Wednesday, February 20, 2008

Three new reading challenges

I looked around on some of the other book blogs around and found that there are more challenges I can join! ;-) And I can do it by using titles I already plan to read this year, which is great! Here they are:

Numbers Challenge

The challenge is to read 5 books whose titles have a number in them from Jan 1, 2008 to June 1, 2008 This includes written numbers like "one" or "forty."

This one's hosted by Callista from SMS Book Reviews. Thanks Callista!

Completed: all as of 19 June

Here are my choices:

1. Catch-22 by Joseph Heller
2. Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury
3. number9dream by David Mitchell
4. The Year 1000 by Robert Lacey and Danny Danziger
5. The Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfield

Chunkster Challenge

The challenge is to read 4 chunksters until 17 December, 2008 - a chunkster has 450pp. regular or 750pp. large type. It's kindly hosted by So many books, so little time but there is a separate review blog - Feelin' Chunky - go check it out!

My chunksters:

1) Twilight by Stephanie Meyer
2) The Book of Lost Things by John Connolly
3) Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy
4) Kafka on the Shore by Haruki Murakami - 512pp
5) Catch-22 by Joseph Heller -576pp
6) The Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfield - 464pp
7) Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by J.K. Rowling - 608pp
8) The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafon - 512pp
9) The Book Thief by Markus Zusak - 560pp
10) The Blind Assassin by Margaret Atwood - 656pp
11) P.S. I Love You by Cecilia Ahern - 512pp
12) The Lollipop Shoes by Joanne Harris - 496pp

Banned Book Challenge

This one comes from Canada, but is open to non-Canadians too!

Set a challenge for yourself to read x number of challenged or banned books between February 24 (Freedom to Read Week in Canada) and June 30.

Their site has lists of books that have been banned or challenged over the years so there's plenty of scope. I chose to read 6 books, here they are:

Completed: All as of 28 June

1) Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury
2) Catch-22 by Joseph Heller
3) To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
4) The Giver by Lois Lowry
5) The Color Purple by Alice Walker
6) The Earth, My Butt and Other Round Things by Carolyn Mackler


Lezlie said...

As a fellow new blogger, I just have to say: Aren't these challenges just the funnest thing?!? I just signed up for the 100 Book Challenge, and I'm eyeing up the Royalty Rules Challenge, too. As if a half-dozen weren't enough, right? :-)

Have a blast! Great choices!

Dewey said...

About your question my blog: Sure, you can still sign up!

joanna said...

Lezlie, I know! I'm going to put the 100 Book Challenge in a new post... might as well, if I can use the same books! I don't think I've ever read 100 in one year but I guess that's why it's a challenge, eh? ;-)

Oh and the comment from Dewey refers to the Man Booker Challenge ( - maybe you'll want to join that too!

Dewey thanks for getting back to me, I'll have my list up tomorrow... and I'm eyeing one of your other challenges too!

raidergirl3 said...

I just finished teh Eaerth, My Butt,... and it was very cute, a quick and enjoyeable read. Hope you like it.

joanna said...

raidergirl3 - i'm looking forward to that one, I think I'm a teen at heart!

Melissa Jungnitsch said...

I really liked the Mackler book. I actually was fortunate enough to meet her at a conference a few years ago and she is so fun in person. She just had a great personality and was really approachable.

joanna said...

Wow, what fun, i'm sure she's very interesting to meet!