanks and good luck!

Hosted by/Link: Darlyn & Books - Fantasy Challenge

Challenge Start and Ends Dates: January 1, 2011 - December 31, 2011

My Progress: 12/12 - Completed - December 31 2011

My List:


Chunkster Challenge

Challenge Summary:


Definition of a Chunkster:
• A chunkster is 450 pages or more of ADULT literature (fiction or nonfiction) ... A chunkster should be a challenge.
• If you read large type books your book will need to be 525 pages or more ... The average large type book is 10-15% longer or more so I think that was a fair estimate.
The Rules:
• No Audio books in the chunkster. It just doesn't seem right. Words on paper for this one folks.
• No e-Books allowed - we are reading traditional, fat books for this challenge.
• Short Stories and Essay collections will not be counted.
• Books may crossover with other challenges
• Anyone may join. If you don't have a blog, just leave me a comment on this post with your progress (and to let me know you are playing)
• You don't need to list your books ahead of time.
• Once you pick a level, that's it...you're committed to that level!

You must pick a level of participation:
1. The Chubby Chunkster - this option is for the reader who wants to dabble in large tomes, but really doesn't want to commit to much more than that. FOUR Chunksters is all you need to finish this challenge.
2. The Plump Primer - this option is for the slightly heavier reader who wants to commit to SIX Chunksters over the next twelve months.
3. Do These Books Make my Butt Look Big? - this option is for the reader who can't resist bigger and bigger books and wants to commit to SIX Chunksters from the following categories: 2 books which are between 450 - 550 pages in length; 2 books which are 551 - 750 pages in length; 2 books which are GREATER than 750 pages in length (for ideas, please refer to the book suggestions page for some books which fit into these categories).
4. Mor-book-ly Obese - This is for the truly out of control chunkster. For this level of challenge you must commit to EIGHT or more Chunksters of which three tomes MUST be 750 pages or more. You know you want to.....go on and give in to your cravings.

Hosted by/Link:Chunkster Reading Challenge 2011

Challenge Start and Ends Dates: February 1, 2011 - January 31, 2012

My Progress: 5/8

My List:

1)Alias Grace - Margaret Atwood - 560 Pages

11 in 11

Challenge Summary:
This group is for anyone who would like to read books from 11 different categories in 2011. The number of books per category is entirely up to you, and it need not be the same number for each category (e.g., "step" challenges are fine)!

The challenge will "officially" begin on January 1, 2011, but earlybirds and latecomers are welcome!

Once you get started, refer to the "Challenge Tagging" thread (http://www.librarything.com/topic/97189) and tag your books; that way we can all see what you're reading and be inspired!

Share recommendations, be nice, and have fun!

Hosted by/Link: LibraryThing - Group 11 in 11

Challenge Start and Ends Dates: January 1, 2011 - December 31, 2011

My Progress:  102/121 - FAILED - 84% Complete

My List:


1 - War Time Fiction
2 - I've Been Meaning to Read You (Books I've been meaning to read, but never had time)
3 - Asian and Middle Eastern Fiction
4 - 1, 2, 3, SERIES (books that are part of a series)
5 - Women Kick Butt! (Women Writers)
6 - And the Winner Is…. (Award Winners)
7 - You Look Familiar (Books by Authors I've read before)
8 - It Cam From the Library (Library Books)
9 - Cross Country Reading (Books from 11 different provinces or territories in Canada)
10 - Put Out the Fire, and Read the Book! (Banned/Challenged Books)
11 - Premier Classic Books (11 Books from a Set of 51 Classic Novels I Own)

War Time Fiction (*11 books from 11 different Wars) 5/11

1) WWI - The Sojourn - Andrew Krivak
2) WWII - Wings: A Novel of World War II Flygirls - Karl Friedrich
4) CIVIL WAR - The Red Badge of Courage - Stephen Crane
9) CIVIL WAR - My Name is Mary Sutter - Robin Oliveira
11) WWII - Beautiful Assassin - Michael White

Substitute War - Korean
* I have changed this as of August to any type of War Time Fiction due to time constraints.

I've Been Meaning To Read You, But…. (Books I've said I'd read/want to read, but never find the time) - 10/11

Asian and Middle Eastern Fiction (8/11)

1, 2, 3 - Series! (Books that are part of a series) - 11/11

Women Kick Butt! (Women Writers) 11/11

And the Winner Is …. (Books that have won awards) - 10/11
1 - National Book Award - Cold Mountain - Charles Frazier
2 - CBA Libris Fiction Book of the Year - Three Day Road - Joseph Boyden
3 - Commonwealth Writers' Prize for Best Book - Room - Emma Donoghue
4 - 2010 Aurora Award Best Long Form in English - Wake - Robert J. Sawyer
5 - 2009 Costa Award - Brooklyn - Colm Toibin
6 - 2010 Man Booker Prize - The Finkler Question - Howard Jacobson
7 - 2011 Giller Prize - Half-Blood Blues - Esi Edugyan
9 - 2007 Ken/Nami Award - Halfway House - Katharine Noel

You Look Familiar … (Author's I've read in the past) 11/11

It Came From The Library (Library Books) 11/11
8 - The Irish Princess - Karen Harper

Cross Country Reading (Books from 11 different provinces or territories in Canada) (10/11)
1 - Nova Scotia - The Birth House - Ami McKay
4 - Prince Edward Island - Anne of Green Gables - L.M. Mongomery
5 - Northwest Territories - Late Nights on the Air - Elizabeth Hay
7 -Newfoundland & Labrador - Annabel - Kathleen Winter
8 - British Columbia - The Jade Peony - Wayson Choy
BONUS - Read remaining 2 provinces/territories.

Put Out the Fire, and Read the Book (Banned/Challenged Books) 6/11

Premier Classic Books (11 Books from a Set of 51 Classic Novels I Own) 7/11

Final Thoughts

So I did pretty good with this challenge, despite the fact I failed it. My hardest category was War Time Fiction, finding books for 11 different books was hard (more because of the availability of the books where I am, not lack of books written), which is why I changed it part way through. The other three categories that I didn't finish off were books that I want to read, but either not in the mood, or could have been used in multiple categories. Many books in Premier Classics and Banned Books often crossed over. So I kept putting them off. I am geared up for the 12 in 12 challenge. And for the most part I altered categories to make them a little easier to complete. The hardest part of this challenge is in the beginning, when you have books that could go in multiple categories, and which one to place it in.


2011 Countdown Challenge

Challenge Summary:

he goal is to read the respective number of books for the year (for example: 11 books for 2011, 10 books for 2010, 9 books for 2009, etc.)

Hosted by/Link: Reading Comes from Writing - 2011 Countdown Challenge (Well, they are doing the challenge on their own, and others can join in. Really enjoyed attempting this challenge in 2010, so glad a few others still want to carry it on!- Great way to find new books of 2011 :))

Challenge Start and Ends Dates: October 10, 2010 - November 11, 2011

My Progress: 60/66 - FAILED November 11, 2011.

My List: This challenged started in 2010, so some books were read in 2010, they have been marked.


1 - The Book of Days - James L. Rubart
2 - Homecoming (SGA 16) - Jo Graham and Melissa Scott
3 - The Sonjourn - Andrew Krivak
4 - Left Neglected - Lisa Genova
5 - Midwife of Venice - Roberta Rich
6 - Daughter's of Rome - Kate Quinn
7 - Wings: A Novel of World War II Flygirls - Karl Friedrich
8 - Sisterhood Everlasting - Anne Brashares
9 - The Lost (SGA #17) - Jo Graham and Amy Griswold
10 - Pao - Kerry Young
11 - The Cat's Table - Ondeetje


1 The Jewel of St. Petersburgh (2010)
2 Hunt and Run (SGA #13) - Aaron Rosenberg
3 Blood Feud - Alyxandra Harvey
4 Major Pettigrew's Last Stand - Helen Simonson
5 Moonlight in Odessa - Janet Skeslien Charles
6 Spider Bones - Kathy Reichs
7 Petals From the Sky - Mingmei Yip
8 Annabel - Kathleen Winter
9 - The Irish Princess - Karen Harper
10 - Room - Emma Donoghue


1 Night Runner - Max Turner (2010)
2 Evermore - Alyson Noel (2010)
3 Day After Night - Anita Diamant (2010)
4 Shanghai Girls - Lisa See
5 One Amazing Thing - Chitra Divakruni
6 The Help - Kathryn Stockett
7 Quatrain - Sharon Shinn
8 -The Witch Doctor's Wife - Tamar Myers
9 - Wake - Robert J. Sawyer


1 Belong to Me - Marisa de los Santos
2 Valmiki's Daughter - Shani Mootoo
3 Mister Pip - Lloyd Jones
4 Good to a Fault - Marina Endicott
5 Personal Demon - Kelley Armstrong


1 - Rising (SGA #1) - Sally Malcolm
2 - A Thousand Splendid Suns - Khaled Hosseini
3 - Tipperary - Frank Delaney
4 -Ysabel - Guy Gavriel Kay
5 - Late Nights on the Air - Elizabeth Hay
6 - The Best Laid Plans - Terry Fallis
7 The Bone Cage - Angie Abdou


1 Water for Elephants - Sarah Gruen (2010)
2 The Birth House -Ami McKay
3 Broken - Kelley Armstrong
4 Mistborn - Brandon Sanderson
5 Exogenesis (SGA #5) - Sonny Whitelaw and Elizabeth Christensen
6 Halcyon (SGA #4) - James Swallow


1 The Hour Before Dawn - Sarah MacDonald (2010)
2 The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo - Stieg Larsson (2010)
3 Haunted - Kelley Armstrong
4 The Cost of Honor (SG-1 5) - Sally Malcolm
5 The Lightning Thief - Rick Riodan


1 Dime Store Magic - Kelly Armstrong (2010)
2 Industrial Magic - Kelley Armstrong
3 A Matter of Honor (SG-1 3) - Sally Malcolm
4 The Zigzag Way - Antia Desai


1 Purple Hibiscus - Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
2 The Namesake - Jhumpa Lahiri


1 - Unless - Carol Shields


1 - Year of Wonders: A Novel of the Plague - Geraldine Brooks

Final Thoughts:

Yup, I failed the challenge. I cam so close, but just missed it. The hardest year for me to complete, 2008. I was scrambling in the end for that one.


1001 Books to Read Before You Die

Challenge Summary:
The challenge is simple – read some books from the list! If you don’t own the actual book, you can find a simple list online. For the most basic, check out the Listology list. There are spreadsheets outs there that you can look at too that are more complex.


High Schoo Diplomal: 5 books from the list
Bachelor’s Degree: 6-10 books from the list
Master’s Degree: 11-15 books from the list:
PHd: 16+

Challenge runs January 1 2011 – Decemeber 31 2011.

You don’t have to make a list beforehand.

You can use any version of the list, not just the current, since they update it every couple years

Hosted by/Link: Pub Writes - 1001 Books to Read Before You Die

Challenge Start and Ends Dates: January 1, 2011 - December 31, 2011

My Progress: 16/16 - Completed November 27, 2011

My List:

I have the 2010 edition of the book, so I'm going to attempt the PHd. version of this. I also have lists of the other two editions, which I will likely use to.

1) Kidnapped - Robert Louis Stevenson
2) Unless - Carol Shields
3) The Bell Jar - Sylvia Plath
4) Alice's Adventure's in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass - Lewis Carroll
5) Alias Grace - Margaret Atwood
6) Northanger Abbey - Jane Austen
7) Never Let Me Go - Kazou Ishiguro
8) The Awakening - Kate Chopin
9) Cat's Cradle - Kurt Vonnegut
10) A Farewell to Arms - Ernest Hemingway
11) The Invisible Man - H.G. Wells
12) The Garden Party and Other Stories - Katherine Mansfield
13) The Castle of Otranto - Horace Walpole
14) Portrait of an Artist as a Young Man - James Joyce
15) We - Yevgeny Zamyatin
16 Little Women - Louisa May Alcott 

Final Thoughts

I managed to knock 16 more books of the list, which still hasn't put much of a dent into the list, but Im scratching the surface.  I think my favourite book I rad was Alias Grace or Unless both of those books I highly recommend. I'd also recommend the Garden Party and We. I was also happy with the range of books I read, I managed to read books from the 18th century, up to the present sci-fi, horror and contemporary literature - there really is something for everyone on the list.