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A-Z Challenge 2009

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My second year with this challenge. I didn’t complete the challenge in 2008, but at least I had fun doing it. Since I joined late last year, I think I have a better chance of getting all letters in this coming year.

I’m choosing Option C: Read both authors A to Z and titles A to Z (52 books; this is the challenge Joy created). You can see all the other options and details HERE.

A-Z (Authors)

  • A – Aesopus
  • B – Byrne, Rhonda
  • C – Connelly, Michael
  • D – DiTerlizzi, Tony and Holly Black
  • E – Eugenides, Jeffrey
  • F – Follett, Ken
  • G – Grafton, Sue
  • H – Hardy, Thomas
  • I –
  • J – Jacobs, Kate
  • K – Kidd, Sue Monk
  • L – Lara, Adair
  • M – Melville, Herman
  • N –
  • O – Ondaatje, Michael
  • P – Patterson, James
  • Q –
  • R – Rennison, Louise
  • S – Schlink, Bernhard
  • T – Thomson, David
  • U – Ueland, Brenda
  • V –
  • W – Westerfeld, Scott
  • X –
  • Y – Young, William P.
  • Z –

A-Z (Titles)

  • A – Aesop’s Fables by Aesopus
  • B – Booze, Broads & Bullets (Sin City Volume 6) by Frank Miller
  • C – C is for Corpse by Sue Grafton
  • D – Dorothy and the Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum
  • E – East of Eden by John Steinbeck
  • F – The Field Guide by Holly Black
  • G – Generation Kill by Evan Wright
  • H – Have You Seen…?
  • I – If You Want to Write by Brenda Ueland
  • J – James and the Giant Peach by Roald Dahl
  • K – Knit Two by Kate Jacobs
  • L – Lucinda’s Secret by Holly Black
  • M – Moby Dick by Herman Melville
  • N – Naked in Death by J.D. Robb
  • O – One Fifth Avenue by Candace Bushnell
  • P – Persepolis I by Marjane Satrapi
  • Q –
  • R – Robinson Crusoe by Daniel Defoe
  • S – The Secret by Rhonda Byrne
  • T – Trunk Music by Michael Connelly
  • U – Uglies by Scott Westerfeld
  • V – Violets are Blue by James Patterson
  • W – the Witches by Roald Dahl
  • X – Dangerous Days of Daniel X by James Patterson
  • Y – You Know You’re a Writer When by Adair Lara
  • Z – Pride and Prejudice and Zombies by Seth Grahame-Smith

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Book Into Movie Challenge 2009

It sounds like there’s going to be a couple of these this year, but since this one starts Jan 1, I thought I would jump in.

When?
The challenge will start January 1, 2009 and end December 31, 2009.

How?
The goal is to read 2+ books made into a movie or books that relate to TV series (Murder She Wrote and the likes).

Knowing already how many books I read that have usually already been turned into movies, this won’t be too difficult. I will definitely read more than 2 so I’ll just keep a running list. I’d also like to watch the corresponding films as well, so I’ll keep track of that as well.

My Goal – 20 Books

My list:

  1. Moby Dick by Herman Melville (book) – finished Jan. 16, 2009
  2. The Witches by Roald Dahl (book) – finished Jan. 24, 2009
    The Witches (movie) – watched May 3, 2009
  3. The Reader by Bernhard Schlink (book) – finished Jan. 25, 2009
    The Reader (movie) – watched Jan. 19, 2009
  4. Persepolis I by Marjane Satrapi (book) – finished Jan. 30, 2009
    Persepolis II by Marjane Satrapi (book) – finished Feb. 13, 2009
    Persepolis (movie) – watched Jan. 30, 2009
  5. Spiderwick Chronicles Series (book) – finished Feb. 8, 2009
    The Spiderwick Chronicles (movie) – watched Mar. 17, 2009
  6. Matilda by Road Dahl (book) – finished Feb. 11, 2009
  7. A Thousand Acres by Jane Smiley (book) – finished Feb. 16, 2009
    A Thousand Acres (movie) – finished Feb. 28, 2009
  8. East of Eden by John Steinbeck (book) – finished Mar. 15, 2009
    East of Eden (movie) – watched April 25, 2009
  9. Mystic River by Dennis Lehane (book) – finished Mar. 15, 2009
    Mystic River (movie) – watched Apr. 10, 2009
  10. The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis (book) – finished Mar. 27, 2009
  11. Dead Until Dark by Charlaine Harris (book) – finished Mar. 28, 2009
    True Blood (TV show) – finished Mar. 2, 2009
  12. Sin City: the Hard Goodbye (Vol. 1) by Frank Miller (book) – finished Mar. 29, 2009
    Sin City (movie) – watched April 29, 2009
  13. The Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd (book) – finished Apr. 3, 2009
    The Secret Life of Bees (movie) – watched Jan. 2009
  14. The Notebook by Nicholas Sparks (book) – finished Apr. 4, 2009
  15. James and the Giant Peach by Roald Dahl (book) – finished Apr. 18, 2009
  16. 300 by Frank Miller (book) – finished Apr. 18, 2009
  17. 30 Days of Night by Steve Niles (book) – finished Apr. 18, 2009
  18. Ellen Foster by Kaye Gibbons (book) – finished Apr. 18, 2009
  19. Watchmen by Alan Moore (book) – finished May 23, 2009
  20. Fried Green Tomatoes by Fannie Flagg (book) – finished May 27, 2009
    Fried Green Tomatoes (movie) – watched May 28, 2009

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Vampire Challenge

From January 1 – December 31, 2009. I’m in. This is a new area for me, Vampires, but I’m willing to try it out. Even more details at Crazy Cozy Murders.

What?
For the Vampire Challenge you will read books with vampires – romance, YA, paranormal, mysteries – anything, as long as there’s a or two (or more) vampire in it.

When?
The challenge will start January 1, 2009 and end December 31, 2009.

How?
The goal is to read 2+ books with vampires in 2009, that’s it. It’s fairly easy, I think.

I’m committing at the moment to only 2 books. UPDATED: I’ve upped my number to 5 BOOKS.

  1. Dead Until Dark by Charlaine Harris
  2. 30 Days of Night by Steve Niles
  3. Living Dead in Dallas by Charlaine Harris
  4. Club Dead by Charlaine Harris
  5. Dead to the World by Charlaine Harris

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Best of 2008 – Movies

Following in the steps of My Friend Amy, who enjoys watching movies and reading books like I do, I’m going to also share my favorite movies of the year.

This year I watched roughly 265 movies, including on new and old DVD and new releases and TV shows.

Best New Releases

  • The Dark Knight
  • Mamma Mia!
  • Burn After Reading
  • Iron Man
  • Tropic Thunder
  • Australia
  • The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
  • Sex and the City: The Movie
  • Wanted
  • The Strangers

Best on TV

  • Heroes – Season 1
  • Weeds – Season 4
  • Dexter – Season 1
  • Saving Grace – Season 1
  • The Closer – Season 1-3
  • Women’s Murder Club – Season 1

Best of AFI’s Top 100 Films

  • It’s a Wonderful Life
  • Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner
  • Cabaret
  • In the Heat of the Night
  • My Fair Lady
  • Gone With the Wind
  • The Apartment

Best First Time Views

  • The Piano
  • Breakfast at Tiffany’s
  • Montana
  • Singles
  • St. Elmo’s Fire
  • Shoot Em Up

All Time Favorites

  • Love Actually
  • Pretty Woman
  • Footloose
  • Grease
  • Sweeney Todd: Demon Barber of Fleet Street
  • Benny and Joon
  • Chocolat
  • Dirty Dancing
  • Ferris Bueller’s Day Off

For all my movie updates, reviews, etc. – you can see it all at my other blog HERE.

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Best of 2008 – Books

I made it my first full year of recording all my reading. And I found it very exciting and liberating to see that when I put my mind to it and branch out, I can find so many great books and authors out there.

I had many favorites this year, so I’m going to try and break them up into categories, much like an awards show.

Favorite New Author – Janet Evanovich

Favorite Old Author – James Patterson

Favorite SeriesStephanie Plum Series by Janet Evanovich

Favorite RecommendationMy Sister’s Keeper by Jodi Picoult

Favorite ARC/New ReleaseFriday Night Knitting Club by Kate Jacobs

Favorite NonfictionWith Our Good Will by Doug Copsey

Favorite ClassicSense and Sensibility by Jane Austen

Favorite YATwilight by Stephenie Meyer/Georgia Nicholson series by Louise Rennison

Favorite Book to FilmTwilight by Stephenie Meyer

Favorite Fiction The Time Traveler’s Wife by Audrey Niffenegger

Lifetime Achievement – War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy

Favorite OverallThe Time Traveler’s Wife by Audrey Niffenegger

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Cat and Mouse

cat-and-mouseTitle: Cat and Mouse
Author: James Patterson
Year Published: 1997
Finished: December 28, 2008
Pages: 451
Challenges: Series Challenge Season 3, Winter Reading Challenge

The next book in the Alex Cross series. I have been waiting patiently to read this one ever since I read the excerpt in the previous book.

Gary Sonjei is back and he wants Alex dead. Plus, a new killer, Mr. Smith, is running loose in the world and no one can seem to catch him. He’s superhuman.

I believed I enjoyed this one better than the previous, only because there was more action from the start. As a reader, I had more to fear because I already knew one of the killers right away and didn’t have to spend time getting used to someone new. I also enjoyed the switch in POV halfway through. It was a nice touch to break up the normal flow of a Patterson book.

This may be one of my favorite Cross books. We’ll see by the end of the year.

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What’s in a Name 2009 Challenge

whats-in-a-name-2Annie is hosting this challenge here.
The Rules:

*Dates: January 1, 2009 through December 31, 2009

*The Challenge: Choose one book from each of the following categories.

1. A book with a “profession” in its title. Examples might include: The Book Thief, The Island of Dr. Moreau, The Historian

2. A book with a “time of day” in its title. Examples might include: Twilight, Four Past Midnight, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time

3. A book with a “relative” in its title. Examples might include: Eight Cousins, My Father’s Dragon, The Daughter of Time

4. A book with a “body part” in its title. Examples might include: The Bluest Eye, Bag of Bones, The Heart of Darkness

5. A book with a “building” in its title. Examples might include: Uncle Tom’s Cabin, Little House on the Prairie, The Looming Tower

6. A book with a “medical condition” in its title. Examples might include: Insomnia, Coma, The Plague

*You may overlap books with other challenges, but please don’t use the same book for more than one category.

I’m going to give this challenge a shot, but I’m still not sure about it. Here’s my tentative list:

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