Thursday, January 31, 2008

UPDATE: January 2008

Books Bought:
American Girls About Town short story collection
The Well of Lost Plots by Jasper Fforde
Shopaholic and Baby by Sophie Kinsella
The Last King of Scotland by Giles Foden
The Great Influenza John M Barry
Awakening by Kate Chopin
Something Wicked This Way Comes by Ray Bradbury
Oliver Twist by Charles Dickens
In the Country of Men by Hisham Matar
Black Swan Green by David Mitchell
An Audience of Chairs by Joan Clark

Books Read:

14. Persepolis 1,and 2 - Marjane Satrapi
13. Ex Libris - Anne Fadiman
12. House of Meetings - Martin Amis
11. The Eyre Affair - Jasper Fforde
10. Eleanor Rigby - Douglas Coupland
9. The Case of the Missing Books - Ian Sansom
8. Shakespeare's Trollop - Charlaine Harris
7. The Remains of the Day - Kazou Ishiguro
6. 84, Charing Cross Road - Helene Hanff
5. The Book Thief - Marcus Zusak
4. Housekeeping vs The Dirt - Nick Hornby
3. Brainiac - Ken Jennings
2. From the Mixed-up Files of Mrs Basil E Frankweiler - E.L. Konisburg
1. The Apprenticeship of Duddy Kravitz - Mordecai Richler

Challenge Update for January
Book Award Challenge July 1 2007 - June 30, 2008
read 14/12, but I have 3 more that I want to read before I consider this done

Canadian Book Challenge - Oct '07 - July 1 '08
read 6; still Nfld, PEI, Sask, Alta, BC, Yukon, NWT to go.

Series Challenge Dec 1 - June 30, 2008
haven't finished any series yet, but I only have one more to read in 3 series: Lily Bard, Shopaholic, Gardella Vampire Chronicles. I'll work on this for Feb

A - Zed Author and Titles Challenge all year 2008
read 10/52; still a long way to go obviously

Themed Reading Challenge Jan - June 2008
I've read my at least 4 already, but it's an 888 list, so 2 more to go; I'm waiting for The Uncommon Reader from the library

decades challenge - all year 2008
only 1, haven't begun thinking of this one yet

in their shoes - all year 2008

Cardathon Challenge - all year 2008

What's in a Name? all year 2008
1/6; first name

YAC books all year 2008

Man Booker Challenge all year 2008
1/6 although I might make this all short listed books, which means 0/6

notable books 2007 - all year 2008

In the Pub - all year 2008 nada

mini-challenges 2008

chunkster challenge 2


  1. For Decades, you can always change books if you want. You already have a bunch just from this list!

    #1 is 50's, #2 is 60's, #6 is 70's, #7 is 80's, and #13 is 90's.

    14 is awesome. I came out with 11 this month, which isn't bad at all for me.

  2. 3m - Reading 14 books was terrific and they were mostly very, very good reads. 11 is impressive too. I didnt' start school until the 7th.
    I suppose I could use some of them for the Decades, and I may come back for some of them, but I'm saving some of those early dates to give me incentive to pick up some of the older Pulitzers.

  3. I like your "books bought" and "books read" categories. It reminds me of *sigh* Nick Hornby...

    Great work on your challenges! Lots of heavy lifting there!

  4. You kicked major butt in January. Congrats!

  5. bybee - I freely admit to copying our friend Nick's idea. I also thought I should write down what I've been buying, to scare myself into buying less. Although, I didn't pay full for any of them, lots of sales and remainder tables.

    jill - thanks, there were many fabulous books too, I was flying through them because they were so good.

  6. I going to be reading Oliver Twist by Charles Dickens for the first time this month.

  7. Wow! You have been one busy reader. Looks like you've got a good start on all of your challenges for the year. Wa-hoo!

  8. Holy toledo, Raidergirl! You are doing a number on those challenges with the number of books read. Hats off...


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