Book Binge Challenge Is Complete!

book bingeA Long Way From Chicago by Richard Peck. 148. 5/5
A Year Down Yonder by Richard Peck. 130. 5/5
Blackness Tower by Lillian Stewart Carl. 367. 2.5/5
Dangerous Angels by Francesca Lia Block. 478. 3.5/5
The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien. 330. 4/5
The Battle of the Labyrinth by Rick Riordan. 361. 5/5
The Voyage of the Dawn Treader by C.S. Lewis. 256. 5/5
Bronte’s Book Club by Kristiana Gregory. 148. 3.5/5
The Sky Inside by Clare B. Dunkle. 229. 5/5
Crispin: At the Edge of the World by Avi. 256. 3/5
Greetings From Nowhere by Barbara O’Connor. 208. 4/5
The Patron Saints of Butterflies by Cecilia Galante. 292. 4/5
The Sisters Grimm: Magic and Other Misdemeanors by Michael Buckley. 282. 4/5
Keeping Score by Linda Sue Park. 201. 3.75/5
The Sisters Grimm: Tales From the Hood. by Michael Buckley. 274. 3.75/5
Once Upon A Prom: Dream by Jeanine Le Ny. 218. 3/5
The Host by Stephenie Meyer. 619. 4/5
East by Edith Pattou. 494. 4/5
The Silver Chair by C.S. Lewis. 3/5
Before Green Gables by Budge Wilson. 389. 3.5/5
gods behaving badly by Marie Phillips. 292. 3/5
Good Enough by Paula Yoo. 322. 4/5
Once Upon A Prom: Dress. by Jeanine Le Ny. 217. 3/5
Generation Dead by Daniel Waters. 392. 3/5
Once Upon A Prom: Date by Jeanine Le Ny. 223. 3/5
The Road by Cormac McCarthy. 287. 4.75/5
Mandy by Julie Edwards. 279. 5/5
Fearless by Tim Lott. 263. 3/5
Manga Shakespeare, Romeo and Juliet, illustrated by Sonia Leong. 195. ???
Island of the Blue Dolphins by Scott O’Dell. 184. 3/5
Double-Click for Trouble by Chris Woodworth. 162. 3.5/5
Don’t Know Where, Don’t Know When by Annette Laing. 206. 3/5
The Glory Field by Walter Dean Myers. 375. 4.5/5
The Shadow Speaker by Nnedi Okorafor-Mbachu. 336. 3.5/5
Rumors by Anna Godbersen. 423. 1/5
The Latent Powers of Dylan Fontaine by April Lurie. 224. 4.75/5
Neptune’s Children by Bonnie Dobkin. 262. 3.5/5


Midsummer Night’s Challenge

A Midsummer Night’s Challenge
host: A Chain of Letters
dates: June 1, 2008 – June 25th, 2008
books required: 2–one by Shakespeare

  1. Read A Midsummer Night’s Dream by William Shakespeare. Your copy from High School (if you still have it) is fine.

  2. Then read at least one other book/graphic novel connected to or based on A Midsummer Night’s Dream (possible works listed below).

  3. Blog about this supplementary work, comparing it to the original

I’ve read the Manga Shakespeare edition of A Midsummer’s Night Dream. I will *probably* be using that. There are a few books in my tbr pile, however, that feature Titania and Oberon. I might read those if time permits. (Frewin Jones’ Faerie Path series. #2 The Lost Queen and #3 The Sorcerer King.)

I’ve already read this series. But if you’re looking for more books that would probably qualify (check with the host, first) then Michael Buckley’s Sister Grimm series is fun. I don’t think the first book features Puck. But most of the sequels feature Puck. He’s one of the main characters in fact. And in one of the books, the fourth one I believe, they go to New York City and meet King Oberon and Queen Titania.

Spring Reading Challenge Completed

Rock Creek Rumblings’ Spring Reading Challenge is now completed. Here are my list of challenge reads.

Diary of A Young Girl by Anne Frank
I Have Lived A Thousand Years by Livia Bitton Jackson
The Cage by Ruth Minsky Sender
Gone With The Wind by Margaret Mitchell
Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman
Stardust by Neil Gaiman
London by Edward Rutherfurd
I, Claudius by Robert Graves.
Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen
Beezus and Ramona by Beverly Cleary
Ramona the Pest by Beverly Cleary
Ramona the Brave by Beverly Cleary
Ramona and Her Father by Beverly Cleary
Ramona and Her Mother by Beverly Cleary
Ramona Quimby, Age 8 by Beverly Cleary
Ramona Forever by Beverly Cleary
Ramona’s World by Beverly Cleary
The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien
Dragon Slippers by Jessica Day George
Dragon Flight by Jessica Day George
Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson
by Julie Edwards


Series Challenge Season 2

Crazy Cozy Murders is hosting a second series challenge. It *officially* begins June 1rst, 2008. It ends November 30, 2008.

I’m going to try to make my goals very specific this go-round.

The Anne series:


The rest of the Chronicles of Narnia series (a continuation from round one of challenge)


The rest of the Twilight series

1) Breaking Dawn by Stephenie Meyer

The Lord of the Rings


© Becky Laney of Becky’s Book Reviews


Series Challenge Completed

Here are the series books I was able to get to. A few of the series I am still a few titles away from completing. But I still have every intention of getting to them this year…if all goes well.

C.S. Lewis:
The Lion, The Witch, and the Wardrobe
Prince Caspian
The Voyage of the Dawn Treader
The Silver Chair

Brandon Mull:
Fablehaven: Rise of the Evening Star
Fablehaven: Grip of the Shadow Plague

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

Laura Ingalls Wilder:
Little House in the Big Woods;
Little House on the Prairie;
On the Banks of Plum Creek;
By the Shores of Silver Lake;
The Long Winter;
Little Town on the Prairie;
These Happy Golden Years;
The First Four Years.

Susan Beth Pfeffer
The Dead and Gone

Conor Kostick

Libba Bray:
Sweet Far Thing

Ruth Stiles Gannett:
My Father’s Dragon
Elmer and the Dragon
Dragons of Blueland

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

Julia Quinn:

The Duke and I by Julia Quinn
The Viscount Who Loved Me by Julia Quinn
An Offer From A Gentleman by Julia Quinn
Romancing Mister Bridgerton by Julia Quinn
To Sir Phillip, With Love by Julia Quinn
When He Was Wicked by Julia Quinn

Rick Riordan
The Battle of the Labyrinth

Sisters Grimm: Magic and Other Misdemeanors by Michael Buckley
Sisters Grimm: Tales from the Hood by Michael Buckley

© Becky Laney of Becky’s Book Reviews


Margaret A. Edwards Challenge Completed!

1. Gifts by Ursula K. LeGuin
2. A Long Way From Chicago by Richard Peck
3. A Year Down Yonder by Richard Peck
4. Dangerous Angels by Francesca Lia Block
5. The Glory Field by Walter Dean Myers

It would be really hard to pick a favorite among the five novels. Gifts was amazing. A Long Way From Chicago was amazing. And The Glory Field was amazing. Three books amazing in three mostly different ways. They all share the fact that they’re all masterfully written with strong characterization.

© Becky Laney of Becky’s Book Reviews


A Daring Book Challenge

A Daring Book Challenge
host: Callista; Daring Book Challenge Blog
dates: vary but my tract is June 15, 2008 to June 15, 2009
books required: 9


You have 3 tracts to choose from plus you can choose to join me in trying to read them all.

1. Read one book from each category from June 15/08 to February 15/09 (6 books in 8 months)
2. Read any 9 books from the list from June 15/08 to June 15/09 (9 books in 12 months)
3. Read one whole series from this list starting June 15/08. If it contains up to 10 books, by June 15/09, if 20-30 books, by June 15/11 and for the Trixie Belden series and Nancy Drew series by June 15/12.

Becky’s Tract 2

1) Emily of New Moon by L.M. Montgomery
2) The Little Princess by Frances Hodgson Burnett
3) The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett
4) Pippi Longstocking by Astrid Lindgren
5) Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien
6) Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte
7) The Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis
8.. Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte
9) The Once and Future King by T.H. White
Alternates: 1) The Wonderful Wizard of Oz by Frank Baum, 2) The True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle by Avi 3) The House at Pooh Corner by A.A. Milne 4) Now We Are Six by A.A. Milne 5) When We Were Very Young by A.A. Milne 6) Through the Looking Glass by Lewis Carroll.

Becky’s Tract 3 — This is still a maybe???

Anne series by L.M. Montgomery
Emily series by L.M. Montgomery

This *challenge* is slightly frustrating. Many books on the list to choose from I’ve read just this year. But they don’t count. (Like Mandy. Like Anne of Green Gables. Like Charlotte’s Web. Like Alice in Wonderland. Like the Ramona books by Beverly Cleary. Like All-in-the-Kind family. Like Island of the Blue Dolphins. Like Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of Nimph. Like Out of the Dust. Like Pride and Prejudice. Oh well.

© Becky Laney of Becky’s Book Reviews