1% Well Read Challenge 2009-2010

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3M (Michelle) is hosting the 1% Well Read Challenge again for 2009. There are three options offered–to accommodate the changes made to the list recently. I’m choosing option 3, Read 13 TITLES FROM THE COMBINED LIST OF ALMOST 1300 TITLES FROM MARCH 1, 2009 THROUGH MARCH 31, 2010.

1. She by H. Rider Haggard (old)
2. Daniel Deronda by George Eliot (old)
3. He Knew He Was Right by Anthony Trollope (old)
4. Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy (old and new)
5. War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy (old and new)
6. The Moonstone by Wilkie Collins (old and new???)
7. Adam Bede by George Eliot (old and new)
8. North and South by Elizabeth Gaskell (old and new)
9. The Kindly Ones by Jonathan Littell (new)
10. The Female Quixote by Charlotte Lennox (old and new)
11. Roxana by Daniel Defoe (old)
12. Clarissa by Samuel Richardson (old and new)
13. The Monk by M.G. Lewis (old and new)

Alternates
1. Cecilia by Fanny Burney (old)
2. The Forsyte Saga by John Galsworthy (new and old)?
3. Robinson Crusoe by Daniel Defoe (old and new)
4. Moll Flanders by Daniel Defoe(old and new)
5. The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time by Mark Haddon (new and old)
6. Evelina by Fanny Burney (old and new)
7. A Room With A View by E.M. Forster (new and old)
8. Tom Jones by Henry Fielding (old and new)
9. Howard’s End by E.M. Forster (new and old)
10. Pamela by Samuel Richardson (old and new)
11. Joseph Andrews by Henry Fielding (old and new)
12. Mary Barton by Elizabeth Gaskell (old)
13. MiddleMarch by George Eliot (old and new)

More alternates:

1. Vilette by Charlotte Bronte (old)
2. A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens (old)
3. The Awakening by Kate Chopin (new and old)
4. Tess of the D’ubervilles by Thomas Hardy (old and new)
5. Through the Looking Glass by Lewis Carroll (old and new??)
6. Phineas Finn by Anthony Trollope (old and new???)
7. The Last Chronicle of Barset by Anthony Trollope (old and new???)
8. The Mill on the Floss by George Eliot (old and new)
9. The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins (old and new)
10. Cranford by Elizabeth Gaskell (old and new)
11. David Copperfield by Charles Dickens (old and new)
12. Oliver Twist by Charles Dickens (old and new)
13. Possession by A.S. Byatt (old)

Even More Alternates:

The Pit and the Pendulum by Edgar Allen Poe (new, old)
The Fall of the House of Usher by Edgar Allen Poe (new, old)
Melmoth the Wanderer by Charles Robert Maturin (new, old)
The Yellow Wallpaper by Charlotte Perkins Gilman (old)
2666 by Roberto Bolano (new)

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Banned Books 2009

#fullpost{display:none;}The Pelham Library is once again hosting its annual Banned Books Challenge for 2009. February 22, 2009 THROUGH June 30, 2009

My goal is to read two books. Fortunately, Don Quixote is on the list. So I just need to choose one more…and Of Mice and Men is on list. As is Oliver Twist by Charles Dickens.

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Classics Challenge (April 2009-October 2009)

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Hosted by Trish of Trish’s Reading Nook. The challenge has its own blog–the Classics 2009 Challenge blog. The challenge is from April 1 through October 31, 2009.

I’m going with option three–Classics Feast–Read six classics. (Plus one, bonus book if desired that is a “new” classic; so a total of seven books possibly).

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I’ve got so many classics that I want to read this year. Books by Daniel Defoe, George Eliot, Elizabeth Gaskell, Anthony Trollope, just to name a few. And then there are individual titles I’d like to include…

Chunkster Challenge


Chunkster Challenge
Dana
Now – November 15, 2009
Your Choice: Morbookly Obese

I’m committing to the Mor-book-ly Obese option. (A chunkster is 450 pages or more of ADULT literature (fiction or nonfiction) The challenge is between now and November 15, 2009.

Books I am strongly considering:

Don Quixote by Miguel de Cervantes
Daniel Deronda by George Eliot
Cecilia by Fanny Burney
The Way We Live Now by Anthony Trollope

Books I’m timidly but stubbornly considering:

War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy, translated by Richard Pevear
Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy, translated by Richard Pevear
Clarissa by Samuel Richardson
Tom Jones by Henry Fielding

I may add different books–I’ll have to check the page count on other classics I’m reading this year.

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For this level of challenge you must commit to 6 or more chunksters OR three tomes of 750 pages or more. You know you want to…..go on and give in to your cravings.

© Becky Laney of Becky’s Book Reviews

Buy & Read It Challenge

The *wonderful* blogger, Amy, is hosting the Buy One Book and Read It Challenge. There are two levels. The first level is just to read one book in 2009 and read it. The second level–option two is to commit to buying TWELVE books in 2009 and reading them. There is a small loophole. You can use three books you bought prior to 2009 for your twelve–books already on your TBR pile. But most of your books should be bought in 2009. Reviews can be shared via Mr. Linky here on her blog.

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© Becky Laney of Becky’s Book Reviews

Celebrate the Author 2009

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Historical Fiction Reading Challenge

Royal Reviews is hosting the Historical Fiction Reading Challenge 2009.
3 Books. Historical Fiction.
January 1, 2009 – March 31, 2009

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I’m thinking I’ll read three Sunfire Romance books.

© Becky Laney of Becky’s Book Reviews