Monthly Archives: September 2009

New Author Challenge – COMPLETE


This was such a fun challenge. I think 50 books was a great challenge and I may stick with the same number for next year. It’s always hard to bring new authors into the mix but I loved every book I read for this challenge

  1. Rhonda Byrne – The Secret
  2. Adair Lara – You Know You’re a Writer When
  3. Herman Melville – Moby Dick
  4. Candace Bushnell – One Fifth Avenue
  5. Holly Black – Spiderwick Chronicles: The Field Guide
  6. Aesopus – Aesop’s Fables
  7. Jeffrey Eugenides – Middlesex
  8. Bernhard Schlink – The Reader
  9. Brenda Ueland – If You Want to Write
  10. Marjane Satrapi – Persepolis I
  11. C.S. Lewis – The Chronicles of Narnia: The Magician’s Nephew
  12. David Thomson – Have You Seen…?
  13. Jane Smiley – A Thousand Acres
  14. Thomas Hardy – Tess of the D’Urbervilles
  15. Art Spiegelman – Maus
  16. Richard Nelson Bolles – the 1996 What Color is Your Parachute?
  17. J.D. Robb – Naked in Death
  18. Jack Heffron – The Writer’s Idea Book
  19. Charlaine Harris – Dead Until Dark
  20. Frank Miller – Sin City: The Hard Goodbye (Vol. 1)
  21. Christopher Moore – Fool
  22. Catherine Hardwicke – Twilight Director’s Notebook
  23. Sue Monk Kidd – The Secret Life of Bees
  24. Amy Sohn – Sex and the City: the Movie
  25. Katherine Center – Everyone is Beautiful
  26. John C. Kirkland – Love Letters of Great Men Vol. 1
  27. Ken Follett – The Pillars of the Earth
  28. Steve Niles – 30 Days of Night
  29. Rainer Maria Rilke – Letters to a Young Poet
  30. Kaye Gibbons – Ellen Foster
  31. Andrea Buchanan – The Daring Book for Girls
  32. Meg Gardiner – The Dirty Secrets Club
  33. Meg Cabot – Size 12 is Not Fat
  34. Alan Moore – Watchmen
  35. Fannie Flagg – Fried Green Tomatoes
  36. Ian McEwan – Atonement
  37. Scott Westerfled – Uglies
  38. Charles Frazier – Cold Mountain
  39. Jerry Bridges – Transforming Grace
  40. Nancy Balbirer – Take Your Shirt Off and Cry
  41. Norman Maclean – A River Runs Through It and Other Stories
  42. Seth Grahame-Smith – Pride and Prejudice and Zombies
  43. John Grogan – Marley and Me
  44. Carol Higgins Clark – Decked
  45. Tom Rath – Strengths Finder 2.0
  46. Andy Andrews – The Noticer
  47. Arthur Golden – Memoirs of a Geisha
  48. Elizabeth Gilbert – Eat, Pray, Love
  49. James Allen – As Man Thinketh
  50. Sam Parker – Smile and Move

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I Read Banned Books

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From the American Library Association:

Banned Books Week (BBW) is an annual event celebrating the freedom to read and the importance of the First Amendment.  Held during the last week of September, Banned Books Week highlights the benefits of free and open access to information while drawing attention to the harms of censorship by spotlighting actual or attempted bannings of books across the United States.

Last year for Banned Books Week I had more of a plan, but this year it snuck up on me and it’s almost over. I’ve been through this list multiple times, but I figure I’ve read more recently so I would update. Of course, this is just one list, where a lot of times I work off the different lists for every year as they update.

My most recent read was Lady Chatterley’s Lover by D.H. Lawrence, which I happened to finish Monday, but I don’t think I will be able to finish anymore banned books before the week is over.

1. The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
2. The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger
3. The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck
4. To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee

5. The Color Purple by Alice Walker
6. Ulysses by James Joyce
7. Beloved by Toni Morrison
8. The Lord of the Flies by William Golding
9. 1984 by George Orwell
10. The Sound and the Fury by William Faulkner
11. Lolita by Vladmir Nabokov
12. Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck
13. Charlotte’s Web by E. B. White
14. A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man by James Joyce
15. Catch-22 by Joseph Heller
16. Brave New World by Aldous Huxley
17. Animal Farm by George Orwell
18. The Sun Also Rises by Ernest Hemingway
19. As I Lay Dying by William Faulkner
20. A Farewell to Arms by Ernest Hemingway
21. Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad
22. Winnie-the-Pooh by A. A. Milne
23. Their Eyes are Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston
24. Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison
25. Song of Solomon by Toni Morrison
26. Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell
27. Native Son by Richard Wright
28. One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest by Ken Kesey
29. Slaughterhouse-Five by Kurt Vonnegut
30. For Whom the Bell Tolls by Ernest Hemingway
31. On the Road by Jack Kerouac
32. The Old Man and the Sea by Ernest Hemingway
33. The Call of the Wild by Jack London
34. To the Lighthouse by Virginia Woolf
35. Portrait of a Lady by Henry James
36. Go Tell it on the Mountain by James Baldwin
37. The World According to Garp by John Irving
38. All the King’s Men by Robert Penn Warren
39. A Room with a View by E. M. Forster
40. The Lord of the Rings by J. R. R. Tolkien
41. Schindler’s List by Thomas Keneally
42. The Age of Innocence by Edith Wharton
43. The Fountainhead by Ayn Rand
44. Finnegans Wake by James Joyce
45. The Jungle by Upton Sinclair
46. Mrs. Dalloway by Virginia Woolf
47. The Wonderful Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum
48. Lady Chatterley’s Lover by D. H. Lawrence
49. A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess
50. The Awakening by Kate Chopin
51. My Antonia by Willa Cather
52. Howards End by E. M. Forster
53. In Cold Blood by Truman Capote
54. Franny and Zooey by J.D. Salinger
55. The Satanic Verses by Salman Rushdie
56. Jazz by Toni Morrison
57. Sophie’s Choice by William Styron
58. Absalom, Absalom! by William Faulkner
59. A Passage to India by E. M. Forster
60. Ethan Frome by Edith Wharton
61. A Good Man Is Hard to Find by Flannery O’Connor
62. Tender Is the Night by F. Scott Fitzgerald
63. Orlando by Virginia Woolf
64. Sons and Lovers by D. H. Lawrence
65. Bonfire of the Vanities by Tom Wolfe
66. Cat’s Cradle by Kurt Vonnegut
67. A Separate Peace by John Knowles
68. Light in August by William Faulkner
69. The Wings of the Dove by Henry James
70. Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe
71. Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier
72. A Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams
73. Naked Lunch by William S. Burroughs
74. Brideshead Revisited by Evelyn Waugh
75. Women in Love by D. H. Lawrence
76. Look Homeward, Angel by Thomas Wolfe
77. In Our Time by Ernest Hemingway
78. The Autobiography of Alice B. Toklas by Gertrude Stein
79. The Maltese Falcon by Dashiell Hammett
80. The Naked and the Dead by Norman Mailer
81. Wide Sargasso Sea by Jean Rhys
82. White Noise by Don DeLillo
83. O Pioneers! by Willa Cather
84. Tropic of Cancer by Henry Miller
85. The War of the Worlds by H. G. Wells
86. Lord Jim by Joseph Conrad
87. The Bostonians by Henry James
88. An American Tragedy by Theodore Dreiser
89. Death Comes for the Archbishop by Willa Cather
90. The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame
91. This Side of Paradise by F. Scott Fitzgerald
92. Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand
93. The French Lieutenant’s Woman by John Fowles
94. Babbitt by Sinclair Lewis
95. Kim by Rudyard Kipling
96. The Beautiful and the Damned by F. Scott Fitzgerald
97. Rabbit, Run by John Updike
98. Where Angels Fear to Tread by E. M. Forster
99. Main Street by Sinclair Lewis
100. Midnight’s Children by Salman Rushdie

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REVIEW: Lady Chatterley’s Lover

lady chatterleyTitle: Lady Chatterley’s Love
Author: D.H. Lawrence
Finished: September 28, 2009
Pages: 358
Published: 1928

A classic, banned book that took me awhile to finish but when I finally did I felt successful and had a whole new understanding about the story and the reasoning behind it.

Lady Chatterley’s Lover is about a woman whose husband is an invalid and to escape from her unhappy marriage she falls into sexual relationships with various men, one longer than most, and finds that it’s just not that easy to forget your problems and run away.

It was extremely intriguing but not recommended for everyone. It’s very racy, includes crude and vulgar language and references. It would be like watching a rated R film without violence but all the sexual aspects.

If you have no boundaries, it was a very interesting story and while it took some time to get used to, I found myself curious as to the end result and what would happen to Lady Chatterley and the people surrounding her.

*challenges: decades challenge, 999 challenge, 100+ challenge, classics challenge, 1% well read challenge, fill in the blanks, fall into reading


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REVIEW: Smile & Move

sm-book-singleTitle: Smile and Move
Author: Sam Parker
Finished: September 28, 2009
Pages: 97
Published: 2008

A great gift from my boss that motives your to “smile and move” in your life, workplace, and everywhere you go, encourages your to share with others and practice this new lifestyle.

There is so much helpful information, challenges, and uplifting material. It’s a quick read so you could read it every day if that would help motivate you in life.

“Difficulty is an excuse history never accepts.” – Edward R. Murrow
“Write it on your heart that every day is the best day of the year.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson
“Work is life, you know, and without it, there’s nothing but fear and insecurity.” – John Lennon

*challenges: 100+ challenge, new authors challenge, 999×2 challenge, countdown challenge 2010


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What’s on Your Nightstand – September


I got some reading done, but nothing like I expected. Some books are taking me forever to read, which makes me switch to easier ones just to see some progress. I’m hoping with fall coming in, the warm weather going out, I’ll be able to get some more reading done inside. As you can tell I hardly read anything off my list. Roughly half. My new list is very similiar.

September’s List

  • Big Bad Wolf (999 Challenge)
  • London Bridges (999 Challenge)
  • Mary Mary (999 Challenge/Countdown Challenge)
  • Cross (999 Challenge)
  • Double Cross (999 Challenge)
  • Lady Chatterley’s Lover (Decades Challenge)
  • Roxana (Daniel Defoe Challenge)
  • The English Patient (Summer Reading Challenge)
  • Spook (Summer Reading Challenge)
  • High Five (Summer Reading Challenge)
  • The Shack (Summer Reading Challenge)
  • D is for Deadbeat (Summer Reading Challenge)
  • Secrets of the Morning (Summer Reading Challenge)

Reading in October

  • Double Cross (999 Challenge)
  • Lady Chatterley’s Lover (Decades Challenge)
  • Roxana (Daniel Defoe Challenge)
  • The English Patient (Summer Reading Challenge)
  • Spook (Summer Reading Challenge)
  • The Shack (Summer Reading Challenge)
  • Secrets of the Morning (Summer Reading Challenge)
  • Hot Six (Stephanie Plum Challenge)

I’m  going to start shortening my list up, since I can’t seem to stick to it very well. I’m still (still) working on Gone With the Wind, but it’s on the back burner for awhile. I’m also hoping to get Generation Kill read as it will be due back to the library before long. Smash Cut is still in progress but in no hurry anymore, but I love Sandra Brown so I hope to start back up with this one soon as well.

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Summer Reading Challenge – DNF

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The challenge ran from June 21, 09 – September 21, 09 and hosted by A Summer Daydreamer Reads.

I’m semi-disappointed that I didn’t manage to finish this one, it’s been the first in awhile I haven’t completed, however, I read so many other books in addition to the ones I did complete, that it didn’t feel like a total waste. I didn’t read four of my ten books, BUT I’m determined to not let them slip by, so they will be the first reads for the Fall Into Reading Challenge that starts today.


  1. Memoirs of a Geisha by Arthur GoldenAUGUST 23, 09
  2. The English Patient by Michael Ondaatje
  3. Run For Your Life by James PattersonAUGUST 8, 09
  4. Four Blind Mice by James PattersonAUGUST 1, 09
  5. Big Bad Wolf by James PattersonSEPTEMBER 1, 09
  6. Spook by Mary Roach
  7. High Five by Janet EvanovichSEPTEMBER 18, 09
  8. The Shack by William P. Young
  9. D is for Deadbeat by Sue GraftonSEPTEMBER 21, 09
  10. Secrets of the Morning by V.C. Andrews

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REVIEW: D is for Deadbeat

dTitle: D is for Deadbeat
Author: Sue Grafton
Finished: September 21, 2009
Pages: 240
Published: 1987

It’s been awhile since I picked up a Kinsey Millhone book, but this one did not disappoint, moved quicker than the others, and help my attention to the very end.

It’s taken me awhile to get into these books, but I’m finding that after each one I enjoy them a little more. Kinsey Millhone is a great private investigator who is just a regular woman working in the world. There is no drama associated with her, which is probably why its hard to get into them. She cuts straight through to the important stuff and doesn’t dwell on unnecessaries.

This time Kinsey is hired by a man to deliver a check, not knowing the real circumstances behind it. She soon comes to find out that she was tricked, no one is who they say they are, and everyone is keeping a secret. I even had doubts about who the possible killer could be until the very end when all pieces started fitting together.

*challenges: 100+ challenge, 999×2 challenge, summer reading challenge

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