September 21, 2012

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Fall into Reading 2012 Challenge

Challenge Summary:

To participate, here’s what you need to do:

  • Create a list of books you’d like to read or finish this fall. This is the only real requirement for participating in the challenge.
  • Feel free to set some additional reading goals (such as reading to your kids two hours per week, getting through your pile of magazines, etc.). However, this is not required; setting additional goals is completely optional. Write a blog post that includes the list of books you want to read (and any additional goals you’ve set), and get ready to post it on your blog on September 22nd.
  • Visit Callapidder Days on September 22nd to sign up for the challenge. I’ll have an official launch post up that morning, complete with an area for you to submit a link to your personal Fall Into Reading post, where it will be added to the master list of participants.
  • Read! Work on your goals throughout Fall 2012.
  • Report your results. Write another blog post in December to let everyone know how you did. (I’ll post an official wrap-up to the challenge on December 22nd, where you’ll be able to share your results.)
  • Have fun! Visit other participants to see what they’re reading. Write reviews if you’re so inclined. But most of all, enjoy your fall reading!

Hosted by/Link: Callapidder Days - Fall into Reading 2012 

Challenge Start and Ends Dates: September 22, 2012 - December 21, 2012

My Progress: 22/22 COMPLETED DECEMBER 20, 2012

My List:

1) Doppler - Erlend Loe
(Changed from 13 - Kelley Armstrong)
2) Well of Ascension - Brandon Sanderson
3) Clara Cullen - Richard Wright
4) Summer - Edith Wharton (Changed from Emma - Jane Austen)
5) One Good Hustle - Billie Livingson
6) The Furies - Jo Graham
7) The Baroque of Heaven -Suzanne Wood
8) The Whirlpool - Jane Urquhart
9) The War of the Worlds - H.G. Wells
10) The Hound of Baskervilles - Arthur Conan Doyle
11) Feathered Serpent - Xu Xioabin
12) Fauna - Alissa York
13) The Road Past Altamont - Gabrielle Roy (Changed From Baking Cakes in Kilagi -Gaile Parkin)
14) The Bostonians - Henry James (Changed from The Coffee Trader - David Liss)
15) Irish Country Village - Patrick Taylor
16) Small Change - Elizabeth Hay
17) Our Daily Bread - Lauren Davis
18) The Mystery of Mercy Close - Marian Keyes
19) The Imposter Bride - Nancy Richler
20) Everybody Has Everything - Katrina Onstad
21) Inside - Alix Ohlin
22) 419 - William Ferguson

Final Thoughts

Well, first I'm late posting this. I finished the challenge in time, but got backlogged in reviews because of Christmas. But I did finish this challenge for once! Yah me! I read some good books, an some not so good books. My favourites were, Our Daily Bread, The Mystery of Mercy Close and Doppler.  All were great reads, and I highly recommend them.

June 30, 2012

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Canadian Book Challenge VI

Challenge Summary:
1. What is the Canadian Book Challenge? The Canadian Book Challenge is an online reading challenge in which participants from Canada and around the world aim to read and review 13 or more Canadian books in a one year span: Canada Day to Canada Day. Reviews must be posted online and participants are asked to share links to their reviews with other participants. More on reviews below.

 2. How do I join? Send John an email (jmutford (at) hotmail [dot] com) with the subject line "Sign Me Up!" and He'll add you to the list. Consider yourself a participant even if you don't get a response from me right away. Come July 1st you can get started right away. As soon as John gets your first link (see below), He'll add your name to the participant list on the sidebar of this blog.

Follow the link below to the challenge page for more details.

Hosted by/Link: John of The Book Mine Set - Canada Reading VI Challenge


Challenge Start and Ends Dates: July 1, 2012 - June 30, 2013


My Progress: 60/13 - Completed September 1, 2012


My List:

1) Street of Riches - Gabrielle Roy
2) The In-Between World of Vikram Lall
3) A Complicated Kindness - Miriam Toews
4) Light Lifting - Alexander MacLeod
5) The Sentimentalists - Johanna Skibsrud 
6) This Cake is for the Party - Sarah Selecky
7) The Mistress of Nothing - Kate Pullinger
8) Nikolski - Nicolas Dickner
9) The Heart Specialist - Claire Holden Rothman
10) Stanley Park - Timothy Taylor
11) Deafening - Francis Itani 
12) Daughters Who Walk This Path - Yejide Kilanko
13) Hetty Dorval - Ethel Wilson

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14) Waking the Witch - Kelley Armstrong
15) Spell Bound - Kelley Armstrong
16) Whirl Away - Russell Wangersky
17) Dr. Brinkley's Towers - Robert Hough
18) Y - Marjorie Celona
19) Inside - Alix Ohlin
20) The Emperor of Paris - C. S. Richarson
21) One Good Hustle - Billie Livingston
22) The Imposter Bride - Nancy Richler 
23) 419 - Will Ferguson
24) Our Daily Bread - Lauren B. Davies
25) My Life Among the Apes - Cary Fagan
26) Everybody Has Everything - Katrina Onstad
27) The Lost Garden - Helen Humphreys
28) Vintage Munro - Alice Munro
29) The Juliet Stories - Carrie Snyder
30) The Golden Mean - Annabel Lyon
31) I'm Starved For You: Positron Episode 1 - Margaret Atwood
32) Natasha and Other Stories - David Bizmozis
33) The Whirlpool - Jane Urquhart
34) Small Change - Elizabeth Hay
35) Clara Callan - Richard B. Wright
36) Fauna - Alissa York
37) The Road Past Altamont - Gabrielle Roy
38) An Irish Country Village - Patrick Taylor
39) 13 - Kelley Armstrong 

2013 Reads

40) The Sometimes Lake - Sandy Bonny
41) Away - Jane Urquhart
42) February - Lisa Moore
43) The Purchase - Linda Spalding
44) Indian Horse - Richard Wagamese
45) Out for Blood - Alyxandra Harvey
46) Two Solitudes - Hugh MacLennan
47) Age of Hope - David Bergen
48) Lady Oracle - Margaret Atwood
49) Dance of the Happy Shades - Alice Munro
50) Song of Kosovo - Chris Gudgeon
51) River of Stars - Guy Gavriel Kay
52) The Other Sister - Lola Lemire Tostevin
53) Tales From Firozsha Baag - Rohinton Mistry
54) King Leary - Paul Quarrington 
55) The Perfect Circle - Pascale Quiviger
56) Gold Mountain Blues - Ling Zhang
57) The Blue Castle - L.M. Montgomery
58) The Painted Girls - Cathy Marie Buchanan
59) The Blondes - Emily Schultz 
60) Ink - Amanda Sun

Final Thoughts

So I am "officially" done this challenge, but this is one of the few challenges I continue on until it ends. I finished very early this time around, but I'm more proud of the fact that all 13 books were all by Canadian Authors I've never read before.  Six have won awards (Canada Reads, Giller, Governor's General) and four have been on the longlist or short list of the awards. This was the first time I set a theme for my self, and happy yo say I completed it. Now I'll have to see how many Canadian Books I can read before the challenge ends.



January 5, 2012

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War Through the Generations Challenge WWI - 2012

Challenge Summary:

Rules:

- This year you have options when reading your fiction, nonfiction, graphic novels, etc. with the WWI as the primary or secondary theme.

- Books can take place before, during, or after the war, so long as the conflicts that led to the war or the war itself are important to the story.

- Books from other challenges count so long as they meet the above criteria.

  •  Dip: Read 1-3 books in any genre with WWI as a primary or secondary theme. 
  • Wade: Read 4-10 books in any genre with WWI as a primary or secondary theme. 
  • Swim: Read 11 or more books in any genre with WWI as a primary or secondary theme. 
Additionally, we’ve decided that since there are so many great movies out there about WWI, you can substitute or add a movie or two to your list this year and have it count toward your totals. 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: WWI page for suggestions.

Hosted by/Link: War Through the Generations. War Through the Generations - WWI Challenge

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

My Progress: 3/3 - Completed on April 18, 2012

My List:

1) A Long, Long Way - Sebastian Barry
2) Shannon - Frank Delaney
3) The Return of the Soldier - Rebecca West

Final Thoughts

I thought about attempting the next level, as I have at least two books on my TBR list that would fit the challenge, but this is the first time I finished the challenge, and I'm not sure I'll have enough time to get to the books. At least this way I know I've finished the challenge. I'm not sure I have a favourite book for this challenge, but I did enjoy participating in the challenge and exploring new authors.
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Speculative Fiction Challenge

Challenge Summary:

Sign Up
- Anyone can join, blog or not, you just need somewhere to post your reviews to share with the world. If you have a blog, a post about the challenge would be nice! Just add your details to the linky below to sign up.  I’ve made a couple of buttons and have modified the traditional challenge button for this year. Feel free to put them in your sidebar and use them in your review posts! Just save the image of your choice to your computer first please!

-  Timeline: 01 Jan 2012 - 31 Dec 2012. You can sign up from now right up until 31 Nov 2012. Rules: The levels are back this year! Just pick your level and declare it in your post or in the comments below:

  • Nosey: 3 novels 
  • Excited: 6 novels 
  • Content: 12 novels 
  • In Nirvana: 24 novels 
  • Obsessed: 48 novels 

There is no need to list your books now (unless you are like me and love making lists), just pick as you go along and have fun! Books can most definitely be counted towards other challenges.  I will post a monthly link up for you to share your reviews. There are no prizes other that a sense of satisfaction at reaching your goal (*interpretation* We are broke college students with no sneakily awesome publishing contacts).

Any book format (ebook, print, audio) counts! And because it can sometimes get a bit confusing (from Carolyns original post),

Genres:
 • Science Fiction: hard/soft SF, cyberpunk, time travel, alternative history, space opera
• Fantasy Fiction: dark fantasy, urban fantasy, magic realism, quest, mythical fantasy, steampunk
• Horror Fiction: paranormal, gothic literature, splatterpunk
• Supernatural Fiction
• Superhero Fiction
• Utopian and Dystopian Fiction
• Apocalyptic and Post-Apocalyptic Fiction

Hosted by/Link: Baffled Bookshttp://baffledbooks.com/. Speculative Fiction Challenge

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

My Progress: 24/24 - COMPLETED November 16, 2012

My List:

1) Science Fiction - Allegiance (SGA 18) - Amy Girswold and Melissa Scott
2) Utopian/Dystopian Fiction - Gathering Blue - Lois Lowry
3) Utopian/Dystopian Fiction - Messenger - Lois Lowry
4) Science Fiction: - Transitions (SG-1 18) Sabine Bauer
5) Urban Fantasy - Living With the Dead - Kelley Armstrong
6) Science Fiction - Fighting Gravity - Leah Petersen
7) Urban Fantasy - Frostbitten - Kelley Armstrong
8) Science Fiction - Trial by Fire (SG-1 1) - Sabine Bauer
9) Dark Fantasy/Horror - The Historian - Elizabeth Kostova
10) Fantasy - The Prestige  - Christopher Priest
11) Science Fiction - Reliquary (SGA-2) - Martha Wells
12) Urban Fantasy/Paranormal/Horror - Living Dead in Dallas - Charlaine Harris
13) Magical Realism/Folk Lore - The Sea-Folk - Frank Delaney
14) Magical Realism - Chocolat - Joanne Harris
15) Science Fiction - Do No Harm (SG-1 12) - Karen Miller
16) Urban Fantasy - Waking the Witch - Kelley Armstrong 
17) Urban Fantasy - Spell Bound - Kelley Armstrong
18) High Fantasy - The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms - N. K. Jeminsin 
19) Science Fiction - The Furies (SGA 19) - Jo Graham
20) Fantasy: Harvest Moon - Multiple Authirs
21) Dystopian: I'm Starved For You: Positron, Episode 1 - Margaret Atwood
22) Science Fiction: The War of the Worlds - H.G. Wells
23) Science Fiction: The Barque of Heaven - Suzanne Wood
24) Science Fiction: Sacrifice Moon - Julie Fortune 

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Short Stories Challenge

Challenge Summary:

Rules:

• Challenge runs from January 1, 2012 to December 31st, 2012. You can join anytime.
• Books from other challenges count as long as they are a collection of short stories.
 • Books can be children's, middle-grade, YA and adult fiction and non-fiction.
 • Write a post and link it below including the URL to that sign-up post.

 Levels:
• Tell me a Story: 1 to 3 books.
• Stories Abound: 4 to 6 books.
• Tales Galore: 7 to 9 books
• Anthology Supreme: 10 to 12 books.

Hosted by/Link: Library of Clean Reads. Short Stories Challenge

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

My Progress: 12/12  - Completed July 31, 2012

My List:

1) The Lost Salt Gift of Bood - Alistair MacLeod
2) Selected Short Stories - Virginia Woolf
3) Agassiz Stories - Sandra Birdsell
4) The Penguin Book of Scottish Short Stories
5) La Grosse Fifi - Jean Ryhs
6) Stones - Timothy Findley
7) Storm Glass - Jane Urquhart
8) Mennonites Don't Dance - Darcie Friesen Hossack
9) Who Do You Think You Are? Alice Munro
10) Street of Riches - Gabrielle Roy
11) Light Lifting - Alexander MacLeod
12) This Cake is for the Party - Sarah Seleky

Final Thoughts

I'm surprised on how fast I finished this challenge. I thought it would be one of the challenge that would be with me until the end, but I found my self absouletly enjoying these short story collections. I know I'll read more before the years end, and I look forward to reading more by some of the authors I read for the challenge. I would tell you some of my favourites, but for the most part these collections were wonderful. I mostly stuck with single author works, so perhaps next time I'll branch out to multiple authors in an anthology. Also, it seems that for the most part, I stuck with a very Canadian themed short story collections as 9/12 books are by Canadian Authors. All in all an excellent challenge!


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New Author Reading Challenge

Challenge Summary:

The guidelines:

 1. The challenge will run from January 1, 2012 through December 31, 2012.
 2. 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.
 3. 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 want to say I’m going to do another 50 new authors, but with two kids, I didn’t made my goal in 2011, so I’m going to be smarter and say 25.  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.
 4. 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.
 5. Bloggers or Non-Bloggers alike are welcome. You don’t have to have a site to participate. You can link up via Facebook, GoodReads or even Amazon if you’d like. 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: Library Escapism. New Author Reading Challenge

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

My Progress: 50/50 - COMPLETED AUGUST 30, 2012

My List:

1) Alexi Zentner (Touch)
2) Alison Pick (The Dream World)
3) Patrick deWitt (The Sisters Brothers)
4) Aphra Behn - (Oroonoko and Other Writings)
5) Andre Alexis - (Childhood)
6) Wayne Johnston (The Colony of Unrequited Dreams)
7) Sabine Bauer - Transitions (SG-1 18) 
8) Sebastian Barry - A Long, Long Way
9) Julian Barnes - The Sense of Ending
10) Paula McClain - The Paris Wife
11) Paul Quarringtong - Galveston
12) Sandra Birdsell - Agassiz Stories
13)  Hubert Selby, Jr. - Requiem for a Dream
14) Willa Cather - My Antonia
15) Rebecca West - The Return of the Soldier
16) Fall On Your Knees - Ann-Marie MacDonald
17) The Book Borrower - Alice Mattison
18) George Eliot - Silas Marner
19) Fighting Gravity - Leah Petersen
20) Gail Anderson-Dargartz - Turtle Valley
21) Holly Payne - The Sound of Blue
22) Kim Thuy - Ru
23) Thomas Cobb - Crazy Heart
24) Elizabeth Jolley - The Newspaper of Claremont Street
25) Elizabeth Kostova - The Historian
26) Casino Royale - Ian Fleming
27) Darcie Friesen Hossack - Mennonites Don't Dance
28) Christopher Priest - The Prestige
29) Next Episode - Hubert Aquin
30) The Painted Veil - W. Somerset Maugham
31) Patricia Falvey - The Yellow House
32) The Ship of Brides - Jojo Moyes
33) Frank Parker Day - Rockbound
34) Reliquary (SGA - 2) - Martha Wells
35) Street of Riches - Gabrielle Roy
36) The In-Between World of Vikram Lall
37) Miriam Toews - A Complicated Kindness
38) Rose Tremain - The Colour
39) Light Lifting - Alexander MacLeod
40) Johanna Skibsrud - The Sentimentalists 
41) Sarah Selecky - This Cake is for the Party
42) Kate Pullinger - The Mistress of Nothing
43) The Bad Girl - Mario Vargas Llosa
44) Karen Miller - Do No Harm (SG-1 12)
45) Nikolski - Nicolas Dickner
46) Claire Holden Rothman - The Heart Specialist
47) Timothy Taylor  Stanley Park
48) Frances Itani - Deafening
49) Qiu Xiaolong - Years of Red Dust: Tales of Shanghai
50) Yejide Kilanko - Daughters Who Walk This Path

Final Thoughts

I'm happy with the challenge, as I managed to reads some excellent books and introduced myself to some new authors I will definitely read again.




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Mount TBR Reading Challenge

Challenge Summary:

Challenge Levels

Pike's Peak: Read 12 books from your TBR pile/s
Mt. Vancouver: Read 25 books from your TBR pile/s
Mt. Ararat: Read 40 books from your TBR piles/s
Mt. Kilimanjaro: Read 50 books from your TBR pile/s
El Toro: Read 75 books from your TBR pile/s
Mt. Everest: Read 100+ books from your TBR pile/s

And the rules:

*Once you choose your challenge level, you are locked in for at least that many books. If you find that you're on a mountain-climbing roll and want to tackle a taller mountain, then you are certainly welcome to upgrade.

*Challenge runs from January 1 to December 31, 2012.

*You may sign up anytime from now until November 30th, 2012.

*Books must be owned by you prior to January 1, 2012. No ARCs (none), no library books. No rereads. [To clarify--based on a question raised--the intention is to reduce the stack of books that you have bought for yourself or received as presents {birthday, Christmas, "just because," etc.}. Audiobooks may count if they are yours and they are one of your primary sources of backlogged books.]

*Books may be used to count for other challenges as well.

*Feel free to submit your list in advance (as incentive to really get those books taken care of) or to tally them as you climb.

*A blog and reviews are not necessary to participate. If you have a blog, then please post a challenge sign up and link THAT post (not your home page) into the linky below. Non-bloggers, please leave a comment declaring your challenge level.

*A progress site for reviews will go up in January and I will post the link in my sidebar for easy access.

Hosted by/Link: My Reader's Block. Mount TBR Reading Challenge

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

My Progress: 42/50 - FAILED

My List:


1) Oroonoko and Other Writings - Aphra Behn
2) Childhood - Andre Alexis
3) For Those Who Hunt the Wounded Down - David Adams Richards
4) The Colony of Unrequited Dreams - Wayne Johnston 
5) Living With the Dead - Kelley Armstrong
6) The Dogs and the Wolves - Irene Nemirvosky
7) Great Expectations - Charles Dickens
8) Shannon - Frank Delaney
9) Agassiz Stories - Sandra Birdsell
10) My Antonia - Willa Cather
11) The Book Borrower - Alice Mattison
12) Silas Marner - George Eliot
13) The Sound of Blue - Holly Payne
14) Frostbitten - Kelley Armstrong
15) Crazy Heart - Thomas Cobb
16) Trial by Fire (SG-1 1) - Sabine Bauer
17) To Have or Have Not - Ernest Hemingway
18) The Historian - Elizabeth Kostova
19) The Ship of Brides - Jojo Moyes
20) Reliquary (SGA - 2) - Martha Wells
21) Street of Riches - Gabrielle Roy 
22) The In-Between World of Vikram Lall
23) Chocolat - Joanne Harris
24) The Sentimentalists - Johanna Skibsrud
25) Circle of Friends - Maeve Binchy
26) The Mistress of Nothing - Kate Pullinger
27) Do No Harm (SG-1 12) - Karen Miller
28) Nikolski - Nicolas Dickner
29) The Heart Specialist - Claire Holden Rothman
30) Waking the Witch - Kelley Armstrong
31) The Long Song - Andrea Levy
32) North and South - Elizabeth Gaskell
33) The Hound of Baskervilles - Arthur Conan Doyle
34) The Barque of Heaven - Suzanne Wood
35) Feathered Serpent - Xu Xiaobin
36) Clara Callan - Richard B. Wright
37) Summer - Edith Wharton
38) The Well of Ascension - Brandon Sanderson
39) The Road Past Altamont - Gabrielle Roy
40) The Bostonians - Henry James
41) Five Quarters of the Orange - Joanne Harris
42) Jacobs Room - Virginia Woolf
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Ireland Reading Challenge 2012

Challenge Summary

Here are the new guidelines:

 ~ The challenge runs from January 1, 2012 to November 30, 2012.
~ 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. (I will be posting a list of books previously reviewed for the challenge in the next day or two, if you’re looking for suggestions.)

 ~ Choose your commitment level:
  • Shamrock level: 4 books
  •  Luck o’ the Irish level: 6 books 
  • Kiss the Blarney Stone level: 8 books 
  • Ceilidh level: 10+ 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 here or on the main challenge page.
~ You don’t have to list your books ahead of time – just have fun reading throughout the year.
 ~ I will put up a page for the challenge in my header, and add a Mr. Linky for reviews and wrap-up posts.  ~ Everyone who fulfills their challenge level and writes at least one review will get one entry in the giveaway at the end of the challenge.


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

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

My Progress: 8/8 -( move up to next level as of September 6. Now attempting 8) COMPLETED - December 18, 2012)

My List:

1) A Long, Long Way - Sebastian Barry
2) The Druid and The Girl Who Lived on The Moon - Frank Delaney
3) Shannon - Frank Delaney
4) The Yellow House - Patricia Falvey
5) Circle of Friends - Maeve Binchy 
6) Star Sullivan - Maeve Binchy
7) The Mystery of Mercy Close - Marian Keyes
8) An Irish Country Village - Patrick Taylor

Final Thoughts

Well I ended up doing the second level, it was a little unplanned, but it was worth it. My favourite books were Mystery of Mercy Close and Circle of Friends. I'm itching to get my hands on more Binchy. Also Frank Delaney books are worth mentioning for those who are participating in the 2013 Ireland challenge.

***So, I totally thought this challenge ended in DECEMBER not November 30. So I still finished the challenged I just won't count the last to. DOH!
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Global Reading Challenge 2012

Challenge Summary:

Rules:

- As in the past, the Global Reading Challenge (GRC) challenges you to expand your reading boundaries, go where you haven't been before, move a little outside your comfort zone.

- You may read any genre so long as the books are fiction. Decide which level you will attempt, although you can change that later if you wish.

- Use the Mr Linky to sign up with your name, the level you intend to attempt, and your blog URL. Feel free to include the logo in your blog posts or on your blog (with a link to this page)

- Your reading will take place in the calendar year 2012. Return to this page to add the books you have read into the relevant Mr Linky - see the sections below

- You may like to consult Global Reading Challenges for 2011 and 2010 for suggestions of books.

 The Easy Challenge Read one novel from each of these continents in the course of 2012:
 Africa
Asia
Australasia-Oceania/
Europe
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.

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The Medium Challenge

Read two novels from each of these continents in the course of 2012:
Africa
Asia
Australasia
Europe
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 2012:

 Africa
Asia
Australasia
Europe
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: Mysteries in Paradise. Global Reading Challenge

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

My Progress: 14/14 - COMPLETED September 13, 2012

My List: This year I'm going to do the medium challenge

Africa 
1 - Kenya - The In-Between World of Vikram Lall
2 - Egypt - The Mistress of Nothing - Kate Pulinger

Asia 
1 - Sri Lanka - Anil's Ghost - Michael Ondaatje 
2 - China - Song of the Silk Road - Mingmei Yip

Australasia/Oceania
1 - Australia - The Newspaper of Claremont Street - Elizabeth Jolley
2 - New Zealand - The Colour - Rose Tremain

Europe
1 - Ukraine and France - The Dogs and the Wolves - Irene Nemirvosky
2 - Turkey and Croatia - The Sound of Blue - Holly Payne

North America/Central America 
1 - Canada/Newfoundland - The Colony of Unrequited Dreams
2 - USA and Cuba - To Have and Have Not - Ernest Hemingway 

South America/Caribbean
1 - Peru - The Bad Girl - Mario Vargas Llosa
2 - Jamaica - The Long Song - Andrea Levy

Seventh Continent 
1 - The Pegasus Galaxy - Allegiance (SGA -18) - Amy Griswold and Melissa Scott
2 - Fictional Caribbean Island - Galveston - Paul Quarrington


Final Thoughts:

I always enjoy this challenge, and I think it's the first time I've finished it. Personally I always find Oceania the hardest to find books for. I find for the most part, when I do finally find a book that fits, it's a genre I don't like or I can't get the book. But there were many times I took a chance with a book, which at times worked, and other times it didn't.

January 4, 2012

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Finish That Series Challenge 2012

Challenge Summary:

Here are the rules guidelines.

 1) All books that are part of a continuing series qualify (i.e. Debbie Macomber's Cedar Cove, Janet Evanovich's Stephanie Plum, James Patterson's Alex Cross, etc. etc.)
 2) It doesn't matter if you have 1 or 10 books in a series to complete it, it qualifies (i.e. if you only need to read one more Sookie Stackhouse book to complete the goal, that's fine) The goal is to complete a series from wherever you are up to until the last published book

3) The qualification period is January 1, 2012 to December 31, 2012. Books must be read during this time frame to count.

 4) Take the button above and post about it. Use the Mr. Linky at my new blog for this challenge. Click here to sign up and go over there now, but make sure you link it directly to your post about this challenge.

5) If you don't have a blog, that's fine. Just leave a comment to sign up and tell us what you are reading.

 6) Any format of book counts - audio, ebook, etc.

 7) You should choose the series you want to finish before the challenge begins, but it isn't necessary. It's fine to change series during the year - as long as you complete whichever series it is.

 8) Choose a level....
 Level 1 - Complete 1 series.
Level 2 - Complete 2 series.
 Level 3 - Complete 3 or more series.

Hosted by/Link: Socrates Book Reviews. Finish That Series Reading Challenge

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

My Progress: 1/3 Series Finished - FAILED

My List:
Series 1 - Woman of the Otherworld (3 books, 4 if the 12 comes out in paperback) - UPDATE 5 Books
 9 - Living With the Dead - Kelley Armstrong
10 - Frostbitten - Kelley Armstrong
11 - Waking the Witch - Kelley Armstrong
12 - Spell Bound - Kelley Armstrong
13 - 13 - Kelley Armstrong

 Series 2 - Mistborn - 2 books
2 - The Well of Ascension - Brandon Sanderson 
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 Series 3 - Trade Pack Universe - 2 Books
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 Series 4 - Unofficial- Wheel of Time (I'm unofficially attempting to finish the series. I'm tracking my progress and hopefully finish it, but I will count the challenge as complete if I finish the other three.)
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Final Thoughts

This was a challenge I let slip through my fingers. I underestimated the time I had, and forgot just how long the individual books were. But I am planning on doing this challenge in 2013, and plan to have a better focus on how I handle this one.
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E-Book Reading Challenge - 2012

Challenge Summary:
Challenge Guidelines:

 1. This challenge will run from Jan 1, 2012 - Dec 31, 2012.
 2. Anyone can join, you don't need to be a blogger. If you don't have a blog, feel free to sign-up in the comments. You can post reviews to any book site (i.e. Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Smashwords, Goodreads, etc).
 3. Any genre or length of book counts, as long as it is in ebook format.
 4. You can list your books in advance or just put them in a wrap-up post. If you list them, feel free to change them as the mood takes you.
 5. When you sign up in the linky, put the direct link to your post about joining the E-Book Reading Challenge.
 6. You can move up levels, but no moving down.
 7. Sign-ups will be open until Dec 15, 2012, so feel free to join at any time throughout the year.

Levels:
  •  1. Floppy disk - 5 ebooks 
  •  2. CD - 10 ebooks 
  •  3. DVD - 25 ebooks 
  •  4. Memory stick - 50 ebooks 
  •  5. Hard drive - 75 ebooks 
  •  6. Server - 100 ebooks 
  •  7. Human brain - 150 ebooks

Hosted by/Link: Workday reads. EBook Reading Challenge

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

My Progress: 25/25 - Completed June 13, 2012

My List:

1) Touch - Alexi Zentner
2) The Dream World - Alison Pick
3) The Sisters Brothers - Patrick deWitt
4) Allegiance (SGA - 18) Amy Griswold and Melissa Scott
5) Alone in the Classroom - Elizabeth Hay
6) Gathering Blue - Lois Lowry
7) Messenger - Lois Lowry
8) Selected Short Stories - Virginia Woolf
9) A Long, Long Way - Sebastian Barry
10) The Sense of Ending - Julian Barnes
11) The Boxcar Children - Gertrude Chandler Warner
12) The Druid - Frank Delaney 
13) The Girl Who Lived on the Moon - Frank Delaney
14) The Paris Wife - Paula McClain
15) Galveston - Paul Quarrington
16) Casualties of War (SGA - 7) - Elizabeth Christensen
17) Requiem for a Dream - Hubert Selby, Jr.
18) Pigsong - Frank Delaney
19) The Return of the Soldier - Rebecca West
20) Song of the Silk Road - Mingmei Yip
21) Turtle Valley - Gail Anderson-Dargartz
22) Ru - Kim Thuy
23) The Newspaper of Claremont Street - Elizabeth Jolley
24) Casino Royale - Ian Fleming
25) The Prestige - Christopher Priest

Final Thoughts


While I debated moving on to the next level, I decided this is far as I'd go. I'm happy with how long it took me to complete, in fact, I'm surprised I finished it as early as I did. I read far more EBooks than I ever thought I would. Some notable books from the challenge: The Druid, Pigsong, and The Girl Who Lived on the Moon - are great short reads, only available on EBook. I also managed to re-read a childhood favourite. One of my favouite books was Song of the Silk Road.
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Canadian Award Winners Challenge - 2012

Challenge Summary: Here’s the scoop on the ways you can enter:

Toe-dipper: one book from the list of award winners of each of “main” prizes: the Governor-General’s Award, the Giller Prize, and the CAA Prize. (Total 3 books)
Chance-taker: one book from each of the “main” lists plus one from the Amazon.ca First Novel Award winners. (Total 4 books)
Bluenoser: One book from each of the “main” lists plus one from the Atlantic Book Award winners. (Total 4 books)
CanLit Lover: one book from each of the five lists. (Total 5 books)

Here’s a list of the prize winners:

Hosted by/Link:   ExurbainsCanadian Award Winner Challenge

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

My Progress: 5/5 - Completed January 24, 2012

My List:

Governor-General's Award for Literature - 2011 - The Sisters Brothers - Patrick deWitt
Canadian Authors Association Award for Fiction - The Colony of Unrequited Dreams - Wayne Johnston
Giller Prize - Anil's Ghost - Michael Ondaatje
Amazon.ca First Novel Award - Childhood - Andre Alexis
Thomas Head Raddall Atlantic Fiction Prize - For Those Who Hunt the Wounded Down - David Adams Richards

Final Thoughts 

I really enjoyed the challenge, and was surprised on how much I enjoyed some of the books. From personal experience, before and during this challenge, I find I prefer the Giller winners over the GG winners.  But many of the books on this list are ones I'd recommend.
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A - Z Challenge 2012

Challenge Summary:Welcome in the Alphabet Challenges group!
 This group is for anyone that wants to participate in an alphabet challenge.
 You can create your alphabet from the first letters of the books titles or from the first letters of the authors names or from anything else.

 Two possible challenges are:
 - The authors alphabet - books written by authors which last name start with every letter of the alphabet
 - The books alphabet - books which titles start with every letter of the alphabet

 The alphabets can be done in order or without order - up to everyone's preferences. Welcome and good luck :)
 PS: If you have troubles finding an author starting with a given letter, http://www.fantasticfiction.co.uk is a good resource.

Hosted by/Link:  LibraryThing Group: The Alphabet Challenge

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

My Progress: 26/26 - Challenge Completed October 12, 2012

My List:This Year I'm going to do the Authors Challenge. Reading 26 Books on book per letter of the alphabet where the authors last name starts with the corresponding letter.

A - Andre, Alexis (Childhood)
B - Behn, Aphra (Oroonoko and Other Writings)
C - Cather, Willa (My Antonia)
D - deWitt, Patrick (The Sisters Brothers)
E - Elliot, George - (Silas Marner)
F - Fitzgerald, Penelope (Offshore)
G - Gaskell, Elizabeth (North and South)
H - Hay, Elizabeth (Alone in the Classroom)
I - Itani, Frances (Deafening)
J - Johnston, Wayne (The Colony of Unrequited Dreams)
K - Kostova, Elizabeth (The Historian)
L - Lowry, Lois (Gathering Blue)
M - MacLeod, Alistair (The Lost Salt Gift of Blood)
N - Nemirvosky, Irene (The Dogs and the Wolves)
O - Ondaatje, Michael (Anil's Ghost)
P - Pick, Alison (The Dream World)
Q -  Quarrington, Paul (Galveston)
R - Richards, David Adams (For Those Who Hunt the Wounded Down)
S - Selby Jr., Hubert - (Requiem for a Dream)
T - Thuy, Kim - (Ru)
U - Urquhart, Jane (Storm Glass)
V - Vassanji, M.G. (The In-Between World of Vikram Lall)
W - Woolf, Virginia (Selected Short Stories)
X - Xiaolong, Qiu (Years of Red Dust: Tales of Shanghai)
Y - Yip, Mingmei - (Song of the Silk Road)
Z - Zentner, Alexi (Touch)


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Book Review: 1001 Books to Read Before You Die - 2012

Challenge Summary:

Rules: 
• Challenge runs January 1 2012 – December 31 2012.
 • You don’t have to make a list beforehand.
 • You DO need to choose your level at the beginning so you have a chance to win the prize!
• You can use any version of the list, not just the current, since they update it every couple years. I figure, once a book is on the list, it is always on the list!
• Books that cover other challenges are not only permitted, but encouraged!

• **ADDED*** Non bloggers are welcome to participate! Just sign up and leave a comment on this post letting me know what you are going for. At the end, provide a list of what you read this year via shelfari, LibraryThing, goodreads, or just a list of books! But if you review anything on those sites, link to the review post so we can see what you thought!
• You do NOT have to review every book you read for this challenge – it is an extra so that the rest of us can see what you thought!
• Sign up in Mr Linky!

Hosted by/Link: Pub Writes - 1001 Books To Read Before You Die Challenge 2012

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

My Progress: 13/15

My List:

1) Oroonoko and Other Writings - Aphra Behn
2) Great Expectations - Charles Dickens
3) Requiem for a Dream - Hubert Selby Jr.
4) The Return of the Soldier - Rebecca West
5) Fall On Your Knees - Ann-Marie MacDonald
6) Silas Marner - George Eliot
7) To Have and Have Not - Ernest Hemingway
8) Casino Royale - Ian Fleming
9) Who Do You Think You Are? - Alice Munro
10) The Years - Virginia Woolf
11) The Colour - Rose Tremain
12) North and South - Elizabeth Gaskell
13) The Hound of Baskervilles - Arthur Conan Doyle
14) Summer - Edith Wharton
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100+ Reading Challenge - 2012

Challenge Summary:

Rules and Details 

 • Read 100+ books in 2012 (any genre)
•  You don't have to select your books ahead of time, you can just add them as you go. Also if you do list them upfront you can change them, nothing is set in stone! The books you choose can crossover into other challenges you have on the go.
•  You can join at anytime. All books read in 2012 count towards the challenge regardless of when you sign up.
•  At the beginning of Jan 2012, you will find a link to specific month to add your reviews.
•  Audiobooks do not count, but all other formats are accepted.
•  Only fiction, no non-fiction.
•  This challenge can crossover to other challenges.
•  You don't have to have a blog to join in - for those without a blog but who use Goodreads, Amazon, LibraryThing etc, you can add the URL to where you track your books. 

Hosted by/Link:  The Book Chick City. 100+ Reading Challenge 2012

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

My Progress: 101/100 - Completed October 15, 2012

My List:

1) Touch - Alexi Zentner
2) The Dream World - Alison Pick
3) The Sisters Brothers - Patrick deWitt
4) Oroonoko and Other Writings - Aphra Behn
5) Childhood - Andre Alexis
6) For Those Who Hunt the Wounded Down - David Adams Richards  
7) Allegiance (SGA-18) - Amy Griswold and Melissa Scott
8) The Lost Salt Gift of Blood - Alistair MacLeod
9) Alone in the Classroom - Elizabeth Hay
10) Gathering Blue - Lois Lowry
11) Messenger - Lois Lowry
12) The Colony of Unrequited Dreams - Wayne Johnston
13) Anil's Ghost - Michael Ondaatje 
14) Transition (SG-1 18) - Sabine Bauer
15) Selected Short Stories - Virginia Woolf
16) A Long, Long Way - Sebastian Barry
17) Offshore - Penelope Fitzgerald 
18) The Sense of Ending - Julian Barnes
19) The Boxcar Children - Gertrude Chandler Warner
20) Living With the Dead - Kelley Armstrong
21) The Dogs and the Wolves - Irene Nemirvosky
22) The Paris Wife - Paula McClain
23) Great Expectations - Charles Dickens
24) Galveston - Paul Quarrington
25) Shannon - Frank Delaney
26) Agassiz Stories - Sandra Birdsell
27) Casualties of War - Elizabeth Christensen
28) Requiem for a Dream - Hubert Selby Jr.
29) My Antonia - Willa Cather
30) The Return of the Soldier - Rebecca West
31) Fall On Your Knees - Ann-Marie MacDonald
32) The Book Borrower - Alice Mattison
33) The Penguin Book of Scottish Short Stories
34) Song of the Silk Road - Mingmei Yip
35) Silas Marner - George Eliot
36) Fighting Gravity - Leah Petersen
37) La Grosse Fifi - Jean Ryhs
38) Turtle Valley - Gail Andersn-Dargartz
39) The Sound of Blue - Holly Payne
40) Stones - Timothy Findley
41) Ru - Kim Thuy
42) Frostbitten - Kelley Armstrong
43) Crazy Heart - Thomas Cobb
44) Trial by Fire (SG-1 1) - Sabine Bauer
45) The Newspaper of Claremont Street - Elizabeth Jolley
46) Storm Glass - Jane Urquhart
47) To Have or Have Not - Ernest Hemingway
48) The Box Garden - Carol Shields
49) The Historian - Elizabeth Kostova
50) Casino Royale - Ian Fleming
51) Mennonites Don't Dance - Darcie Friesen Hossack
52) Beatrice and Virgil - Yann Martel
53) The Prestige - Christopher Priest
54) Next Episode - Hubert Aquin
55) The Painted Veil - W. Somerset Maugham 
56) The Yellow House - Patricia Falvey
57) The Ship of Brides - Jojo Moyes
58) Rockbound - Frank Parker Day
59) Who Do You Think You Are? - Alice Munro
60) Reliquary (SGA 2) - Martha Wells
61) Living Dead in Dallas - Charlaine Harris
62) Street of Riches - Gabrielle Roy
63) The Years - Virginia Woolf
64) The In-Between World of Vikram Lall
65) A Complicated Kindness - Miriam Toews
66) Chocolat - Joanne Harris
67) The Colour - Rose Tremain
68) Light Lifting - Alexander MacLeod
69) The Sentimentalists - Johanna Skibsrud
70) This Cake is for the Party - Sarah Selecky
71) Circle of Friends - Maeve Binchy
72) The Mistress of Nothing - Kate Pullinger
73) The Bad Girl - Mario Vargas Llosa
74) Do No Harm (SG-1 12) - Karen Miller
75) Nikolksi - Nicolas Dickner
76) The Heart Specialist - Claire Holden Rothman
77) Stanley Park - Timothy Taylor
78) Deafening - Frances Itani
79) Years of Red Dust: Tales of Shanghai - Qiu Xiaolong
80) Daughters Who Walk This Path - Yejide Kilanko
81) Hetty Dorval - Ethel Wilson
82) Waking the Witch - Kelley Armstrong
83) Spell Bound - Kelley Armstrong
84) Star Sullivan - Maeve Binchy
85) The Long Song - Andrea Levy
86) The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms - N. K. Jeminsin
87) Whirl Away - Russell Wangersky 
88) Dr. Brinkley's Towers - Robert Hough
89) Y - Marjorie Celona
90) Inside - Alix Ohlin
91) The Emperor of Paris - C. S. Richardson
92) One Good Hustle - Billie Livingston
93) The Imposter Bride - Nancy Richler 
94) 419 - Will Ferguson
95) Our Daily Bread - Lauren B. Davies
96) My Life Among the Apes - Cary Fagan
97) Everybody Has Everything - Katrina Onstad
98) North and South - Elizabeth Gaskell
99) The Furies (SGA 19) - Jo Graham
100) The Hound of Baskervilles - Arthur Conan Doyle
101) The Lost Garden - Helen Humphreys