November 2008 archive

Notable Book Challenge – 2008

**Button compliments of TypoGenerator
January 1 – December 31, 2008

I am hosting the Notable Book Challenge for 2008 – this will replace the New York Times (NYT) Most Notable Book Challenge, but will include books from the NYT Most Notable list for 2007. The blog for this challenge is here. If you would like to participate as a contributor to the blog, please send me your email and I will invite you. Rules for participate are located on the Notable Books blog.

I’m choosing 8 books to read from several lists on this site.

My preliminary list (subject to change):

  1. Out Stealing Horses, by Per Petterson (from NBCC Best Books- 2007 and NYT Most Notable-2007)
  2. The Reluctant Fundamentalist, by Moshin Hamid (from PW Best Books – 2007 and NYT Most Notable-2007) – Completed January 11, 2008; rated 4/5; read my review.
  3. The Gathering, by Anne Enright (from NYT Most Notable-2007)
  4. In the Country of Men, by Hisham Matar (from NYT Most Notable-2007)
  5. Let The Northern Lights Erase Your Name, by Vendela Veda (from NYT Most Notable-2007)
  6. There is No Me Without You, by Melissa Fay Greene (from ALA Most Notable – 2007)
  7. The Secret River, by Kate Grenville (from ALA Most Notable – 2007)

New Header…

…many thanks to Michelle at 1MoreChapter who has created a new header for my blog. If you are reading on a feeder, please stop in and see my new look! Please follow and like the blue thistle

Rebecca – Book Review

The house was a sepulchre, our fear and suffering lay buried in the ruins. There would be no resurrection. When I thought of Manderly in my waking hours I would not be bitter. I should think of it as it might have been, could I have lived there without fear. I should remember the rose-garden …

Continue reading

2008 Decades Challenge

January 1, 2008 – December 31, 2008

Michelle is hosting the Decades Challenge again … this time for 2008. She’s changed the rules slightly:

1. Read a minimum of 8 books in 8 consecutive decades.
2. Books published in the 2000’s do not count.
3. Titles may be cross posted (you know I LOVE that!!)
4. You may change your list at any time.

She’s dedicating a new blog to this challenge: Decades ’08

Of course, I can’t resist. I’ve decided to make a list of books to choose from in each decade (Decades bolded in red are complete):

1800’s or Earlier

(1720’s) – Moll Flanders, by Daniel DeFoe
(1800’s)Castle Rackrent, by Marie Edgeworth


Emma, by Jane Austen
Sense and Sensibility, by Jane Austen
Mansfield Park, by Jane Austen
Persuasion, by Jane Austen


Melmoth the Wanderer, by Charles Robert Maturin
The Monastery, by Sir Walter Scott
The Pirate, by Sir Walter Scott
The Last of the Mohicans, by James Fenimore Cooper


Oliver Twist, by Charles Dickens


A Christmas Carol, by Charles Dickens
Wuthering Heights, by Emily Bronte
David Copperfield, by Charles Dickens


A Tale of Two Cities, by Charles Dickens
Oblomov, by Ivan Goncharov
Home of the Gentry, by Ivan Turgenev


The Woman in White, by Wilkie Collins
Great Expectations, by Charles Dickens – Completed January 25, 2008; rated 3/5; read my review.
Consuelo, by George Sand
Toilers of the Sea, by Victor Hugo
War and Peace, by Leo Tolstoy (new translation)



The Brothers Karamazov, by Fyodor Dostoevsky


The Awakening, by Kate Chopin


House of Mirth, by Edith Wharton


Of Human Bondage, by W. Somerset Maughan
The Custom of the Country, by Edith Wharton
Summer, by Edith Wharton
The Magnificent Ambersons, by Booth Tarkington
Swann’s Way, by Marcel Proust


The Sun Also Rises, by Ernest Hemingway
Giants in the Earth, by O.E. Rolvaag
So Big, by Edna Ferber
– Completed January 17, 2008; rated 5/5; read my review


Rebecca, by Daphne Du Maurier
My Cousin Rachel, by Daphne Du Maurier


Embers, by Sandor Marai
The Power and The Glory, by Graham Greene
Independent People, by Halldor Laxness
The Women of Rome, by Albert Moravia


Gift From The Sea, by Anne Morrow Lindbergh
The Cairo Trilogy, by Naguib Mahfouz


One Hundred Years of Solitude, by Gabriel Garcia Marquez


Bless Me Ultima, by Rudolfo Anaya
Moving On, by Larry McMurtry
The Lives of Girls and Women, by Alice Monroe
Angle of Repose, by Wallace Stegner


Paradise of the Blind, by Duong Thu Huong
Cat’s Eye, by Margaret Atwood Completed February 29, 2008; rated 4.5/5; read my review
The Pillars of the Earth, by Ken Follett


The Poisonwood Bible, by Barbara Kingsolver
She’s Come Undone, by Wally Lamb
Stones From the River, by Ursula Hegi
A Suitable Boy, by Vikram Seth
Plainsong, by Kent Haruf
The Giver, by Lois LowryCompleted January 1, 2008; rated 4.5/5; read my review
Ship Fever, by Andrea Barrett
Sacred Hunger, by Barry Unsworth

Friday Finds – November 7, 2008

November 7, 2008 I must admit that my blog reading has suffered over the last few weeks due to me being, quite simply, overwhelmed with my current work load. But, I’ve tried to still make a little time to browse the blogs I love and of course I am still finding books which I want …

Continue reading

An Historic Moment…

No matter what your race, religion, political affiliation…there is no doubt we are witnessing an historic moment we will not soon forget. Please follow and like the blue thistle

Mailbox Monday – November 3, 2008

What arrived in YOUR mailbox this week? Here’s what showed up in mine: The Middle-Aged Man and The Sea, by Chrisopher Meeks. After I read and reviewed (and gushed!) over Meeks’ second collection of short stories, he sent me his first collection (also autographed…thanks, Chris!) which I am very excited to read. I anticipate loving …

Continue reading

Sunday Salon – November 2, 2008

November 2, 2008 Good morning! I have missed the last two Sunday Salons, so this post will hopefully catch me up. Two weeks ago I participated in Dewey’s 24 Hour Read-A-Thon (check out how I did) and raised $235 for charity. Last weekend I attended a fantastic Book Group Expo in San Jose and met …

Continue reading

Alpine Americas – Book Review

North to Alaska the land rises gently from the Arctic Ocean and an ice pack that extends over the pole and beyond. South of Patagonia, it plunges into the Drake Passage at Cape Horn. Six hundred miles away is Antarctica. Start at one of these ends of the earth – if only in your mind …

Continue reading

The Believers – Book Review

The rabbi shrugged. “Faith is hard, Rosa. Nonbelievers often speak of faith as if it were something easy, a cop-out from the really tough business of confronting a meaningless universe, but it’s not. It’s doubt that’s easy. – From The Believers- When Audrey Howard meets Joel Litvinoff – a radical American lawyer –  at a …

Continue reading

Social media & sharing icons powered by UltimatelySocial

Enjoy this blog? Please spread the word :)