Reading Challenge: RIP V

September 21, 2010 at 4:38 pm (Challenge Post) (, , , )

It’s once again time for the Readers Imbibing Peril challenge over at Stainless Steel Droppings. Officially, it began on the first of the month, but better late than never, eh?  Since I’m ambitious, I’ll be participating in Peril the First again, which requires reading four books that fit a broad definition of scary. Unlike last year, however, I have no idea what I might read for this year’s challenge. (Anyone with a similar problem will find any number of suitable titles, either on my RIP IV list, or under horror and suspense categories here.

I guess I ought to go rummage about in my books to find something appropriate. I have a Norton Book of Ghost Stories I still haven’t read, and I have been long desirous of reading The Monk. I’ve also been considering revisiting Dracula, which I read once back in seventh grade, and never again.

Any ideas or recommendations?

RIP V Reading List

1. The Eyes of the Dragon by Stephen King
2. World War Z by Max Brooks
3.  Pet Sematary by Stephen King


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Chunkster Reading Challenge (6/6)

January 11, 2010 at 2:20 am (Challenge Post) ()

Definition of a Chunkster:

* A chunkster is 450 pages or more of ADULT literature (fiction or nonfiction) … A chunkster should be a challenge.
* If you read large type books your book will need to be 525 pages or more … The average large type book is 10-15% longer or more so I think that was a fair estimate.

The Rules:

* No Audio books in the chunkster. It just doesn’t seem right. Words on paper for this one folks.
* No e-Books allowed – we are reading traditional, fat books for this challenge.
* Short Stories and Essay collections will not be counted.
* Books may crossover with other challenges
* Anyone may join. If you don’t have a blog, just leave me a comment on this post with your progress (and to let me know you are playing)
* You don’t need to list your books ahead of time.
* Once you pick a level, that’s it…you’re committed to that level!

You must pick a level of participation:

1. The Chubby Chunkster – this option is for the reader who has a couple of large tomes on their TBR list, but really doesn’t want to commit to much more than that. 3 books is all you need to finish this challenge.
2. Do These Books Make my Butt Look Big? – this option is for the slightly heavier reader who wants to commit to 4 Chunksters over the next twelve months.
3. Mor-book-ly Obese – This is for the truly out of control chunkster. For this level of challenge you must commit to 6 or more chunksters OR three tomes of 750 pages or more. You know you want to…..go on and give in to your cravings.


The way I see it is, I’m going to do it anyways, so why not gratify myself with a challenge? Because of my particular reading habits, I’m going to go ahead and do the Mor-book-ly Obese level of the challenge. Perhaps Tom Jones will finally make it onto my read list!

Chunkster Reading Challenge: Mor-book-ly Obese Level

1. The Group by Mary McCarthy
2. The Morland Dynasty: The Victory by Cynthia Harrod-Eagles
3. Echo in the Bone by Diana Gabaldon
4. Wolf Hall by Hilary Mantel
5. The Briar King by Greg Keyes
6. The Towers of Midnight by Robert Jordan and Brandon Sanderson

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18th and 19th Century Women Writers Reading Challenge

January 11, 2010 at 2:14 am (Challenge Post)

18th and 19th Women Writers Reading Challenge
Hosted by Becky of Becky’s Book Reviews
Minimum 2 books;
All of 2010

Read books written by women authors that were written and/or published between 1700 and 1900. Contemporary historical books set in this time period do not count towards this challenge! The challenge is to encourage you to read some classics.

Here is a place where you can get ideas, but be careful, the list includes some authors who won’t count. (The site lists authors based on when they were born. So on the 1801-1900 list, for example, you might find women authors who were born in this time but didn’t begin writing and publishing their books until the twentieth century.)

Celebration of Women Writers 1801-1900
Celebration of Women Writers 1701-1800

Overlaps with other challenges allowed.

Well, so much for taking it easy! It does coincide with my interests, so I’m just going to have to do this challenge, too!  There’s still an Austen or two I haven’t yet read, and I’ve been meaning to try that Elizabeth Gaskell who has been so popular of late. And I still have George Eliot to do, too. So there is plenty to choose from.

18th & 19th Century Women Writers Reading Challenge

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George Eliot Mini-Challenge

December 3, 2009 at 4:05 am (Challenge Post) ()

The Anthony Trollope MiniChallenge is hosted by Becky of Becky’s Book Reviews.

georgeeliotmini-challenge This challenge is for 2009-2010. The challenge begins January 1, 2009 and goes through June 1, 2010.

The goal of this one is to read TWO of her books.

Prospective books:

1. Middlemarch
2. The Mill on the Floss

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Anthony Trollope Mini-Challenge

December 3, 2009 at 4:02 am (Challenge Post) ()

anthonytrollopeminichallengeThe Anthony Trollope MiniChallenge is hosted by Becky of Becky’s Book Reviews.

This challenge is for 2009-2010. The  challenge will begin January 1, 2009. The challenge will end August 31, 2010.

Read and/or watch TWO works by Anthony Trollope

For example:
Watching two movies
Reading two books
Reading one book; watching one movie

Prospective books:

1. Can You Forgive Her?
2. The Duke’s Children

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1% Well-Read Challenge

December 3, 2009 at 3:55 am (Challenge Post)

1% Well-Read Challenge (5/10)

1percentwellread1morechapter is hosting the 1% We-Read Challenge, in which we read ten titles from the 1001 Books You Must Read Before You Die list.

There are three options, due to a recently revamped 1001 list:

  1. Read 10 titles from the original list from March 1, 2009 through December 31, 2009.
  2. Read 10 titles from the new list from March 1, 2009 through December 31, 2009.
  3. Read 13 titles from the combined list (of almost 1300 titles) from March 1, 2009 through March 31, 2010. In other words, “What were they thinking dropping titles from Dostoevsky and Jane Austen?”

For all options, overlaps with other challenges are allowed, and you may change your list at any time.

Being annoyed at the removal of both Persuasion and Northanger Abbey (two of my favorite Austens), I selected option 3.

1. Everything is Illuminated – Jonathan Safran Foer
2. Perfume – Patrick Süskind
3. The Turn of the Screw – Henry James
4. Brideshead Revisited – Eveleyn Waugh
5. The Unbearable Lightness of Being – Milan Kundera

Current list
Casino Royale – Ian Fleming
The Mysteries of Udolpho – Ann Radcliffe
Thérèse Raquin – Émile Zola
The Blithedale Romance – Nathaniel Hawthorne
The Red and the Black – Stendhal
Tom Jones – Henry Fielding

(I’ve been participating in this since April, but I needed to move it.)

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