Pub Challenge. I love it. I love it.

Happiness is the Pub Challenge.

And it’s back again this year!

And I’m still loving on that button of theirs.
So — I’ll be reading 11 books published in 2011.
And, since the idea is to add links on the Pub Challenge site to one’s reviews of those books, I’ll include here only the 2011 books I actually write about.
Here are the guidelines:
1. Read a minimum of 11 books first published in 2011. You don’t have to buy these. Library books, unabridged audios, or ARCs are all acceptable. To qualify as being first published in 2011, it must be the first time that the book is published in your own country. For example, if a book was published in Australia, England, or Canada in 2010, and then published in the USA in 2011, it counts (if you live in the USA). Newly published trade paperbacks and mass market paperbacks do not count if there has been a hardcover/trade published before 2011. 2. At least 6 titles must be fiction. 3. Crossovers with other challenges are allowed. 4. You can add your titles as you go, and they may be changed at any time. 5. Sign up at the Pub Challenge site using Mr. Linky. 6. Have fun reading your 2011 books!
Books Read1. The Girl in the Green Raincoat by Laura Lippman (fiction)2. The Pioneer Woman: Black Heels to Tractor Wheels by Ree Drummond (nonfiction)3. The Company We Keep: A Husband-and-Wife True-Life Spy Story by Robert Baer and Dayna Baer (nonfiction)4. Rawhide Down: The Near Assassination of Ronald Reagan by Del Quentin Wilbur (nonfiction)5. The Still Point by Amy Sackville (fiction)6. Flourish: A Visionary New Understanding of Happiness and Well-being by Martin E. P. Seligman (nonfiction)7. Bossypants by Tina Fey (nonfiction)8. If You Were Here by Jen Lancaster (fiction)9. In the Garden of Beasts: Love, Terror, and an American Family in Hitler’s Berlin by Erik Larson (nonfiction)10. Pocket-47 by Jude Hardin (fiction)11. Spider Web by Earlene Fowler (fiction)12. Hell Is Empty by Craig Johnson (fiction)

Support Your Local Library Challenge

I love and adore reading challenges that inspire people to read library books.

The guidelines are:

1. The goal is to read 12, 25, 50, or 100 books from your local library. Anyone can join. You don’t need a blog to participate. Non-Bloggers: Post your list of books in the comment section of the Post Your Reviews post.

2. Any book from your local library counts.

3. No need to list your books in advance. You may select books as you go. Even if you list them now, you can change the list if needed.

4. Crossovers from other reading challenges count.

5. Challenge begins January 1st and continues through the end of December 2011.


I’m doing this challenge! And I’m vowing to read 100 library books this year.
Here’s my definition of “library book” as I read for this challenge:
– books, audiobooks, eBooks, and eAudiobooks checked out from my library
– interlibrary loan books and audiobooks checked out from my library
This page will be my home base as I track my progress on this challenge.
Books Read
1. Just Kids by Patti Smith
2. Master of the Senate by Robert A. Caro
3. Bob Dylan in America by Sean Wilentz
4. Edward R. Murrow and the Birth of Broadcast Journalism by Bob Edwards
5. The President’s Lady: A Novel about Rachel and Andrew Jackson by Irving Stone
6. Dear Mrs. Kennedy: The World Shares Its Grief: Letters, November 1963 by Jay Mulvaney and Paul De Angelis
7. Bird Cloud: A Memoir by Annie Proulx
8. How to Live, or, A Life of Montaigne in One Question and Twenty Attempts at an Answer by Sarah Bakewell
9. Confessions of an Advertising Man by David Ogilvy
10. The Natural by Bernard Malamud
11. Forbidden Falls by Robyn Carr
12. Sarah’s Key by Tatiana de Rosnay
13. 5th Avenue, 5 A.M.: Audrey Hepburn, Breakfast at Tiffany’s, and the Dawn of the Modern Woman by Sam Wasson
14. The Secret Lives of Dresses by Erin McKean
15. Step on a Crack by James Patterson and Michael Ledwidge
16. Reading Jackie: Her Autobiography in Books by William Kuhn
17. Revolution by Jennifer Donnelly
18. Though Not Dead by Dana Stabenow
19. The Shallows: What the Internet Is Doing to Our Brains by Nicholas Carr
20. Keeping the House by Ellen Baker
21. The Pioneer Woman: Black Heels to Tractor Wheels—A Love Story by Ree Drummond
22. The Lady Elizabeth by Alison Weir
23. The Best of Everything by Rona Jaffe
24. Crazy for the Storm: A Memoir of Survival by Norman Ollestad
25. Ballad of the Whiskey Robber: A True Story of Bank Heists, Ice Hockey, Transylvanian Pelt Smuggling, Moonlighting Detectives, and Broken Hearts by Julian Rubinstein
26. Healing and the Mind by Bill Moyers (audiobook)
27. The Sun’s Bride by Gillian Bradshaw
28. The Company We Keep: A Husband-and-Wife True-Life Spy Story by Robert Baer and Dayna Baer
29. Packing for Mars: The Curious Science of Life in the Void by Mary Roach
30. Shoeless Joe by W. P. Kinsella
31. Rawhide Down: The Near Assassination of Ronald Reagan by Del Quentin Wilber
32. Goody Hall by Natalie Babbitt
33. The Book of Awesome: Snow Days, Bakery Air, Finding Money in Your Pocket, and Other Simple, Brilliant Things by Neil Pasricha
34. What’s a Disorganized Person to Do? by Stacey Platt
35. The Still Point by Amy Sackville
36. At Home: A Short History of Private Life by Bill Bryson
37. Flourish: A Visionary New Understanding of Happiness and Well-being by Martin E. P. Seligman
38. The 10 Commandments of Money: Survive and Thrive in the New Economy by Liz Weston
39. Bossypants by Tina Fey
40. The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath
41. She Walks in Beauty: A Woman’s Journey Through Poems selected and introduced by Caroline Kennedy
42. The Nobodies Album by Carolyn Parkhurst
43. The Path to Power by Robert A. Caro (The Years of Lyndon Johnson, Volume 1)
44. The Great Circle by Peter Prince
45. If You Were Here by Jen Lancaster
46. In the Garden of Beasts: Love, Terror, and an American Family in Hitler’s Berlin by Erik Larson
47. Women of Magdalene by Rosemary Poole-Carter
48. Pocket-47 by Jude Hardin
49. Spider Web by Earlene Fowler
50. Everyone Loves You When You’re Dead: Journeys into Fame and Madness by Neil Strauss
51. Life by Keith Richards
52. The Good Among the Great: 19 Traits of the Most Admirable, Creative, and Joyous People by Donald Van de Mark
53. Christy by Catherine Marshall
54. Hell Is Empty by Craig Johnson
55. Red on Red by Edward Conlon
56. State of Wonder by Ann Patchett
57. Vanity Fair’s Presidential Profiles edited by Graydon Carter
58. Chocolate Chocolate: The True Story of Two Sisters, Tons of Treats, and the Little Shop that Could by Frances ark and Ginger
59. My Year with Eleanor by Noelle Hancock
60. The Lonely Polygamist by Brady Udall
61. Live from New York: An Uncensored History of Saturday Night Live by Tom Shales and James Andrew Miller
62. Stories I Only Tell My Friends by Rob Lowe
63. Kate: The Making of a Princess by Claudia Joseph
64. Before I Go to Sleep by S. J. Watson
65. The Alienist by Caleb Carr
66. The Cater Street Hangman by Anne Perry
67. Jackdaws by Ken Follett
68. The Godfather by Mario Puzo
69. Original Sin by Beth McMullen
70. Sharp Objects by Gillian Flynn
71. This Beautiful Life by Helen Schulman
72. The Money Class: Learn to Create Your New American Dream by Suze Orman
73. An Accidental Sportswriter: A Memoir by Robert Lipsyte
74. Girls in White Dresses by Jennifer Close
75. Midnight Cowboy by James Leo Herlihy
76. Corn Flakes with John Lennon by Robert Hilburn
77. The Pleasures of Reading in an Age of Distraction by Alan Jacobs
78. Skyjack: The Hunt for D.B. Cooper by Geoffrey Gray
79. Angel’s Peak by Robyn Carr
80. Last Men Out: The True Story of America’s Heroic Final Hours in Vietnam by Bob Drury and Tom Clavin
81. Pirate King by Laurie R. King
82. Rules of Civility by Amor
83. English Creek by Ivan Doig
84. Moonlight Road by Robyn Carr
85. Master and Commander by Patrick O’Brian
86. Saratoga by David Garland
87. D.C. Noir edited by George Pelecanos
88. The President’s
Photographer: Fifty Years Inside the Oval Office
by John
Bredar
89. After This by Alice McDermott
90. Killing Floor by Lee Child
91. The Sisters Brothers by Patrick DeWitt
92. The Black Echo by Michael Connelly
93. The Last Striptease by Michael Wiley
94. The Blood Red Indian Summer by David Handler
95. Steal the Show by Thomas Kaufman
96. Boston Noir edited by Dennis Lehane
97. Jacqueline Kennedy:
Historic Conversations on Life with John F. Kennedy: Interviews with Arthur M.
Schlesinger, Jr., 1964

98. Growing Up Amish by Ira Wagler 
99. What It Is Like to Go to War by Karl Marlantes
100. Into the Wild Nerd
Yonder: My Life on the Dork Side
by
Julie Halpern

101. Heart of a Lion by Gilbert Morris
102. A Place Called Trinity by Delia Parr
103. Laura Rider’s Masterpiece by Jane Hamilton
104. V Is for Vengeance by Sue Grafton
105. Blue Blood by Edward Conlon


2011 Nonfiction Challenge


The Broke and the Bookish (love that name!) is hosting a fabulous Nonfiction Challenge. The great thing about this challenge is that you are challenged to read across various types of nonfiction. All of that is explained below. Here are the rules, etc., from the mother ship: Rules:
– The challenge runs from January 17th to December 31st 2011.
– Anyone who links a review up is eligible to be entered to win a book of their choice (under $15).
– Anyone can join. If you don’t have a blog, you can link reviews on Goodreads or Amazon or wherever you have your reviews.
– You can join the challenge at any point throughout the year.

Here’s the challenge: Culture: Non-fiction books about different cultures, religions and foreign lands; memoirs & biographies count.

Art: Non-fiction books about anything art related (painters, music, architecture, photography, dance, literature, film, etc.). Memoirs/biographies of any people related to the arts count.

Food: Food memoirs, anything related to food industry, food lifestyles

Medical: anything related to the medical field–industry memoirs, memoirs about illnesses (mental included) /diseases, etc.

Travel: travelogues, industry memoirs, travel guides, etc.

Memoir/Biography: Self explanatory

Money: Anything related to finances, economics, history of money, financial improvement etc.

Science/Nature: Anything related to any scientific field, memoirs count.

History: Anything history related– events, biographies of historic figures, etc.


Levels:
1-3 books from different categories: Master of Trivial Pursuit
4-6 books from different categories: Apply For Who Wants to Be A Millionaire
7-9 books from different categories: Future Jeopardy Champion

I’m going to participate at the “Future Jeopardy Champion” level, which means I’ll read from all but 2 of the categories above. I strongly suspect I know which ones I’ll avoid, but sometimes I surprise myself.
This page will be my home base for the project.
Books Read1. Edward R. Murrow and the Birth of Broadcast Journalism by Bob Edwards (memoir/biography)
2. Reading Jackie: Her Autobiography in Books by William Kuhn (art)
3. Ballad of the Whiskey Robber: A True Story of Bank Heists, Ice Hockey, Transylvanian Pelt Smuggling, Moonlighting Detectives, and Broken Hearts by Julian Rubinstein (culture)
4. The 10 Commandments of Money: Survive and Thrive in the New Economy by Liz Weston (money)
5. At Home: A Short History of Private Life by Bill Bryson (history)
6. Packing for Mars by Mary Roach (science/nature)
7. Chocolate Chocolate: The True Story of Two Sisters, Tons of Treats, and the Little Shop that Could by Frances ark and Ginger Park (food)

Historical Fiction Challenge

Historical Tapestry is hosting the Historical Fiction Reading Challenge 2011, and I am going to participate.

From their blog, here’s the scoop:

After 3 years organizing the Historical Fiction Challenge, the girls of The Royal Reviews gracefully passed over this exciting event to our team at Historical Tapestry. We will do our best to continue doing a great job and create a wonderful place to share and discuss our favourite (and less favourite) historical fiction books for the next year.
Each month, a new post dedicated to the HF Challenge will be created. To participate, you only have to follow the rules:

  • everyone can participate, even those who don’t have a blog (you can add your book title and thoughts in the comment section if you wish)

  • add the link(s) of your review(s) including your name and book title to the Mister Linky we’ll be adding to our monthly post (please, do not add your blog link, but the correct address that will guide us directly to your review)


  • any kind of historical fiction is accepted (HF fantasy, HF young adult,…)
  • you can overlap this challenge with others kind of challenges
  • During these following 12 months you can choose one of the different reading levels:
  1. Severe Bookaholism: 20 books
  2. Undoubtedly Obsessed: 15 books
  3. Struggling the Addiction: 10 books
  4. Daring & Curious: 5 books
  5. Out of My Comfort Zone: 2 books


The challenge will run from 1 January 2011 to 31 December 2011.

I’m going to participate at the 10-book level. It will be good for me. It will!
Books Read
1. The President’s Lady: A Novel about Rachel and Andrew Jackson by Irving Stone
2. Sarah’s Key by Tatiana de Rosnay
3. Keeping the House by Ellen Baker
4. The Lady Elizabeth by Alison Weir
5. The Sun’s Bride by Gillian Bradshaw

6. The Great Circle by Peter Prince
7. Women of Magdalene by Rosemary Poole-Carter
8. Christy by Catherine Marshall
9. The Alienist by Caleb Carr
10. Heart of a Lion by Gilbert Morris
11. A Place Called Trinity by Delia Parr

3Rs Challenge

One of the things I love about book blogs is discovering books other bloggers love. And that’s what the 3Rs Challenge is all about.
Here’s how the 3 hosting bloggers describe it:
The Three R’s is a collaboration of the minds of Cheryl from CMash Loves to Read, Julie from Reading with Restraint, and Gina from Hott Books. The ideas, the creativity, and the technology – respectively. We’re each putting forth what we can do to spring this to life.

It all started because Cheryl wanted to remember the bloggers who write the reviews that begin our journey to a new book, new series, or new author. Every day each of us reads the reviews of others shaping our TBR lists. Then we occasionally remember to note them in our post but, more often than not, we completely forget about the reviews that brought us to the wonderful book we’ve just read.

So this challenge is for them!

We’d like to link our reviews that mention the blogger that suggested the book we’ve read and are now reviewing.

How thankful are you?

  • 1-6 Books (~1 review every 2 months)
  • 7-12 Books (~1 reviews every month)
  • 13-24 Books (~ 2 reviews every month)
Rules:
We’re not making this a difficult challenge, actually, it’s going to be very simple!
  1. This challenge will begin on January 1, 2011 and end on December 31, 2011.
  2. Write a starting post stating how thankful you plan to be in the upcoming year and link it to the linky we’ll have on the starting post.
  3. Read a book recommended to you by another blogger. (This book can be a crossover from another challenge.)
  4. Review the book & Recognize the blogger who recommended it to you.
  5. Recommend the Book in our Recommend linky by linking your review post naming the blogger who recommended the book to you.
Easy, right? Who wants to be in on the fun?
I’m going to participate at the “1-6 Books” level. I’m very excited about the books I’ll find in 2011 by reading others’ blogs, and I look forward to crediting them for their great recommendations.
1. The Best of Everything by Rona Jaffe (recommended by Bybee of Naked Without Books!)
2. The Nobodies Album by Carolyn Parkhurst (recommended by Gary of Book Group Buzz)

2010 Reading Challenge Wrap-Up

This is the first year I’ve been a maniac for reading challenges, and I don’t regret it one bit. It could have been otherwise.

One of the reasons I didn’t major in English was that I didn’t want reading to be “ruined.” In a similar way, I’m cautious about signing up for reading challenges. I want to make sure there’s more serendipity than structure in my reading life.
In 2010, I under-challenged myself in some areas, and over-challenged myself in only one instance (ironically, with my own reading challenge).
Here’s the final reading challenge wrap-up for the lovely year 2010:
ThemeQuest Reading Challenge Completed, and just barely, through some pretty sneaky cheating (11 books read) Who thought this thing up?! I signed up for the Theme Supreme level, and it nearly kicked my little patootie. In the end, I pretty much cheated with fiction books #2 and #3 (dang! Thought I only needed 2 fiction books! Again, I will ask: Who made up these rules?!)

U.S. Presidents Reading ProjectWell underway this lifelong challenge (22 books read)
I love this challenge. I’ve read biographies of exactly half of the presidents: 22 completed, 22 to go. The toughies lie ahead: Hayes, Buchanan, Fillmore… Meanwhile, I’ll continue to read about JFK and LBJ all the time, even though they’re already officially checked off the list. (See intro paragraphs above: I want to read what I want to read!)

2010 Support Your Local Library Reading Challenge (75 book level) Completed (133 books read)
I’m all about supporting libraries. Should have signed up for the 100 book level, and that’s my goal for 2011.

Time Travel Reading Challenge Completed (3 books read)
I discovered I’d already read most of the really good time travel books. But this challenge inspired me to read When You Reach Me by Rebecca Stead, which I adored.

2010 Pub Challenge Completed (10+ books read)
I’m always surprised how many recently-published books I read.

Truth Is Stranger Than Fiction Reading Challenge Completed (8+ books read)
For a nonfiction fiend, so this challenge was a breeze (and a pleasure!)

2010 Mixology Completed (133 books read)
This challenge is completely fun.
Mixology categories with actual books read and goal: Total books: 133 read (goal: 75) Newly published: 44 (goal: 10) Biographies: 12 (goal: 10) Audiobooks: 20 (goal: 5) Romance: 18 (goal: 5)

In 2011, I’m still approaching the challenge thing with a certain amount of care. There are a couple that I almost said “yes” to, but I’m going to hold back. But there are a couple of others that I’ll add to the mix for next year. I’m looking forward to 2011!
Wishing you all a very happy New Year —

100+ Reading Challenge

Midway through 2010, I was kicking myself for not signing up for the 100+ books reading challenge.

This year, I’m participating!
Here are the guidelines:

“1. The goal is to read 100 or more books. Anyone can join. You don’t need a blog to participate. Posting on GoodReads or wherever you post your reviews is good enough.


2. Audio, Re-reads, eBooks, YA, Manga, Graphic Novels, Library books, Novellas, Young Reader, Nonfiction – as long as the book has an ISBN or equivalent or can be purchased as such, the book counts.

What doesn’t count: Individual short stories or individual books in the Bible.

3. No need to list your books in advance. You may select books as you go. Even if you list them now, you can change the list if needed.

4. Crossovers from other reading challenges count.

5. Challenge begins January 1st thru December, 2011. Books started before the 1st do not count. You can join at anytime.”



This page will be my home base for this reading challenge.
Books I Read in 2011

1. Just Kids by Patti Smith
2. Master of the Senate by Robert A. Caro
3. Bob Dylan in America by Sean Wilentz
4. Edward R. Murrow and the Birth of Broadcast Journalism by Bob Edwards
5. Hey Buddy: In Pursuit of Buddy Holly, My New Buddy John, and My Lost Decade of Music by Gary W. Moore
6. The President’s Lady: A Novel about Rachel and Andrew Jackson by Irving Stone
7. Dear Mrs. Kennedy: The World Shares Its Grief: Letters, November 1963 by Jay Mulvaney and Paul De Angelis
8. Bird Cloud: A Memoir by Annie Proulx
9. The Girl in the Green Raincoat by Laura Lippman
10. Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell
11. How to Live, or, A Life of Montaigne in One Question and Twenty Attempts at an Answer by Sarah Bakewell
12. Confessions of an Advertising Man by David Ogilvy
13. The Natural by Bernard Malamud
14. Forbidden Falls by Robyn Carr
15. Sarah’s Key by Tatiana de Rosnay
16. 5th Avenue, 5 A.M.: Audrey Hepburn, Breakfast at Tiffany’s, and the Dawn of the Modern Woman by Sam Wasson
17. The Secret Lives of Dresses by Erin McKean
18. True Grit by Charles Portis
19. Step on a Crack by James Patterson and Michael Ledwidge
20. Reading Jackie: Her Autobiography in Books by William Kuhn
21. Revolution by Jennifer Donnelly
22. Though Not Dead by Dana Stabenow
23. The Shallows: What the Internet Is Doing to Our Brains by Nicholas Carr
24. The Inner Circle by Brad Meltzer
25. Keeping the House by Ellen Baker
26. The Pioneer Woman: Black Heels to Tractor Wheels—A Love Story by Ree Drummond
27. The Lady Elizabeth by Alison Weir
28. The Best of Everything by Rona Jaffe
29. Crazy for the Storm: A Memoir of Survival by Norman Ollestad
30. Ballad of the Whiskey Robber: A True Story of Bank Heists, Ice Hockey, Transylvanian Pelt Smuggling, Moonlighting Detectives, and Broken Hearts by Julian Rubinstein
31. Healing and the Mind by Bill Moyers (audiobook)
32. The Sun’s Bride by Gillian Bradshaw
33. The Company We Keep: A Husband-and-Wife True-Life Spy Story by Robert Baer and Dayna Baer
34. Packing for Mars: The Curious Science of Life in the Void by Mary Roach
35. Shoeless Joe by W. P. Kinsella
36. Rawhide Down: The Near Assassination of Ronald Reagan by Del Quentin Wilber
37. Goody Hall by Natalie Babbitt
38. The Book of Awesome: Snow Days, Bakery Air, Finding Money in Your Pocket, and Other Simple, Brilliant Things by Neil Pasricha
39. What’s a Disorganized Person to Do? by Stacey Platt
40. The Still Point by Amy Sackville
41. At Home: A Short History of Private Life by Bill Bryson
42. Flourish: A Visionary New Understanding of Happiness and Well-being by Martin E. P. Seligman
43. The 10 Commandments of Money: Survive and Thrive in the New Economy by Liz Weston
44. Bossypants by Tina Fey
45. The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath
46. She Walks in Beauty: A Woman’s Journey Through Poems selected and introduced by Caroline Kennedy
47. The Nobodies Album by Carolyn Parkhurst
48. The Path to Power by Robert A. Caro (The Years of Lyndon Johnson, Volume 1)
49. The Great Circle by Peter Prince
50. If You Were Here by Jen Lancaster
51. In the Garden of Beasts: Love, Terror, and an American Family in Hitler’s Berlin by Erik Larson
52. Women of Magdalene by Rosemary Poole-Carter
53. Pocket-47 by Jude Hardin
54. Spider Web by Earlene Fowler
55. Everyone Loves You When You’re Dead: Journeys into Fame and Madness by Neil Strauss
56. Life by Keith Richards
57. The Good Among the Great: 19 Traits of the Most Admirable, Creative, and Joyous People by Donald Van de Mark
58. Christy by Catherine Marshall
59. Hell Is Empty by Craig Johnson
60. Red on Red by Edward Conlon
61. State of Wonder by Ann Patchett
62. Vanity Fair’s Presidential Profiles edited by Graydon Carter
63. Chocolate Chocolate: The True Story of Two Sisters, Tons of Treats, and the Little Shop that Could by Frances ark and Ginger Park
64. My Year with Eleanor by Noelle Hancock
65. The Lonely Polygamist by Brady Udall
66. Live from New York: An Uncensored History of Saturday Night Live by Tom Shales and James Andrew Miller
67. Stories I Only Tell My Friends by Rob Lowe
68. Kate: The Making of a Princess by Claudia Joseph
69. Before I Go to Sleep by S. J. Watson
70. The Alienist by Caleb Carr
71. The Cater Street Hangman by Anne Perry
72. Jackdaws by Ken Follett
73. The Godfather by Mario Puzo
74. Original Sin by Beth McMullen
75. Sharp Objects by Gillian Flynn
76. This Beautiful Life by Helen Schulman
77. The Money Class: Learn to Create Your New American Dream by Suze Orman
78. An Accidental Sportswriter: A Memoir by Robert Lipsyte
79. Girls in White Dresses by Jennifer Close
80. Midnight Cowboy by James Leo Herlihy
81. The Right Stuff by Tom Wolfe
82. Corn Flakes with John Lennon by Robert Hilburn
83. The Pleasures of Reading in an Age of Distraction by Alan Jacobs
84. Skyjack: The Hunt for D.B. Cooper by Geoffrey Gray
85. Angel’s Peak by Robyn Carr
86. Last Men Out: The True Story of America’s Heroic Final Hours in Vietnam by Bob Drury and Tom Clavin
87. Pirate King by Laurie R. King
88. Rules of Civility by Amor Towles
89. English Creek by Ivan Doig
90. Moonlight Road by Robyn Carr
91. Master and Commander by Patrick O’Brian
92. Saratoga by David Garland
93. The Nobodies Album by Carolyn Parkhurst
94. D.C. Noir edited by George Pelecanos
95. The President’s
Photographer: Fifty Years Inside the Oval Office
by John
Bredar
96. After This by Alice McDermott
97. Killing Floor by Lee Child
98. The Sisters Brothers by Patrick DeWitt
99. The Black Echo by Michael Connelly
100. The Last Striptease by Michael Wiley
101. The Blood Red Indian Summer by David Handler
102. Steal the Show by Thomas Kaufman
103. Boston Noir edited by Dennis Lehane
104. Jacqueline Kennedy:
Historic Conversations on Life with John F. Kennedy: Interviews with Arthur M.
Schlesinger, Jr., 1964

105. Growing Up Amish by Ira Wagler
106. What It Is Like to Go to War by Karl Marlantes
107. The Dogs of War: The
Courage, Love, and Loyalty of Military Working Dogs
by Lisa
Rogak
108. Into the Wild Nerd
Yonder: My Life on the Dork Side
by
Julie Halpern
109. Mrs. Nixon by Ann Beattie
110. Heart of a Lion by Gilbert Morris
111. A Place Called Trinity by Delia Parr
112. Laura Rider’s Masterpiece by Jane Hamilton
113. V Is for Vengeance by Sue Grafton
114. Blue Blood by Edward Conlon


Audiobook challenge!

Bewitched Bookworms are offering an audiobook challenge that sounds truly challenging — and I’m signing up.

Here is a synopsis of the guidelines:
Should you choose to participate in this challenge, your goal is to read at least twelve (12) audiobooks (no matter the length). Twelve is the minimum to be entered in the Grand Prize at the end of the Year.

When you post your Review you have to say that you listened to the audiobook version of the book, who was the narrator, the length of time the audiobook ran and your separate rating/impression for the audiobook (how you liked the narration of the story beyond what you thought of the story itself).

The challenge runs from January 1st to December 31st, 2011. You can join at anytime you want! It doesn’t matter what audiobook you are listening to,
no matter the genre or the length!
100 hours: Whispering My Love
200 hours: Can’t Keep Quiet
300 hours: Singing It From The Mountain Tops
400 hours: Megaphone Shout


I’m going to sign up for the 100-hour level, because honestly I’m clueless about the number of hours of audiobooks I listen to each year.
I’m looking forward to this challenge!
Audiobooks Read
4. Step on a Crack by James Patterson and Michael Ledwidge
5. Keeping the House by Ellen Baker
6. Crazy for the Storm: A Memoir of Survival by Norman Ollestad
7. The Nobodies Album by Carolyn Parkhurst
8. At Home by Bill Bryson
9. Bossypants by Tina Fey
10. Life by Keith Richards
11. The Lonely Polygamist by Brady Udall
12. Jacqueline Kennedy: Historic Conversations on Life with John F. Kennedy: Interviews with Arthur M. Schlesinger, Jr., 1964


Total number of hours: 139

I want more! (What else is new?)

(Confession: Great-looking logos are a serious enticement for me to participate in challenges.
I also judge books by their covers. Come on, you do it, too, if you’re really honest about it! [Right?])
Here are the premise and the guidelines:
Have you read a book and at the end said you must read another by this author but haven’t? Then this Challenge is for you, what are you waiting for. 🙂 There are so many amazing authors but sometimes we get caught up in reading all the new we forget about the authors that have already impressed, excited us, gave us what all readers want, a great read, that wow moment, so this Challenge is to show all the authors that have pleased us already how thankful we are by reading more of their literary works.
* Challenge Dates: January 1, 2011 – December 31, 2011

* All Genres are Welcome

* This challenge does NOT include Series, only stand alone

* See Levels below, you can change at any time if increasing, you cannot decrease once signed up.

* All forms of books will count – eBooks, Audiobooks, etc

* You do not have to list the chosen books ahead of time and your choices can crossover into other challenges you have joined.

* If you participate in this challenge please signup below. Either post and link back here with your direct link to your intro challenge post or put Challenge Button on sidebar linking back here please. In your post give us an idea of what authors impressed you so now You Want More.

* Monthly Giveaways – More details to follow soon

Level of Participation

Waited too long: 2 – 4 books
Give me more: 5 – 8 books
Never too much: 9 – 12 books

I am going to participate at the “Waited Too Long” level, which means I’ll select 2-4 books by authors I’ve read before.
While I am not committing to any authors in particular until I test-drive the books (fussy, I know, but life is too short to spend on books one doesn’t like!) I will say that these authors are already on my list of authors to consider for this challenge:
Tim O’BrienNatalie BabbittJonathan TropperBill BrysonRebecca Stead
I’ll use this page as my home base for this challenge. I can already tell: this will be a good one!
Books Read

1. Goody Hall by Natalie Babbitt

E-Book Challenge!

The Ladybug Reads is hosting a brilliant thing: the 2011 E-Book Challenge.
And I’m signing on.
My first inclination was to do the 6-book level, but then I thought, “This is supposed to be a challenge,” so I’m going for the 12-book “Addicted” level.
Here are the guidelines:
1. Anyone can join. You don’t need a blog to participate.

–Non-bloggers: Include your information in the comment section.

2. There are four levels:

— Curious – Read 3 e-books.

— Fascinated – Read 6 e-books.

— Addicted – Read 12 e-books.

— Obsessed – Read 20 e-books.

3. Any genre counts.

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. Challenge begins January 1, 2011 and lasts until December 31, 2011.

Nook Color, you’re going to be seeing a lot of me next year.
This posting will be my home base for the E-Book Challenge.
eBooks Read in 2011
1. Bob Dylan in America by Sean Wilentz
3. 5th Avenue, 5 A.M.: Audrey Hepburn, Breakfast at Tiffany’s, and the Dawn of the Modern Woman by Sam Wasson
4. The Book of Awesome: Snow Days, Bakery Air, Finding Money in Your Pocket, and Other Simple, Brilliant Things by Neil Pasricha
5. The Still Point by Amy Sackville
6. Kate: The Making of a Princess by Claudia Joseph
7. D.C. Noir edited by George Pelecanos
8. Boston Noir edited by Dennis Lehane
9. The Dogs of War: The
Courage, Love, and Loyalty of Military Working Dogs
by Lisa
Rogak
10. Mrs. Nixon by Ann Beattie