December 2008 archive

100+ Reading Challenge

January 1 – December 31, 2008

Okay, yes, I know I just wrote a post saying I was overwhelmed and would be eliminating some of my reading challenges. But this one isn’t really a new challenge – I had a goal in 2007 to read 100 books and missed it. I said to my bookie friends (you all remember this, right?) that I would be shooting to read 100 books in 2008. So this just makes it formal. The challenge is hosted by J.Kaye at this site. And there is a Yahoo group too (but I won’t be joining that because I truly am trying to cut down on all the groups I’m in – really!).

I’m keeping track of the books I read in this post.

The Middle-Aged Man & The Sea & Other Stories – Book Review

The large screen leaps to life, basso profundo, showing the red carpet canyon leading into the Shrine Auditorium with columns of Oscars bigger than Buicks. Hillary Swank in an olive gown, a chandelier of jewelry, and all those teeth, hugs her husband Chad Lowe and says that “the role afforded me an understanding of humanity.” …

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Mailbox Monday – December 29, 2008

A new year is just around the corner…and I am quickly creating new stacks of books to read. Here is what arrived in my mailbox this week: The Help, by Kathryn Stockett arrived from Matthew Boyd,  Marketing Coordinator for the Penguin Group. When Matthew asked me if I wanted an Advance Reader’s Edition of this …

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2009 ARC Reading Challenge

December 17, 2008 – December 31, 2009 Teddy from So Many Precious Books, So Little Time is once again hosting the ARC Reading Challenge. Given the vast amount of ARCs I keep getting, I figured I HAD to join this one. The rules are if you have more than 12 ARCs, you must read and …

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Firmin – Book Review

I am convinced that these masticated pages furnished the nutritional foundation for – and perhaps even directly caused – what I with modesty shall call my unusual mental development. – from Firmin, page 18 – One dark night, a rat named Flo flees from humans into the basement of a bookstore in the Boston neighborhood …

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Sunday Salon – December 28, 2008

December 28, 2008 2:00 PM Ah, the last Sunday of 2008 and I am feeling tired and contemplative. Yesterday I had a house full of people for a family Christmas dinner. It was a lot of work – both prepping for it and carrying it out – and I am happy now to have a …

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Reading from 1001 Books You Must Read Before You Die

Last week two readers decided to host similar challenges revolving around the 1001 Books You Must Read Before You Die list. I’ve been slowly picking off books on this list, and these two challenges will give me some added incentive. UPDATE DECEMBER 26, 2008: CHALLENGE COMPLETED!! I completed this challenge on December 25, 2008. My …

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8 Books in 8 Categories in 2008

January 1, 2008 – December 31, 2008

3M Michelle has come up with a great personal challenge that was so embraced by A Novel Challenge Yahoo Group members, that she created a group blog for other obsessed readers to share THEIR 8 books in 8 categories in 2008 lists.

Here are my current categories and picks for 2008 (overlaps are in red):

8 Pulitzers

  1. The Known World, by Edward P. Jones
  2. The Magnificent Ambersons, by Booth Tarkington
  3. So Big, by Edna Ferber (Completed January 17, 2008; rated 5/5; read my review)
  4. Breathing Lessons, by Anne Tyler
  5. Angle of Repose, by Wallace Stegner

8 Bookers

  1. The True History of the Kelly Gang, by Peter Carey
  2. Hotel Du Lac, by Anita Brookner
  3. G, by John Berger
  4. Oscar and Lucinda, by Peter Carey
  5. Sacred Hunger, by Barry Unsworth
  6. Life and Times of Michael K, by J.M. Coetzee (COMPLETED February 17, 2008; rated 4/5; read my review)

8 Books Around the World

  1. Independent People, by Halldor Laxness
  2. Astrid and Veronika, by Linda Olsson
  3. Atonement, by Ian McEwan
  4. Acts of Faith, by Philip Caputo
  5. Bless Me Ultima, by Rudolfo Anaya
  6. The Translator, by Daoud Hari (COMPLETED February 15, 2008; rated 5/5; read my review)
  7. Alentejo Blue, by Monica Ali (COMPLETED February 22, 2008; rated 4.5/5; read my review)

8 Books that have Sat on my TBR Shelf for More than a Year

  1. The World Below, by Sue Miller
  2. Acts of Faith, by Philip Caputo
  3. Angela’s Ashes, by Frank McCourt
  4. I, Elizabeth, by Rosalind Miles
  5. The Mermaid Chair, by Sue Monk
  6. The Reading Group, by Elizabeth Noble
  7. My Sister’s Keeper, by Jodi Picoult
  8. Before You Know Kindness, by Chris Bohjalian

8 Non Fiction Books

  1. One Thousand Days in Tuscany, by Marlena De Blasi
  2. Steinbeck: A Life in Letters, John Steinbeck
  3. Angela’s Ashes, by Frank McCourt
  4. A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius, by Dave Eggers
  5. Reading Lolita in Tehran, by Azar Nafisi
  6. Tender at the Bone, by Ruth Reichl
  7. Have You Found Her: A Memoir, by Janice Erlbaum (COMPLETED January 14, 2008; rated 4/5; read my review)
  8. There is No Me Without You: One Woman’s Odessey to Rescue Africa’s Children, by Melissa Fay Greene

8 Banned Books

  1. The Women of Rome, by Alberto Moravia
  2. The Toilers of the Sea, by Victor Hugo
  3. Moll Flanders, by Daniel Defoe
  4. Song of Solomon, by Toni Morrison (COMPLETED February 25, 2008; rated 4.5/5; read my review)
  5. The Giver, by Lois Lowry (COMPLETED January 1, 2008; rated 4.5/5; read my review)

8 Notables From This Site

  1. The Secret River, by Kate Grenville
  2. There is No Me Without You: One Woman’s Odessey to Rescue Africa’s Children, by Melissa Fay Greene
  3. The Reluctant Fundamentalist, by Mohsin Hamid (COMPLETED January 11, 2008; rated 4/5; read my review)

8 Classics

    1. Great Expectations, by Charles Dickens (COMPLETED January 25, 2008; rated 3/5; read my review)

    2. War and Peace, by Leo Tolstoy
    3. House of Mirth, by Edith Wharton
    4. Of Human Bondage, by W. Somerset Maughan
    5. Emma, by Jane Austen
    6. Wuthering Heights, by Emil Bronte
    7. A Tale of Two Cities, by Charles Dickens
    8. The Brothers Karamazov, by Fyodor Dostoevsky

The Ghost Road – Book Review

Hallet was lying on his back, hands clasped behind his head, nothing much visible from Prior’s angle except his chin. How appallingly random it all was. If Hallet’s father had got a gleam in his eye two years later than he did, Hallet wouldn’t be here. he might even have missed the war altogether, perhaps …

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Friday Finds – December 26, 2008

December 26, 2008 I hope those of you who celebrate Christmas had a wonderful day yesterday and found many books under the tree. As usual, I am always on the hunt for the next great book to add to my towering TBR mountain and over the last two weeks I’ve found some promising titles. As …

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