Montgomery Mini-Challenge

This mini-challenge is hosted by Maria. The challenge is to read FOUR books by L.M. Montgomery. The challenge is January 1, 2009 through November 30, 2009. There’s a catch–they can’t be any of her Anne books. (A catch I’m fine with, by the way, since I read those eight books this fall!!!) I’m not exactly sure which four I’ll be reading yet…but this is my tentative list:

Emily Climbs
Emily’s Quest
Blue Castle
A Tangled Web

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Sci-Fi Experience

I got a big thrill today when I noticed that Carl has posted about 2009’s Sci-Fi Experience!!! This is the non-challenge challenge all about taking pleasure in science fiction. This one is all about finding those satisfying reads in a genre that I personally love. There are no set number of required books. It’s not a challenge in that sense. Just an invitation to enjoy yourself.
This ‘experience’ begins January 1, 2009 and ends February 28, 2009. Visit his site to sign up yourself. Reviews will be posted on the review site’s Mr. Linky.

My books:


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Cardathon Challenge Completed!

I reviewed these books:

Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card
Ender in Exile by Orson Scott Card
Xenocide by Orson Scott Card
A War of Gifts by Orson Scott Card
Pastwatch: The Redemption of Christopher Columbus by Orson Scott Card
Empire by Orson Scott Card
The Worthing Saga by Orson Scott Card
Lost Boys by Orson Scott Card
Found by Margaret Peterson Haddix
The Lion, The Witch, and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis
Prince Caspian by C.S. Lewis
Voyage of the Dawn Treader by C.S. Lewis
Silver Chair by C.S. Lewis
Horse and His Boy by C.S. Lewis
Magician’s Nephew by C.S. Lewis
The Last Battle by C.S. Lewis
Ray Bradbury:
Martian Chronicles
Something Wicked This Way Comes
Isaac Asimov:
Prelude to Foundation
Foundation and Empire
Second Foundation
Foundation’s Edge
Foundation and Earth
Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien
Sword in the Stone by T.H. White
Sword in the Storm by David Gemmell
Midnight Falcon by David Gemmell
Fablehaven by Brandon Mull
Fablehaven: Rise of the Evening Star by Brandon Mull
Fablehaven: Grip of the Shadow Plague
The Host by Stephenie Meyer
Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson
Sword of the Rightful King by Jane Yolen
Dingo by Charles De Lint
Stardust by Neil Gaiman
Eifelheim by Michael Flynn
The Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfield
Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen
Northanger Abbey by Jane Austen
Persuasion by Jane Austen
Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
Diaries of Adam and Eve by Mark Twain

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Inklings Challenge Completed

C.S. Lewis:
The Lion, The Witch, and the Wardrobe
Prince Caspian
The Voyage of the Dawn Treader
The Silver Chair
Horse and His Boy
Magicians Nephew
The Last Battle

J.R.R. Tolkien
The Silmarillian
The Hobbit
Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Rings
Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers
Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King

The Search for the Red Dragon by James A. Owen

I technically finished the four books this challenge required…but I didn’t finish what I’d set out to do. I am undecided if I should carry over ‘Lord of the Rings’ and ‘The Silmarillian’ to 2009 or not. I guess I’ll just have to wait and see!

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Celebrate the Author (Becky’s Completed Challenge Listing)

Isaac Asimov: Foundation, Foundation and Empire, and Second Foundation ;
A.A. Milne: Winnie the Pooh.

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.
The Sneetches and Other Stories, The Cat in the Hat and The Cat in the Hat Comes Back, Fox in Socks, The Butter Battle Book, and The Sleep Book.
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.
Island of the Blue Dolphins by Scott O’Dell

In Mozart’s Shadow by Carolyn MeyerI read A Beatrix Potter Treasury.

Becky has read Lane Smith’s Madame President.
Becky has read Knucklehead by Jon Scieszka.

I have read Harry The Dirty Dog and No Roses for Harry by Gene Zion.

I read Emily of New Moon by L.M. Montgomery. I’ve also read all eight of the Anne books:

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

And all seven of the Chronicles of Narnia.

The Lion, The Witch, and the Wardrobe
Prince Caspian
The Voyage of the Dawn Treader
The Silver Chair
Horse and His Boy
Magicians Nephew
The Last Battle
I read Cassandra’s Sister a biography of Jane Austen. I also read Persuasion by Jane Austen, Northanger Abbey by Jane Austen, Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen. I’m currently reading Emma, but I’m not sure if it’ll get done in 2008.

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Fall Into Reading Challenge Completed

Fall into Reading 2008
Host: Callapidder Days
Dates: September 22nd – December 20th 2008
Books required: Participant Decides

  • Did you finish reading all the books on your fall reading list? If not, why not?

All but three, and those three were long. In fact, two of the three were multiple-books-in-one. I didn’t even attempt them really.

  • Did you stick to your original goals or did you change your list as you went along?

I added three books to make up for the three I knew I wasn’t going to get to. But I stuck with the rest…which was a pleasant surprise for me!

  • What was your favorite book that you read this fall? Least favorite? Why?

Uprising by Margaret Peterson Haddix was a GREAT GREAT GREAT read. The book I struggled with the most was the unabridged Count of Monte Cristo. A book that was easy to finish but that I didn’t care for overall was Madapple. I know some bloggers love it. But I didn’t quite.

  • Did you discover a new author or genre this fall? Did you love them? Not love them?

The only new authors I read for the challenge were Jeanne Birdsall and Astrid Lindgren. I love the Penderwicks, they were fun. Those two books are all about the characters and very little about the plot. Pippi was GREAT because the illustrations by Lauren Child (of Charlie and Lola fame) added something fresh to the book. And the book itself–the text–is just funny.

  • Did you learn something new because of the Fall Into Reading challenge — something about reading, or yourself, or a topic you read about?

I learned that The Count of Monte Cristo is best kept abridged. OR to rephrase that, I think it needs Richard Pevear to come along and translate it. He did wonders with The Three Musketeers–talk about magic!!! If he can make it sparkle throughout…the book–as is–does have a powerful ending–the last two hundred pages are amazingly breezy to get through. But it’s a journey.

  • What was your favorite thing about the Fall Into Reading challenge?

I loved reading the books. I loved the sense of accomplishment too.

  • Would you like to participate in another challenge here this spring?

Yes, of course!

I read:

  1. Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
  2. Madapple by Christina Meldrum
  3. Something Wicked by Alan M. Gratz
  4. The Diamond of Darkhold by Jeanne DuPrau
  5. Manga Shakespeare: MacBeth Illustrated by Robert Deas
  6. Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte
  7. Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas
  8. Impossible by Nancy Werlin
  9. An Abundance of Katherines by John Green
  10. The Penderwicks by Jeanne Birdsall
  11. The Penderwicks on Gardam Street by Jeanne Birdsall
  12. Anne of Avonlea by L.M. Montgomery
  13. Anne of the Island by L.M. Montgomery
  14. Anne of Windy Poplars by L.M. Montgomery
  15. Anne’s House of Dreams by L.M. Montgomery
  16. Anne of Ingleside by L.M. Montgomery
  17. Rainbow Valley by L.M. Montgomery
  18. Rilla of Ingleside by L.M. Montgomery
  19. Emily of New Moon by L.M. Montgomery
  20. A True and Faithful Narrative by Katherine Sturtevant
  21. Secret Garden by Frances Burnett
  22. Uprising by Margaret Peterson Haddix
  23. Pippi Longstocking by Astrid Lindgren

The three I didn’t get to…

Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien
The Once and Future King by T.H. White
Pemberley Shades by D.A. Bonavia-Hunt

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Decades 09 Challenge

Decades ‘09 Rules:

1. Read a minimum of 9 books in 9 consecutive decades in ‘08.

2. Books published in the 2000’s do not count.

3. Titles may be cross-posted with any other challenge.

4. You may change your list at any time.

Becky’s List










Becky’s Extras







I don’t have a list yet. I don’t even know which decades/centuries I’ll be focused on. But this challenge was so much fun last year, that I’m sure I’ll think of something to read.

Decades ’09 Challenge
All of 2009
9 books