Monthly Archives: February 2009

1% Well Read Challenge 2009

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It’s another round of the 1% Well Read Challenge, however this is my first year. I thought of joining in late last year but I was already past the goal by the time I found it.

I’ve been waiting for the new year to start and here it is. You can find all the details HERE.

I’m going to choose Option 1 – Read 10 titles from the original list from March 1, 2009 through December 31, 2009.

  1. Watchman by Alan Moore – finished May 23
  2. The English Patient by Michael Ondaatje – finished October 25
  3. The Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver – finished December 20
  4. Atonementfinished June 1
  5. Northanger Abbeyfinished April 27
  6. Gone With the Windfinished December 31
  7. Emmafinished November 23
  8. Lady Chatterley’s Loverfinished Sept 28
  9. Memoirs of a Geishafinished Aug 23
  10. Roxanafinished Oct 22

Alternatives

  • Interview With a Vampire (from original list)
  • Wuthering Heights (from original list)
  • Mansfield Park (from original list)
  • Blonde
  • The Blind Assassin
  • Life of Pi
  • David Copperfield
  • Villette
  • A Farewell to Arms
  • the Hobbit
  • Lord of the Rings
  • The Bell Jar
  • The Graduate
  • The Shining
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BTT: Collections

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  • Hardcover? Or paperback?
  • Illustrations? Or just text?
  • First editions? Or you don’t care?
  • Signed by the author? Or not?

I think I have a large mixture of both. I buy most brand new books in hardcover, and if I have a choice in a library book sale or something I will choose hardcover over paperback, but paperback is lighter and easier to carry around day to day.

Pretty much everything in my collection is text, except the children’s books which of course have illustrations.I don’t prefer one over another, but that’s somehow just how it turned out.

I’m not a huge collector like some, so when it comes to getting books that were released years ago, I just go for what’s available, however I know that my library does have a a lot of first editions of books released in the past few years. For example, a good portion of my Sandra Brown and James Patterson collections are first editions because I bought them as soon as they were released.

I don’t think I have any books in my collection that are signed. Maybe one or two. Boise doesn’t have a lot of book signings that major cities do, so the opportunities aren’t there to get signed copies. If I found one somewhere, that would be pretty cool.

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Tuesday Thingers: Favorite Genres

tuesdaythingers1 Do you have a specialized blog where you only review a certain genre or type of book? If so, what is your favorite thing about that type of book? If not, what is/are your favorite genre(s)? What makes that genre(s) a favorite?

My blog isn’t really specialized in the sense that I only review certain genre’s. I think like most book bloggers, I review or comment on every book I read. I do have a tendency to read more general fiction than anything else, but I try to at least venture out past that some during the year.

Most of the fiction I have been reading lately has been in the crime/cop fiction (ie James Patterson, Michael Connely, Sue Grafton, Janet Evanovich), but they’re also fun and easy reads. I think it’s my favorite because you get to solve a crime along with the character. Much like a TV show, they are character driven and most don’t make you think too hard and/or have to reflect much on the purpose.

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Banned Book Challenge 2009

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This is my first year participating in this challenge. All the details can be found here.

Runs from: February 22 – June 30, 2009.

I am committing to 3 books for the challenge, however there are many on this years suggested list that I may read as well.

  1. East of Eden by John Steinbeck
  2. James and the Giant Peach by Roald Dahl
  3. The Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follett

Leftover books I still want to read this year:

  • Chronicles of Narnia (series) – I have already read the first book so this would be the second book and beyond
  • Fahrenheit 451
  • Lady Chatterley’s Lover
  • Catcher in the Rye
  • Harry Potters (series) – this will be book 5
  • A Time to Kill

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What’s On Your Nightstand? – February

It’s that time again!

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Time has flown this month, of course, February is always short, but still I feel like I didn’t accomplish as much.

The last book I finished reading was Love is a Many Trousered Thing by Louise Rennison.

Once again, the Winter Reading Challenge ends March 20, 2009 and so I will have to have completed these books by the next nightstand:

  • Mystic River by Dennis Lehane
  • Pop Goes the Weasel by James Patterson
  • Three to Get Deadly by Janet Evanovich

So, I’ve accomplished three of my tasks since January. I finished If You Want to Write, C is for Corpse and A Thousand Acres, plus many other books.

I’m also in the process of reading Tess of the D’Urbervilles, What Color is Your Parachute, Stop in the Name of Pants, the Writer’s Idea Book, and The Host.

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What’s on your nightstand?

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This Weeks Reading List – February 23

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Not a lot of activity this past week, but it was stressful so I couldn’t really sit for long periods and read.

Finished this week:

  • Love is a Many Trousered Thing by Louise Rennison

Reading this week:

  • The Host by Stephenie Meyer (book club)
  • Three to Get Deadly by Janet Evanovich (Winter Reading Challenge)
  • Pop Goes the Weasel by James Patterson (Winder Reading Challenge)
  • Stop in the Name of Pants by Louise Rennison (Series Challenge)
  • East of Eden by John Steinbeck (Steinbeck Mini Challenge)
  • Mystic River by Dennis Lehane (Winter Reading Challenge)

Let’s home this week is more productive than the last

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Love is a Many Trousered Thing

6a00d8345169e469e200e54fd8335e8834-800wiTitle: Love is a Many Trousered Thing
Author: Louise Rennison
Finished: February 21, 2009
Pages: 271
Published: 2007

The next in the Georgia Nicholson series. I enjoy these more and more as I read along. Georgia has just run away from Masimo and the Sex God Robbie at the club and now she is reflecting on what it all means. What is Robbie doing back? Is he staying? Does she really like Masimo or Robbie? What about Dave the Laugh? As the school year comes to a close, Georgia goes on a camping trip with her friends and classmates and is suddenly thrown a curve ball she never saw coming.

Now Georgia is choosing between three guys when it should only be one.

I’m anxious to start the next book which is sitting on my shelf. Hopefully I’ll get through it this week and then I will be all caught up with series. I have a feeling this isn’t the end of it yet.

*Challenges: 999 Challenge, 50/100+ Challenge, Countdown Challenge, YA Challenge, Series Challenge

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