Sunday, March 1, 2009

First challenges of the year done!

So far this year, I finished a couple of challanges and I didn't make the deadline for a couple of others. Here's where I stand:

I finished the Bang Bang Book Challenge, hosted by Kelsey. Here's what I read:

1. Briar Rose by Jane Yolen
2. The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
3. Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi
4. Night by Elie Wiesel
5. The Reluctant Fundamentalist by Mohsin Hamid

I loved them all so it's impossible to choose a favorite. They are all on my list of books that everyone should read! Thanks for the great challenge, Kelsey!
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I also already finished the Casual Classics Challenge, hosted by MizB. We only had to read 4 books for this, which is why I managed to complete it so early in the year. Here's what I read:

Alice's Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll
Little House in the Big Woods by Laura Ingalls Wilder
The Time Machine by H.G. Wells
Aesop's Fables by Aesop

I liked all of these as well... I suppose if I had to choose a favorite it would be Little House in the Big Woods, but I loved all the others too! Thanks MizB for helping me get my classics in!

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I also already completed the Lost in Translation Challenge, hosted by Frances of NonSuch Book. To see all my possible books, visit my original post about this challenge. Here's what I read in the end though:

Out by Natsuo Kirino (translated from the Japanese by Stephen Snyder)
The Witch of Portobello by Paolo Coelho (translated from the Portuguese by Margaret Jull Costa)
The Complete Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi (translated from the French by Mattias Ripa and Blake Ferris)
Karlson on the Roof by Astrid Lindgren (translated from Swedish)
Aesop's Fables by Aesop (translated from the Greek)
Night by Elie Wiesel (translated from the French by Stella Rodway)

My favorites were Out, Persepolis and Night. Thanks for this challenge, I loved it!
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And the last one that I finished for 2009 is the Well-Seasoned Reader Challenge, hosted by BookNut. There were many choices of books and I wanted to read something more food-related, but ended up reading authors of a different ethnicity than my own and basically learning about other countries. For a list of all my posibilities, visit my original post about this challenge. Here's what I read in the end:
Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi
The Good Women of China by Xinran
Out by Natsuo Kirino

Again, I loved all of them so can't pick a favorite... I'm very lucky this year! Thanks to BookNut for this challenge - I loved the idea and kept wishing that it would last all year!
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And these are the ones I didn't manage to complete:
Japanese Literature Challenge (I finished my last book, Out by Natsuo Kirino, a few days too late)
Naming Conventions (no excuse)
New Classics Challenge (shame on me, I even hosted this one!)

This of course leaves me room to sign up for more! Yay!

9 comments:

farmlanebooks said...

Congratulations on finishing all those challenges already! I'm still a long way off finishing any. I'll get there in the end though!

I'm new to your blog, so I'm enjoying looking back through your reviews.

joanna said...

Hi! I'm a total challenge addict, as you can see from my sidebar so it's only natural that I finish some of them - I did sign up for everything going, after all! :-) Hope you find some books you like in the reviews!

Nymeth said...

Well done, Joanna!

joanna said...

thanks Nymeth!

Lezlie said...

Nice job! You're off to a great start!!

Lezlie

Kailana said...

Congrats on finishing all those challenges! Good luck finding more to join. lol

joanna said...

Thanks Lezlie!

Kailana - lol ;-)

Melissa said...

Congrats on finishing. :) (I'm only on my second book for Lost in Translation; I can't believe you're done already!)

I probably couldn't choose between the three you read for my challenge; I'm glad you enjoyed it.

joanna said...

Hi Melissa - good luck with the translated books, looking forward to your reviews!