Kristi's List

It took me awhile to stop switching around categories. I think I've finally got it ;>). Since my objective for 2008 is to read as many of my own books as possible, I've picked categories that would fit the books I have on my bookshelves already. Here are my 8 categories and the corresponding books: (duplicates are in blue, other challenges are in red, * marks books I’ll have to get from the library—all the others come from my shelves. There are only 6 books that aren't mine!)

(1) Nora Roberts Roberts is my favorite romance author. I’ve been collecting her back list for a long time and here’s my chance to read some of her older series.

1. The Stanislaski Sisters: Natasha & Rachel (TBR)

2. The Stanislaski Brothers: Mikhail & Alex

3. Waiting for Nick (TBR)

4. Considering Kate (What’s in a Name?)

5. Cordina’s Royal Family

6. Cordina’s Crown Jewel

7. Irish Hearts (Romance)

8. Irish Rebel

(2) J.D. Robb Nora Roberts’ alter ego – these are her romantic suspense books. I’m trying to read them in order.

1. Rapture in Death (Romance)

2. Ceremony in Death (TBR)

3. Vengeance in Death*

4. Holiday in Death*

5. Silent Night (contains the novella – Midnight in Death)*

6. Conspiracy in Death

7. Loyalty in Death*

8. Witness in Death*

(3) TARAns I’m a member of the Tampa Area Romance Authors. For this category, I’ll be reading books written by fellow TARAns. I will add more books as I get them at book signings.

1. You Can’t Hide by Karen Rose (Romance)

2. Die for Me by Karen Rose (TBR)

3. Dead Girls are Easy by Terri Garey (Romance)

4. Lord of the Fading Lands by C.L. Wilson (Romance)





(4) Nonfiction

1. A Pirate Looks at Fifty by Jimmy Buffett (In Their Shoes)

2. Kitchen Privileges by Mary Higgins Clark (In Their Shoes)

3. Dispatches from the Edge by Anderson Cooper (In Their Shoes)

4. Over My Head by Claudia Osborn (In Their Shoes)

5. Fast Food Nation by Eric Schlosser (TBR)

6. The Year of Magical Thinking by Joan Didion* (In Their Shoes)

7. The Secret Life of Lobsters by Trevor Corson (TBR)

8. The Wisdom of Bones by Alan Walker*

(5) Novellas Each of these books have at least 3 novellas in them.

1. For the Baby’s Sake by Kathleen Eagle

2. Lessons in Love by Marie Ferrarella

3. Blind to Love by Emma Goldrick

4. Yours, Mine & Ours by Penny Jordan

5. Snowbound by Charlotte Lamb (What’s in a Name?)

6. Rocky Mountain Men by Linda Randall Wisdom

7. Silent Night (contains the novella – Midnight in Death)*

8. Long, Tall Texans III by Diana Palmer

(6) Hardbacks on My Shelves We will be moving soon and I want to get rid of some of these heavy books!

1. Dear John by Nicholas Sparks (TBR, Hometown)

2. The Return Journey by Maeve Binchy

3. A Good Yarn by Debbie Macomber (TBR)

4. Lighthouse Cove by Kimberly Cates

5. Shore Lights by Barbara Bretton

6. The Confessions of Max Tivoli by Andrew Sean Greer (TBR)

7. Truth or Dare by Jayne Ann Krentz

8. Lost & Found by Jayne Ann Krentz

(7) Trade Paperbacks on My Shelves

1. One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez (TBR)

2. Welcome to the Great Mysterious by Lorna Landvik

3. Daisy Fay and the Miracle Man by Fannie Flagg (TBR)

4. She’s Come Undone by Wally Lamb

5. Blessings by Anna Quindlen

6. A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith (TBR, What’s in a Name?)

7. The Secret Life of Lobsters by Trevor Corson

8. Cordina’s Royal Family by Nora Roberts

(8) Bookcrossing Books Books I’ve gotten from members of It’s time to read these and set them free!

1. Out of the Mist by JoAnn Ross

2. Out of the Storm by JoAnn Ross

3. Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood by Rebecca Wells

4. Blessings by Anna Quindlen

5. She’s Come Undone by Wally Lamb

6. Welcome to the Great Mysterious by Lorna Landvik

7. The Stanislaski Sisters: Natasha & Rachel by Nora Roberts

8. Conspiracy in Death by J.D. Robb

Posted by Kristi at 11/21/2007 09:35:00 PM 0 comments

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Since my list is not completely firm, I’m using TBD (to be determined) and * to denote when books may overlap challenges and/or categories.

Category 1: Eight of the Top 100 Sellers of 2007 Barnes and Noble
1. Double Bind by Chris Bohjalian
2. Eclipse by Stephenie Meyer
3. Garden Spells by Sarah Addison Allen
4. The Glass Castle by Jeanette Walls
5. Inheritance of Loss by Kiran Desai
6. A Long Way Gone by Ishmael Beah (memoir)
7. Nineteen Minutes by Jodi Picoult
8. A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini
(possible substitute: Lone Survivor by Marcus Luttrell)

Category 2: Graphic Novels, some manga (or Illustrated Novel)
1. American Born Chinese by Gene Luen Yang
2. The Arrival Shaun Tan
3. Barefoot Gen Volume One: A Cartoon Story of Hiroshima by Keiji Nakazawa
4. Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules
5. Fullmetal Alchemist, Vol. 1 by Hiromu Arakawa
6. Mouseguard: Fall 1152 by David Peterson
7. Yotsuba by Azuma Kiyohiko
8. TBD

Category 3: Historical Fiction
1. The Alchemist’s Daughter: A Novel by Katharine McMahon
2. Gilbert & Sullivan Set Me Free by Kathleen Karr (YA)
3. Kitchen Boy: A Novel of the Last Tsar by Robert Alexander
4. Jacob’s Ladder A Story of Virginia During the War by Donald McCaig
5. Rhett Butler’s People by Donald McCaig
6. The Yiddish Policemen’s Union: A Novel by Michael Chabon (alternative history really, but why quibble since I want to read it)
7. Snow Flower and the Secret Fan by Lisa See
8. TBD

Category 4: Myth-like and Fairy Tale-esque Stories
1. Book of a Thousand Days by Shannon Hale
2. Cupid by Julius Lester
3. Fairest by Gail Carson Levine
4. I, Coriander by Sally Gardner
5. River Secrets by Shannon Hale
6. The Secret History of Tom Trueheart by Ian Beck
7. Stardust by Neil Gaiman
8. TBD

Category 5: Picture Books
1. Bear Feels Sick by Karma Wilson
2. Jack of All Tails by Kim Norman
3. Knuffle Bunny Too by Mo Willems
4. The Magic Rabbit, written and illustrated by Annette LeBlanc Cate
5. Orange Pear Apple Bear by Emily Gravett
6. Psst! by Adam Rex
7. The Secret Life of Walter Kitty by Barbara Jean HIcks, illustrated by Dan Santat
8. There’s a Yak in my Bed!, Lillian Kay Pluta
(possible substitutions: The Hound from the Pound by Jessica Swaim or “Do Unto Otters” by Laurie Keller)

Category 6: Science fiction (one) and a bunch (seven) of fantasy books
1. Alcatraz Versus the Evil Librarians by Brandon Sanderson
2. Emmy and the Incredible Shrinking Rat by Lynne Jonell
3. Flora Segunda by Ysabeau Wilce
4. Hallowmere-In the Serpent’s Coils by Tiffany Trent
5. Kendra Kandlestar and the Door to Unger
6. Looking Glass Wars by Frank Beddor
7. New Policeman by Kate Thompson
8. Wicked Lovely, Melissa Marr

Category 7: Sports Fiction (children’s/young adult)
1. The Brave by Robert Lipsyte
2. Hail Caesar by Thu Huong Ha
3. Off Season by Catherine Gilbert Murdock
4. The Perfect Shot by Elaine Marie Alphin
5. Shakespeare Bats Cleanup by Ron Koertge
6. Slam by Nick Hornby *
7. Slot Machine by Chris Lynch
8. Tangerine by Edward Bloor
(possible substitution: Heat by Mike Lupica)

Category 8: Young Adult Books (I am overlapping this category with the Young Adult Book Challenge 2008)

1. The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie
2. Deadline by Chris Crutcher
3. Extras by Scott Westerfeld
4. Flipped by Wendelin Van Draanen
5. Off Season by Catherine Gilbert Murdock
6. Revolution is Not a Dinner Party by Ying Chang Compestine
7. Slam by Nick Hornby
8. Someday This Pain Will Be Useful to You by Peter Cameron
9. Story of a Girl by Sara Zarr
10. A Swift Pure Cry by Siobhan Dowd
11. Tyrell by Coe Booth
12. The Wednesday Wars by Gary D. Schmidt

Possible Substitute Categories: Books in a Series, Unread books by favorite authors, Chapter books

Posted by L at 11/21/2007 09:15:00 PM 0 comments

Trinah's List

Category 1: Books on the 1001 books you must read before you die

- American Psycho - Bret Easten Ellis
- Middlesex - Jeffrey Eugenides
- Breakfast At Tiffany's - Truman Capote
- Trainspotting - Irvine Welsh
- Tender Is the Night - F. Scott Fitzgerald
- Glamorama - Bret Easten Ellis
- A Confederacy of Dunces - John Kennedy Toole
- The Remains of the Day - Kazuo Ishiguro

Category 2: Young Adult Books

- The Book Theif - Marcus Zusak
- Extras - Scott Westerfeld
- Slam - Nick Hornby
- Go Ask Alice - Anonymous
- The Outsiders - S.E. Hinton
- Just Listen - Sarah Dessen

- So Yesterday – Scott Westerfeld

- Prom – Laurie Halse Anderson

Category 3: Pre 1900s.

- The Invisible Man – H.G. Wells

- Notes From the Underground – Fyodor Dostoevsky

- Sense and Sensibility – Jane Austen

- The Scarlet Letter – Nathaniel Hawthorne

- Around the World in 80 Days – Jules Verne

- Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde – Robert Louis Stevenson

- The War of the Worlds – H.G. Wells

- Frankenstein – Mary Shelley

Category 4: Female Authors

- The Murder of Roger Ackroyd – Agatha Christie

- To The Lighthouse – Virginia Woolf

- Jane Eyre – Charlotte Bronte

- Blonde – Joyce Carol Oates

- Interview with the Vampire – Anne Rice

- The Bell Jar – Sylvia Plath

- The Driver’s Seat – Muriel Spark

- The Talented Mr Ripley – Patricia Highsmith

Category 5: Commonly Challenged Books

- American Psycho – Bret Easten Ellis (repeat)

- Annie on my Mind – Nancy Garden

- Blubber – Judy Blume

- Carrie – Stephen King

- Go Ask Alice – Anonymous (repeat)

- Brave New World – Aldous Huxley

- The Colour Purple – Alice Walker

- The Outsiders – S.E. Hinton (repeat)

Category 6: 100 Best Novels by Modern Library (chosen by either board or readers)

- Lolita – Vladimir Nabokov

- Slaughterhouse-Five – Kurt Vonnegut

- A Passage to India – E.M. Forster

- Tender is the Night – F. Scott Fitzgerald (repeat)

- Lord of the Flies – William Golding

- A Prayer for Owen Meany – John Irving

- The World According to Garp – John Irving

- One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest – Ken Kesey

Category 7: Random TBR books I haven’t yet gotten around to

- Wicked: The life and times of the wicked witch of the west – Gregory Maguire

- Diary: A Novel – Chuck Palahniuk

- Enduring Love: A Novel – Ian McEwan

- The Time Traveller’s Wife – Audrey Niffenegger

- The Kite Runner – Khaled Hosseini

- The Grapes of Wrath - John Steinbeck
High Fedelity – Nick Hornby

- Fourth Comings – Megan McCafferty

Category 8: Soon to be made into a film/Recently made into a film

- Atonement – Ian McEwan

- The Kite Runner – Khaled Hosseini (repeat)

- Cirque du Freak - Darren Shan

- The Bell Jar – Sylvia Plath (repeat)

- Prince Caspian – C.S. Lewis

- The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas – John Boyne

- Stardust – Neil Gaiman

- Love in the time of Cholera - Gabriel Garcia Marquez

Sorry about the spacing...had to do some in Word and it came out odd. List may have slight change depending on availability of books in library. I haven't checked that they're all there yet, though they really should be.

Posted by Kat at 11/21/2007 07:07:00 PM 0 comments

Shree's Bunch of Books

Mostly done, a few books still to be added
1) Native American Writers
*Skins – Adrian Louis
*Almanac of the Dead – Leslie Marmon Silko
*Perma Red – Debra Earling 2/08
*Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian – Sherman Alexie 1/08
*Solar Storms – Linda Hogan
*Fool’s Crow – James Welch
*Why I Can’t Read Wallace Stegner – Elizabeth Cook-Lynn
*Ravensong - Lee Maracle
2) Historical Fiction
*Life Mask – Emma Donoghue
*Coffee Trader – David Liss
*Game of Kings – Dorothy Dunnett
*Royal Flash – George MacDonald Fraser
*Fanny – Erica Jong
*Lamplighter – Anthony O’Neill
*Dissolution – C.S. Sansom
*Ex-Libris – Ross King
3) Women Writers
*Lady Audley’s Secret – M.E. Braddon
*Brief Lives – Anita Brookner
*Less Than Angels – Barbara Pym
*High Tide in Tucson – Barbara Kingsolver
*Peppered Moth – Margaret Drabble
*Minor Characters – Joyce Johnson
*Oblivion Seekers – Olivia Eberhardt
*Suspension of Mercy – Patricia Highsmith
4) Scottish Writers
*Resurrection Club – Christopher Wallace
*Not Knowing – Cathy Unsworth
*Quite Ugly One Morning – Christopher Brookmyre
*Everything You Need – A.L. Kennedy
*Negative Space – Zoe Strachan
*Field of Blood – Denise Mina
*Tumulus – Andrew Scott
*Women Talking Dirty - Ilsa Dewar
5) Non-Fiction
*Hell on Horses and Women – Alice Lee Marriott
*Letters of a Woman Homesteader – Elinore Pruitt
*Hidden West – Rob Schultheis
*Smashed – Koran Zailckas
*In the Rose Garden of the Martyrs – Christopher de Bellaigue
*I Didn’t Do it for You – Michele Wrong
*Coyote Woman – Tina La Marque
*Women Pirates - Ulrike Klausman
6) In Translation
*Landscape Painted with Tea – Milorad Pavic
*My Mother’s House – Colette
*Family Album – Claribel Alegria
*Ultraviolet Sky – Alma Villanueva
*Platform – Michel Houellebocq
*My Sister Guard Your Veil – ed. Lila Azam Zangeneh
7) Mysteries
*Killing Kind – John Connolly 3/08
*Lazybones – Mark Billingham
*Tutankhamun Affair – Christian Jacq
*Winter House – Carol O’Connell
*Blood Orchid – Stuart Woods 3/08
*Stranger House – Reginald Hill
*Black Echo – Michael Connelly
*Blind to the Bones – Stephen Booth 2/08
8) Real Life Book Group
*Round Heeled Woman – Jane Juska 1/08
*Lies – Enrique de Heriz
*Practice to Deceit – Elizabeth Benedict 2/08
*Delirium - Laura Restrepo 1/08
*Last Night at the Lobster - O'Nan 2/08
*Bay of Angels - Anita Brookner 3/08

Posted by Shree at 11/13/2007 07:57:00 PM 2 comments

Twiga's Lists

My Lists (subject to change) -

(Duplicates in Green) (Other Challenges in Red)

(1) Medical Thrillers:
1. Crisis by Robin Cook (Themed Challenge)
2. The Inquisitor by Peter Clement (Themed Challenge)
3. Fertile Ground by Charles Wilson (Themed Challenge)
4. The Fifth Vial by Michael Palmer (Themed Challenge)
5. The Plague Tales by Ann Benson (Themed Challenge)
6. Informed Consent by Sandra Glahn
7. Delayed Diagnosis by Gwen Hunter
8. Gray Matter by Gary Braver (Casual Reading Challenge)

(2) Re-Reads: (Read It Again Challenge)
1. Third Culture Kids by David Pollock
2. Lightposts for Living by Thomas Kinkade
3. Quality Friendship by Gary Inrig
4. How People Grow by Henry Cloud
5. Trusting God by Jerry Bridges
6. The Grace Awakening by Charles Swindoll
7. Living a Purpose-Full Life by Jan Johnson
8. Telling Yourself the Truth by William Backus

(3) Series Books:
1. Delayed Diagnosis by Gwen Hunter
2. Fame by Karen Kingsbury
3. Last Light by Terri Blackstock (Casual Reading Challenge)
4. The Return by Austin Boyd
5. The Well of Lost Plots by Jasper Fforde
6. A Shred of Evidence by Kathy Herman
7. Brainwaves by Leonard Goldberg (Series Challenge)
8. Fire Sale by Sara Paretsky (Series Challenge)

(4) Sci-Fi:
1. Jupiter by Ben Bova (Casual Reading Challenge)
2. The Return by Austin Boyd
3. Earthquake Games by Bonnie Ramthun
4. Final Orbit by S.V. Date
5. Moving Mars by Greg Bear
6. Saturn by Ben Bova
7. Altered Carbon by Richard Morgan
8. Moonrise by Ben Bova

(5) Christian Fiction:
1. Armageddon Strain by Sharon Gilbert (Casual Reading Challenge)
2. The Proposal by Angela Hunt
3. Fame by Karen Kingsbury
4. Scrap Everything by Leslie Gould (Casual Reading Challenge)
5. Last Light by Terri Blackstock (Casual Reading Challenge)
6. Beloved Leah by Cynthia Davis
7. A Shred of Evidence by Kathy Herman
8. Deception by Randy Alcorn

(6) Favorite Authors:
1. Under the Knife by Tess Gerritsen (Casual Reading Challenge)
2. Orbit by John Nance (Casual Reading Challenge)
3. The Darkness and the Dawn by Charles Swindoll
4. Even Now by Karen Kingsbury
5. Just Like Jesus by Max Lucado
6. Like Dandelion Dust by Karen Kingsbury
7. The Society by Michael Palmer
8. Fire Sale by Sara Paretsky (Series Challenge)

(7) Non-Fiction:
1. The Baby Boon by Elinor Burkett (Casual Reading Challenge)
2. Childfree and Loving It! by Nicki Defago
3. Feeding Your Appetites: Take Control of What's Controlling You by Stephen Arterburn
4. Why Do Christians Shoot Their Wounded? by Dwight Carlson
5. Who's Pushing Your Buttons? by John Townsend
6. The Bible Jesus Read by Philip Yancey
7. A Dance with Deception by Charles Colson
8. The Crisis of Caring by Jerry Bridges

(8) Mystery/Suspense/Thriller:
1. Saving Cascadia by John Nance
2. A Man to Die For by Eileen Dreyer (Casual Reading Challenge)
3. The Society by Michael Palmer
4. Replicator Run by Rainer Rey (Casual Reading Challenge)
5. Trudeau Vector by Juris Jurjevics (Casual Reading Challenge)
6. Night Fall by Nelson DeMille (Casual Reading Challenge)
7. Crisis by Robin Cook (Themed Challenge)
8. Hard Landing by Lynne Heitman (Casual Reading Challenge)

Posted by twiga92 at 11/07/2007 07:09:00 AM 0 comments

alisonwonderland's categories

after much deliberation, i have settled on these eight categories:

  1. Oh, To Be Young Again! (some cross-listing with the Young Adult Challenge)
    eight young adult or older children's novels.

  2. Escapism Reads (some cross-listing with the Series Challenge, the First in a Series Challenge, and the Cardathon)
    eight books from the genres of mystery, suspense thriller, science fiction, fantasy, chick lit, or maybe even romance.

  3. In Their Shoes (cross-listing with the "In Their Shoes" Challenge)
    eight memoirs, biographies, or autobiographies. the "long list" of my picks is here.

  4. Bee Bonanza
    eight books from the 2008 Beehive Book Nominees. (the Beehive Awards are sponsored by the Children's Literature Association of Utah (CLAU). awards are given in five categories: Children's Picture Book, Children's Fiction Book, Children's Informational Book, Young Adults' Book, and Children's Poetry Book. winners are chosen from the nominated books by the children of Utah, who vote for their favorite books. a list of the 2008 nominees can be found here.) these are my preliminary picks (in alphabetical order):

    • Bella at Midnight by Diane Stanley*

    • Dairy Queen: A Novel by Catherine Gilbert Murdock*

    • Fairest by Gail Carson Levine*

    • Library Lion by Michelle Knudsen and illustrated by Kevin Hawkes*

    • Pieces of Georgia by Jennifer Bryant*

    • The Rhyming Season by Edward Averett*

    • She's All That: Poems about Girls by Belinda Hollyer

    • Team Moon: How 400,000 People Landed Apollo 11 on the Moon by Catherine Thimmesh

  5. Salt Lake County Library Reader's Choice
    eight books from either the 2008 nominees or past winners. (twice a year the Salt Lake County Library staff selects a group of recently published books that they enjoyed reading and that they think library patrons will like reading too. patrons vote for their favorites. a list of past winners is here.)

  6. Banned Books (in conjunction with the Banned Books Project)
    eight books from the many that have ever been challenged or banned.

  7. IRL Book Club Picks
    eight picks from those chosen for my main in-real-life book club. (we meet eleven times during the year, so hopefully there will be at least eight picks that i haven't previously read. if there aren't enough, then this category will be expanded to include some picks of the book club of my church women's group.)

  8. Books about Books (cross-listing with the Themed Reading Challenge)
    eight books (fiction or non-fiction) about books or reading. among the possibilities i'm considering are the following:

    • 84, Charing Cross Road by Helene Hanff (this would be a re-read from my college days.)

    • Book Crush: For Kids and Teens - Recommended Reading for Every Mood, Moment, and Reason by Nancy Pearl

    • Book Lust: Recommended Reading for Every Mood, Moment, and Reason by Nancy Pearl

    • The Book That Changed My Life: 71 Remarkable Writers Celebrate the Books That Matter Most to Them edited by Roxanne J. Coady and Joy Johannessen

    • The Book Thief by Markus Zusak*

    • Booked to Die (the first in the Cliff Janeway series) by John Dunning

    • Ex Libris : Confessions of a Common Reader by Anne Fadiman

    • Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury (this would be a re-read from my high school days.)*

    • Girl Sleuth: Nancy Drew and the Women Who Created Her by Melanie Rehak

    • How Reading Changed My Life by Anna Quindlen

    • Inkheart by Cornelia Funke*

    • Inkspell by Cornelia Funke*

    • Library Lion by Michelle Knudsen*

    • Out of the Flames: The Remarkable Story of a Fearless Scholar, a Fatal Heresy, and One of the Rarest Books in the World by Lawrence Goldstone

    • The Readers' Choice: 200 Book Club Favorites by Victoria Golden McMains
note: potentially overlapping picks are marked with an asterisk.

i've done the math, and if i'm going to be successful with this challenge, i'm going to need to read at least five of these books each month (or a little more than one book a week) throughout the year. as of today i've read almost sixty-seven books this year - which is at a pace for a total of about seventy-nine for the whole year, or about one-and-a-half books a week. even with the addition of a handful of additional books for other reasons, it seems do-able. (i think.)

Posted by alisonwonderland at 11/03/2007 08:05:00 PM 2 comments

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