#38? Or is it #39??? Banned Books Challenge Feb. 24 – June 30


Banned Books Challenge. Sign up here. Read the rules. But basics are you set a goal for reading a certain number of banned books between February 24th 2008 and June 30th 2008. My goal? 3 Books.

My books:

Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston
Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll
The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank

Alternates:
Chronicles of Narnia series
Little House in the Big Woods by Laura Ingalls Wilder
Little House on the Prairie by Laura Ingalls Wilder
On the Banks of Plum Creek by Laura Ingalls Wilder
Gone With the Wind by Margaret Mitchell

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The Shady Glade’s Young Adult Literature Challenge


Alyssa of The Shady Glade is hosting a reading challenge. It runs from whenever you sign up (that would be January 23rd for me) until April 20th 2008.

I am copying the rules directly from her site. I hope she doesn’t mind. If I don’t copy the rules, I have a tendency to forget them and get all flustered later on. A flustered Becky is not a happy one.

You can overlap with other challenges. (Which is a VERY good thing.)

You must read at least one book that covers each of these 9 categories:

  • Contemporary/Realistic Fiction
  • Poetry, Drama, or Humor (any of these will work)
  • Sports, Mystery, Supernatural/Paranormal (any of these will work)
  • Fantasy or Science Fiction
  • Historical Fiction
  • Nonfiction
  • Classic “juvenile” fiction (first published pre-1920)
  • Graphic Novel
  • Audiobook

There can be overlap between categories. For example, if you read a graphic novel that’s fantasy, then it counts for both. Or maybe your audio book is historical fiction. You get the idea. So you may have 9 books on your list, you may not.

Only 1 book per author is allowed. This means once you’ve read something by that author, you can’t read another book by the same author.

I don’t have a list yet. I’m not really worried about making one. I will choose which books go for this challenge as I go.

1. Classic Children’s Fiction published pre-1920, Understood Betsy by Dorothy Canfield Fisher

Challenge Updates

X = Participant Chooses Number; No Set Amount

Four Legged Friend Challenge (3/X)
Sci-Fi Experience Challenge (6/X)
Winter REading Challenge (Rock Creek Rumblings) (12/X)
Hometown Reading Challenge (0/1)
Inksplasher’s Winter REading Challenge (4/X)
Zora Neale Hurston Mini-Challenge (0/1)
Speculative Fiction Challenge (12/6)
The Shady Glade’s Young Adult Literature Reading Challenge (0/9)
Jewish Literature Challenge (2/5)
Royalty Rules Challenge (0/2)
Expanding Horizons Challenge (1/4)
Series Challenge (10/X)
Margaret Edwards Challenge (0/3)
Book Awards Challenge (6/12)
Here Be Dragons Challenge (1/3)
Themed Reading Challenge (0/4)
Heart of a Child Reading Challenge (3/3)
Chunkster Challenge (1/4)
Triple-8 Challenge (3/56)
Short Story Challenge (3/X)
A ~ Z Challenge (11/52)
Mythopoeic Award (0/7)
Nineteenth Century Women Writers (2/6)
2008 TBR Challenge (2/12)
Printz Award Challenge (1/6)
Inklings Challenge (3/4)
Young Readers Challenge (2/12)
Austen Mini-Challenge (2/2)
Romance REading Challenge (2/5)
Young Adult Challenge (3/12)
By the Decades Challenge (4/8)
Back to History Challenge (0/12)
In Their Shoes Reading Challenge (0/X)
Celebrate the Author (1/12)
Cardathon Challenge (24+/X)
First In A Series (3/12)
Class of 2k8 (0/8)

The SeaFaring Challenge is Completed!!!!!


It’s time to CELEBRATE. I have completed my first challenge of the 2008 year! One down, 36 more to go! This challenge officially ends January 31rst. My next challenge to expire–if you want to look at challenges in that way–is The Four Legged Friends Challenge which ends February 26th.

Here are the four books–the required number for reaching admiral–that I read.

The Redemption by M.L Tyndall
Peter and the Secret of Rundoon by Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson
The Swiss Family Robinson by Johann Wyss
The Voyage of the Dawn Treader by C.S. Lewis

#37 Heart of A Child Challenge


I’m hosting this one at the request of another blogger who is unable to host at this time. The rules–if you can call them rules–are my own, however.

Heart of a Child Challenge

How many? Read 3 to 6 books
When? from February 1, 2008 to July 14, 2008
What? Books and authors that you discovered, loved, or adored as a child. How am I defining “child”–I’ll be generous. Anything and everything that you read through the age of 18 would qualify.
Why? Because sometimes it’s fun to reread books and see if they still hold the same “magic.”

To sign up, simply leave a comment on this post.

Further rules:

You DO NOT have to have a list.
You may overlap books with other challenges. I’d actually encourage you to overlap books with other challenges.
You may use audio books for this challenge.
You DO NOT have to have a blog in order to participate.
You will be expected to comment occasionally on your progress. I’ll be posting update posts once a month or once every six weeks between February 1rst and July 14th.
Comments are meant to be friendly and chatty. Just be yourself. This is nothing to stress about.
All books must be rereads.
It is your choice entirely if you want to focus on picture books, chapter books, or longer novels. If you read adult books as a teen, then those books would qualify as well.
This challenge is all about YOU discovering how much you’ve changed, and how much you’re still the same.

What will I be reading? Primarily, I hope to read the Ramona books by Beverly Cleary; The Little House books by Laura Ingalls Wilder; The Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis; The Anne books by L.M. Montgomery. Christy by Catherine Marshall might prove fun. And Mandy by Julie Edwards. And I would love, love, love to revisit the Sunfire Romance series. And maybe just maybe Gone With The Wind by Margaret Mitchell. I doubt I’ll read all of them by July 14th. I KNOW I can’t read them all by July 14th. But these books are all books I’d like to read throughout the whole year.

Margaret A. Edwards Reading Challenge

For those of you keeping track, this is #36 for the year. I am playing host to this little challenge. To sign up you’ll need to visit Becky’s Book Reviews.


The Margaret A. Edwards award is awarded each year to an author who makes a lasting contribution in the field of young adult literature. Instead of honoring one book, the award seeks to acknowledge a lifetime’s worth of work.

For this challenge, I’m asking people to read 3-5 books by any of the award-winning authors.

2008, Orson Scott Card
2007, Lois Lowry
2006, Jacqueline Woodson
2005, Francesca Lia Block
2004, Ursula K. Le Guin
2003, Nancy Garden
2002, Paul Zindel
2001, Robert Lipsyte
2000, Chris Crutcher
1999, Anne McCaffrey
1998, Madeleine L’Engle
1997, Gary Paulsen
1996, Judy Blume
1995, Cynthia Voigt
1994, Walter Dean Myers
1993, M.E. Kerr
1992, Lois Duncan
1991, Robert Cormier
1990, Richard Peck
1988, S.E. Hinton

The time frame for this mini-challenge? February 1, 2008 – June 1, 2008.

Lists? Well, you can make a list of ‘official’ and ‘alternate’ books IF you want. Or you can just decide as you go. I know *many* people (myself included) have a hard time following lists even if we enjoy making them at the time. I also know many people rely on the library for their selections. And I *know* it is hard to predict just what will be on the shelves at your local library. So keep it simple.

I would encourage everyone to read The Giver by Lois Lowry if you haven’t already done so. And of course, I’ll be pushing folks to read Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card. (But it is by NO means a requirement for signing up.)
There are so many great authors on this list, and so many books. If you’re like me, you’ve probably heard of quite a few of them, but never quite found the time to read some of these.

Edited to add: As far as authors go, I don’t care if you want to read three (or five) different authors to add variety. Or three (or five) books by the same author. Split up your reading list however you want. (2 by Lowry, 1 by Peck, 1 by Card for example) In other words if you wanted to make this the “read 5 Judy Blume books” challenge, you have my okay.

To sign up, leave a comment. I’ll add you to this post as a participant. (A blog is NOT required.)

#35 Is Here; Here Be Dragons Challenge


Here Be Dragons a 2008 Book Challenge hosted by Stray Talk.

What? Read 3-5 books featuring dragons.

When? 1st of January to 30th of June, 2008

To sign up yourself, visit her site.

These are the ones I’m considering. I’ll probably only get to three. But you never know….number four and five could slip in there before the deadline.

Dragon Slippers by Jessica Day George
Dragon Flight by Jessica Day George (I’d love a review copy of this!)
The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien
Dragonhaven by Robin McKinley
Voyage of the Dawn Treader by C.S. Lewis
Neverending Story by Michael Ende
Three Tales of My Father’s Dragon by Ruth Stiles Gannett
The Silmarillion by J.R.R. Tolkien

Simple question, don’t laugh….does Lord of the Rings have dragons???? I’ve only seen the movies and am wanting to read the books. So if you know…please let me know.

I’m also open to suggestion on other titles.