1% Well Read Challenge 2009-2010

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)

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)


Historical Fiction Reading Challenge

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

Becky’s Reads


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

© Becky Laney of Becky’s Book Reviews

Well-Seasoned Reading Challenge

Melissa, one of my favorite people, is hosting the Well Seasoned Reader Reading Challenge. Here are the rules shamelessly cut and pasted to make my life easier:

Here’s how it works:

Rule #1: The challenge runs from January 1 to March 31. (No cheating and starting before!)

Rule #2: You must read three books. After that, it’s up to you how much you want to read.

Rule #3: The books must:

have a food name in the title
be about cooking/eating
have a place name in the title
be about one (or more) person’s travel experience
be about a specific culture
be by an author whose ethnicity is other than your own (see, I squeezed it in!)

I’ll leave it up to you to choose how the three books you read fit the criteria.

Rule #4: They must be middle-grade on up, but can be either fiction or non-fiction.

Becky’s List:

Chocolat by Joanne Harris
The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows
Book Thief by Markus Zusak
more to come….


Arthurian Challenge

The Arthurian Challenge

When: April 2008 through March 2009

Where: Becky’s Very-Own Arthurian Challenge blog

Goal: To read 6-12 books starring characters found in or inspired by Arthurian legends. (King Arthur, Guinevere, Lancelot, Merlin, Lady of the Lake, etc.)

How: To sign up, leave a comment on this post. It’s quick and simple. Just announce your intention to participate.

Rules: I don’t really believe in having many rules.

No lists are necessary. You can change your mind on WHAT you reading or should that be WHO you’re reading at any time.

If at any time you dislike a book, then feel free to discard it and pick up another. Don’t feel obligated to push through a book you don’t like on my account!!!

What about movies? What about graphic novels? What about comics? What about audio books? Yes. Yes. Yes. Yes. All of those things count. So though it says 6-12 books. It can be a variety of things–book, movie, tv show, comic book, graphic novel, etc.

Kids books. YA books. Adult books. All count.

What about reviews? I’ll be doing Mr. Linky most likely. If not, I’ll do it the old fashioned way. You can leave a link if you’ve got a blog. Or you could write a review in the comments. This could be a sample review for those hesitant to write and share. “I read The Sword in the Stone. I liked it. Would recommend to others.” It can be really short and sweet and simple. Title of the book. Name of the author. A few adjectives describing how you felt about it. If you enjoyed it. It’s so not a big deal.

Don’t know where to begin? Here are some links that might help.

A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court by Mark Twain (own)
The Once and Future King by T.H. White (on its way from Amazon)
The Book of Merlyn by T.H. White (don’t own)
King Arthur and his Knights of the Round Table by Roger Lancelyn Green (own)
The Mists of Avalon by Marion Zimmer Bradley (don’t own)
Mary Stewart’s Merlin series: The Crystal Cave, The Hollow Hills, The Last Enchantment, The Wicked Day (don’t own)
Sword of the Rightful King by Jane Yolen (don’t own)
The Young Merlin Trilogy by Jane Yolen (don’t own)
Susan Cooper’s Dark Is Rising sequence: Over Sea, Under Stone, The Dark Is Rising, Greenwitch, The Grey King, Silver on the Tree. (don’t own)
T.A. Barron’s Lost Years of Merlin series: The Lost Years of Merlin, The Seven Songs of Merlin, The Fires of Melrin, The Mirror of Merlin, The Wings of Merlin. (don’t own)
T.A. Barron’s Great Tree of Avalon trilogy: Child of the Dark Prophecy, Shadows on the Stars, The Eternal Flame (don’t own)