Category: Completed Challenges

Completed: New York Challenge

Many thanks to Jill at Fizzy Thoughts who hosted this fun challenge which coincided with the BEA and BBC. I actually ended up reading two books to complete the challenge: Brooklyn by Colm Toibin AND Let the Great World Spin by Colum McCann. Interesting that they were both written by Irish authors! I preferred McCann’s …

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Social Justice Challenge: AIDS

This month’s Social Justice Challenge theme is AIDS. I remember when AIDS was all over the headlines – I was a new physical therapist living in the San Francisco Bay area and the fear around this illness was rampant … and so were the misconceptions and myths. Luckily, we are now all better educated about …

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Completed: The Pub Challenge

I actually finished this challenge last month, but forgot to post a wrap up. Many thanks to Michelle at 1MoreChapter who hosts this popular challenge. The goal was to read 10 books published in 2010. I actually read eleven, and then decided to stop tracking the books I was reading that would meet the challenge …

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Social Justice Challenge: Hunger

This month’s theme for The Social Justice Challenge is hunger. Amy invited us to post a photo which represents hunger to us. I always think of the children who are hungry when I think of hunger – the huge, bloated bellies, the vacant eyes, the delicate bones jutting just beneath their skin. The picture I’ve …

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Orbis Terrarum Challenge 2010

April 1 – November 30, 2010 Bethany at Dreadlock Girl is hosting (once again!) the Orbis Terrarum Challenge for 2010. She has created a new site for the challenge and made a couple of changes. The goal: Read 8 books from around the world (This year Bethany is allowing all the books to be from …

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Scandinavian Reading Challenge

March 25 – December 31, 2010 In my quest to read from around the world, I could not resist this challenge hosted by The Black Sheep Dances…I am after all descended from Scandinavia (mostly Sweden) and I also have a HUGE amount of mysteries and novels written by Scandinavian authors on my teetering shelves. Here’s …

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A Failed Challenge…oh well

In keeping with my new and improved attitude towards challenges and obligations, I have failed spectacularly on completing Michelle’s 1% Well-Read Challenge. I was supposed to have read 10 books…I managed three. If you want to see what I read and how I liked them, visit this post. I still intend to read from this …

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Awareness: Child Abuse and Domestic Violence

The test of the morality of a society is what it does for its children. – Dietrich Bonhoeffer (1906 – 1945) – Although the world is full of suffering, it is full also of the overcoming of it. – Helen Keller (1880 – 1968) – So long as little children are allowed to suffer, there …

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Social Justice Challenge: Child Abuse and Domestic Violence

This month’s theme for The Social Justice Challenge is Child Abuse and Domestic Violence. Natasha is asking a few questions to get us started: What is the first thing that comes to your mind when you think of domestic violence and child abuse? What does domestic violence and child abuse mean to you personally? What …

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Classics Challenge 2010

April 1 – October 31, 2010 Trish at Trish’s Reading Nook is hosting The Classics Challenge 2010 – and although I am getting close to my saturation point with challenges, this is one I really should do…and it gives me excellent motivation to read more classics. There are three participation levels: Classics Snack – Read …

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