Sunday, October 07, 2007

888 Reading Challenge

Hostess: 3M of the fabulous 1 More Chapter blog

The Goal:
Read 8 books in each of 8 different categories in 2008 - Participants choose their own categories

Time Frame: Jan 1 - Dec 31, 2008

Challenge Page: 888 - All the rules and the participants (with their lists) can be found on this page.

After much deliberation I have chosen the following categories and books. Books that overlap are highlighted.

Young Adult Novels
1. River Secrets by Shannon Hale
2. Singer of All Songs by Kate Constable
3. Listening for Lions by Gloria Whelan
4. Homeless Bird by Gloria Whelan
5. The Amulet of Samarkand by Jonathan Stroud
6. The Astonishing Life of Octavia Nothing by M.T. Anderson
7. Inkspell by Cornelia Funke
8. Book of a Thousand Days by Shannon Hale

First in a Series

1. Magyk
2. Jane & the Unpleasantness of Scargrave Manor
3. The Queen's Man by Sharon K. Penman
4. High Rhymes and Misdemeanors by Diana Killian
5. Singer of All Songs by Kate Constable
6. The Burglar Who Liked to Quote Kipling by Lawrence Block
7. Goodnight, Irene by Jan Burke
8. The Seventh Sinner by Elizabeth Peters

Favorite Authors
1. Voyage of the Narwhal by Andrea Barrett
2. Touchstone by Laurie King
3. The Darkest Evening of the Year by Dean Koontz
4. We Shall Not Sleep by Anne Perry
5. Animal Dreams by Barbara Kingsolver
6. Light Fantastic by Terry Pratchett
7. Everywhere That Mary Went by Lisa Scottoline (her 1st book)
8. The Seventh Sinner by Elizabeth Peters

Books from Eight Different States
1. O' Artful Death by Sarah Stewart Taylor (Massachusetts)
2. Witches' Bane by Susan Wittig Albert (Texas)
3. Carved in Bone by Jefferson Bass (Tennessee)
4. Goodnight, Irene by Jan Burke (California)
5. Spartina (John Casey) (Rhode Island)
6. Murder on the Rocks by Karen MacInerney (Maine)
7. The Romance Reader by Abraham Pearl (New York)
8. Murder Runs in the Family by Anne George


1. The Book of Atrix Wolfe by Patricia A. McKillip
2. Yarrow by Charles de Lint
3. Wildwood by Charles de Lint
4. Good Omens by Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman
5. Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell by Susanna Clarke
6. Cruel Miracles by Orson Scott Card
7. Wintersmith by Terry Pratchett
8. Invasive Procedures by Orson Scott Card

1. Death of a Mystery Writer by Robert Barnard
2. Messenger of Truth by Jacqueline Winspear
3. The Body in the Kelp by Katherine Hall Page
4. The Queen's Man by Sharon K. Penman
5. Murder on the Rocks by Karen MacInerney
6. High Rhymes and Misdemeanors by Diana Killian
7. Alone by Lisa Gardner
8. Murder Runs in the Family by Anne George

Books That Have Languished on My Shelves for Over a Year
1. Sacred Hunger by Barry Unsworth
2. Objects in the Mirror Are Closer Than They Look by Katharine Weber
3. Memory and Dream by Charles de Lint
4. A Spectacle of Corruption by David Liss
5. Cassndra Lost by Joanna Catherine Scott
6. Green Darkness by Anya Seton
7. A Catch of Consequence by Diana Norman
8. Grandmother and the Priests

Books I've Received Free (Contests, ARCs, Gifts)
1. The Reincarnationist by M.J. Rose
2. Birth House by Ami McKay
3. Silent in the Grave by Deanna Raybourn
4. Thursday Next: First Among Sequels by Jasper Fforde
5. The Constant Princess by Phillippa Gregory
6. 3:16 by Max Lucado
7. Everything by Design: My Life as an Architect by Alan Lapidus
8. Alone by Lisa Gardner
9. Sweetness in the Belly by Camilla Gibb
10. On Borrowed Wings by Chandra Prasad
11. A Simple Plan by Scott Smith

Whew! Am I up to this big of a challenge? The really great thing about this list is that all the books, except one, are books that I own.


Anonymous said...

Wow! Good luck to you on this challenge. It's a big one!

Joy said...

AND...they are all yours! Whew! Just think of all that knowledge you will have gained by the end of the year! :)

hellomelissa said...

that's the biggest challenge i've ever seen! i know you're up to the challenge.

Anonymous said...

If I could read a 1/4th of the amount of books you do, I'd be reading more than I do now! :) I think I am in need of a speed reading!

Susan said...

Your list looks great. I'm excited to be a part of this one, too. I look forward to reading your reviews.

Anonymous said...

That is some impressive challenge! Good luck!

Les said...

This is a great challenge, but I'm going to refrain from joining. I do like your lists for Books That Have Languished On My Shelves for Over a Year and Books I've received Free. Those two are my biggest stacks!

Good luck!

Booklogged said...

Lynne, it's a huge challenge, isn't it? I had to real think about it before joining.

Joy, I do not own Invasive Procedure by Orson Scott Card, but all the others are on the shelves. Most have been mooched. There's so many more I could have added. That's where another challenge will help me out.

Melissa, thanks for the vote of confidence. I'll need urging on this one.

Kaye, I am a slow reader actually, but I read some every day.

Susan, thank-you. We'll have to cheer each other on.

Carrie, fifty-six books is quite daunting. I'm not sure I read that many books in a year.

Les, I'm trying really hard to read all the books I own.

Gentle Reader said...

Wow--that's a huge challenge. But I'm sure you can do it! Have fun :)

CJ said...

That sounds like quite the challenge but since I'm having trouble remembering what ones I've already signed up for...

Good luck!


Cassie said...

Very impressive. I'm excited to read your reviews on each of these books so I know if I'll need to add them to my own list.

Anonymous said...

Good Omens is an awesomely fun book---I can't wait to hear what you think of it!

Kailana said...

How do you people do challenges like this? I know for me, I would make a list and then ignore all the books on it! I am too moody to make lists, and there are books that I want to read coming out next year... I am amazed at people that can set reading goals and actually follow through. If I could, my TBR pile would likely shrink a great deal faster! (Who am I kidding, I would still buy, which would not help in the slightest!)

chrisa511 said...

Phew!! You have more guts than me, lol! This is such a cool challenge but there's no way I'd complete this one. I know you will though! You have some incredible picks, can't wait to follow your progress! Sorry I haven't been by in so long :( Life has been so busy lately!

Framed said...

Holy Hannah! I'll have to think seriously about this one. But I might could swing it if I can overlap genres and other challenges. I may need to make a chart like yours to figure it out.

Jill ONeill said...

You have some outstanding titles to look forward to in that challenge. I think Book of Atrix Wolfe by McKillip is sadly unknown and deserves a broader audience.