2008 Challenges

January 28, 2009 Challenge, Reading Nook 17

The most boringest post ever! But I need to keep a record somewhere. :) 14 challenges in total, if I’m counting right. The Book Awards straddled 2007 and the Japanese and 1% carried over to 2009 (one book). Lots of cross-listing and lots of fun. I haven’t signed up for any challenges in 2009 yet, but I have a feeling I will soon.

Go check out the lovely buttons that Bethany and Nymeth made for the Classics Challenge. Still wrestling over March or April for the start date…?

anyway…

2008 CHALLENGES


ORBIS – 9 authors from 9 different countries
Hostess: Bethany at B&b Ex Libris
Zorba the Greek – Nikos Kazantzakis
Half of a Yellow Sun – Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
The Swiss Family Robinson – Jan Wyss
The God of Small Things – Arundhati Roy
The Picture of Dorian Gray – Oscar Wilde
Anne Frank Remembered – Miep Gies
The Robber Bride – Margaret Atwood
A Long Way Gone – Ishmael Beah
The Translator – Daoud Hari

TBR – Grab 12 dusty books off the shelf and read ‘em
Hostess: Mizb
Zorba the Greek – Nikos Kazantzakis
Emma – Jane Austen
A Map of the World – Jane Hamilton
Tess of the D’Urbervilles – Thomas Hardy
Mother of Pearl – Melinda Haynes
A Rumor of War – Philip Caputo
The Left Hand of Darkness – Ursula K. Le Guin
The Robber Bride – Margaret Atwood
Tender at the Bone – Ruth Reichl
Angela’s Ashes – Frank McCourt
Snow Crash – Neal Stephenson
All the King’s Men – Robert Penn Warren

BOOK AWARDS – 12 books that won awards
Hostess: 3M
The Shipping News – Annie Proulx
Middlesex – Jeffrey Eugenides (2007)
All the Pretty Horses – Cormac McCarthy
The World According Garp – John Irving (2007)
The Remains of the Day – Kazou Ishiguro
The Book Thief - Mark Zusak
All the King’s Men - Robert Penn Warren
Atonement – Ian McEwan
The Left Hand of Darkness – Ursula K. Le Guin
The Age of Innocence – Edith Wharton (2007)
As I Lay Dying – William Faulkner (2007)
Snow – Orhan Pamuk (2007)
The Giver – Lois Lowry
The Robber Bride – Margaret Atwood

CHUNKSTER – 4 books over 450 pages
Hostess: Dana
The Book Thief – Mark Zusak
The Other Boleyn Girl – Philippa Gregory
Snow Crash – Neal Stephenson
The Robber Bride – Margaret Atwood

WHATS IN A NAME
Hostess: Annie
Snow Crash – Neal Stephenson (weather)
Mother of Pearl – Melinda Haynes (color)
All the Pretty Horses – Cormac McCarthy (animal)
Angela’s Ashes – Frank McCourt (name)
Salem Falls – Jodi Picoult (place)
Snow Flower and the Secret Fan – Lisa See (plant)

ONCE UPON A TIME
Host: Carl V.
Indian Tales from Picuris Pueblo (folklore)
Retold Classic Myths (mythology)
The Color of Magic – Terry Pratchett (fantasy)
Wicked – Gregory Maquire (fairy tale)
A Midsummer Night’s Dream – Shakespeare (for funsies)

IN THEIR SHOES – Memoirs, Biographies, Autobiographies
Hostess: N. Vasillis
A Rumor of War
– Philip Caputo
Anne Frank Remembered – Miep Gies
Tender at the Bone – Ruth Reichl
A Million Little Pieces – James Frey
A Long Way Gone – Ishmael Beah
Angela’s Ashes – Frank McCourt

SOUTHERN READING CHALLENGE – 3 books from the south
Hostess: Maggie
All the King’s Men – Robert Penn Warren
Welcome to the World, Baby Girl! – Fannie Flagg
Mother of Pearl – Melinda Haynes

NON-FICTION FIVE
Hostess: Joy
In Cold Blood – Truman Capote
The Innocent Man – John Grisham
My Father’s Paradise – Ariel Sabar
The Translator – Daoud Hari
A Rumor of War – Philip Caputo

END OF THE WORLD – apocalyptic/dystopian subjects
Hostess: Becky
Brave New World – Aldous Huxley
The Road – Cormac McCarthy
Never Let Me Go – Kazuo Ishiguro

CLASSICS – 5 classics and a “future classic”
Hostess: Me!!
Lolita – Vladimir Nabokov
Emma – Jane Austen
My Antonia – Willa Cather
Death of a Salesman – Arthur Miller
The Swiss Family Robinson – Jan Wyss
Bonus: Neverwhere – Neil Gaiman

SHORT STORY – Read 2 collections of stories (and a few stand-alones that I’m too lazy to post)
Hostess: Kate
Springtime on Mars – Susan Woodring
Nine Stories – JD Salinger

JAPANESE LITERATURE
Hostess: Bellezza
Kafka on the Shore – Haruki Murakami (2009)
Snow Country – Yasunari Kawabata
Mistress Oriku: Stories from a Tokyo Teahouse – Matsutaro Kawaguchi

1% WELL-READ – 10 books from the 1001 Books You Must Read Before You Die
Hostess: 3M
Kafka on the Shore – Haruki Murakami (2009)
Lolita – Vladimir Nabokov
Emma – Jane Austen
In Cold Blood – Truman Capote
The Picture of Dorian Gray – Oscar Wilde
Never Let Me Go – Kazuo Ishiguro
The God of Small Things – Arundhati Roy
Tess of the D’Urbervilles – Thomas Hardy
Brave New World – Aldous Huxley
The Shipping News – E. Annie Proulx

17 Responses to “2008 Challenges”

  1. Nymeth

    You completed a lot of challenges! I made a post like this at one point too, so I understand the need to create a record :P

    I really like Bethany’s button. So elegant. As for the start date, I’ve actually been in the mood for classics, so for me the sooner the better!

    PS: Paper Towns arrived :D Thanks again, Trish!

  2. Ramya

    i need to do a similar post as well.. I am still hesitating about taking part in too many challenges.. I don’t want my reading to become too structured.. I like picking a book up randomly and reading it.. hmm.:) am still torn!
    but your lists are impressive.. a lot of good books i would love to read as well!:)

  3. Melody

    Congrats on completing all the challenges, Trish! Loved your list!

    The buttons are lovely! Can’t wait to hear about the Classics Challenge soon! :)

  4. Trish

    You guys are so sweet to comment on my boring boring post. I meant to publish this earlier, but I wanted to include Kafka on the Shore so I wouldn’t have to include the two challenges in my 09 wrap up.

    *Michelle – boringest is probably a made up word. I have a lot of those. :P

    *Nymeth – I love both of the buttons! You guys are SO wonderful to help me out. And I’m glad you got the book already. Amazon told me February 20th!! And, you don’t need me to read those classics you silly girl. I just started The Woman in White today.

    *Ramya – If I hadn’t started putting together these links months ago, I probably would have never finished the post. Ick!! Those challenges are tempting, though, aren’t they?

    *Melody – march or april, march or april? Can’t someone just tell me what to do so I don’t have to make a decision? :) Glad you’ll be joining us for the challenge!

  5. Laura

    Trish, you ROCK! I’m impressed not only in the number of challenges you joined, but that you completed ALL of them! Yay you! Now you get to make fun lists for the new 2009 challenges! Yay lists! :)

    P.S. I don’t know if you’ve started WIW, but I laughed really hard on the plane at one line in particular that the Count says. I wonder if you can find it??

  6. Darlene

    Holy Moly, that is quite the list of challenges. Congrats on completing them-so impressive! I love the buttons for the Classics Challenge-they’re awesome.

  7. Krystal A.

    Job well done, Trish! I’m surprised you took part in the chunkster challenge because I know how much you dislike enormous books. I’m also planning to join the challenges you’ll be hosting this year – maybe even a chunkster challenge. (I’m trying not to be too unrealistic.) Looking forward to it!

  8. Debi

    Wrong, wrong, wrong!!! So not boring!!! This is pure fun to read! Not much makes me happier than reading lists of books…you’re not trying to tell me I’m boring, are you? ;)

    Congrats, Trish! That is really very impressive! I wish I could do half that well…

    And I love both the buttons for the Classics Challenge!

  9. Bellezza

    Um…most boringest post ever? I think not! You’ve read a boat load of books, girlfriend. I’m very impressed with all the challenges you’ve not only signed up for, but completed. I hope you know I’m signed up for the Classics Challenge, nifty button or not.

  10. Natasha @ Maw Books

    That’s a lot of comments for a “boring post.” Congrats on the challenges! By the way, I’ve been trying to email you and my messages have been returned. I’m not sure why! Just asking about those questions I sent. Hope all is well with you.

  11. Trish

    *Laura – I did laugh at something really hard in WIW last night, but now I can’t remember what. Oh, and 2 paragraphs after I told you about Marian leaving, I found out she didn’t. Silly me. :)

    *Melody – Yay–did the meme last night!

    *Dar – Aren’t Nymeth and Bethany’s buttons great? They made some great ones for the non-fiction five challenge also.

    *Krystal – Haha! I was going to sign up for the chunkster again this year but haven’t gotten around to it yet. I’ve been a little challenge-lazy this year so far.

    *Debi – Glad you enjoyed reading the lists. I really wanted to put up a collage of all the buttons for these challenges, but I couldn’t figure it out. :P

    *Madeleine – Thank you!!

    *Bellezza – So glad you’re going to do the classics with us. The buttons are up, I just haven’t figured out when I want to start the darn challenge.

    *Natasha – Hmmmm–don’t know why your emails aren’t going through? Anyway, I don’t really have any excuses except I haven’t been on the computer much the past few weeks. I’ve got your questions on my to-do list (yes, I’ve had to resort to a physical written list to stay sane).

    *Terri – LOL! Thank you. I’m worn out now. :)

  12. Natasha @ Maw Books

    Take your time with those questions! I just wanted to make sure you hadn’t forgotten them is all. I’ve got plenty of spotlights to do. I just don’t want to leave you out!

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