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Friday, October 19, 2007

Numb3rs Challenge

Callista over at SMS Book Reviews is proposing an interesting Numbers Challenge - simply read 5 books in 5 months whose titles have a number in them (this includes written numbers like "one" or "forty.")

The challenge runs from Jan 1 to June 1, 2008. You can choose up to 3 novels that are on lists for other challenges, so 2 of your choices cannot be on any other list.*

My list includes some books I'm very excited to read, but I will put off reading them until January for 2 reasons: I have too many books on challenge lists that I must finish before the end of the year and I want to join this challenge so I'll be patient about reading them.

1.
*Book of a Thousand Days by Shannon Hale -- I was going to read this for the Celebrate the Author Challenge, but I have Austenland by Hale that I can read for that one.
2. A Thousand Days in Tuscany by Marlena De Blasi -- Also reading for In Their Shoes Challenge.
3.
*Sixpence House by Paul Collins -- This is a book I was going to read for the Something About Me Challenge. I ended up with too many for that challenge so I'm moving it to this challenge.
4.
Thursday Next: A First Among Sequels by Jasper Fforde -- Also reading for the Numb3rs Challenge.
5. The Astonishing Life of Octavian Nothing by M.T. Anderson -- Also reading for the Books Awards Challenge. It won the National Book Award for Young People's Literature for 2006. I looked at the title of this book and wondered if it would count because Octavian obviously refers to the number 8. Is that stretching things too far? How 'bout if I focus on the word 'nothing' instead?

Alternatives:

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Instances of the Number 3: A Novel by Salley Vickers
A Thousand Bones by PJ Parrish

*Books that are NOT on another reading challenge list.

4 comments:

Eva said...

Thanks for being a cheerleader in Dewey's readathon! I'm a reader tomorrow. :)

Chris said...

Another one, eh? ;) This one sounds really cool, but I just can't sign up for anymore right now!

Joy said...

I've been contemplating doing this one. Not because I want to join more challenges, but because I love numbers. :) Silly, huh?

Callista said...

Thanks for joining the challenge. I say Octavian and Nothing both count so go ahead and read it!