Can't resist a good challenge.

Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Spring Reading Thing 2010

**Challenge completed. See my wrap-up post here.**

Dates:
20 March through 20 June, 2010
Hosted by: Katrina of Callapidder Days

Guidelines:
  • Make a list of books you want to read (or finish reading) this spring. No set number of books: Your list can be as long or as short as you'd like.
  • Post the list on your blog and then link your post to the sign up page (using Mr. Linky there).
  • Lists can be changed at any time during the challenge.
  • When the challenge ends in June, write a post about your challenge experience, telling whether or not you met your goals and how the Spring Reading Thing went for you.

See my original post about the challenge here.
See my wrap-up post here.
See the challenge announcement page here.
See the page for challenge wrap-ups here.

MY READING LIST:
  1. Heresy. S.J. Parris [Review to come]
  2. A Stitch in Time. Monica Ferris [Review to come]
  3. A Fair Maiden. Joyce Carol Oates [Review to come]
  4. The Swimming Pool. Holly LeCraw [See Review]
  5. An American Type. Henry Roth [See Review]
  6. A River in the Sky. Elizabeth Peters [See Review]
  7. Live To Tell. Lisa Gardner [See Review]
  8. The Map of True Places. Brunonia Barry [See Review]
  9. Tinkers. Paul Harding [See Review]
  10. The Last Child. John Hart [Review to come]
  11. Innocent. Scott Turow [See Review]
  12. The Hypnotist. M.J. Rose [See Review]
  13. The Forgotten Garden. Kate Morton [Review to come]
  14. The Magicians. Lev Grossman [Review to come]

Sunday, March 21, 2010

ARC Reading Challenge 2010

***Challenge completed. See my wrap-up post here.***

Dates: 2 January - 30 December, 2010
Hosted by: Teddy Rose of So Many Precious Books, So Little Time

Guidelines:
  1. Sign up on the challenge announcement page, using Mr. Linky, and leaving a direct link to your blog post about the challenge. Your post should contain your list of ARCs that you'll be reading (see #2 below).
  2. List all the ARCs you have to read right now. Then, throughout the year, you must continue updating that list as you receive more ARCs. Also strike out the ones you finish.
  3. You don't need to indicate which ARCs you plan to read, but can if you wish.
  4. Crossovers with other challenges are allowed.
  5. Audio-books are allowed as long as they are ARCs.
  6. Read the books and review them on your blog. If you don't have a blog, you can post your reviews on other sites, such as Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Powell's, etc.
The Levels:
  • Bronze:
    a. All participants who have or will have twelve or fewer ARCs on hand must read and review all of those books.
    b. All participants who have or will have more than twelve ARCs must read and review at least twelve.

  • Silver: Read 24 ARCs.

  • Gold: Read 25 or more.
If you choose a lower level, you can always change it to a higher level if you like. However, you cannot go from a higher level back down to a lower level.

See my original post about the challenge here.
See my wrap-up post here.
See the challenge announcement page here.

I'm signing up at the Bronze Level, so I'll be reading at least twelve of my ARCs during the year.

BOOKS READ:
  1. The Brontes Went to Woolworths. Rachel Ferguson [See Review]
  2. Heresy. S.J. Parris [Review to come]
  3. The Swimming Pool. Holly LeCraw [See Review]
  4. An American Type. Henry Roth [See Review]
  5. A River in the Sky. Elizabeth Peters [See Review]
  6. Live To Tell [See Review]
  7. The Map of True Places. Brunonia Barry [See Review]
  8. Innocent. Scott Turow [See Review]
  9. The Good Psychologist. Noam Shpancer [See Review]
  10. Damaged. Alex Kava [See Review]
  11. The Vanishing of Katharina Linden (paperback edition) [Review to come]
  12. Think of a Number. John Verdon [Review to come]
  13. All Is Forgotten, Nothing Is Lost. Lan Samantha Chang [See Review]
  14. The Convent. Panos Karnezis [See Review]
  15. After Claude. Iris Owens [See Review]
  16. The Distant Hours. Kate Morton [Review to come]
  17. Juliet. Anne Fortier [See Review]
  18. The Weird Sisters. Eleanor Brown [See Review]

LIST of ARCs To Be Read:
  • Published in 2008
    Descartes' Bones. Russell Shorto
    The Glister. John Burnside
    The Heretic's Daughter. Kathleen Kent
    One More Year. Sana Krasikov
    Shadow of Colossus (A Seven Wonders Novel). T.L. Higley
    Stealing Athena. Karen Essex
    Stone Creek. Victoria Lustbader
    The Suspicions of Mr. Whicher. Kate Summerscale
    Tethered. Amy MacKinnon

  • Published in 2009
    Angels of Destruction. Keith Donohue
    The Atlantis Revelation. Thomas Greanias
    The Manual of Detection. Jedediah Berry
    The Rapture. Liz Jensen
    Stone's Fall. Iain Pears

  • Published in 2010
    The Brontes Went to Woolworths. Rachel Ferguson
    Heresy. S.J. Parris
    The Swimming Pool. Holly LeCraw
    The Map of True Places. Brunonia Barry
    Live to Tell. Lisa Gardner
    A River in the Sky. Elizabeth Peters
    The Vanishing of Katharina Linden. Helen Grant
    Juliet. Anne Fortier
    An American Type. Henry Roth
    Innocent. Scott Turow
    Mr. Toppit. Charles Elton
    Damaged. Alex Kava
    The Good Psychologist. Noel Shpancer
    Bad Boy. Peter Robinson
    The Tower, the Zoo, and the Tortoise. Julia Stuart
    Think of a Number. John Verdon
    All Is Forgotten, Nothing Is Lost. Lan Samantha Chang
    Room: A Novel. Emma Donoghue
    The Convent. Panos Karnezis
    Moonlight Mile. Dennis Lehane
    The Distant Hours. Kate Morton
    Must You Go? Antonia Fraser
    My Reading Life. Pat Conroy
    After Claude. Iris Owens
    A Widow's Story. Joyce Carol Oates
    The Anatomy of Ghosts. Andrew Taylor
    The Weird Sisters. Eleanor Brown