Friday, January 2, 2009

What's in a Name Challenge 2

*Dates: January 1, 2009 through December 31, 2009

*The Challenge: Choose one book from each of the following categories.

1. A book with a "profession" in its title. Examples might include: The Book Thief, The Island of Dr. Moreau, The Historian

2. A book with a "time of day" in its title. Examples might include: Twilight, Four Past Midnight, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time

3. A book with a "relative" in its title. Examples might include: Eight Cousins, My Father's Dragon, The Daughter of Time

4. A book with a "body part" in its title. Examples might include: The Bluest Eye, Bag of Bones, The Heart of Darkness

5. A book with a "building" in its title. Examples might include: Uncle Tom's Cabin, Little House on the Prairie, The Looming Tower

6. A book with a "medical condition" in its title. Examples might include: Insomnia, Coma, The Plague

*You may overlap books with other challenges, but please don't use the same book for more than one category.

My Tentative List
Time of Day
Body Part
  • The Wasp Factory: Iain Banks
Medical Condition

Thursday, January 1, 2009

Fourth Annual NaJuReMoNoMo

National Just Read More Novels Month
  1. Only Novels Count. This means no non-fiction books, memoirs, short stories, essay collections, or books based on internet memes like LOLcats. The judge is out on graphic novels. It's your call.

  2. Memoirs Don’t Count. Even if they are fictional. And especially if they are fake memoirs about the Holocaust.

  3. It Can’t Be A Novel You Have Already Read. Expand your horizons. Try some new authors.

  4. You Must Start At The Beginning. If the book is on your nightstand, you have to start over. We are looking at January 1 to January 31. That is 31 days. We are on a deadline.
    Have Fun.

  5. This a lark. You wouldn't be reading if you didn't enjoy it.

And of course we have our valuable prizes. You get to brag about your literacy ability by posting our "Winner" badges on your site. Any book qualifies for the Blue Winner badge. Now a lot of people read more than one. Three books qualifies for the Green Badge. Five gets the Silver Badge and ten is the Gold level.

OK, I can SO do this one. I can finish at least one novel even if I stay in my reading rut! There are prizers at stake here. Must get badge...

Challenges I Did NOT Finish in 2008

Time to clean up the blog and get the challenges I did not finish off my sidebars. Some of the challenges I did not finish I came very close to making it...some I did not. Signing up for challenges makes me search through my books and read genres I normally may not pick up for myself. Even though there were a lot of challenges I did not finish there were many in 2008 that I did complete!

  • I get to work on this one still since there is a Series Challenge 3!


  • I thought I would do better on this one. Once I decided I wanted to focus more on fulfilling my A~Z Challenge it was harder to find readings to fit this challenge that I was still interested in.


  • So close! I just ran out of time.


  • Once the end of the year kept getting closer and closer I just gave up on trying to fit in the two decades I needed.


  • I thougth that by signing up for this challenge I would be motivated into an area where I do not have a lot of interest. It didn't work very well.

Books Read 2008


60. The Phantom Tollbooth: Norton Juster
59. The Zookeeper's Wife-A War Story: Diane Ackerman


58. Fire Study: Maria Snyder
57. A Prayer for Owen Meany: John Irving


56. Sushi for One: Cami Tang
55. The Ottoman Cage: Barabara Nadel


54. The Devil's Arithmetic: Jane Yolen
53. Veronica Decides to Die: Paulo Coelho
52. American Gods: Neil Gaiman


51. Like Water for Chocolate: Laura Esquivel
50. The Joy Luck Club: Amy Tan
49. The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time: Mark Haddon
48. The Rasputin Relic: William Valtos
47. Fieldwork: Mischa Berlinski


46. The Sixteen Pleasures: Robert Hellenga
45. a long way gone: Memoirs of a Boy Soldier: Ishmael Beah
44. The Secret Garden: Frances Hodgson Burnett
43. The Thieves of Heaven: Richard Doetsch
42. Pig Island: Mo Hayder
41. Murder on the Orient Express: Agatha Christie
40. Ella Minnow Pea: Mark Dunn
39. Decipher: Stel Pavlou


38. A Piece of Cake: Cupcake Brown
37. The Shadow of the Wind: Carlos Zafon
36. Number the Stars: Lois Lowry
Ozma of Oz: L. Frank Baum (audio book)
35. The $64 Tomato: William Alexander
34. The Awakening: Kate Chopin
33. Harry Potter & The Sorcerer's Stone: J. K. Rowling
32. Parasite Rex: Carl Zimmer
31. The Things They Carried: Tim O'Brien


30. When We Were Gods a Novel of Cleopatra: Colin Falconer
29. I, Mona Lisa: Jeanne Kalogridis
28. Magic Study: Maria Snyder
27. Uglies: Scott Westerfeld
The Marvelous Land of Oz: L. Frank Baum (audio book)
26. The Blind Assassin: Margaret Atwood
The Wonderful Wizard of Oz: L. Frank Baum (audio book)


25. Bel Canto: Ann Patchett
24. The House of the Spirts: Isabel Allende
Dracula: Bram Stoker (audio book)
23. Prentice Alvin: Orson Scott Card
22. Messenger: Lois Lowry
21. Kabul Beauty School: An American Woman Goes Behind the Veil: Deborah Rodriquez
20. The God of Small Things: Arundhati Roy


19. A Tree Grows in Brooklyn: Betty Smith
18. The Boy in the Striped Pajamas: John Boyne
17. Rosemary's Baby: Ira Levin
16. Cruel & Unusual: Patricial Cornwell
15. The Burn Journals: Brent Runyon
14. Red Prophet: Orson Scott Card
13. Flowers for Algernon: Daniel Keyes
12. The Silver Rose: Susan Carroll


11. Gathering Blue: Lois Lowry
10. White Oleander: Janet Fitch
9. Lost Name: Richard E. Kim
8. Veil of Roses: Laura Fitzgerald
7. Lamb: The Gospel According to Biff, Christ's Childhood Pal: Christopher Moore
6. The Glass Castle: Jeannette Walls


5. The Reckoning (The Blood of the Lamb): Thomas Monteleone
4. The Giver: Lois Lowry
3. Middlesex: Jeffrey Eugenides
2. Seventh Son: Tales of the Alvin Maker: Orson Scott Card
1. The Girls: Lori Lansens
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