Ginger's Reading List (RED=READ BLUE=Link to Review)

Category One: Creativity and Spirit
1. Simple Abundance

Category Two: Favorite Authors
1.Predator by P. Cornwell
2. At Risk by P. Cornwell
3. The Sixth Victim by J. Patterson
4. The Mephisto Club by T. Gerristsen Review
5. One Shot...Lee Child
6. The Hard Way Lee Child
7. Bad Luck and Trouble Lee Child
8. Book of the Dead P. Cornwell

Category Three: New Authors
1. Ark Angel Alex Harwicks

Catogory Four: Mysteries/Thrillers

Category Five: Eight from 2008

Category Six: Read it Again/Old Favorites

Category Seven: Holiday Themed Novels
1. Trick or Treat Murder

Category Eight: Non Fiction
1. The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People
2. Straight Talk Joyce Meyer

Red Highlighted Books are READ!!!!
Will update with a link for reviews.

Posted by Ginger at 1/28/2008 11:53:00 PM 0 comments

Ginger's Reading List

Category One: Creativity and Spirit
Category Two: Favorite Authors
Category Three: New Authors
Catogory Four: Mysteries/Thrillers
Category Five: Eight from 2008
Category Six: Read it Again/Old Favorites
Category Seven: Holiday Themed Novels
Category Eight: Non Fiction

I'll come back after a bit and update this list with the actual titles.

Posted by Ginger at 1/22/2008 09:26:00 PM 0 comments

Gautami's categories

I have been procastinating about making a list for this. Suppose I have to do it now as it already half of January 2008.

My tentative categories:

1) 8 romances

2) 8 award winners

3) 8 classics

4) 8 non fiction

5) 8 Stephen Kings books

6) 8 books that make me feel good. It can be assorted

7) 8 collected short stories

8) 8 Comics or graphic books

Posted by gautami tripathy at 1/15/2008 05:41:00 AM 0 comments


Forgot catergory #8

When I was a little girl..children's books
Teh Little Princess - Frances Hodgson Burnett
The Secret Garden - Frances Hodgson Burnett
Stuart Little - E.B. White
Charlotte's Web - E.B. White
Tuck Everlasting- Natalie Babbit
Diary of a Wimpy Kid - Jeff Kinney
Stardust - Neil Gaiman

Posted by Vasilly at 1/14/2008 05:09:00 PM 0 comments

Vasilly's Picks

I love this challenge already. It was pretty fun trying to figure out my categories and lists.

Banned Books
Are you there, God? It's me Margaret - Judy Blume
The Lorax - Dr. Seuss
Brokeback Mountain- Annie Proulx
Tommyknocker- Stephen King
Balzac & the Little Chiness Seamstress
A Prayer for Owen Meany - John Irving

Waiting for Godot-Samuel beckett
Anything by James Joyce
The Grapes of Wrath - John Steinbeck
The Adventures of sherlock Holmes
Walden -Henry David Thoreau
Love and living - John Merton
The Sea, the Sea - Iris Murdoch
The Big Sleep- Raymond Chandler

It was a dark and stormy night: Creepy tales
I am Legend - Richard Matheson
Falling Angel - William Hjortsberg
The Haunting of Hill House - Shirley Jackson
Without Blood- Alessandro Barrico
The Talented Mr. Ripley - Patricia Highsmith
Dracula - Barm Stoker

Books I can escape to
The Devil in the Blue Dress - Walter Mosley
Gone, Baby, Gone - Denis Lehane
Rare Encounters with ordinary birds- Lyanda Lynn Haupt
All the pretty horses - Cormac McCarthy
Living to tell - Antonya Nelson
What she saw in... - Lucinda Rosenfeld

Size doesn't matter: Novellas, short stories, and poetry
A Blind man can see how much I love you - Amy Bloom
The braid - Stanley Junitz
Collected Poems - Howard Numerov
A good man is hard to find - Flannery O' Connor
The flash of lightning behind the mountain - Charles Bukowski
Breathing Underwater- Julie Orringer
I am no one you know - Joyce Carol Oates

Translations/ International Fiction
Out Stealing Horses - Per Patterson
The Selected Prose of Fernando Pessoa
The Seventh Wall - Fred Wander
The Voyage of the short serpent - Bernard du Boucheron

Everything but the Kitchen Sink: Books I just feel like reading
Stardust - Neil Gaiman
Julia's Chocolate - Cathy Lamb

Posted by Vasilly at 1/14/2008 04:48:00 PM 0 comments

Scott's List

I'm a bit behind in posting this, but here they are. I'll update this with links every month or so. There are 3 doubles, I think. I'm already overextending myself, so fine. Incidentally, my book blog isn't on Blogger. It's here instead.

Thanks to 3M for hosting!

  1. Books I've Been Avoiding Because They're Way Super Too Long
    • Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell / Susanna Clarke
    • The Mists of Avalon / Marion Zimmer Bradley
    • Dhalgren / Samuel R. Delany
    • The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Klay / Michael Chabon
    • The Dragonbone Chair / Tad Williams
    • The Tale of Genji / Murasaki Shikibu
    • The Name of the Rose / Umberto Eco
    • Infinite Jest / David Foster Wallace
  2. Samuel R. Delany
    • Babel-17
    • Dhalgren
    • Hogg
    • Triton
    • Tales of Nevèrÿon
    • Neveryóna
    • Flight from Nevèrÿon
    • Return to Nevèrÿon
  3. Getting Somewhere in My Serieses'ses's
    • Superior Saturday / Garth Nix
    • A Storm of Swords / George R.R. Martin
    • Mort / Terry Pratchett
    • The Shadow in the North / Phillip Pullman
    • Death of Riley / Rhys Bowen
    • The Grey King / Susan Cooper
    • The Lost City of Faar / D.J. MacHale
    • The Opal Deception / Eoin Colfer
  4. Japanese Authors
    • Confessions of a Mask / Yukio Mishima
    • The Woman in the Dunes / Kobo Abe (13 Jan)
    • Norwegian Wood / Haruki Murakami
    • Coin Locker Babies / Ryu Murakami
    • The Tale of Genji / Murasaki Shikibu
    • Spring Snow / Yukio Mishima
    • The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle / Haruki Murakami
    • Kangaroo Notebook / Kobo Abe
  5. Nonfiction About Pop Culture
    • The Lure of the Vampire / Milly Williamson
    • My Wicked, Wicked Ways / Errol Flynn
    • Burton on Burton / Tim Burton, et. al.
    • Reading Comics / Douglas Wolk
    • Why Buffy Matters / Rhonda Wilcox
    • The Art of Maurice Sendak / Selma Lanes
    • The Anime Art of Hayao Miyazake / Dani Cavallaro
    • Slayers and their Vampires / Bruce McClelland
  6. Gay Fiction
    • Confessions of a Mask / Yukio Mishima
    • The Sluts / Dennis Cooper
    • Faggots / Larry Kramer
    • Martin and John / Dale Peck
    • A Boy's Own Story / Edmund White
    • Hard / Wayne Hoffman
    • Clicking Beat on the Brink of Nada / Keith Hale
    • Giovanni's Room / James Baldwin
  7. Small Press
    • Edition 69 / Vítěslav Nezval ; Jindřich Štyrský
    • The Sky Is a Well / Claudia Smith
    • Tony Takitani / Haruki Murakami
    • The Logogryph / Thomas Wharton
    • Eeeee Eee Eeee / Tao Lin
    • The Boy Detective Fails / Joe Meno
    • On Subbing / Dave
    • The Haunted Vagina / Carlton Mellick III
  8. Books That Have Been Sitting on My Shelf For-Freaking-EVER!!!
    • Still Life with Woodpecker / Tom Robbins
    • The Metamorphosis / Franz Kafka
    • The Shipping News / Annie Proulx
    • The Satanic Verses / Salman Rushdie
    • Molly Moon's Incredible Book of Hypnotism / Georgia Byng
    • The Life of Elizabeth I / Allison Weir
    • Trainspotting / Irvine Welsh
    • Memoirs of a Geisha / Arthur Golden

Posted by Scottula at 1/14/2008 11:20:00 AM 0 comments

Netty's 888 List

I went for a true 888 with 64 books & no repeats. Those marked with an * are ones that were already on my TBR pile.

I. Sci Fi/Fantasy
1. Exiles Return by Raymond Feist*
2. Chainfire by Terry Goodkind*
3. Phantom by Terry Goodkind*
4. A Feast for Crowns by George R.R. Martin*
5. Orc King by R.A. Salvatore*
6. Swan Song by Robert McCammon*
7. The Last Unicorn by Peter S. Beagle
8. I Am Legend by Richard Matheson

II. Classics
1. Persuasion by Jane Austen* - completed 1/11/08
2. Mansfield Park by Jane Austen* - completed 1/22/08
3. Northanger Abbey by Jane Austen* - completed 1/14/08
4. Lady Susan by Jane Austen*
5. Villette by Charlotte Bronte
6. A Room With a View by EM Forster
7. Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstory
8. Lady Chatterley's Lover by D.H. Lawrence

III. Mystery/Thriller
1. A Superior Death by Nevada Barr* - completed 1/17/08
2. Second Thoughts by Margot Dalton*
3. The Darkest Evening of the Year by Dean Koontz* - completed 1/15/08
4. Book of the Dead by Patricia Cornwell
5. The Double Bind by Chris Bohjalian
6. Double Cross by James Patterson
7. Gone Baby Gone by Dennis Lehane
8. Grave Surprise by Charlaine Harris

IV. Books by North Carolina Authors
1. The Life All Around Me by Ellen Foster by Kaye Gibbons*
2. Fair and Tender Ladies by Lee Smith
3. The Winter People by John Ehle
4. The Secret of Hurricanes by Theresa Williams
5. Raney by Clyde Edgerton
6. In the Forest of Harm by Sallie Bissell
7. The Ladies of Covington Send Their Love by Joan A. Medlicott
8. Brave Enemies by Robert Morgan

V. Non-fiction
1. Big Russ & Me by Tim Russert*
2. The Innocent Man by John Grisham*
3. We Were Soldiers Once...And Young by Lt. Gen. Harold G. Moore & Joseph Galloway*
4. Flags of Our Fathers by James Bradley & Ron Powers*
5. The Zookeeper's Wife by Diane Ackerman
6. Freakonomics by Steven D. Levitt*
7. All Over But the Shoutin' by Rick Bragg
8. A Long Way gone: Memoirs of a Boy Soldier by Ishmael Beah

VI. Women's Fiction
1. Atonement by Ian McEwan - completed 1/26/08
2. The Time Traveler's Wife by Audrey Niffenegger
3. Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen
4. Love Walked In by Marisa de los Santos
5. Back on Blossom Street by Debbie Macomber
6. Miss Julia Speaks Her Mind by Ann B. Ross
7. The Friday Night Knitting Club by Kate Jacobs
8. The Vanishing Act of Esme Lennox by Maggie O'Farrell

VII. Books from the 2007 NY Times Notable List
1. The Bad Girl by Mario Vargas Llosa
2. Then We Came to the End by Joshua Ferris
3. Out Stealing Horses by Per Petterson
4. The Savage Detectives by Roberto Bolano
5. Later, at the Bar by Rebecca Barry
6. Cheating at Canasta by William Trevor
7. On Chesil Beach by Ian McEwan
8. Matrimony by Joshua Henkin

VIII. Books Published in 2008 - list to be completed through the year
1. Duma Key - Stephen King - completed 1/27/08
2. Snowfall at Willow Lake by Susan Wiggs

Posted by Susan at 1/13/2008 11:17:00 PM 0 comments

Just a reminder

Because there are so many participants and 50+ books each, we won't be posting reviews here. However, you should be providing links to your reviews (if you have a blog), and bringing your original post with your book selections up to the top by updating the date. You do this by going to 'post options' in the lower left corner of the post box, and then the date will be in the lower right hand corner where you will be able to change it.

We already have some fascinating categories for this challenge, and I'm looking forward to reading your book reviews!


Posted by 1morechapter at 1/13/2008 12:05:00 AM 0 comments

COMPLETED!!!! LeadMomma's 888 Challenge

This is a fun, flexible way to push myself to read a little more, in some new areas, and even best of all -- get ideas from other readers! I am not much of a planner, so setting out the categories is enough to get my ball rolling. An aside you may be interested to know - another goal for 2008 -- I will not purchase any new books -- I can check out books from the library and borrow them from friends. Nearly everything I will read will be from my TBR pile (ie: mountain)

I Heard it on NPR -- Completed
1. Listening is an act of love (StoryCorps)
2. The Abstinence Teacher (Tom Perrotta)
3. The Arsonists Guide to Writers Home in New England (Brock Clark)
4. The Invention of Hugo Cabret (Brian Selznick)
5. The Year of Living Biblically (A. J. Jacobs)
6. The Senator's Wife (Sue Miller)
7. Wrack & Ruin (Don Lee)
8. Not a Happy Camper (Mindy Schneider) 0verlap in humor

Fact-ion -- Completed
1. Truth and Beauty (Ann Patchett)
2. The Middle Place (Kelly Corrigan)
3. She's Gone Country (Kyle Spencer)
4. Wife of the North (Judith O'Reilly)
5. Worms Eat My Garbage (Mary Appelhof)
6. Library Management & Information Center Management
7. Dreams of my Father
8. Skinny Bitching
9. Blink

Fiction -- Completed
1. A Version of the Truth ( Jennifer Kaufman and Karen Mack)
2. Gardens of Water (Alan Drew)
3. Bull Island (Dorthea Frank)
4. Firefly Lane (Kristen Hannah)
5. Certain Girls (Jennifer Weiner)
6. The Art of Racing in the Rain (Garth Stein)
7. Dirty Girls on Top
8. Do you Remember Me?
9. Fearless Fourteen
10. Summer Blowout
11. Bible salesman

Arm-Chair Travel -- Completed
1. Gardens of Water Overlap in Fiction
2. The Good Husband of Zebra Drive
3. Richest Season
4. The Man Who Ate the World Overlap in Food
5. Wife of the North Overlap in Fact-tion
6. Where am I wearing
7. If you lived here I would know your name
8. Traveler's Tales: Food -- Overlap in Food

Creativity & Spirit -- Completed
1. Photo Freedom
2. Journal Revolution
3. Love Life
4. Live Good
5. Artist's Way - Walk in the World
6. Subversive Stitching
7. Doodle Stitching
8. Found

Food Writing (technical & essays) -- Last minute rename to WILD CARD to finish the year.
1. Feeding a yen (Calvin Trillin)
2. Eat This! 1001 Things to Eat Before you Diet!
3. Fortune Cookie Chronicles
4. Food 2.0
5. The Man Who Ate the World
6. Traveler's Tales: Food
The Absolutely True Story of a Part-Time Indian
Something wickedly Weird

Early Review Books -- Completed
1.Richest Season
2. 19th Wife
3. Food 2.0
4. Bull's Island
5. Dirty Girls on Top
6. Tan Lines
7. So Long at the Fair
8. Summer Blowout
9. Bible Salesman
10. Where am I Wearing
11. Something Wickedly Weird

Humor -- Completed.
1. What your poo is telling you
2. Confessions of a slacker mom
3. A La Cart
4. The Summer of Naked Swim Parties
5. How to Lose Friends and Alienate People
6. When you are Engulfed in Flames
7. Lust!
8. Santa Responds: He's had enough and he's writing back

Extra Back-up Categories

Book Club Picks (from my monthly book group)
1. Drenched in light (Lisa Wingate)
2. Hanna's daughters (Marianne Fredriksson)
3. Tall Grass
4. The Beach House
5. Pillars of the Earth
6. Firefly Lane

Young Adult
1.The Invention of Hugo Cabaret
2. The Absolutley True Story of a Part-Time Indian
3. Elijah of Buxton

Posted by Marie at 1/11/2008 08:53:00 PM 0 comments

Kristina’s List

I would also like to participate in this reading challenge. I’ve never participated in a reading challenge before, but I would like to try it. I’m going to read all the books in English – except one category – although my mother tongue is German. Usually I just read chick-lit but I for the New Year I would like to read something more challenging.


  1. Harry Potter and the Philosophers Stone – J. K. Rowling
  2. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets – J. K. Rowling
  3. Harry Potter and the Prisoners of Azkaban – J. K. Rowling
  4. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire – J. K. Rowling
  5. Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince – J. K. Rowling
  6. The Hobbit – J.R.R. Tolkien
  7. Alice in Wonderland – Lewis Caroll
  8. The Anvil of the World – Kage Baker


  1. Can you keep a secret? – Sophie Kinsella
  2. Perfect Strangers – Robyn Sisman
  3. Playing Away – Adele Parks
  4. Front Row – Lisa Armstrong
  5. Vince & Joy – Lisa Jewell
  6. A Friend of the Family – Lisa Jewell
  7. Straight Talking – Jane Green
  8. Bookends – Jane Green

Female Authors:

  1. Act of Faith – Erica James
  2. Gardens of Delight – Erica James
  3. Quentins – Maeve Binchy
  4. The Glass Lake – Maeve Binchy
  5. Lipstick Jungle – Candace Bushnell
  6. 4 Blondes – Candace Bushnell
  7. I don’t know how she does it – Allison Pearson
  8. The good Wife – Elizabeth Buchan

Male Authors:

  1. Funny that way – Jool Perry
  2. Fierce People – Dirk Wittenborn
  3. The Shadow of the Wind – Carlos Ruiz Zafon
  4. Summer Things – Joseph Connolly
  5. The Family Way – Tony Parksons
  6. The List – Steve Martini
  7. How to be good – Nick Hornby
  8. Ash Wednesday – Ethan Hawke


  1. David Copperfield – Charles Dickens
  2. The Moonstone – Wilkie Collins
  3. The Portrait of a Lady – Henry James
  4. Little Lord Fountleroy – Frances Hodgson Burnett
  5. 20’000 Leages under the Sea – Jules Verne
  6. The Catcher in the Rye – J.P. Salinger
  7. Villette – Charlotte Brontë
  8. Shirley – Charlotte Brontë

Books in German:

  1. Lucilla – Wilkie Collins
  2. Laras letzte Party – Christopher Pike
  3. Der alte Garten – Marie Kaschnitz
  4. Small World – Martin Suter
  5. Siddharta – Hermann Hesse
  6. Die Versuchung – David Baldacci
  7. Der weisse Wolf – Käthe Recheis
  8. Louisa Elliott – Ann Victoria Roberts

Donna Leon Books:

  1. Fatal Remedies
  2. Death at la Fenice
  3. The death of Faith
  4. Acqua alta
  5. A Venetian reckoning
  6. The anonymous Venetian
  7. Death in a strange country
  8. A noble radiance

More than 6 month on my bookshelf:

  1. Song of the Cuckoo Bird – Amulya Malladi
  2. The Mineral Palace – Heidi Julants
  3. Gene – Stel Pavlou
  4. Perfect Picture – Jodi Picoult
  5. Firebird – Janice Graham
  6. The 13th Tale – Diane Setterfield
  7. Martha Peake – Patrick Mc Grath
  8. The glass Palace – Amitav Ghosh

Posted by Kristina at 1/08/2008 03:06:00 PM 0 comments

Kim P in MO books

Recommended to Me
1. Veil of Roses - Laura Fitzgerald
2. A Redbird Christmas - Fannie Flag
3. Garden Spells - Sarah Addison Allen
4. The Rest of Her Life - Laura Moriarty
5. Pillars of the Earth - Ken Follett
6. Winter Solstice - Rosamunde Pilcher
7. Little Heathens - Mildred Armstrong Kalish

1. O Pioneers - Willa Cather
2. Uncle Tom's Cabin - Harriet Beecher Stowe
3. Great Expectations - Charles Dickens
4. Persuasion - Jane Austin
5. The Age of Innocence - Edith Wharton
6. Emma - Jane Austen
7. Jane Eyre - Charlotte Bronte

1. Little Women - Louisa May Alcott
2. The Cheerleader - Ruth Doan MacDougall
3. Snowy - MacDougall
4. Henrietta Snow - MacDougall

Medical(fiction or nonfiction)
1. Children's Hospital - Peggy Anderson
2. My Own Country a Doctor's story - Abraham Veiches
3. The Making of a Surgeon - William A Nolen, M.D.
4. Final Exam - Pauline W. Chen
5. Hot lights, Cold Steel - Michael J. Collins, M.D.
6. What patients Taught Me - Audrey Young, M.D.
7. Nurse - Peggy Anderson

1. Scream free Parenting - Hal Edward Runkel
2. When Duty Calls - Carol Vandesteeg
3. The Glycemic Load Diet - Rob Thompson, M.D.
4. Raising Respectful Children in a Disrespectful World - Jill Rigby
5. America's Boy - Wade Rouse
6. Mindless Eating - Brian Wansink, Ph.D.
7. Personality Plus for Parents - Florence Liltauer
8. Healthy Anger - Bernard Golden, Ph.D.

Easy/light Reads
1. Bad Dogs Have More Fun - John Grogan
2. The Parting - Beverly Lewis
3. Walking in Circles Before Lying Down - Merrill Markoe

Favorite Authors
1. The Husband Bench or Bev's Book - Ruth Doan MacDougall
2. Mermaids in the Basement - Michael Lee West

Childhood Favorites
1. Little Women - Alcott
2. Laura - Donald Zochert

Posted by Kim at 1/07/2008 04:27:00 PM 0 comments

BloggingMolly's lists

Non-fiction - Family
1. Power of a Praying Parent by Omartian
2. The Fruit of Her Hands by Wilson
3. You Can't Make Me but I Can be Persuaded by Tobias
4. Peacemaking for Families by Sande
5. The Most Important Place on Earth by Wolgemuth
6. The Heart of Anger by Priolo
7. The Age of Opportunity by Tripp
8. Don't Make Me Count to Three by Plowman

Spiritual Growth
1. Starving Jesus by Gross
2. Quaker Summer by Sampson
3. Get Out of That Pit by Moore
4. Messy Spirituality by Yaconelli
5. The Ragamuffin Gospel by Manning
6. Soul Cravings by McManus
7. Jesus, the One and Only by Moore
8. The Prayer That Changes Everything by Omartian

Classics I Should Have Read a Long Time Ago
1. Pride and Predjudice by Austen
2. The Mysterious Stranger by Twain
3. Farewell to Arms by Hemingway
4. Animal Farm by Orwell
5. 1984 by Orwell
6. The Pearl by Steinbeck
7. The Yearling by Rawlings
8. Tom Sawyer by Twain

Banned Books
1. Adventures Of Huckleberry Finn by Twain
2. Farenheit 451 by Bradbury
3. Bridge to Terebithia by Paterson
4. Of Mice and Men by Steinbeck
5. The Giver by Lowry
6. My Brother Sam is Dead by Collier
7. All Quiet on the Western Front by Remarque
8. Mirandy and Brother Wind by McKissack

Newbery Winners
1. Johnny Tremain by Forbes
2. Rifles for Watie by Keith
3. The Slave Dancer by Fox
4. Number the Stars by Lowry
5. Jacob Have I Loved by Paterson
6. The Grey King by Cooper
7. Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry by Taylor
8. Island of the Blue Dolphins by O'Dell

Young Adult Fiction
1. Stormbreaker by Harowitz 1-13-08
2. Daughter of Time by Tey
3. Byzantium by Lawhead
4. Court of the Stone Children by Cameron
5. Blue Ridge Billy by Lenski
6. Hitty: Her First Hundred Years by Field
7. Moccasin Trail by McGraw
8. Little Britches by Moody

Historical Fiction
1. Across Five Aprils by Hunt
2. Rebels of the Heavenly Kingdom by Paterson
3. Red Badge of Courage by Crane
4. Year of Impossible Goodbyes by Choi
5. Kiss the Dust by Laird
6. Under the Hawthorn Tree by Conlon-McKenna
7. Number the Stars by Lowry
8. Phoenix Rising by Hesse

Childhood Favorites
1. Little House in the Big Woods by Wilder
2. Winnie the Pooh by Milne
3. Alice in Wonderland by Carroll
4. Peter Pan by Barrie
5. Caddie Woodlawn by Brinks
6. Prince Caspian by Lewis
7. Ginger Pye by Estes
8. Runaway Ralph by Cleary

Posted by Molly at 1/05/2008 07:37:00 PM 0 comments

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