Summer Reading Challenge Completed


It’s time for The Summer Reading Challenge is completed. This iswas hosted by Rock Creek Rumblings. That link is here. I believe the challenge was from June 1, 2008 to August 31, 2008. (I think.)

Here iswas my list:

The Underneath by Kathi Appelt
Peeled by Joan Bauer.
Seeing Redd by Frank Beddor
March Through Thunder by Joseph Bruchac
A Curse Dark As Gold by Elizabeth C. Bunce
Oh. My. Gods. by Tera Lynn Childs.
Take Me There by Susane Colasanti
The Red Necklace by Sally Gardner
Newes From the Dead by Mary Hooper
The Lost Queen by Frewin Jones
The Sorcerer King by Frewin Jones
Savvy by Ingrid Law
The Willoughbys by Lois Lowry
Jessie’s Mountain by Kerry Madden
Gods of Manhattan by Scott Mebus.
Princess Ben by Catherine Murdock
Aurelia by Anne Osterlund
The Search for the Red Dragon by James A. Owen
Blue Like Friday by Siobhan Parkinson
The Adoration of Jenna Fox by Mary Pearson
Steams of Babel by Carol Plum-Ucci
Starcross: A Stirring Adventure of Spies, Time Travel, and Curious Hats. by Philip Reeve
Three Little Words: A Memoir by Ashley Rhodes-Courter
Secrets of the Cirque Medrano by Elaine Scott
Stealing Heaven by Elizabeth Scott
Big Fat Manifesto by Susan Vaught
Climbing the Stairs by Padma Venkatraman
The Floating Circus by Tracie Vaughn Zimmer

The Stand by Stephen King

Anne of Avonlea by L.M. Montgomery
Anne of the Island by L.M. Montgomery
Anne of Windy Poplars by L.M. Montgomery
Anne’s House of Dreams by L.M. Montgomery
Anne of Ingleside by L.M. Montgomery
Rainbow Valley by L.M. Montgomery
Rilla of Ingleside by L.M. Montgomery

A Midsummer Night’s Dream by William Shakespeare

The Little Princess by Frances Hodgson Burnett
The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett
Pippi Longstocking by Astrid Lindgren
The Once and Future King by T.H. White
Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien
American Gods by Neil Gaiman
Beowulf by Seamus Heaney
A Confederacy of Dunces by John Kennedy Toole

Savannah by Eugenia Price
To See Your Face Again by Eugenia Price
Before the Darkness Falls by Eugenia Price
Stranger in Savannah by Eugenia Price

As you can see, I didn’t get to everything. Sometimes that was my fault. Sometimes it wasn’t. It’s not my fault some of books were never at the library. My list was a bit too ambitious. But still, I read plenty this summer. For those that only read the blog when I write challenge wrap-ups, I often read more non-challenge reads than challenge reads. So I was busy. Trust me.

© Becky Laney of Becky’s Book Reviews

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Olympic Reading Challenge Completed

List of books completed (aka gold medals won) for the Olympic Reading Challenge:

1. Steinbeck’s Ghost by Lewis Buzbee
2. Mary Ingalls On Her Own by Elizabeth Kimmel Willard
3. The Redheaded Princess by Ann Rinaldi
4. Hurricane Song by Paul Volponi
5. Ruby’s Imagine by Kim Antieau
6. Don’t Talk To Me About the War by David Adler.
7. Love Me Tender by Audrey Couloumbis
8.High Dive by Tammar Stein.
9.Suite Scarlett by Maureen Johnson.
10. Breaking Dawn by Stephenie Meyer
11. I Heart You, You Haunt Me by Lisa Schroeder
12. More Than Friends: Poems From Him and Her by Sara Holbrook and Allan Wolf.
13.Allie Finkle’s Rules for Girls: Moving Day by Meg Cabot.
14. Memories of Babi by Aranka Siegal.
15. Jimmy’s Stars by Mary Ann Rodman
16. La Petite Four by Regina Scott
17. Rapunzel’s Revenge by Shannon Hale and Dean Hale
18. Found: The Missing Book 1 by Margaret Peterson Haddix
19. All Shook Up by Shelley Pearsall
20. Girl, Hero by Carrie Jones
21. Impulse and Initiative by Abigail Reynolds
22. Audrey, Wait by Robin Benway

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R.I.P. 3 Challenge


It’s that time of year again!!! Time for the R.I.P. Challenge. Readers Imbibing Peril. Our host is the wonderfully fabulous Carl of Stainless Steel Droppings.

1. R.I.P. III runs from September 1st through October 31st, 2008. But I’m no stickler, start reading now if you feel so inclined.

Mystery.
Suspense.
Thriller.
Dark Fantasy.
Gothic.
Horror.
Supernatural.

2. Choose one of more of the perils listed below:

Peril the First:

Read Four books of any length, from any subgenre of scary stories that you choose.

Peril the Second:

Read Two books of any length, from any subgenre of scary stories that you choose.

Peril the First:

Read One book of any length from one of the subgenres listed above.

This peril is for those who want to participate but don’t want to get bogged down in a long list of books. It is also for those who feel this type of reading is not their proverbial cup of tea but are willing to challenge themselves by giving just one book a try.

The reviews will be shared through Mr. Linky here.

Becky’s list. (Peril the Third)

Classics I may or may not be likely to read: Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte, Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte, The Monk by Matthew G. Lewis, The Mysteries of Udolpho by Ann Radcliffe, The Italian by Ann Radcliffe.

YA books: Vampirates: Blood Captain by Justin Somper, Zombie Blondes by Brian James, Darkside by Tom Becker, Lifeblood by Tom Becker, Evernight by Claudia Gray, Poison Ink by Christopher Golden, Dead is the New Black by Marlene Perez, Oddest of All by Bruce Coville, Ink Exchange by Melissa Marr, Triskellion by Will Peterson, 666 Number of the Beast short stories by various authors, Thirsty by M.T. Anderson, The Ghosts of Kerfol Deborah Noyes, Ghostgirl by Tonya Hurley, Heck: Where All the Bad Kids Go by Dale E. Basye, The Mystery of the Fool and the Vanisher by David Ellwand, Billy Bones: A Tale from the Secrets Closet by Christopher Lincoln, Knife of Never Letting Go by Patrick Ness.

Other adult books: Pemberley Shades by D.A. Bonavia-Hunt.

Becky’s r-i-p3 book montage

A Lightly Gothic Tale of Mr. and Mrs. Darcy
The Monk
The Italian
The Mysteries of Udolpho
Wuthering Heights
Knife of Never Letting Go
A Tale from the Secrets Closet
The Mystery of the Fool and the Vanisher
Where the Bad Kids Go
ghostgirl
The Ghosts of Kerfol
Thirsty
Number Of The Beast
Triskellion
Ink Exchange
Oddest of All
Dead Is the New Black
Poison Ink
Lifeblood
Evernight
Darkside
Zombie Blondes
Jane Eyre
Blood Captain
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July Book Blowout Challenge Completed

July Book Blowout. Hosted by Blue Archipelago

  1. From a Distance by Tamera Alexander. 384. 3/5
  2. Suddenly Supernatural by Elizabeth Cody Kimmel. 316. 3/5
  3. Shift by Charlotte Agell. 230. 3/5
  4. Big Fat Manifesto by Susan Vaught. 308. 3.75/5
  5. Appetite for Detention by Sloane Tanen.
  6. The Richest Doll in the World by Polly M. Robertus. 129. 1/5
  7. The Hanging Woods by Scott Loring Sanders. 336. 3.5/5
  8. Geek Magnet by Kieran Scott. 308. 3/5
  9. Planet Pregnancy by Linda Oatman High. 197. 3/5
  10. The Horse and His Boy by C.S. Lewis. 3/5
  11. No Cream Puffs by Karen Day. 209. 4/5
  12. A La Carte by Tanita Davis. 281. 3.75/5
  13. King George What was His Problem by Stephen Sheinkin. 195.
  14. Gem X by Nicky Singer. 311. 2.5/5
  15. Magicians Nephew by C.S. Lewis.
  16. 42 Miles by Tracie Vaughn Zimmer. 73. 4/5
  17. Savannah by Eugenia Price. 595. 4/5
  18. A New Dawn, edited by Ellen Hopkins.
  19. The Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain. 320. 5/5
  20. Living Dead Girl by Elizabeth Scott. 170. 4.5/5
  21. The Last Battle by C.S. Lewis. 2/5
  22. Paper Towns by John Green. 4/5
  23. Becoming Billie Holiday by Carole Boston Weatherford. 120. 4/5
  24. The Viper Within by Sam Mills. 296. 4/5
  25. Cotillion by Georgette Heyer. 482. 4/5
  26. She Touched the World by Sally Hobart Alexander and Robert Alexander. 100.
  27. Starcross: A Stirring Adventure of Spies, Time Travel, and Curious Hats. by Philip Reeve. 370. 5/5
  28. The Mysterious Benedict Society and the Perilous Journey by Trenton Lee Stewart. 440. 3.5/5
  29. Nothing Pink by Mark Hardy. 109. 3/5
  30. I Need You More Than I Love You and I Love You To Bits by Gunnar Ardelius. 118. 3/5
  31. Everything Beautiful by Simmone Howell. 271. 3/5

© Becky Laney of Becky’s Book Reviews

Disney Challenge (Perpetual)

The ever-fabulous Sarah Miller is hosting her first challenge. It is the DISNEY LITERATURE CHALLENGE. And I believe it would fall in the category of perpetual challenges in that it doesn’t have preset start/end dates assigned. Join by leaving a comment on her site. And participants are also supposed to go to that post to leave comments on their progress.

She has a list of books (and their corresponding movies to choose from. She also has two bonus categories.

Here are books I’m considering

Pinnochio by Carlo Collodi (Don’t own this but might seek it out.)
The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame
Through the Looking Glass by Lewis Carroll (I’ve already read Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland this year.)
Peter Pan by J.M. Barrie
The Hundred and One Dalmations by Dodie Smith (I have a copy of this I’ve been meaning to get to.)
The Once and Future King by T.H. White (I’ve been meaning to finish this one. I read The Sword in the Stone in the spring.)
Mary Poppins by P.L. Travers. (I’ve read this once, but if I can find a copy I might reread. But I make no promises.)
The Jungle Book by Rudyard Kipling
The House at Pooh Corner by A.A. Milne (I’ve read Winnie the Pooh already this year.)
The Hunchback of Notre Dame by Victor Hugo (I *may* be brave and try to read this one day.)
Tarzan of the Apes by Edgar Rice Burroughs (My mother would *love* it if I read this one. She thinks I’ll never do it. And I admit I’m not particularly eager to brave this one. She challenged me to read this one. And I told her if she’d read Frankenstein by Mary Shelley, I’d read Tarzan. But so far, Mom is not any closer to reading Frankenstein.

Nonfiction Five Challenge Completed


Hosted by Joy. Read about the challenge here. The challenge goes from May to September 2008. Joy does say that lists can change–added or subtracted, substituted etc. But this is what I’m thinking now.

Nonfiction Five Challenge

Moving Forward by Dave Pelzer (self-help)

Worship Matters by Bob Kauflin (spiritual)

Napoleon’s Privates: 2,500 Years of History Unzipped by Tony Perrottet (historical vignettes, informative conversation-starters)

I Am Scout by Charles J. Shields (biography)

She Touched the World by Sally Hobart Alexander and Robert Alexander (biography)

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Irresistable Challenge Completed


Becky’s Reads

1) The Underneath by Kathi Appelt. Recommended by Sarah Miller.
2) The Willoughbys by Lois Lowry. Recommended by Sarah Miller.
3) The Adoration of Jenna Fox by Mary Pearson. Recommended by Sarah Miller and Erin and Little Willow and Amanda and The Story Siren.
4) The Floating Circus by Tracie Vaughn Zimmer. Recommended by Sarah Miller.
5) A Countess Below Stairs by Eva Ibbotson. Recommended by Bookshelves of Doom.
6) I Am Scout by Charles J. Shields. Recommended by Sarah Miller.
7) Living Dead Girl by Elizabeth Scott. Recommended by Reader Rabbit.
8) The Viper Within by Sam Mills. Recommended by Sarah Miller.
9) Hero-Type by Barry Lyga. Recommended by Sarah Miller.

Rules for reference
Hosted by Books & Other Thoughts

1. Read 8 books between now and Labor Day that you were inspired to read after reading a fellow book-blogger’s review. Ideally the books will be ones you’d never heard of or would probably not have considered reading had it not been for the review. If you expanded your horizons or went beyond your usual reading comfort zone because of the review, all the better!
2. Write a review of the book on your blog.
3. (The most important step) Make sure you link to the review that inspired you to read the book in the first place!
4. Books read for other challenges count.
5. There is no need to make a list ahead of time – for this type of challenge, it’s probably best to remain open to serendipity in the bookblogosphere!

© Becky Laney of Becky’s Book Reviews

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