Thursday, January 1, 2009

2009 Challenges

I will focus on these for 2009:


Book Awards Reading Challenge...COMPLETED

Read 10 award winning books, with 5 different awards.

Choices are here.

1. One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez (Nobel Prize for Literature) 12-08

2. Praying for Sheetrock by Melissa Fay Greene (National Book Award finalist) 11-08

3. Bridge of San Luis Rey by Thornton Wilder (Pulitzer Prize) 11-08

4. The White Tiger by Aravind Adiga (Man Booker Prize) 10-08

5. The House of the Scorpions by Nancy Farmer (Printz Honor Book) 10-08

6. Lady Liberty by Doreen Rappaport (Bluebonnet 2009) 10-08

7. The Gathering by Anne Enright (Man Booker winner) 10-08

8. The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood (Arthur C. Clarke Award) 09-08

9. The Road by Cormac McCarthy (Pulitzer Prize) 09-08

10. A Death in the Family by James Agee (Pulitzer Prize) 09-08


11. The Word for World is Forest by Ursula LeGuin (Nebula) 01-09


12. Foundation by Isaac Asimov (Hugo) 01-09


13. The Moved-Outers by Florence Crannell Means (Newbery Honor) 01-09


14. The Loner by Ester Wier (Newbery Honor) 03-17


15. The True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle by Avi (Newbery Honor) 03-29-09


16. Dogsong by Gary Paulsen (Newbery Honor) 03-29-09


17. The Loner by Ester Wier (Newbery Honor) 03-09


18. Dragonwings by Laurence Yep (Newbery Honor) 03-09


19. The Noonday Friends by Mary Stolz (Newbery Honor) 04-09


20. Hope Was Here by Joan Bauer (Newbery Honor) 04-09


21. A Short History of Tractors in Ukrainian by Marina Lewycka (Booker) 04-09


22. The Upstairs Room by Johanna Reiss (Newbery Honor)

23. The Great Fire by Jim Murphy (Newbery Honor)





Dewey Decimal System Challenge - COMPLETED

000 - Generalities - Better than Life by Daniel Pennac
100 - Philosophy and Psychology - Wabi Sabi Simple by Richard Powell
200 - Religion - The Scandalous Gospel of Jesus by Peter J. Gomes
300 - Social Sciences - Outliers by Malcolm Gladwell
400 - Language - See It & Say It in Spanish by Margarita Madrigal
500 - Natural Sciences + Math - Tyrannosaurus Math
600 - Technology Stuffed: An Insider's Look at Who's (Really) Making America Fat by Hank Cardello
700 - The Arts - Seven Days in the Art World by Sarah Thornton
800 - Literature and Rhetoric - The Trouble Begins at 8 by Sid Fleischman
900 - Geography and History - I'll Never Be French No Matter What I Do by Mark Greenside

Around the World in 80 Books - COMPLETED

Read 80 books from 80 different countries. Perpetual, but I'd like to aim for five books this year.
1. Let the Northern Lights Erase Your Name by Vendela Vida (Finland)

2. Nine Hills to Nambonkaha by Sarah Erdman (Ivory Coast)

3. A Bend in the River by V. S. Naipaul (Zaire)

4. Radiant Girl by Andrea White (Ukraine)

5. Red Sails to Capri by Ann Weil (Capri)

Young Readers Challenge - COMPLETED

Read 12 children's books in 12 months.

1. The Incredible Book Eating Boy by Oliver Jeffers

2. The World That Loved Books by Stephen Parlato

3. Martin Kalmanoff's The Big Bell and the Little Bell

4. Little Women by Louisa May Alcott

5. Radiant Girl by Andrea White


6. The Moved-Outers by Florence Crannell Means

7. Matilda by Roald Dahl

8. The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

9. Abe's Honest Words by Doreen Rappaport

10. The Loner by Ester Wier

11. Black Beauty by Anna Sewell

12. Red Sails to Capri by Ann Wiel



13. Dogsong by Gary Paulsen



14. The True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle by Avi



15. The Noonday Friends by Mary Stolz



16. Meet Kirsten: An American Girl by Janet Shaw



17. Happy Birthday to You by Dr. Seuss



18. Absolutely Maybe by Lisa Yee



19. Hope Was Here by Joan Bauer


Read all the winners and the honor books, too.
2007 Winner...American Born Chinese
2007 Honor...The Astonishing Life of Octavian Nothing
2003 Honor...House of the Red Scorpion
2001 Honor...Angus, Thongs, and Full-Frontal Snogging
2000 Honor...Speak


Well-Seasoned Reading Challenge - COMPLETED


1. Read three books. After that, it's up to you how much you want to read.

2. The books must be middle-grade on up, but can be either fiction or non-fiction.

3. The books must:


*have a food name in the title, OR


*be about cooking/eating, OR


*have a place name in the title, OR


*be about one (or more) person's travel experience, OR


*be about a specific culture, OR


*be by an author whose ethnicity is other than your own


*runs January 1 through March 31


1. Black Coffee by Agatha Christie

2. Stuffed: An Insider's Look at Who's (Really) Making America Fat by Hank Cardello

3. The Amateur Gourmet by Adam D. Roberts


4. Shark’s Fin and Sichuan Pepper: A Sweet-Sour Memoir of Eating in China by Fuchsia Dunlop


5. The School of Essential Ingredients by Erica Bauermeister


TBR Lite - COMPLETED

Read 6-12 books from my list of TBR books.

1. Miss Lonelyhearts by Nathaniel West

2. Nine Hills to Nambonkaha by Sarah Erdman

3. Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck

4. Gulliver's Travels by Jonathan Swift

5. Little Women by Louisa May Alcott

6. A Bend in the River by V. S. Naipaul

7. Rabbit, Run by John Updike


8. Black Coffee by Agatha Christie


9. The Moved-Outers by Florence Crannell Means


10. The Word for World is Forest by Ursula LeGuin


11. Foundation by Isaac Asimov


12. Matilda by Roald Dahl


13. The True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle by Avi


14. Dogsong by Gary Paulsen

15. The Birthday Party by Harold Pinter


16. The Noonday Friends by Mary Stolz


17. A Short History of Tractors in Ukrainian by Marina Lewycka


In Their Shoes - COMPLETED

Read any 4 memoirs in 2009.

1. My Jesus Year by Benyamin Cohen

2. I'll Never Be French by Mark Greenside


3. Nine Hills to Nambonkaha by Sarah Erdman

4. When Wanderers Cease to Roam by Vivian Swift


5. Scratch Beginnings by Adam Shepard


6. Epilogue by Anne Roiphe


7. The Middle Place by Kelly Corrigan


8. Stargazing: Memoirs of a Young Lighthouse Keeper by Peter Hill


9. PostSecret compiled by Frank Warren


10. The Passion on the Vine by Sergio Esposito


World Citizen Challenge - COMPLETED

Read seven books, including one from each category. Runs all year.

1. Politics - Unite or Die: How Thirteen States Became a Nation by Jacqueline Jules

2. Economics - Cycle of Rice, Cycle of Life: A Story of Sustainable Farming by Jan Reynolds

3. History - The American Revolution from A to Z by Laura Crawford

4. Culture or anthropology or sociology - Outliers by Malcolm Gladwell; Whatever It takes by Paul Tough

5. Worldwide issues - Stuffed by Hank Cardello

6. Memoirs/autobiographies - Nine Hills to Nambonkaha by Sarah Erdman

Read and Review Challenge

Read and review every book you read in 2009 - 283

Book Around the States - COMPLETED

Read from all 50 states. I'll aim for five. Perpetual.

1. The Trouble Begins at 8 by Sid Fleischman (Missouri)

2. Rabbit, Run by John Updike (Pennsylvania)

3. The Moved-Outers by Florence Crannell Means (Colorado)

4. Scratch Beginnings by Adam Shepard (South Carolina)


5. Dogsong by Gary Paulsen (Alaska)


6. Meet Kirsten: An American Girl by Janet Shaw (Minnesota)

7. Refuge by Terry Tempest Williams (Utah)


Ignite Your Faith Challenge - COMPLETED

Through March 31, 2009. Read any three spiritual books.

1. My Jesus Year by Benyamin Cohen

2. Wabi Sabi Simple by Richard Powell

3. How to Change Your Life by Doing Absolutely Nothing by Karen Salmansohn

4. What Really Matters: Searching for Wisdom in America by Tony Schwartz


5. The Scandalous Gospel of Jesus by Peter J. Gomes


6. A Generous Or+hodoxy by Brian D. McLaren



100+ Reading Challenge - COMPLETED

All year. I'm trying to read over 100 books - 150

Book-a-Week Challenge

Read 52 books in one year - 150

Support Your Local Library Challenge - COMPLETED

All year. I'm trying to read 50 books from my library.

1. Let the Northern Lights Erase Your Name by Vendela Vida


2. My Jesus Year by Benyamin Cohen


3. I’ll Never Be French (No Matter What I Do) by Mark Greenside


4. The Traveler by Daren Simkin


5. The Trouble Begins at 8: A Life of Mark Twain in the Wild, Wild West by Sid Fleischman


6. The Civility Solution: What to Do When People Are Rude by P. M. Forni


7. Seven Days in the Art World by Sarah Thornton


8. Outliers by Malcolm Gladwell


9. Jonathan Swift’s Gulliver retold by Martin Jenkins and illustrated by Chris Riddell


10. How Fiction Works by James Wood


11. The Waitress Was New by Dominique Fabre


12. Scratch Beginnings by Adam Shepard


13. Between the Covers by Margo Hammond


14. What It Is by Lynda Barry


15. Factory Girls by Leslie Chang


16. Epilogue by Anne Roiphe


17. The Middle Place by Kelly Corrigan


18. Whatever It Takes by Paul Tough


19. What Really Matters: Searching for Wisdom in America by Tony Schwartz


20. Shark’s Fin and Sichuan Pepper: A Sweet-Sour Memoir of Eating in China by Fuchsia Dunlop


21. Stargazing: Memoirs of a Young Lighthouse Keeper by Peter Hill


22. (un)FASHION by Tibor + Maira Kalman


23. Everyone is Beautiful by Katherine Center


24. The School of Essential Ingredients by Erica Bauermeister


25. Little Beauties by Kim Addonizio


26. PostSecret compiled by Frank Warren


27. A Lifetime of Secrets compiled by Frank Warren


28. The Secret Lives of Men and Women compiled by Frank Warren


29. How to Live by Henry Alford


30. The Scandalous Gospel of Jesus by Peter J. Gomes

31. The Housekeeper and the Professor by Yoko Ogawa

32. The Underneath by Kathi Appelt

33. Pale Male: Citizen Hawk of New York City by Janet Schulman

34. Help Me, Mr. Mutt by Janet Stevens

35. The Luck of the Loch Ness Monster: A Tale of Picky Eating by A.W. Flaherty

36. Alvin Ho: Allergic to Girls, School, and Other Scary Things by Lenore Look

37. The Penderwicks on Gardam Street by Jeanne Birdsall

38. The Hound of Rowan by Henry H. Neff

39. The Gollywhopper Games by Jody Feldman

40. Piper Reed, Navy Brat by Kimberly Willis Holt

41. Surprises According to Humphrey by Betty Birney

42. The Help by Kathryn Stockett

43. Savvy by Ingrid Law

44. Maybelle in the Soup by Katie Speck

45. We Are the Ship by Nelson Kadir

46. Where I Live by Eileen Spinelli

47. Martina the Beautiful Cockroach by Carmen Deedy

48. ¡Yum! ¡MmMm! ¡QuĂ© Rico! By Pat Mora

49. Two-Minute Drill by Mike Lupica

50. Someone Named Eva by Joan Wolf

51. Home by Marilynne Robinson




Keep Them Moving Challenge - COMPLETED



Read and pass along books registered by another BCer at BookCrossing. I'll try for 4.



1. Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe


2. Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck


3. Nine Hills to Nambonkaha by Sarah Erdman


4. Gulliver's Travels and Other Writings by Jonathan Swift


5. Rabbit, Run by John Updike


6. How to Change Your Life by Doing Absolutely Nothing by Karen Salmansohn


7. Black Coffee by Agatha Christie


8. The Moved-Outers by Florence Crannell Means


9. The Word for World is Forest by Ursula LeGuin


10. Foundation by Isaac Asimov


11. The Mammy by Brendan O'Carroll


12. Five Little Peppers by Margaret Sidney


13. Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? by Philip K. Dick


14. The Curriculum Vitae of Aurora Ortiz by Almudena Solana


15. Matilda by Roald Dahl


16. Testimony by Anita Shreve


17. 13 Clocks by James Thurber


18. The Homecoming by Ray Bradbury


19. Dogsong by Gary Paulsen


20. The True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle by Avi


21. Meet Kirsten by Janet Shaw


22. Hope Was Here by Joan Bauer


23. Happy Birthday to You! by Dr. Seuss

24. The Black Pearl by Scott O’Dell

A Novel Challenge Mini-Challenge - COMPLETED

1. Read a collection of short stories and either blog about it, OR tell the group about what you read. Tales of Outer Suburbia by Shaun Tan (on readerbuzz)

2. Read a play. Blog about it, OR tell the group about your experience.


The Birthday Party by Harold Pinter: A book of eight plays. It’s been a long, long time since I’ve read a play. And these are wonderful plays, plays that seem to capture the existential spirit of our modern world.



3. Read a nonfiction book; write a review on your blog or post it to the group.


Outliers by Malcolm Gladwell



4. Read an 2 essays from the same collection; write a review on your blog or tell the group about what you read.

Touchstone Anthology of Contemporary Creative Nonfiction edited by Lex Williford

5. Go to a book event; blog about it or tell the group about it.

Texas Book Festival 2009

6. Borrow a library book, read it and review it on your blog (or tell the group about it).


Seven Days in the Art World by Sarah Thornton


7. Read a book by a new to you author. Do a little research on the author…do they have a blog? How many books have they written? Have they won any prizes? Where do they live? etc… Blog about the book you read and the author OR tell the group about them.


The Elegance of the Hedgehog by Muriel Barbery


8. Make a donation. You can either donate to an organization that supports reading OR make a physical donation of a book (or books) to ANYONE. Blog about it or tell the group what you did.


A Death in the Family by James Agee


9. Promote literacy. This is wide open - use your imagination. You could give a child a book, or read a book to someone who cannot read, or volunteer at an event which promotes literacy, or donate to your local library, or write something on your blog with a link to a group which promotes literacy, or anything in between. The only rule with this one is that you must PROMOTE literacy in some way…


I helped organize Meet the Author Night at the public library. I found an author, invited her, and distributed information about the author to encourage attendance.


10. Participate in a buddy read or Group discussion. This can be a face to face group, an on-line group or a one on one discussion with a friend who read the same book. Either way, blog about your experience or share with the group. Did the discussion give you greater appreciation or insight into what you read?

Gulliver's Travels by Jonathan Swift

11. Read a book outside your comfort level or from a genre you don’t normally read. Blog about it, or tell the group about it.


Black Coffee by Agatha Christie


The Word for World is Forest by Ursula LeGuin


Foundation by Isaac Asimov


Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep by Philip K. Dick



12. Read a classic (defined as anything published before 1970). Tell us why it fits the category of being a classic. Write a review or tell the group about the book.


Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck

3 comments:

  1. I see we're in a lot of the same challenges! Good luck with them. Happy New Year!

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  2. Thanks for joining my challenge... I'm looking forward to seeing what you pick to read!

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