R.I.P. 3 Completed

Becky’s list. (Peril the Third)

1. The Mystery of the Fool & The Vanisher by David and Ruth Ellwand
2. Zombie Blondes by Brian James
3. The Ghosts of Kerfol by Deborah Noyes
4. Dead is the New Black by Marlene Perez
5. The Mysteries of Udolpho by Ann Radcliffe
6. Cousin Kate by Georgette Heyer
7. Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte
8. Goodnight Goon by Michael Rex
9. Darkside by Tom Becker
10. Knife of Never Letting Go by Patrick Ness
11. Poison Ink by Christopher Golden
12. Ink Exchange by Melissa Marr
13. The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman

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Mind, Body, Soul Challenge Completed


Mind, Body, Soul Challenge
host: Annie (Reading, Writing, and Ranting)
October 1, 2008 – October 31, 2008
required books: depends on the options the participant decides; 4 for me.

Soul: The Cure by Harry Kraus, MD.
Body: Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery. Narrated by Kate Burton.
Mind: Macbeth by William Shakespeare; Something Wicked by Alan Gratz.

© Becky Laney of Becky’s Book Reviews

888 Challenge Completed

Eight books by Asian and/or Asian-American authors

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

For a list of potential books please see this post.

Eight audio books.

I thought long and hard about this category. A challenge is supposed to be challenging. And since I rarely listen to audio books, I thought this might be a good chance to expand my comfort zones and grow as a listener 🙂

1. Little Town on the Prairie by Laura Ingalls Wilder
2. These Happy Golden Years by Laura Ingalls Wilder
3. Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson
4. Silver Chair by C.S. Lewis
5. The Dead and the Gone by Susan Beth Pfeffer
6. The Horse and His Boy by C.S. Lewis
7. The Composer is Dead by Lemony Snicket
8. Moxy Maxwell Does Not Love Writing Thank You Notes by Peggy Gifford

I own a few titles–the Little House books and the Chronicles of Narnia and both Ender’s Game and Ender’s Shadow. But the library may prove invaluable here as well as iTunes podcasts of classics. For example, almost all of Jane Austen’s books are available as podcasts one chapter at a time.

8 classics by women writers (any time period pre-1950)

1. Gone With the Wind by Margaret Mitchell
2. Persuasion by Jane Austen
3. Northanger Abbey by Jane Austen
4. Wives and Daughters by Elizabeth Gaskell
5. Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston
6. Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen
7. Camilla by Fanny Burney
8. The Mysteries of Udolpho by Ann Radcliffe

Right now, I’m thinking Zora Neale Hurston, Jane Austen, Kate Chopin, etc. I’m sure my list will change as I explore. But I know this is something I’d like to do for 2008.

8 Award-Winning Children’s Books (Caldecott, Newbery, Printz, etc.)

1. Hitty, Her First Hundred Years by Rachel Field (Newbery, 1930)
2. On the Banks of Plum Creek by Laura Ingalls Wilder (Newbery Honor, 1938)
3. By the Shores of Silver Lake by Laura Ingalls Wilder (Newbery Honor, 1940)
4. The Long Winter by Laura Ingalls Wilder (Newbery Honor, 1941)
5. Adam of the Road by Elizabeth Janet Gray (Newbery, 1943)
6. Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH by Robert O’Brian (Newbery, 1972)
7. The Entertainer and the Dybbuk by Sid Fleischman (Sidney Taylor Book Award, 2008)
8. My Father’s Dragon by Ruth Stiles Gannett (Newbery Honor, 1949)

Extras: Out of the Dust by Karen Hesse (Newbery Winner, 1998) A Long Way From Chicago by Richard Peck, (Newbery Honor, 1999), A Year Down Yonder by Richard Peck, (Newbery Winner, 2001)

For the record, honor books count as well in my book.

8 Nonfiction Books

1. The Diary of A Young Girl by Anne Frank
2. I Have Lived A Thousand Years by Livia Bitton-Jackson
3. The Cage by Ruth Minsky Sender
4. Painting the Wild Frontier by Susanna Reich
5. Wanda Gag: The Girl Who Loved To Draw by Deborah Kogan Ray
6. My Bridges of Hope by Livia Bitton-Jackson
7. I Will Plant You A Lilac Tree by Laura Hillman
8. The Year We Disappeared by Cylin and John Busby

My list may change, but this is what I’m planning at the moment. No promises though. 🙂

8 Childhood Favorites

1. Winnie the Pooh by A.A. Milne
2. Little House in the Big Woods by Laura Ingalls Wilder
3. Little House on the Prairie by Laura Ingalls Wilder
4. Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll
5. Prince Caspian by C.S. Lewis
6. The Lion The Witch and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis
7. The Voyage of the Dawn Treader by C.S. Lewis
8. Mandy by Julie Edwards

Alternates:

8 by Beverly Cleary

1. Beezus and Ramona
2. Ramona the Pest
3. Ramona the Brave
4. Ramona and her Father
5. Ramona and her Mother
6. Ramona Quimby Age 8
7. Ramona Forever
8. Ramona’s World

8 by L.M. Montgomery

1. Anne of Green Gables
2. Anne of Avonlea
3. Anne of the Island
4. Anne of Windy Poplars
5. Anne’s House of Dreams
6. Anne of Ingleside
7. Rainbow Valley
8. Rilla of Ingleside

© Becky Laney of Becky’s Book Reviews

Jewish Reading Challenge 08

Callista is hosting the Jewish Literature Challenge again this year.

NOTE: Changes from last year are in red.
What: Reading at least 4 books by Jewish Authors or about Judaism
When: December 21, 2008 (Beginning of Hanukkah) to April 27, 2009 (End of Passover)
Who: Anyone who wants to participate! Bloggers or Non-Bloggers alike
Where: Right here of course! You can also post your picks and reviews to your own blog if you have one of course.
How: Sign the comments on THIS post to join the challenge. Also tell me if you want to be added to the blog. If so, include your email address. (put it like this to prevent spam: yourname AT yourdomain DOT com) Once I’ve added you, you can post your picks here and when the time comes, post your reviews here too. I’m sure you’ll want to post about this challenge on your blog too. Use the banner above and link to this blog.

Are you wondering more about what books are okay?
Fiction, Non-fiction, memoirs, Adult books, Teen books, Children’s books, books about the Holocaust, books about anti-semitism, books about Jewish Life, Jewish Culture, Jewish Customs. Books by Jewish Authors no matter what the subject.

I don’t know quite yet what my books will be. But I’m looking forward to this one.

Printz Challenge Completed

1. The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
2. The White Darkness by Geraldine McCaughrean
3. Fat Kid Rules the World by K.L. Going
4. Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson
5. Looking for Alaska by John Green
6. An Abundance of Katherines by John Green

© Becky Laney of Becky’s Book Reviews

Dumas Challenge Completed


Read and/or watch TWO works by Alexandre Dumas

1) The Three Musketeers
2) The Count of Monte Cristo

A to Z Challenge (2008) Completed!!!!


Joy of Thoughts of Joy is hosting the A to Z Challenge.


AUTHOR LIST

“A” ~
Foundation and Empire, and Second Foundation both by Isaac Asimov

“B” ~
Bray, Libba. The Sweet Far Thing.
“C” ~
Carroll, Lewis. Alice in Wonderland.

“D” ~
Dahl, Roald. Matilda.

“E” ~
Estes, Eleanor. The Moffats
“F” ~
Field, Rachel. Hitty, Her First Hundred Years.
“G” ~
Gemmell, David. Sword in the Storm.
“H” ~
Higa, Tomiko. Girl with the White Flag.
“I” ~
Irving, Washington. Two Tales.
“J” ~
James, Jessica. Shades of Gray.
“K” ~
Kostick, Conor. Saga.
“L” ~
Lin, Grace. Year of the Rat.
“M” ~
Mull, Brandon. Fablehaven: Rise of the Evening Star
“N” ~
Na, An. The Fold.
“O” ~
O’Brian, Robert. Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH
“P” ~
Peterson, Andrew. On the Edge of the Dark Sea of Darkness
“Q” ~
Quinn, Julia. The Duke and I.
“R” ~
Rutherfurd, Edward. London.
“S” ~
Simmons, Michael. Alien Feast.
“T” ~
Tolkien, J.R.R. The Hobbit.
“U” ~
Updale, Eleanor. Montmorency: Thief, Liar, & Gentleman
“X” ~
No! That’s Wrong by Zhaohua Ji and Cui Xu
“Y” ~
Yolen, Jane. Sword of the Rightful King.
“Z” ~

“A” ~
All of a Kind Family by Sydney Taylor
Accidental Time Machine by Joe Haldeman

“B” ~
By the Shores of Silver Lake by Laura Ingalls Wilder
B is for Betsy by Carolyn Haywood

“C” ~
The Cage by Ruth Minsky Sender

“D” ~
The Diaries of Adam & Eve Translated by Mark Twain
“E” ~
The Entertainer and the Dybbuk by Sid Fleischman
“F” ~
Foundation by Isaac Asimov
“G” ~
Guinevere’s Gift by Nancy McKenzie
“H” ~
The Host by Stephenie Meyer
“I” ~
I Will Plant You A Lilac Tree by Laura Hillman
“J” ~
Jessie’s Mountain by Kerry Madden
“K” ~
Kristy’s Great Idea by Ann Martin
“L” ~
Leftovers by Laura Wiess
“M” ~
The Mozart Question by Michael Morpurgo
“N” ~
Northanger Abbey by Jane Austen
“O” ~
On the Banks of Plum Creek by Laura Ingalls Wilder
Old Twentieth by Joe Haldeman
“P” ~
Persuasion by Jane Austen
“Q” ~
The Queen’s Soprano by Carol Dines
“R” ~
The Rules of Gentility by Janet Mullany
“S” ~
Sweethearts by Sara Zarr
“T” ~
Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston
“U” ~
Understood Betsy by Dorothy Canfield Fisher
“V” ~
Voyage of the Dawn Treader by C.S. Lewis
“W” ~
Winnie the Pooh by A.A. Milne
“X” ~
Xenocide by Orson Scott Card
“Y” ~
Yellow Umbrella by Jae Soo Liu

“Z” ~
Zombie Blondes by Brian James