Monday, December 30, 2013

Just for Fun Reading Challenge 2014

Hosted by Lori...Goodreads group HERE. Visit the group for all the details and to sign up.

I am committing to read just one book for fun each month!



Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Semi-Charmed Autumn 2013 Book Challenge

The Semi-Charmed Autumn 2013 Book Challenge is hosted by Megan at Semi-Charmed Kind of Life. Click link or image above to sign up.

Details are taken directly from Megan's blog (so I can keep track)

  • The challenge will run from October 1, 2013, to December 31, 2013. No books that are started before 12 a.m. on October 1 or finished after 11:59 p.m. on December 31 will count.
  • New rule: In the past, I haven't allowed rereads because I said I wanted you to experience new books with my challenges. Now, however, I've decided up to three books for the challenge can be rereads. This is to allow you to revisit books from your childhood or young adulthood that you might get more out of now, or to finish books you started a long time ago but never completed. Please reread the entire book within the timeframe of the challenge in order to count it; no simply finishing old books or partial rereads!
  • Each book must be at least 200 pages long. Audiobooks are fine, as long as the print versions meet the page requirements.
  • A book can only be used for one category. If you want to switch the category later, that's fine, just be sure to account for that in your point total.
  • The highest possible total is 200 points, and the first five people who finish the challenge will win a featured/guest post on Semi-Charmed Kind of Life and be invited to contribute a category for the winter challenge. Good luck!
The Challenge:
My choices are at the end of each point category (in red)--still deciding on a couple of them.

  • 5: Read a book that does not have "the," "a" or "an" in the title. Stoker's Manuscript, Royce Prouty (338 pages)
  • 10: Read a book that has been featured in Oprah's Book Club. This list includes all the books up until 2010. (Submitted by SCSBC13 winner Erin.) Open House, Elizabeth Berg (241 pages)
  • 10: Read a book that takes place in the state where you currently live. If you do not live in the U.S., read a book that takes place in the country where you live. (Submitted by SCSBC13 winner Megan.) Hourglass, Myra McEntire (Tennessee, 390 pages)
  • 15: Read an epistolary novel, which is a book written in letters, emails, diary entries or other documents. See this Goodreads list if you need an idea, but make sure it's actually an epistolary novel first! Goodreads lists aren't verified, so non-epistolary books could have snuck their way on there. The Many Lives & Secret Sorrows of Josephine B., Sandra Gulland (436 pages)
  • 15: Read a book first published in 2013. ??? to be determined
  • 15: Read a book with something spooky in the title. (Submitted by SCSBC13 winner Bev.) This House is Haunted, John Boyne
  • 20: Read a book with "air," "water," "earth" or "fire" in the title. (Submitted by SCSBC13 winnerGypsi.)  Catching Fire, Suzanne Collins (391 pages)
  • 20: Read a book on which a television series has been based (e.g. Orange is the New Black,Gossip Girl, Pretty Little Liars, Friday Night Lights, etc.). Dead Until Dark, Charlaine Harris (292 pages)
  • 25: Read a fiction book that has someone’s first and last name in the title (e.g. The Story of Edgar Sawtelle, The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, Bridget Jones's Diary, etc.). ??? to be determined
  • 30: Read two books by the same author. They can be in the same series, but do not have to be. Co-authors do not count (i.e. the author must be the sole author of each book).  Joyland, Stephen King (283 pages) & another SK book to be determined
  • 35: Read a fiction and nonfiction book about the same topic. (Example: Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close and The Woman Who Wasn't There are both about 9/11. I'm planning on doing a whole post with a list of ideas soon, if you care to submit any!) ??? to be determined


Sunday, September 1, 2013

R.I.P. VIII is here!

I won't go too much in detail here about R.I.P. (R.eaders I.mbibing P.erilbecause by now we all know and love Carl's yearly Fall reading "challenge." Basically, we're reading the scary for two months in one of my most favorite times of year. If you've been living under a rock, you simply must go check it out at Carl's blog, Stainless Steel Droppings.

I will be embarking on the following this time:

Read two books of any length that you believe fit within the R.I.P. categories.

I'm going to read at least two (plus the group read):
  • Joyland, Stephen King
  • (this one depends on what I get for my Wheel of Fortune Spin (curious? Look here)

This is for those of us that like to watch suitably scary, eerie, mysterious gothic fare during this time of year. It may be something on the small screen or large. It might be a television show, like Dark Shadows or Midsomer Murders, or your favorite film. If you are so inclined, please post links to any R.I.P.-related viewing you do on to the Review Site as well.

Insidious 2, anyone? I'll be seeing it the first weekend it's out. I can't wait! I'm also hoping to see a film called We Are What We Are. See the trailer HERE. It looks off the hook! I'm sure I will be watching more scary, as I LOVE horror films and anything remotely scary or creepy.

Finally, there's this...

The Historian by Elizabeth Kostova. This will be a re-read for me, but it's one of my favorite books and I've often thought I would read it again someday. Why not join in with others in reading it this time? Too right!

Thanks to Carl for hosting once again. I look forward to his "challenges" every year!


Thursday, August 15, 2013

The Fantasy Project: 101 Books in 10 Years

I revamped my perpetual challenge and changed it into a long term Fantasy Project. You can get specific details at the dedicated blog HERE.

Here are my goal dates:  August 15, 2013 - August 15, 2023

Here is my list of 101 books (as it states in my challenge guidelines, lists are not set in stone and can be swapped out at my discretion):

Titles in RED are rereads. Completed reads for challenge in BLUE.
  1. The Smoke Thief, Shana Abe
  2. The Summoning, Kelley Armstrong
  3. The Darkness That Comes Before, R. Scott Bakker
  4. A Great & Terrible Beauty, Libba Bray
  5. A Sweet Far Thing, Libba Bray
  6. Rebel Angels, Libba Bray
  7. The Elfstones of Shannara, Terry Brooks
  8. The Wishsong of Shannara, Terry Brooks
  9. Magic Kingdom for Sale...Sold, Terry Brooks
  10. The Black Unicorn, Terry Brooks
  11. Wizard at Large, Terry Brooks
  12. The Tangle Box, Terry Brooks
  13. Witches' Brew, Terry Brooks
  14. A Princess of Landover, Terry Brooks
  15. Jhereg, Steven Brust
  16. Yendi, Steven Brust
  17. Teckla, Steven Brust
  18. Enchantment, Orson Scott Card
  19. Fire, Kristin Cashore
  20. Marked, P.C. Cast/Kristin Cast
  21. Betrayed, P.C. Cast/Kristin Cast
  22. Chosen, P.C. Cast/Kristin Cast
  23. City of Bones, Cassandra Clare
  24. City of Glass, Cassandra Clare
  25. City of Ashes, Cassandra Clare
  26. Catching Fire, Suzanne Collins
  27. Mockingjay, Suzanne Collins
  28. Book of Lost Things, John Connolly
  29. Blue Bloods, Melissa De La Cruz
  30. Masquerade, Melissa De La Cruz
  31. Revelations, Melissa De La Cruz
  32. The Van Alen Legacy, Melissa De La Cruz
  33. The Mirror of her Dreams, Stephen R. Donaldson
  34. A Man Rides Through, Stephen R. Donaldson
  35. Nightwalker, Jocelynn Drake
  36. Dayhunter, Jocelynn Drake
  37. Pawn of Prophecy, David Eddings
  38. Magician's Gambit, David Eddings
  39. Queen of Sorcery, David Eddings
  40. Guardians of the West, David Eddings
  41. King of the Murgos, David Eddings
  42. Demon Lord of Karanda, David Eddings
  43. Dragonfly in Amber, Diana Gabaldon
  44. Voyager, Diana Gabaldon
  45. The Drums of Autumn, Diana Gabaldon
  46. Stardust, Neil Gaiman
  47. Neverwhere, Neil Gaiman
  48. The Graveyard Book, Neil Gaiman
  49. Anansi Boys, Neil Gaiman
  50. Good Omens, Neil Gaiman/Terry Pratchett
  51. Mr. Darcy, Vampyre, Amanda Grange
  52. Living Dead in Dallas, Charlaine Harris
  53. Club Dead, Charlaine Harris
  54. Dead to the World, Charlaine Harris
  55. Dead Witch Walking, Kim Harrison
  56. The Good, the Bad and the Undead, Kim Harrison
  57. A Song for Arbonne, Guy Gavriel Kay
  58. The Briar King, Greg Keyes
  59. Blood and Chocolate, Annette Curtis Klaus
  60. The Historian, Elizabeth Kostova
  61. A Wizard of Earthsea, Ursula K. LeGuin
  62. The Tombs of Atuan, Ursula K. LeGuin
  63. The Farthest Shore, Ursula K. LeGuin
  64. Voices, Ursula K. LeGuin
  65. Lavinia, Ursula K. LeGuin
  66. Confessions of an Ugly Stepsister, Gregory Maguire
  67. Child of the Prophecy, Juliet Marillier
  68. Son of the Shadows, Juliet Marillier
  69. Heir to the Sevenwaters, Juliet Marillier
  70. A Clash of Kings, George R.R. Martin
  71. A Storm of Swords, George R.R. Martin
  72. A Feast for Crows, George R.R. Martin
  73. A Dance with Dragons, George R.R. Martin
  74. Ombria in Shadow, Patricia A. McKillip
  75. Beauty, Robin McKinley
  76. Sunshine, Robin McKinley
  77. Shadow Kiss, Richelle Mead
  78. Frostbite, Richelle Mead
  79. Elric of Melnibone, Michael Moorcock
  80. The Sailor of the Seas of Fate, Michael Moorcock
  81. The Weird of the White Wolf, Michael Moorcock
  82. The Vanishing Tower, Michael Moorcock
  83. The Bane of the Black Sword, Michael Moorcock
  84. Stormbringer, Michael Moorcock
  85. Season of the Witch, Natasha Mostert
  86. Evermore, Alyson Noel
  87. The Adoration of Jenna Fox, Mary Pearson
  88. The Golden Compass, Philip Pullman
  89. The Subtle Knife, Philip Pullman
  90. The Amber Spyglass, Philip Pullman
  91. Blood and Gold, Anne Rice
  92. Blackwood Farm, Anne Rice
  93. Blood Canticle, Anne Rice
  94. The Wiseman's Fear, Patrick Rothfuss
  95. The Doors of Stone, Patrick Rothfuss
  96. Slaughterhouse Five, Kurt Vonnegut
  97. Dealing with Dragons, Patricia Wrede
  98. Searching for Dragons, Patricia Wrede
  99. Calling on Dragons, Patricia Wrede
  100. Talking to Dragons, Patricia Wrede
  101. Prophecy of the Sisters, Michelle Zink
So, what do you think? Want to join us? Please do!


Wednesday, July 3, 2013

Semi-Charmed Summer 2013 Book Challenge #SCSBC13

Here I go again!

The Semi-Charged Summer 2013 Book Challenge is hosted by Megan at Semi-Charmed Kind of Life. Click link or image above to sign up.

Details are taken directly from Megan's blog (so I can keep track)

  • The challenge will run from July 1, 2013, to September 30, 2013. No books that are started before 12 a.m. on July 1 or finished after 11:59 p.m. on September 30 will count.
  • No re-reads (unless specifically stated)! I want you to experience new books with this challenge.
  • Each book must be at least 200 pages long. Audiobooks are fine, as long as the print versions meet the page requirements.
  • A book can only be used for one category. If you want to switch the category later, that's fine, just be sure to account for that in your point total.
  • The highest possible total is 200 points, and the first five people who finish the challenge will win a featured/guest post on Semi-Charmed Kind of Life. Good luck!
The Challenge:
My choices are at the end of each point category (in red)--still deciding on a couple of them

5 points: Freebie! Read any book you'd like, as long as it follows the above rules. :)  The Arrow Chest, Robert Parry 5 points
5: Read a book that is less than 150 pages long. (Yes, this is an exception to the general rules! You're welcome haha.) The Old Rectory, Julia Ibbotson (128 pages) 5 points
10: Read a book with a color in the title. Submitted by Erinn of it's the journey on Twitter.  The White Queen, Philippa Gregory  10 Points
10: Read a book that is not the first in its series. (And yes, it must be in a series.) --The Tudor Conspiracy, C. W. Gortner 10 points
15: Read a book it seems everyone but you has read! Submitted by Brighton of Dear Brighton on Twitter.  Dead Until Dark, Charlaine Harris  City of Bones, Cassandra Clare (forgot I need to read this before the movie comes out!)
15: Read a banned book. (For consistency's sake, the book must be found on one of these lists. See the links in the first paragraph for book lists.) ???
20: Read a book written by a celebrity. This can be a memoir or a fiction book published by someone who was already famous by another means (e.g. James Franco). Submitted by Brighton of Dear Brighton onTwitter. Pictures in my Head, Gabriel Byrne
20: Read a non-fiction book that is not a memoir. It can be pure non-fiction or narrative non-fiction. Submitted by Blair's Head Band onTwitter.  Devil in the White City, Erik Larson
20: Read a book that takes place in a state you have never been in. If you have been to all 50 states, choose a book that takes place in a country you have never been in. Also do the latter option if you are not American. A Thousand Acres, Jane Smiley (Iowa)
25: Read a book that is at least 400 pages long.  Infinite Jest, David Foster Wallace (1079 pages) (I was supposed to start this in June for the Summer of Jest, but I haven't started. Perfect for this challenge!)  Changed my mind...The Secret History, Stephanie Thornton (448 pages)  25 Points
25: Read a book with a main character who shares your first name. If you have an uncommon name and really can't find a book, let me know and we can come up with an alternative. :) Submitted by Erinn of it's the journey on Twitter.**  Okay, so I googled popular nicknames for the name Michelle and Ellie was one possible choice so my book is Contact, Carl Sagan (main character named Ellie)
30: Read a book written by an author who was born in the same year as you. Lives of the Monster Dogs, Kirsten Bakis (1968)

**Edited to add: I've decided to amend this category to allow nicknames of your first name and alternate spellings of your first name. I recognize this category is difficult and I don't want anyone to give up looking! :)

How to keep track: I’ll post a check-in on the first day of every month, on which you can comment with your progress. I will also include the scoreboard from the previous month on each check-in post. The first check-in post will be Thursday, August 1. I will also host a link-up on Monday, July 1, if anyone wants to share their preliminary reading list for the challenge (see an example post from one of my previous challenges here).


Saturday, March 23, 2013

Once Upon a Time VII and Spring Reading Thing 2013

Unfortunately, did not do well on either of these. Once Upon a Time, I didn't even read one book and Spring Reading Thing...forgot to wrap up. Doh! Better luck next time, right?

I know, I know...I can't control myself! But I absolutely must participate in Carl's non-challenges like this one and his R.I.P. Plus, I failed so miserably at his Science Fiction Experience that I feel I must redeem myself. As far as the Spring Reading Thing goes...well, why not, right?

Once Upon a Time VII
Hosted by Carl at Stainless Steel Droppings

This non-challenge runs from March 21 through June 21st. There are several different "levels" of participation. Reading can be done in these broad categories: Fairy Tale, Folklore, Fantasy and Mythology. To read complete details, visit the sign up post HERE.

I am taking The Journey...

(From Carl) This is really as simple as the name implies. It means you are participating, but not committing yourself to any specific number of books. By signing up for The Journey you are agreeing to read at least one book within one of the four categories during March 21st to June 21st period.Just one book. If you choose to read more, fantastic! If not, then we have still had the pleasure of your company during this three month reading journey and hopefully you have read a great book, met some interesting people, and enjoyed the various activities that occur during the challenge. It has always been of utmost importance to me that the challenges that I host be all about experiencing enjoyable literature and sharing it with others. I want you to participate. Hence, The Journey.

So, I am committing to reading at least one book, but I'm really hoping I can read more. For now though, let's start off small, shall we?

My list of potentials:
A Clash of Kings by George R.R. Martin
Wicked by Gregory Maguire
Daughter of the Forest by Juliet Marillier
She by H. Rider Haggard
The Once and Future King by T.H. White

I reserve the right to add more if the mood suits me.

Spring Reading Thing 2013
Hosted by The Musings of a Book Addict

Guidelines (taken from the host blog):

  • Make a list of books you want to read or finish reading this spring. Feel free to modify the list as you go along if it isn't working for you.
  • Write a blog post containing your list and submit it to this post using the Mr. Linky below.
  • Check out other participants' lists and add to your own to-read-someday pile!
  • You may begin reading on the 20th! The challenge goes from March 20th to June 20th.
  • Write a post about your challenge experience in June, telling us all about your experience and whether you reached our goals. REMEMBER: this is a low-pressure, stressfree challenge that should be fun. As long as you do some reading this spring (and enjoy it!) that's good enough for me.
If you sign up by midnight on March 24, you are eligible for a prize if you sign up and post a wrap-up. Go HERE for details and sign up.

My (tentative) least a couple will be from the Once Upon a Time list (see above):

Little Women by Louisa May Alcott
Flesh by Khanh Ha
The Arrow Chest by Robert Parry
Wildish by Robert Parry
The Chalice by Nancy Bilyeau
Blood Between Queens by Barbara Kyle
Roses Have Thorns by Sandra Byrd
Night Demon by Lisa Kessler
Murder as a Fine Art by David Morrell
Silk Road by Colin Falconer
Slammerkin by Emma Donoghue

Okay, okay...I have to stop! This list might change a bit...more might be added, some might be taken off. 

Here we go!


Thursday, January 10, 2013

2013 Horror Reading Challenge

Wrap-Up near end of post


2013 Horror Reading Challenge, hosted by Midnyte Reader.  Click the link or image above to sign up.

•This challenge will run from January 1, 2013 - December 31, 2013.
•Books must be read and reviewed in 2013.
•You can choose fiction or non-fiction.
•Audio books are fine.
•Short stories are fine as long as you leave a thoughtful review.
•Books can cross with other challenges.
•You can join at anytime during the year. Any books you have read in 2013 can be added.
•Anyone can participate (not just book bloggers). If you don't have a blog: You can link to Goodreads, Amazon, Shelfari, etc. The easiest way may be to make a seperate shelf for this Challenge or a post. Links back to the Challenge are appreciated and will help others if they would like more information.
•If you are using Facebook for this challenge, please write a post (you can just use a few sentences) about the Challenge. Links back to the Challenge are appreciated and will help others if they would like more information. When you review a book or short story, please do not write a sentence or two. Please write a full review, even if it is just a few few paragraphs.
•Yes! Prizes will be given!

Horror is described on the Bing Dictionary site as:
"...Literature grotesque and terrifying: describes a genre of motion picture or literature intended to thrill viewers or readers by provoking fear or revulsion through the portrayal of grotesque, violent, or supernatural events."

Horror can be subjective. The events of one experience may be horrific to one person and not to another. But for the purposes of this Challenge let's be a little selective. Think terror, dread, and fear. I would really love this Challenge to be a meaningful exploration into the Horror genre. Just because a vampire could be scary does not mean that every book that includes one is right for this challenge. We don't necessarily have to go for the gore, but let's go for the throat and get our scare on!

If you are hard pressed to find some unique Horror books, check out Wag The FoxDarkeva's Dark Delights (I call them the Horror Gurus) and the Horror Writers Association for recommendations. You can also visit The Undead Rat. Although the blog has not been active for a while there is still a lot of information to be found. Also, check out this great list of YA Horror from Kelly at Stacked along with a few other Horror links.

If anyone has any suggestions for this challenge or would like to host a mini-challenge let me know!

•Write a post about this challenge with a link back to this post.
•If you want to make a list of books you wish to read you can, but it's not mandatory.
•Your list is not set in stone. You can change, add or subtract books
•Sign up on the designated Mr. Linky below.
•The page to link your reviews is HERE.

(All details were taken directly from the challenge host's site)

I love horror, in case anyone wasn't aware, so this one's a no-brainer.  My first horror book of the year will probably be The Shining, as I'm participating in a read-a-long in February.


1. The Shining, Stephen King
2. Joyland, Stephen King
3. Stoker's Manuscript, Royce Prouty
4. The Exorcist, William Peter Blatty
5. The Stand, Stephen King

I did not review all of these so here's a link to my Goodreads "read in 2013" list


Monday, January 7, 2013

Dive Into Poetry Challenge 2013

Wrap-Up near end of post

Here is another one that you'd think I could read one book...just one book! I mean, I do love poetry so what's my problem?  And Serena has been so patient with me, as I've miserably failed her poetry challenges the past two years.  This is the year I succeed!

Dive Into Poetry Challenge, hosted by Savvy Verse & Wit.  Click the link or the image above to sign up.

1. Create a post on your blog stating your intention to read poetry in 2013 and sign up in Mr. Linky. If you don’t have a blog, simply leave a comment about reading poetry in 2013.

2. Choose one of the following options to complete the challenge:

  • Read and review up to 2 books of poetry throughout 2013 and leave the full link to each review in Mr. Linky.
  • Participate in at least 3 Virtual Poetry Circles throughout the year.
  • Sign up to feature poetry on your blog for April’s National Poetry Month as part of Savvy Verse & Wit’s Blog Tour.
  • Feature one poet per month on your own blog.
  • Or some combination of the above.
3. Complete your goals between Jan. 1, 2013, and Dec. 31, 2013.

(All details were taken directly from the challenge host's site)

I'm going to go for reading 2 books of poetry.

1. Magnolia and Lotus
2. Cats, Daffodils and Dragonflies, Laura Stamps

Goodreads "books read in 2013" list


Saturday, January 5, 2013

The 2013 Science Fiction Experience

I've been wanting to dip my toe further into the science fiction genre in books.  I haven't really read that much in my life, but I remember loving Ray Bradbury's Martian Chronicles and I'm a sucker for Sci-Fi films.  Total Star Trek, Star Wars, Firefly, Stargate, Battlestar Galactica....shall I go on...geek here!

The 2013 Science Fiction Experience is hosted by Carl at Stainless Steel Droppings.  Click the link or image above to sign up.  Here are some details from Carl's blog:

A few years back I decided I would like to invite other readers to spend time together to:

a) Continue their love affair with science fiction
b) Return to science fiction after an absence, or
c) Experience for the first time just how exhilarating science fiction can be.

This event was not to be a challenge. It was not a dare nor was it a contest. It was meant to be anexperience, a word I did not choose at random. The very best connections with books are more than just a detached reading, they are an experience–an immersive, engaging interaction between the reader and the characters and events between the covers. It is that tangible joy I feel when reading science fiction that I wanted to share with like readers, while at the same time creating an open, embracing forum for those to participate who have either not read science fiction in the past or have had less than successful experiences with the genre.

And so the Sci-Fi Experience, (or Science Fiction Experience, if you are so inclined) was born.

I have never been able to ascertain a logical explanation for why the arrival of old man Winter causes me to go nearly mad with a desire to read science fiction, but as that is the case the logical time for me to host this non-challenge was the months of January and February. If you have been following along with my posts of late it is probably very obvious that I have been in a science fiction mood for some time now. The first hints of winter weather, though a fleeting tease until this past week, set that wheel in motion.

And so I officially welcome you to The 2013 Science Fiction Experience, which runs from January 1st, 2013 through February 28th, 2013.

What I'm considering to read:

Dune by Frank Herbert
Slaughterhouse Five by Kurt Vonnegut


The Four Month Challenge--Part 11

Okay...I've been blogging/online friends with Martina for several years and she's been hosting this challenge for a long time; this is the 11th edition! I can't believe this is my first time to participate, but here I am.  Let's see how I do.

The Four Month Challenge is hosted by Martina at Book Drunkard.  Click the link or image to sign up.  Challenge runs for all of January, February, March and April.

TFMC works on a point system as outlined below:

5 Point Challenges

Read a book with a famous painting on the cover

Read a book with a man and woman on the cover

COMPLETED - The Shining by Stephen King

Read a book by a new to you author

COMPLETED - A Tainted Dawn by B.N. Peacock
Read a book that you’ve read before  

Read a book whose author name begins with J (First or last) 

COMPLETED - Persuasion by Jane Austen

10 Point Challenges

Read a book that’s a collection of short stories

Read a book about family

Read a book currently on the NYT Bestsellers list

COMPLETED - Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn
Read the first book in a series

Read a book whose author name starts with F (first or last)

15 Point Challenges

Read a bio/auto bio/memoir

Read a book with a first and last name in the title

Read a historical mystery

Read a book by a female author  

COMPLETED - The Forgotten Queen by D.L. Bogdan

Read a book whose author name begins with M (first or last)

20 Point Challenges

Read a cult classic (Helpful link)

Read a book no longer under copyright

Read a fantasy/scifi/steampunk

Read a book you got for Christmas

Read a book whose author begins with A (first or last)

(All details are taken directly from the challenge host's site)


1001 Books You Must Read Before You Die - A Lifelong Challenge

I have been working on this list for a while and my Fill in the Gaps: 100 and The Classics Club lists are predominantly compiled from this massive list so it made sense for me to join this challenge.

A big thanks to Rachel at Resistance is Futile for hosting! You can sign up for this 1001 Books Lifelong Challenge HERE or by clicking the image above.


  1. If you want to participate, prepare an introductory post on your blog which either lists the books you've read or at least gives the highlights (your favorites) and the number you've read so far. Personally, I'm going to use mine as a Master Post, so I can include hyperlinks to my own reviews. Be sure to link your post back to this sign-up page so that the news can spread!
  2. Fill in the Mister Linky, providing the introductory post as your link. 
  3. At the beginning of each month, I will have a Team 1001 post. In the comments of that post, please include links to all the reviews that you want me post links to. ONLY reviews to 1001-listed books! You can give me reviews that you've written before joining the team. That way, everyone can see that month's new reviews. 
  4. Quarterly (March, June, September, December), I'll have an update meme in which we can all share what books we've read over the quarter, which were our favorites, etc. You can provide a link to your update in the comments section of my Team 1001 Quarterly Update.
  5. To see the comprehensive list of reviews, click on the 1001 Books tag in my blog. Any book with a hyperlink has at least one review. 
I'm going to take Rachel's lead and post my list of books completed here and add to them as I go.  A lot of these were read before I started blogging so those will not be linked to a review.  I've also linked to Rachel's team 1001 list, which lists a compilation of all four editions of the list, in the tab at the top of the blog.

Completed  (38) (39)


Life of Pi by Yann Martel


Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad
The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell
The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien (mini-review on "best of" post)
Rebecca by Daphne Du Maurier
Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison
The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien
Confederacy of Dunces by John Kennedy Toole (DNF)
The Cider House Rules by John Irving
The Black Dahlia by James Ellroy
Foucault's Pendulum by Umberto Eco
The Club Dumas by Arturo Perez Reverte
The Reader by Bernard Schlink
Memoirs of a Geisha by Arthur Golden


Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen
A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens
The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne
Uncle Tom's Cabin by Harriet Beecher Stowe
Bleak House by Charles Dickens (short review on "best of" list)
Little Women by Louisa May Alcott
Middlemarch by George Eliot (mini-review post)
The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain
The Yellow Wallpaper by Charlotte Perkins Gilman
Jude the Obscure by Thomas Hardy
The Time Machine by H.G. Wells (mini-review post)
Dracula by Bram Stoker
Billy Budd, Foretopman by Herman Melville


Moll Flanders by Daniel Defoe

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