Sci-Fi Experience Completed!!!!

I always, always enjoy myself when participating in one of Carl’s challenges. I loved the Sci-Fi Experience challenge. Everyone’s reviews can be found here. My favorites this time around include Foundation and Empire by Isaac Asimov and The Accidental Time Machine by Joe Haldeman. I chose those two as favorites because they were both by new-to-me authors. The Dead and The Gone by Susan Beth Pfeffer was an excellent book, but I expected it to be wonderful! Susan Beth Pfeffer is a must-read! If anybody is interested in reading Life As We Knew It, I would encourage you to participate in my online reading group. There is a poll going on now to determine if it will be an April or May selection.

Isaac Asimov:
Prelude to Foundation
Foundation and Empire
Second Foundation
Foundation’s Edge
Foundation and Earth

Joe Haldeman:
The Accidental Time Machine
Old Twentieth

Susan Beth Pfeffer
The Dead and Gone


D.E.A.R. Challenge (Hosted by me at Becky’s Book Reviews)

Last year, D.E.A.R. (Drop Everything and Read) Day caught me unawares. I found out about it only a few days in advance. This year, I want to do something BIG to celebrate. I’ll be hosting the D.E.A.R reading challenge with four levels of participation! Here is the official site.

What is National D.E.A.R. Day?
D.E.A.R. stands for Drop Everything and Read. National D.E.A.R. Day is a special reading celebration to remind and encourage families to make reading together on a daily basis a family priority.

Who Is Leading the National D.E.A.R. Day Celebration? The National Education Association (NEA); Parent Teacher Association (PTA); the Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC), a division of the American Library Association; Reading Rockets; The General Federation of Women’s Clubs (GFWC); the Newspaper Association of America Foundation (NAA); First Book; HarperCollins Children’s Books; and Ramona Quimby.

Level One: Commit to reading 30 minutes on D.E.A.R. day, April 12, 2008. It’s a Saturday in case you’re wondering.
Level Two: Commit to reading 30 minutes per day for three days. April 11, 2008 – April 13, 2008.
Level Three: Commit to reading 30 minutes per day for an entire week. April 6, 2008 – April 12, 2008.
Level Four: Commit to reading 30 minutes per day for an entire month. March 12, 2008 – April 12, 2008.

A blog is not required to participate by any means! The goal is to learn how to make reading a part of your daily routine. A way to encourage you to incorporate reading into your life. To make it a priority.

If you want to join up, leave a comment. You can blog about your experience, your progress, the books you read. But you don’t have to in order to play along. I would encourage you, however, to at the very least leave a sentence or two in the comments at the close of this challenge the weekend of April 12/13th. Again, not a requirement, but it would be nice.

This challenge is for kids and adults. If you’re a parent, I would encourage you to make this a family event. Commit to reading books with your kids. (But if you’re not a parent, this is for you too!)

If you are going to use this as an opportunity to read with your kids, you might want to check out these official tips. There are tips on how to read with your child aged preschool to third grade.

Unsure of what to read? Here are some ‘official’ recommendations. And here are a list of books by Beverly Cleary. But you may read whatever you like. If you’re an adult (with or without kids) feel free to read adult books. I don’t want anyone to feel excluded. But as for this adult–me–I’ll be reading kids books with a big smile on my face. 🙂

Unlike most challenges, this isn’t asking for a certain number of books. This one is only focusing on the commitment to read a certain amount of time per day.

#4 is done! Hometown Challenge Completed

I read White Lilacs by Carolyn Meyer. Meyer lived in Denton for around five years. And this book is inspired by the community’s history.

Though fictional in nature, the book tells the all-too-real story of Quakertown in Denton, Texas. In the early 1920s, the African Americans of Quakertown were forced to sell their land so that the white folks of the city could have a park. You can read more about the actual Quakertown here and here. You can even watch a mini-documentary about it here. There is now a museum opened that tells the story of the community and documents Denton’s shameful past.

Read my review here.


That makes 3 so far…Winter RC is DONE!

Some of you may be shaking your heads and thinking, “What on earth is Becky doing joining another challenge when she has so so so so so much to do????” My answer, well, I’m going to be reading these books anyway, I might as well lump them together and say they’re challenge reads. (The challenge goes through February)

A is for Angst by Barbara Haworth-Attard
The Dead and the Gone by Susan Beth Pfeffer
Sweet Far Thing by Libba Bray
Swiss Family Robinson by Johann Wyss
Revolution is Not A Dinner Party by Ying Chang Compestine
While Shepherds Watched by Steven Roberts
Christmas Jars by Jason F. Wright
The Luxe by Anna Godbersen
Right Behind You by Gail Giles
Dawn and Dusk by Alice Mead
Edward’s Eyes by Patricia MacLachlan
No Talking by Andrew Clements
Winnie the Pooh and House at Pooh Corner by A.A. Milne
Memoirs of A Teenage Amnesiac by Gabrielle Zevin
Lessons From A Dead Girl by Jo Knowles
Accidental Time Machine by Joe Haldeman
Old Twentieth by Joe Haldeman
The Fold by An Na.
Matilda by Roald Dahl
The Entertainer and the Dybbuk by Sid Fleischman


Second Reading Challenge Completed!!!!

Kailana of Written World hosted a challenge, the Four-Legged Friends Reading Challenge. It officially began on September 20, 2007 and it ends February 26, 2007.

There are–if I recall–no set number of books we had to have read. So far, I’ve read Charlotte’s Web by E.B. White and Babe by Dick King-Smith. I’ve also read Animals in the House, a great nonfiction book. I’ve also read Little House in the Big Woods, Little House on the Prairie, and On the Banks of Plum Creek. All three feature Jack rather prominently so I’m thinking these should count for the challenge.

Mr. Popper’s Penguins by Richard and Florence Atwater.
Adam of the Road by Elizabeth Janet Gray.
Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH by Robert O’Brian.

And here’s a picture book I’m recommending for EVERYONE.

Help Me, Mr. Mutt! Expert Answers for Dogs with People Problems by Janet Stevens and Susan Stevens Crummel. It will be released April 2008. It is a must-read for pet lovers of all ages.


42nd Reading Challenge: 100+ Reading Challenge

The 100+ Reading Challenge has its own blog, its own yahoo group, and its own shelfari group. The goal is to read 100 or more books in a given year.

This one is so compatible with other challenges and my own reading habits in general, that I’d be crazy not to join in.


40 or 41 Reading Full Circle Challenge

Thoughts of Joy is hosting the Reading Full Circle 2008 Challenge. I’m not exactly sure on the dates. The NovelChallenge group says it’s a year-long challenge. The original post doesn’t say. And the Mr. Linky post says through March. The goal is to read six “linked” books. The rules are on the sign up page if you’re curious and want to join.

Here is my list:

Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank

Diaries of Adam and Eve by Mark Twain

Adam of the Road by Elizabeth Janet Gray

Gone with The Wind by Margaret Mitchell

The Dead and the Gone by Susan Beth Pfeffer

Girl with the White Flag by Tomiko Higa

White Lilacs by Carolyn Meyer

I Will Plant You A Lilac Tree by Laura Hillman