2010 Mixology Reading Challenge


My earlier post (from December 17, 2009) is not updating nicely, so I’ve re-created the post, with updates, here.

Babbette over at Babbette’s Book Blog is hosting the 2010 Mixology Challenge, and I’m in! Here are the guidelines:
1. List how many books total you want to read in 2010.

2. List no less than 4 categories for these books and determine how many you’ll read in each category. Examples of categories:
by class: fiction / non-fiction / contemporary / classic / newly published / award winning (Booker, Pulitzer)
by genre: historical fiction, religious fiction, fantasy, sci-fi, dystopian literature, memoir, biography, personal or professional growth
by class of author: female / male / Asian / Middle Eastern
other: TBR / review (ARC) books

3. These books can overlap with other challenges AND even fit more than one category within this challenge.

4. Audio books do count; re-reads do not.
Here are my 2010 Mixology goals:
75 books total 10 newly published 10 biographies 5 audiobooks 5 romance the rest = anything at all
This page will be my home base for this challenge.
10 Newly Published 1. Eggsecutive Orders by Julie Hyzy 2. Fly by Wire: The Geese, the Glide, the Miracle on the Hudson by William Langewiesche 3. Government Girl: Young and Female in the White House by Stacy Parker Aab 4. The New Frugality: How to Consume Less, Save More, and Live Better by Chris Farrell 5. Slow Fire by Ken Mercer 6. A Night Too Dark by Dana Stabenow 7. Model Home by Eric Puchner 8. Drink the Tea by Thomas Kaufman9. This Is Just Exactly Like You by Drew Perry 10. FDR’s Funeral Train: A Betrayed Widow, a Soviet Spy, and a Presidency in the Balance by Robert Klara 11. The Lake Shore Limited by Sue Miller 12. The God of the Hive by Laurie R. King13. State Fair by Earlene Fowler14. The Art of Choosing by Sheena Iyengar15. Rolling Thunder by Chris Grabenstein16. War by Sebastian Junger17. Junkyard Dogs by Craig Johnson 18. The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake by Aimee Bender19. The Birthday Ball by Lois Lowry20. Based upon Availability by Alix Strauss21. A Vintage Affair by Isabel Wolff22. Game Change: Obama and the Clintons, McCain and Palin, and the Race of a Lifetime by John Heilemann and Mark Halperin23. The Viognier Vendetta: A Wine Country Mystery by Ellen Crosby24. Finding Chandra: A True Washington Murder Mystery by Scott Higham and Sari Horwitz25. Get Capone: The Secret Plot That Captured America’s Most Wanted Gangster by Jonathan Eig26. 168 Hours: You Have More Time Than You Think by Laura Vanderkam27. Moonlight Mile by Dennis Lehane28. The White House Doctor: A Memoir by Connie Mariano29. The Report by Jessica Francis Kane30. How Pleasure Works: The New Science of Why We Like What We Like by Paul Bloom31. Morning Miracle: Inside The Washington Post: A Great Newspaper Fights for Its Life by Dave Kindred32. Bliss, Remembered by Frank Deford33. The Widower’s Tale by Julia Glass34. Freedom by Jonathan Franzen35. News to Me: Adventures of an Accidental Journalist by Laurie Hertzel36. The Fiddler in the Subway: The True Story of What Happened When a World-Class Violinist Played for Handouts… and Other Virtuosic Performances by America’s Foremost Feature Writer by Gene Weingarten37. The Shimmering Blond Sister by David Handler38. Safe from the Sea by Peter Geye39. Making Toast: A Family Story by Roger Rosenblatt40. William and Harry: Behind the Palace Walls by Katie Nicholl41. The Last Boy: Mickey Mantle and the End of America’s Childhood by Jane Leavy42. Portrait of Camelot: A Thousand Days in the Kennedy White House by Richard Reeves43. A Week at the Airport by Alain de Botton44. The Kennedy Detail: JFK’s Secret Service Agents Break Their Silence by Gerald Blaine with Lisa McCubbin

10 Biographies 1. Lincoln‘s Other White House: The Untold Story of the Man and His Presidency by Elizabeth Smith Brownstein 2. The Flyers: In Search of Wilbur and Orville Wright by Noah Adams 3. Lincoln’s Sanctuary: Abraham Lincoln and the Soldiers’ Home by Matthew Pinsker 4. Franklin Pierce by Michael F. Holt 5. George Washington: A Life by Willard Sterne Randall6. Thomas Jefferson by R. B. Bernstein7. Get Capone: The Secret Plot That Captured America’s Most Wanted Gangster by Jonathan Eig8. Calvin Coolidge: The Quiet President by Donald R. McCoy9. The Bridge: The Life and Rise of Barack Obama by David Remnick10. William and Harry: Behind the Palace Walls by Katie Nicholl11. The Last Boy: Mickey Mantle and the End of America’s Childhood by Jane Leavy12. The Diana Chronicles by Tina Brown (read by Rosalyn Landor)
5 Audiobooks 1. The Masque of the Black Tulip by Lauren Willig (read by Kate Reading) 2. Losing Mum and Pup: A Memoir by Christopher Buckley (read by the author)3. The Masque of the Black Tulip by Lauren Willig (read by Kate Reading)4. The Deception of the Emerald Ring by Lauren Willig (read by Kate Reading)5. The Temptation of the Night Jasmine by Lauren Willig (read by Kate Reading) 6. Virgin River by Robyn Carr (read by Therese Plummer)7. Shelter Mountain by Robyn Carr (read by Therese Plummer)8. Whispering Rock by Robyn Carr (read by Therese Plummer)9. Second Chance Pass by Robyn Carr (read by Therese Plummer)10. Temptation Ridge by Robyn Carr (read by Therese Plummer)11. What Happens in London by Julia Quinn (read by Rosalyn Landor)12. The Audacity of Hope by Barack Obama (abridged; read by the author)13. The Audacity to Win: The Inside Story and Lessons of Barack Obama’s Historic Victory by David Plouffe

14. The Last Olympian by Rick Riordan
15. Blind Side by Catherine Coulter16. Ape House by Sara Gruen (read by Paul Boehmer)17. Up in Honey’s Room by Elmore Leonard (read by Arliss Howard) 18. Paradise Valley by Robyn Carr (read by Therese Plummer)19. Dreamers of the Day by Mary Doria Russell (read by Ann Marie Lee)20. The Diana Chronicles by Tina Brown (read by Rosalyn Landor)
5 Romance 1. Dreams of Stardust by Lynn Kurland2. The Masque of the Black Tulip by Lauren Willig3. The Deception of the Emerald Ring by Lauren Willig4. The Seduction of the Crimson Rose by Lauren Willig5. The Temptation of the Night Jasmine by Lauren Willig 6. Dark Lover by J. R. Ward 7. On the Edge by Ilona Andrews 8. Virgin River by Robyn Carr9. Shelter Mountain by Robyn Carr10. Whispering Rock by Robyn Carr11. A Virgin River Christmas by Robyn Carr12. The Witness by Sandra Brown13. The Widow by Carla Neggers14. Second Chance Pass by Robyn Carr15. Temptation Ridge by Robyn Carr15. What Happens in London by Julia Quinn 16. Paradise Valley by Robyn Carr 17. Once upon a Rose by Judith O’Brien18. Anyone But You by Jennifer Crusie
The full list of 75 1. A Great Day to Fight Fire: Mann Gulch, 1949 by Mark Matthews 2. The Kennedy Assassination–25 Hours After: Lyndon B. Johnson’s Pivotal First Day as President by Steven M. Gillon 3. East of Peculiar by Suzann Ledbetter 4. The Masque of the Black Tulip by Lauren Willig 5. Unclutter Your Life on One Week by Erin Rooney Doland 6. Eggsecutive Orders by Julie Hyzy 7. Loving Frank by Nancy Horan 8. Fly by Wire: The Geese, the Glide, the Miracle on the Hudson by William Langewiesche 9. Dreams of Stardust by Lynn Kurland 10. Government Girl: Young and Female in the White House by Stacy Parker Aab 11. The Deception of the Emerald Ring by Lauren Willig 12. The New Frugality: How to Consume Less, Save More, and Live Better by Chris Farrell 13. Apollo: Race to the Moon by Charles Murray and Catherine Bly Cox 14. The Balance Thing by Margaret Dumas 15. Losing Mum and Pup: A Memoir by Christopher Buckley 16. Lincoln‘s Other White House: The Untold Story of the Man and His Presidencyby Elizabeth Smith Brownstein 17. They Dared Return: The True Story of Jewish Spies behind the Lines in Nazi Germany by Patrick K. O’Donnell 18. Slow Fire by Ken Mercer 19. Live a Little! Breaking the Rules Won’t Break Your Health by Susan M. Love and Alice D. Domar 20. The Seduction of the Crimson Rose by Lauren Willig 21. Tortilla Flat by John Steinbeck 22. Dark Lover by J. R. Ward 23. On the Edge by Ilona Andrews 24. A Night Too Dark by Dana Stabenow 25. Model Home by Eric Puchner 26. Drink the Tea by Thomas Kaufman 27. The Peep Diaries: How We’re Learning to Love Watching Ourselves and Our Neighbors by Hal Niedzviecki 28. When You Reach Me by Rebecca Stead 29. FDR’s Funeral Train: A Betrayed Widow, a Soviet Spy, and a Presidency in the Balance by Robert Klara 30. This Is Just Exactly Like You by Drew Perry 31. The Camera Never Blinks: Adventures of a TV Journalist by Dan Rather 32. Prayers for Sale by Sandra Dallas 33. The Flyers: In Search of Wilbur and Orville Wright by Noah Adams 34. The Temptation of the Night Jasmine by Lauren Willig 35. Lincoln’s Sanctuary: Abraham Lincoln and the Soldiers’ Home by Matthew Pinsker 36. Franklin Pierce by Michael F. Holt 37. Provenance: How a Con Man and a Forger Rewrote the History of Modern Art by Laney Salisbury and Aly Sujo 38. Cat’s Cradle by Kurt Vonnegut 39. Virgin River by Robyn Carr 40. Womenomics: Write Your Own Rules for Success by Claire Shipman and Katty Kay 41. The Lake Shore Limited by Sue Miller 42. The God of the Hive by Laurie R. King43. The Beckham Experiment: How the World’s Most Famous Athlete Tried to Conquer America by Grant Wahl44. Four Freedoms by John Crowley
45. Shelter Mountain by Robyn Carr46. State Fair by Earlene Fowler47. Whispering Rock by Robyn Carr48. A Virgin River Christmas by Robyn Carr49. The Invention of Hugo Cabret by Brian Selznick50. The Art of Choosing by Sheena Iyengar51. Rolling Thunder by Chris Grabenstein52. The Witness by Sandra Brown53. The Widow by Carla Neggers54. War by Sebastian Junger55. Second Chance Pass by Robyn Carr56. Past Imperfect: Facts, Fictions, Fraud—American History from Bancroft and Parkman to Ambrose, Bellesiles, Ellis, and Goodwin by Peter Charles Hoffer57. Junkyard Dogs by Craig Johnson

59. Blue Angels: 50 Years of Precision Flight by Nicholas A. Veronico and Marga B. Fritze
60. The Birthday Ball by Lois Lowry
61. The Introvert Advantage: How to Thrive in an Extrovert World by Marti Olsen Laney
62. Better Off Wed by Laura Durham
63. Based upon Availability by Alix Strauss
65. Temptation Ridge by Robyn Carr

66. Revolutionary Road by Richard Yates
68. Game Change: Obama and the Clintons, McCain and Palin, and the Race of a Lifetime by John Heilemann and Mark Halperin
69. Life Would Be Perfect if I Lived in That House by Meghan Daum
70. Coming up for Air: How to Build a Balanced Life in a Workaholic World by Beth Sawi
71. The Things They Carried by Tim O’Brien
72. Firefly Lane by Kristin Hannah
73. Writing Reviews for Readers’ Advisory by Brad Hooper
74. Summer Blowout by Claire Cook
75. What Happens in London by Julia Quinn (read by Rosalyn Landor)

76. From Those Wonderful Folks Who Gave You Pearl Harbor: Front-Line Dispatches from the Advertising War by Jerry Della Femina
77. The Viognier Vendetta: A Wine Country Mystery by Ellen Crosby
78. The Happiness Project: Or, Why I Spent a Year Trying to Sing in the Morning, Clean My Closets, Fight Right, Read Aristotle, and Generally Have More Fun by Gretchen Rubin
79. Thomas Jefferson by R. B. Bernstein
80. The Audacity of Hope by Barack Obama

81. Finding Chandra: A True Washington Murder Mystery by Scott Higham and Sari Horwitz
82. The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan
83. The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson
84. Get Capone: The Secret Plot That Captured America’s Most Wanted Gangster by Jonathan Eig

85. 168 Hours: You Have More Time Than You Think by Laura Vanderkam86. Stuff: Compulsive Hoarding and the Meaning of Things by Randy O. Frost and Gail Steketee87. Moonlight Mile by Dennis Lehane88. The White House Doctor: A Memoir by Connie Mariano89. The Report by Jessica Francis Kane90. The Audacity to Win: The Inside Story and Lessons of Barack Obama’s Historic Victory by David Plouffe91. Shadow Divers: The True Adventure of Two Americans Who Risked Everything to Solve One of the Last Mysteries of World War II by Robert Kurson92. Personality: What Makes You the Way You Are by Daniel Nettle93. How Pleasure Works: The New Science of Why We Like What We Like by Paul Bloom94. Morning Miracle: Inside The Washington Post: A Great Newspaper Fights for Its Life by Dave Kindred95. The Last Olympian by Rick Riordan96. The Left-Hander Syndrome: The Causes and Consequences of Left-Handedness by Stanley Coren97. Blind Side by Catherine Coulter98. Bliss, Remembered by Frank Deford99. The Widower’s Tale by Julia Glass100. Freedom by Jonathan Franzen101. News to Me: Adventures of an Accidental Journalist by Laurie Hertzel102. Austenland by Shannon Hale 103. Wait Till Next Year: A Memoir by Doris Kearns Goodwin 104. Schooled by Gordon Korman 105. Deadlines Past: Forty Years of Presidential Campaigning: A Reporter’s Story by Walter R. Mears106. The Fiddler in the Subway: The True Story of What Happened When a World-Class Violinist Played for Handouts… and Other Virtuosic Performances by America’s Foremost Feature Writer by Gene Weingarten107. Ape House by Sara Gruen (read by Paul Boehmer)108. Animal Farm by George Orwell109. Up in Honey’s Room by Elmore Leonard (read by Arliss Howard)110. Calvin Coolidge: The Quiet President by Donald R. McCoy111. The Shimmering Blond Sister by David Handler112. Safe from the Sea by Peter Geye

113. Paradise Valley by Robyn Carr (read by Therese Plummer)
114. Herblock: A Cartoonist’s Life: Self-Portrait and Views of Washington from Roosevelt to Clinton by Herbert Block
115. Presidential Doodles: Two Centuries of Scribbles, Scratches, Squiggles and Scrawls from the Oval Office from the creators of Cabinet Magazine
116. Making Toast: A Family Story by Roger Rosenblatt
117. The Bridge: The Life and Rise of Barack Obama by David Remnick
118. Invisible Monsters by Chuck Palahniuk
119. William and Harry: Behind the Palace Walls by Katie Nicholl
120. Balance: In Search of the Lost Sense by Scott McCredie
121. The Last Boy: Mickey Mantle and the End of America’s Childhood by Jane Leavy
122. Once upon a Rose by Judith O’Brien
123. Portrait of Camelot: A Thousand Days in the Kennedy White House by Richard Reeves
124. The Future of Success by Robert B. Reich
125. A Week at the Airport by Alain de Botton
126. 100 Simple Secrets of Happy People: What Scientists Have Learned and How You Can Use It by David Niven
127. Living Oprah: My One-Year Experiment to Walk the Walk with the Queen of Talk by Robyn Okrant
128. Anyone But You by Jennifer Crusie
129. The Kennedy Detail: JFK’s Secret Service Agents Break Their Silence by Gerald Blaine with Lisa McCubbin
130. Dreamers of the Day by Mary Doria Russell (read by Ann Marie Lee)
131. The Diana Chronicles by Tina Brown (read by Rosalyn Landor)
132. Something Wicked This Way Comes by Ray Bradbury
133. Life from Scratch by Melissa Ford

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