Sharon's Picks

As of 11/28/08 I read all but 3 books. They are all in the same category, Oprah's Book club. I have two overlaps so far, Night and Where the Heart Is. All finished books have a review link beside them.

1 Non Fiction (COMPLETE)
*The Devil in the White City by Erik Larson review here
*Pieces of my heart: A Life by robert J. Wagner review here
*Night by Elie Wiesel (overlap) review here
*Stop Dressing Your Six-Year-Old like a Skank by Celia Rivenbark review here
*The Monster of Florence by Douglas Preston & Mario Spezi review here
*The Dog Who Rescues Cats by Philip Gonzalez review here
*The Fred Factor by Mark Sanborn review here
*In Cold Blood by Truman Capote review here

2 Chick Lit (COMPLETE)
*Naughty Neighbor by Janet Evanovich review here
*Moon Pies and Movie Stars by Amy Wallen review here
*Over the Moon at the Big Lizard Diner by Lisa Wingate review here
*The Sunday Wife by Cassandra King review here
*Cockatiels at Seven by Donna Andrews review here
*Where the Heart Is by Billie Letts (overlap) review here
* Bitsy's Bait and BBQ review here
*Annie Freeman's Fabulous Traveling Funeral by Kris Radish review here

3 Mystery/Thriller (COMPLETE!)
*Dark Watch by Clive Cussler review here
*The Yiddisy Policenem's Union by Michael Chabon review here
*The Cat Dancers by P.T. Deutermann review here
*Open Season by C.J. Box review here
*Plague Ship by Clive Cussler & Jack Du Brul review here
*Double Cross by James Patterson (CD) review here
*The Chase by Clive Cussler review here
*Cat Pay The Devil by Shirley Rousseau Murphy review here

4 1800s (COMPLETE)
*Samantha at the World's Fair by Josiah Allen's Wife (Marietta Holley) review here
*The Canterville ghost by Oscar Wilde review here
*The Sheperd of the Hills by Harold Bell Wright (tape) review here
*Three Men in a Boat by Jerome K. Jerome review here
*The Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad review here
* Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens review here
*The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde review here
*Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoevsky review here

5 SciFi/Fantasy/Paranormal (COMPLETE)
*The Unnatural Inquirer by Simon R. Green (overlap) review here
*The Outlaw Demon Wails by Kim Harrison review here
*Traitor to the Blood by Barb and J.C. Hendee review here
*Moon Called by Patricia Briggs review here
*Deja Demon by Julie Kenner review here
*The Darkest evening of the Year by Dean Koontz review here
*Small Favor by Jim Butcher (Overlap)review here
* Odd Hours by Dean Koontz review here

6 Next in a Series (COMPLETE!)
*Small Favor By Jim Butcher (overlap) review here
*Double Cross by James Patterson (overlap) (tape) review here
*Fearless Fourteen by Janet Evanovich review here
*Spider Mountain by P.T. Deutermann review here
*The Unnatural Inquirer by Simon R Green (overlap) review here
*The Miracle at Speedy Motors by Alexander McCall Smith review here
*Holey Moley by Beh Rehder review here
*Child of a Dead God by Barb & JC Hendee review here

7 Books I Just Want To Read (COMPLETE!)
*Girl with a Pearl Earring by Tracy Chevalier (CD) review here
*Moving Pictures by Terry Pratchett review here
*The Kill Clause by Gregg Hurwitz review here
*The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck (Tape) review here
*The Lady and the Unicorn by Tracy Chevalier (CD) review here
*Atomic Lobster by Tim Dorsey review here
*Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck (tape)review here
*The Bonesetter's Daughter by Amy Tan review here

8 Oprah's Book Club
*The House of Sand and Fog by Andre Dubus III review here
*The Bluest Eye by Toni Morriaon (tape) review here
*Where the Heart Is by Billie Letts (overlap) review here
*Map of the Known World by Edward P. Jones
*Icy Sparks by Gwyn Hyman Rubio review here
*Night by Elie Wiesel (overlap) review here
*The Pillars of the Earth by James Patterson
*One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez

Posted by Sharon at 11/28/2008 01:57:00 PM 0 comments

raidergirl3's list of 888 lists

November 22 - Whew, this one is done. It was so much fun picking the lists and crossing them off as completed. Great list of books. Thanks Michelle, for hosting this one, and making us all join in the madness.

As I complete a book or two, I'll link to my review, date it, and bold it.
running total: 64/64 (because I read six books that overlap!)
8/8 categories completed.

Aaah, lists, beautiful lists. I like the flexibility of this idea. Commence:

8 Canadian Books finished as of July 30
1. Yellowknife - Steve Zipp Mar 24
2. The End of East - Jen Sookfong Lee Mar 7
3. The Ravine - Paul Quarrington Apr 8
4. Latitudes of Melt - Joan Clark April 5
5. How to Be a Canadian - Will and Ian Ferguson May 25
6. The Birth House - Ami McKay July 30
7. Water for Elephants - Sara Gruen July 4
8. Crow Lake - Mary Lawson July 12

8 Bookers (Man Booker Challenge: 4 winners, 4 shortlisted) finished as of July 10
1. Atonement - Ian McEwan sl Feb 17
2. The Remains of the Day - Kazou Ishiguru Jan 12
3. The Life and Times of Michael K - JM Coetzee Mar 8
4. Hotel du Lac - Anita Brookner June 30
5. The Night Watch - Sarah Waters sl July 10
6. The Gathering - Anne Enright Apr 23
7. Mister Pip - Lloyd Jones sl Apri 19
8. In the Country of Men - Hisham Matar sl May 20

8 Books About Books (goes with the themed challenge) finished as of Feb 13
1. The Book Thief Markus Zusak Jan 11
2. 84 Charing Cross Road Helene Hanff Jan 12
3. Housekeeping vs the Dirt Nick Hornby Jan 8
4. Booked to Die John Dunning Feb 3
5. Ex Libris: Confessions of a Common Reader Anne Fadiman Jan 28
6. The Case of the Missing Books Ian Sansom Jan 16
7. Reading Lolita in Tehran Azar Nafisi Feb 13
8. The Eyre Affair Jasper Fforde Jan 25

8 More from the Something About Me Challenge finished as of June 8
1. The Eyre Affair - Jasper Fforde Jan 25
2. 84 Charing Cross Road - Helen Hanff Jan 12
3. Booked to Die - John Dunning Feb 3
4. The Secret Life of Bees - Sue Monk Kidd May 30
5. The Awakening - Kate Chopin June 8
6. Angry Housewives Eating BonBons - Lorna Landvik Mar 3
7. A Tree Grows in Brooklyn - Betty Smith May 3
8. The Remains of the Day - Kazou Ishiguro Jan 12

8 Mysteries from Around the World finished as of Nov 17
1. Terra Cotta Dog - Andrea Camilleri (Italy) March 10
2. Silence of the Grave - Arnaldur Indridason (Iceland) Feb 23
3. The Snack Thief - Andrea Camilleri (Italy) July 6
4. Shadow Family - Miyuki Miyabe (Japan) May 31
5. Flying Too High - Kerry Greenwood (Australia) August 20
6. Who Killed Palomino Molero? - Mario Vargas Llosa (Peru) Oct 4
7. The Xibalba Murders - Lyn Hamilton (Mexico) Nov 17
8. All She Was Worth - Miyuki Miyabe (Japan) Nov 2

8 Nonfiction (goes with the In Their Shoes challenge) finished as of July 20
1. Never Have Your Dog Stuffed - Alan Alda Feb 11
2. Running With Scissors - Augustus Burrows July 15
3. Persepolis 1, and 2 - Marjane Satrapi Jan 30
4. The Life and Times of the Thunderbolt Kid - Bill Bryson May 17
5. Maus I and II - Art Spiegelman July 20
6. Reading Lolita in Tehran Azar Nafisi Feb 13
7. Brainiac - Ken Jennings Jan 6
8. A Long Way Gone - Ishmael Beah June 21

8 Young Adult Books (goes with Joy's YAC) finished as of Mar 23
1. Speak - Laurie Halse Anderson Mar 14
2. Island of the Blue Dolphins - Scott O'Dell Feb 4
3. The Princess Academy - Shannon Hale Mar 16
4. Vegan Virgin Valentine - Carolyn Mackler Mar 21
5. Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist - Rachel Cohn and David Levithan Mar 8
6. Zel - Donna Jo Napoli Mar 23
7. The Earth, My Butt, and Other Big Round Things - Carolyn Mackler Feb 19
8. So Long, Jackie Robinson - Nancy Russell Feb 15

8 books published in 2008. (In the Pub Challenge) finished as of June 24
1. Remember Me? - Sophie Kinsella Feb 26
2. The Quirks and Quarks Guide to Space - Jim Lebans Feb 24
3. The Bleeding Dusk - Colleen Gleason Mar 21
4. The Ravine - Paul Quarrington Apr 8
5. An Exploding Case of Mangoes - Mohammed Hanif June 23
6. The Outcast - Sadie Jones Apr 27
7. Mudbound - Hillary Jordan June 24
8. The Cellist of Sarajevo - Steven Galloway June 5

Posted by raidergirl3 at 11/22/2008 10:00:00 AM 3 comments

Yati's list

Hi everyone. Here's my list for the challenge. The first group overlaps with Dewey's Man Booker challenge.

Booker prize winners and shortlisted or longlisted titles

  1. The Blind Assassin by Margaret Atwood
    » completed 22 March 2008
  2. Empire of the Sun by JG Ballard
  3. Possession: A Romance by AS Byatt
    » completed 7 July 2008
  4. The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time by Mark Haddon
  5. A Short History of Tractors in Ukrainian by Marina Lewycka
  6. Black Swan Green by David Mitchell
    » completed 13 July 2008
  7. Cloud Atlas by David Mitchell
    » completed 10 October 2008
  8. number9dream by David Mitchell
    » completed 4 June 2008
  9. The Accidental by Ali Smith
  10. On Beauty by Zadie Smith
  11. The Gift of Rain by Tan Twan Eng
  12. Fingersmith by Sarah Waters
    » completed 22 May 2008


  1. Tales from the Thousand and One Nights by Anonymous
  2. East of the Sun and West of the Moon by Peter Asbjørnsen
    » completed 21 September 2008
  3. Northanger Abbey by Jane Austen
  4. Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
    » completed 25 August 2008
  5. Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen
  6. The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupery
  7. The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
  8. A Room with a View by EM Forster

books set (at least partly) in Asia

  1. My Life as a Fake by Peter Carey
  2. The Inheritance of Loss by Kiran Desai
  3. Ghostwritten by David Mitchell
    » completed 30 October 2008
  4. A House for Mr Biswas by VS Naipaul
  5. Throne of Jade by Naomi Novik
    » completed 1 March 2008
  6. The Black Book by Orhan Pamuk
  7. The God of Small Things by Arundhati Roy
  8. Midnight’s Children by Salman Rushdie
  9. The Gift of Rain by Tan Twan Eng

young adult/juvenile fiction

  1. Kit’s Wilderness by David Almond
    » completed 23 February 2008
  2. The Looking Glass Wars by Frank Beddor
    » completed 24 April 2008
  3. The Penderwicks by Jeanne Birdsall
    » completed 11 February 2008
  4. Postcards from No Man’s Land by Aidan Chambers
    » completed 5 April 2008
  5. The Westing Game by Ellen Raskin
    » completed 3 May 2008
  6. Just in Case by Meg Rosoff
    » completed 4 May 2008
  7. House of Many Ways by Diana Wynne Jones
    » completed 14 May 2008
  8. The Thief by Megan Whalen Turner
    » completed 19 April 2008

speculative fiction

  1. Someplace to be Flying by Charles de Lint
    » completed 15 February 2008
  2. The Giver by Lois Lowry
    » completed 26 April 2008
  3. Wicked Lovely by Melissa Marr
    » completed 15 May 2008
  4. The Forgotten Beasts of Eld by Patricia A McKillip
    » completed 3 May 2008
  5. Winter Rose by Patricia A McKillip
    » completed 20 March 2008
  6. Sunshine by Robin McKinley
    » completed 1 March 2008
  7. Temeraire by Naomi Novik
    » completed 21 February 2008
  8. Starcross by Philip Reeve
    » completed 24 March 2008

recommended by my sister

  1. Empire of the Sun by JG Ballard
  2. Captain Corelli’s Mandolin by Louis de Bernièrs
  3. Everything is Illuminated by Jonathan Safran Foer
  4. Love in the Time of Cholera by Gabriel García Márquez
  5. The Quiet American by Graham Greene
  6. A House for Mr Biswas by VS Naipaul
  7. Midnight’s Children by Salman Rushdie
  8. Salmon Fishing in the Yemen by Paul Torday

other books we own

  1. Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury
    » completed 19 October 2008
  2. The Book of Lost Things by John Connolly
    » completed 1 May 2008
  3. James and the Giant Peach by Roald Dahl
    » completed 19 October 2008
  4. The Game of Kings by Dorothy Dunnett
    » completed 29 February 2008
  5. King Hereafter by Dorothy Dunnett
    » completed 30 September 2008
  6. Predator’s Gold by Philip Reeve
    » completed 4 October 2008
  7. The Name of the Wind by Philip Rothfuss
    » completed 14 October 2008
  8. The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
    » completed 15 May 2008

(not the first book!) in a series

  1. Queens’ Play by Dorothy Dunnet
    » completed 16 March 2008
  2. The Disorderly Knights by Dorothy Dunnet
    » completed 26 March 2008
  3. Pawn in Frankincense by Dorothy Dunnett
    » completed 28 March 2008
  4. The Ringed Castle by Dorothy Dunnett
    » completed 30 March 2008
  5. Checkmate by Dorothy Dunnett
    » completed 1 April 2008
  6. A Wind in the Door by Madeleine L’Engle
    » completed 3 January 2008
  7. Black Powder War by Naomi Novik
    » completed 10 March 2008
  8. The Queen of Attolia by Megan Whalen Turner
    » completed 21 August 2008

There are currently four overlaps: Empire of the Sun by JG Ballard, The Gift of Rain by Tan Twan Eng, A House for Mr Biswas by VS Naipaul and Midnight's Children by Salman Rushdie.

The list is also mirrored at my site here.

Posted by Y at 11/01/2008 10:30:00 PM 0 comments

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