READING CHALLENGES 2008

Countdown Challenge

countdownOkay, so 3M is hosting the Countdown Challenge. The point of this challenge is to read 9 books published in 2009, 8 in 2008, 7 in 2007 … you get the point. And the best part of this is that it’s actually RETROACTIVE to August 8th, 2008! So I’ve already done quite a bit of reading that can count towards this challenge.

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Rules: As stated above, read 9 from 2009, 8 from 2008, etc., for a grand total of 45 books. This challenge is running from 8/8/08 until 9/9/09. Here’s my list:

2009

  1. Heart of Ice by Gregg Olsen
  2. The Osiris Alliance by Jack Ford
  3. The 8th Confession by James Patterson & Maxine Paetro
  4. BoneMan’s Daughter by Ted Dekker
  5. The Dyodyne Experiment by James Doulgeris & V. Michael Santoro
  6. Dancing with Ana by Nicole Barker
  7. Swimsuit by James Patterson & Maxine Paetro

2008 (Completed)

  1. A Cold Dark Place by Gregg Olsen
  2. One Last Scream by Kevin O’Brien
  3. Compulsion by Jonathan Kellerman
  4. Trust Me by Brenda Novak
  5. Quicksand by Iris Johansen
  6. The Chemist by Janson Mancheski
  7. Sweetheart by Chelsea Cain
  8. The Midnight Twins by Jacquelyn Mitchard

2007 (Completed)

  1. All the Pretty Girls by J.T. Ellison
  2. Heartsick by Chelsea Cain
  3. Last Known Victim by Erica Spindler
  4. The Sleeping Doll by Jeffery Deaver
  5. In the Woods by Tana French
  6. I Heard That Song Before by Mary Higgins Clark
  7. Over Your Dead Body by David L.

2006 (Completed)

  1. A Necessary Evil by Alex Kava
  2. Judge & Jury by James Patterson
  3. New Moon by Stephanie Meyer
  4. The Witness by Sandra Brown
  5. The Templar Legacy by Steve Berry
  6. Grave Surprise by Charlaine Harris

2005

  1. Presumed Guilty: What the Jury Never Knew About Laci Peterson’s Murder and Why Scott Peterson Should Not Be on Death Row by Matt Dalton
  2. Twilight by Stephanie Meyer
  3. To the Power of Three by Laura Lippman
  4. Grave Sight by Charlaine Harris

2004 (Completed)

  1. Night Fall by Nelson DeMille
  2. Darkly Dreaming Dexter by Jeff Lindsay
  3. Black Creek Crossing by John Saul
  4. White Hot by Sandra Brown

2003

  1. The Falls by Karen Harper
  2. She Loves Me Not by Wendy Corsi Staub

2002

2001 (Completed)

  1. Mystic River by Dennis Lehane
READING CHALLENGES 2008

RYOB 2009

ryob2009Okay, so MizB is challenging us to “Read-You-Own-Books” in 2009. I DESPERATELY need this challenge!!! This is something that will help me clear off some of these shelves that I have!!

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Rules: Set the amount of books that you want to read from your shelves.  The challenge runs Jan 1 – Dec. 31, 2009.

Okay … so I am going to set a goal of 50 books. And at least 25 of those books must be on my shelves before January 1st. That way I’m cleaning out some of my books that I currently own and leaving some wiggle room for newly acquired books 🙂

My list will be kept here:

  1. Final Jeopardy by Linda Fairstein (On shelf before 2009) REVIEW
  2. Jack & Jill by James Patterson (On shelf before 2009) REVIEW
  3. Deal Breaker by Harlan Coben (On shelf before 2009) REVIEW
  4. C is for Corpse by Sue Grafton (On shelf before 2009) REVIEW
  5. Three to Get Deadly by Janet Evanovich (Acquired in 2009) REVIEW
  6. To the Power of Three by Laura Lippman (Acquired in 2009) REVIEW
  7. Postmortem by Patricia Cornwell (On shelf before 2009) REVIEW
  8. The Secret Between Us by Barbara Delinksy (Acquired in 2009) REVIEW
  9. The 6th Target by James Patterson (Acquired in 2009) REVIEW
  10. Hearstopper by Joy Fielding (On shelf before 2009) REVIEW
  11. The Broken Parachute Man by Robert B. Bolin (Acquired in 2009) REVIEW
  12. Heart of Ice by Gregg Olsen (Acquired in 2009) REVIEW
  13. Grave Sight by Charlaine Harris (Acquired in 2009) REVIEW
  14. Capital Offense by Kathleen Antrim (Acquired in 2009) REVIEW
  15. 7th Heaven by James Patterson (Acquired in 2009) REVIEW
  16. Whispers by Lisa Jackson (Acquired in 2009) REVIEW
  17. The 8th Confession by James Patterson (Acquired in 2009) REVIEW
  18. A Tisket, a Tasket, a Fancy Stolen Casket by Fran Rizer (Acquired in 2009) REVIEW
  19. Snagged by Carol Higgins Clark (On shelf before 2009) REVIEW
  20. In a Dark Time by Larry Watson (On shelf before 2009) REVIEW
  21. Sail by James Patterson (Acquired in 2009) REVIEW
  22. Cat & Mouse by James Patterson (On shelf before 2009) REVIEW
  23. The Piper’s Sons by Bruce Chandler Fergusson (On shelf before 2009) REVIEW
  24. Executive Privilege by Phillip Margolin (Acquired in 2009) REVIEW
  25. An Ice Cold Grave by Charlaine Harris (Acquired in 2009) REVIEW
  26. She Loves Me Not by Wendy Corsi Staub (On shelf before 2009) REVIEW
  27. When the Bough Breaks by Jonathan Kellerman (On shelf before 2009) REVIEW
  28. Michelangelo’s Notebook by Paul Christopher (Acquired in 2009) REVIEW
  29. The Godwulf Manuscript by Robert B. Parker (Acquired in 2009) REVIEW
  30. The Surgeon by Tess Gerritsen (On shelf before 2009) REVIEW
  31. ‘D’ is for Deadbeat by Sue Grafton (On shelf before 2009) REVIEW
  32. A Bone to Pick by Charlaine Harris (Acquired in 2009) REVIEW
  33. Pop Goes the Weasel by James Patterson (On shelf before 2009) REVIEW
  34. The Murder of Laci Peterson by Cliff Linedecker (On shelf before 2009) REVIEW
  35. The Double Eagle by James Twining (Acquired in 2009) REVIEW
  36. Silent Witness by Richard North Patterson (On shelf before 2009) REVIEW
  37. Denial by Keith Ablow (Acquired in 2009) REVIEW
  38. The Aztec Heresy by Paul Christopher (Acquired in 2009) REVIEW
  39. Harry Potter & the Sorcerer’s Stone by J.K. Rowling (On shelf before 2009) REVIEW
  40. No Place Like Home by Mary Higgins Clark (On shelf before 2009) REVIEW
  41. Roses are Red by James Patterson (On shelf before 2009) REVIEW
  42. The Sorority: Eve by Tamara Thorne (Acquired in 2009) REVIEW
  43. The Sorority: Merilynn by Tamara Thorne (Acquired in 2009) REVIEW
  44. The Sorority: Samantha by Tamara Thorne (Acquired in 2009) REVIEW
  45. Violets are Blue by James Patterson (Acquired in 2009) REVIEW
  46. The Book of Names by Jill Gregory & Karen Tintori (On shelf before 2009) REVIEW

Acquired in 2009: 26
On Shelf Prior to 2009: 20

READING CHALLENGES 2009

2009 Celebrate the Author

celebratetheauthorBecky is again hosting the Celebrate the Author Challenge. I was a participant in the 2008 challenge and have thoroughly enjoyed myself, so I am definitely looking forward to participating in the 2009 challenge. I have not completed my list as of yet, but I am working on it.

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Rules: Read 12 books between Jan. 1 and Dec. 31, 2009. You choose the books that you read based on when the author is having their birthday.

  1. January: Deal Breaker, Harlan Coben REVIEW
  2. February: Evil at Heart, Chelsea Cain REVIEW
  3. March: Heartstopper, Joy Fielding REVIEW
  4. April: ‘D’ is for Deadbeat, Sue Grafton REVIEW
  5. May: Whispers by Lisa Jackson REVIEW
  6. June: The Surgeon, Tess Gerritsen REVIEW
  7. July: Harry Potter & the Sorcerer’s Stone, J.K. Rowling REVIEW
  8. August: When the Bough Breaks, Jonathan Kellerman REVIEW
  9. September: The Godwulf Manuscript, Robert B. Parker REVIEW
  10. October: The Eleventh Victim by Nancy Grace REVIEW
  11. November: Grave Secret by Charlaine Harris REVIEW
  12. December: No Place Like Home by Mary Higgins Clark REVIEW

Musing Mondays

Musing Mondays – Reading on the Go (12/15/08)

musing-mondays-bigToday’s MUSING MONDAYS post is about reading on the go…

I always like to have a book with me at all times – call it a nerdy grown-up security blanket – and rarely do I leave the house without slipping one into my bag (even if I KNOW I’m not going to have a chance to read it). Do you take a book with you? Do you take whatever book you’re currently reading, or do you have a special on-the-go book? And do you have a preference for a these types of book (paperback, hardback; short stories; poetry etc)?

This is my first time participating in Musing Monday’s! So here goes:

I almost always have a book with me. Whenever I’m buying a purse I always make sure that I get one big enough to put a book in! I love those little purses – but the books don’t fit in them! Anyways, back to the point of this post. I always take whatever book I’m currently reading. Even if I know for a fact that I will not have time to read it, it always goes with me. There are only a few instances when I will take the book out. For example, my husband and I had to go to his office’s Christmas party this past Friday evening – I took the book out because it just made the purse too heavy and I knew I wouldn’t be able to read it. Also we went to NYC last month to see our SIU Salukis play at Madison Square Garden, so when we were sightseeing I left my book in the hotel room. But overall, I really almost always keep a book with me. Also, for the second part of the question – I always carry a paperback book. Very rarely do I read hardback books, only when I get them from the library because I can’t bring myself to buy them, therefore my books are 98% paperback and that’s what I pick up to put in my purse.