Expanding Horizons Challenge Completed


1. Revolution is not a Dinner Party by Ying Chang Compestine
2. The Girl with the White Flag by Tomiko Higa
3. Yellow Umbrella by Jae soo Liu
4. Year of the Rat by Grace Lin
5. The Fold by An Na
6. The Mats by Francisco Arcellana
7. Guji, Guji by Chih-Yuan Chen
8. The Dragon’s Child by Laurence Yep

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Jewish Literature Challenge Completed!


Callista is hosting a new challenge, the Jewish Literature Challenge. It does have its own blog. I’m assuming she’ll invite participants so they can post their as well as on their own blogs.

Golden Dreydl by Ellen Kushner
The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
All of a Kind Family by Sydney Taylor
The Entertainer and the Dybbuk by Sid Fleischman
I Will Plant You a Lilac Tree by Laura Hillman
The Mozart Question by Michael Morpurgo
The Cage by Ruth Minsky Sender
Diary of A Young Girl by Anne Frank
I Have Lived A Thousand Years by Livia Bitton-Jackson
My Bridges of Hope by Livia Bitton-Jackson

Reading Full Circle Completed


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

Eponymous Challenge Completed


Hosted by Coversgirl, the Eponymous Reading Challenge can be found here.

All my books are by Beverly Cleary.

Beezus and Ramona
Ramona the Pest
Ramona the Brave
Ramona and Her Father
Ramona and Her Mother
Ramona Quimby, Age 8
Ramona Forever
Ramona’s World

Hans Christian Andersen Award Reading Challenge


Read books by authors and/or illustrators that have won a Hans Christian Andersen Award. See the list of winners below. This challenge has its own blog. Reviews will be submitted via Mr. Linky.

How many books? 4-8 is what I’d recommend as a “challenge” goal. More is welcome. Always. But if you can only squeeze three in…well, I won’t turn you away. If you think you might be pressed for time, you might have two authors and two illustrators as your goal. The illustrated books will almost by necessity be shorter–picture books for example–although that isn’t always the case. If you want to read four picture books, that’s fine by me.

The time frame of the challenge: May 1, 2008 through May 1, 2009. A full year of reading. The 2009 makes this one so-not-intimidating, right?

Exception: If you’ve read a qualifying book after January 1, 2008. Then you may count it towards the challenge. (A meaning one or two at the very most.)

No list is necessary. But if you want to make one, I won’t stop you. If you do make one, share the link (or the list) in the comments. Once you’ve made one–if you’ve made one–feel free to change it at any time.

No blog is needed to participate.

Audio books are okay.

Overlaps with other challenges are fine.

To sign up leave a comment here. Follow the link, please: http://hanschallenge.blogspot.com/

Shady Glade’s YA Challenge Completed!

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.

Nine Official Reads

1. Understood Betsy by Dorothy Canfield Fisher (published 1917)
2. Sweethearts by Sara Zarr (contemporary realistic fiction)
3. The Entertainer and the Dybbuk by Sid Fleischman (paranormal/supernatural)
4. White Lilacs by Carolyn Meyer (historical fiction)
5. I Will Plant You A Lilac Tree by Laura Hillman (nonfiction)
6. Dragon Slippers by Jessica Day George (fantasy)
7. Kristy’s Great Idea by Ann Martin and Raina Telgemeier (graphic novel)
8. Tales From the Brothers Grimm and the Sisters Weird by Vivian Vande Velde (humor)
9. Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson (audio book)

Extra Credit Reads

10. Brendan Buckley’s Universe And Everything In It by Sundee Frazier (contemporary realistic)
11. Fablehaven: Grip of the Shadow Plague by Brandon Mull (fantasy)
12. Leftovers by Laura Wiess (contemporary, realistic)
13. Lock and Key by Sarah Dessen (contemporary, realistic)
14. Saga by Conor Kostick (science fiction)
15. Out of the Dust by Karen Hesse (historical fiction/verse novel)
16. Dragon Flight by Jessica Day George (fantasy)
17. The 13th Reality by James Dashner (science fiction)
18. Alien Feast by Michael Simmons (science fiction/humor)
19. America at War by Lee Bennett Hopkins (poetry)
20 Sun and Moon, Ice and Snow by Jessica Day George (fantasy)
21. Love and Other Uses for Duct Tape by Carrie Jones
22. Dingo by Charles de Lint (fantasy)
23. Before Midnight by Cameron Dokey (romance)
24. Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll (classic/ fantasy)
25. Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank (nonfiction/historical)

Novella Challenge Completed


I have just joined the novella challenge!

Simplified rules: Read six books (100-250 pps) between April 2008 and September 2008.

1. Before Midnight by Cameron Dokey
2. Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll
3. The End of the Beginning by Avi
4. A Beginning, A Muddle, and An End by Avi
5. Fat Kid Rules the World by K.L. Going
6. Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson