Can't resist a good challenge.

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Aussie Author Challenge 2011

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

Dates: 1 January - 31 December 2011
Host: Joanne @ Booklover Book Reviews

Guidelines (quoted from the challenge announcement page):
  • Objective: Read and review books written by Australian Authors - physical books, ebooks and audiobooks, fiction and non-fiction!

  • Challenge Levels:
    ~ Tourist - Read and review 3 books by 3 different Aussie Authors
    ~ True Blue - Read and review 12 books by Australian authors (at least 9 different authors)

See my original post about the challenge here.
See my wrap-up post here.
See the challenge announcement/sign-up page here.
Find the link for reviews here.

✸ I'm signing up at the "Tourist" level, and will be reading three books.


MY READING LIST (books read):
  1. Picnic at Hanging Rock. Joan Lindsay
  2. The Seance. John Harwood
  3. My Brilliant Career. Miles Franklin

POSSIBLE CHOICES:
Jessica Anderson: The Impersonators (1980)
-----. Tirra Lirra by the River (1978)
Peter Carey: My Life as a Fake (2003)
-----. Oscar and Lucinda (1988)
-----. Parrot and Olivier in America (2009)
Miles Franklin: My Brilliant Career (1901)
Kerry Greenwood: Cocaine Blues (Phryne Fisher series, #1)
John Harwood: The Ghost Writer (2004)
-----. The Seance (2008)
Shirley Hazzard: The Bay of Noon (1970)
-----. The Great Fire (1980)
-----. The Transit of Venus (1980)
Maggie Joel: The Past and Other Lies (2009)
Elizabeth Jolley: An Innocent Gentleman (2001)
-----. Foxybaby (1985)
-----. Miss Peabody's Inheritance (1983)
-----. The Newspaper of Claremont Street (1988)
-----. The Orchard Thieves (1995)
-----. Palomino (1980)
-----. The Well (1986)
Frank Moorhouse: Grand Days (1993)
Kate Morton: The House at Riverton (2006)
Henry Handel Richardson: The Getting of Wisdom (1910)
Christina Stead: Letty Fox: Her Luck (1946)
-----. The Little Hotel: A Novel (1973)
-----. A Little Tea. A Little Chat (1948)
-----. The Man Who Loved Children (1940)
-----. Miss Herbert: The Suburban Wife (1976)
-----. The People With the Dogs (1952)
Markus Zusak: The Book Thief (2006)

Saturday, January 1, 2011

Awesome Author Challenge 2011

**Challenge completed.**

Dates: 1 January - 31 December 2011
Host: Alyce of At Home With Books

Guidelines (quoted from the announcement/sign-up page):
  • Read works from authors that are completely new to you (you haven't read any of their writing before).
  • Read books that have been recommended by friends, bloggers, or books that have been on your TBR forever because you have heard that the author's writing is fantastic.
  • Crossover from other challenges is allowed.
  • Titles and authors do not have to be predetermined, and can change at any time.
  • Books can come from any genre or reading level, the only requirement is that you have heard great things about the author, but haven't yet read any of their works.
  • Choose from these Reading Levels:
    ~ Simply Awesome - 3 to 6 Books
    ~ Totally Awesome - 6 to 10 Books
    ~ Blinded By Overexposure to Awesomeness - Over 10 Books
✸ I signed up at the "Simply Awesome" Level, and read 6 books.

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


MY READING LIST:
  1. Andrew Taylor: The Anatomy of Ghosts
  2. Peter Robinson: Bad Boy
  3. Anne Roiphe: Art and Madness (See Review)
  4. Jennifer Egan: A Visit from the Goon Squad (See Review)
  5. Joan Lindsay: Picnic at Hanging Rock (See Review)
  6. Kate Mosse: The Winter Ghosts