November 23, 2011

What's In A Name Reading Challenge 2012

The next challenge I am participating in, as an effort to clear my TBR shelf,  is What's In A Name 5.  It is being hosted by Beth Fish Reads.  The categories and my choices are listed below.  Visit Beth Fish Reads for more details and to sign up!
    A book with a topographical feature (land formation) in the title:
    Cold Mountain - Charles Frazier
    A book with something you'd see in the sky in the title:
    Angela's Ashes -Frank McCourt
    A book with a creepy crawly in the title:
    Little Bee - Chris Cleave
    A book with a type of house in the title:
    One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest - Ken Kesey
    A book with something you'd carry in your pocket, purse, or backpack in the title:
    The Children's Book - A.S. Byatt
    A book with a something you'd find on a calendar in the title:
    March - Geraldine Brooks

      November 20, 2011

      Back to the Classics Challenge 2012

      I wasn't kidding when I said I was going to attempt to put a small dent in that TBR shelf.  So, I am taking on another reading challenge.  Back to the Classics Challenge 2012 hosted by Sarah Reads Too Much.  The categories and my selections are listed below.  Visit her blog for additional details and to sign up!

      19th Century Classic:
      Crime and Punishment - Fydor Dostoyevsky
      20th Century Classic: 
      Native Son - Richard Wright
      Reread a Classic:
      The Old Man and the Sea - Ernest Hemingway
      Classic Play:
      The Crucible - Arthur Miller
      Classic Mystery/Horror:
      Rebecca - Daphne du Maurier
      Classic Romance:
      Wuthering Heights - Emily Bronte
      Classic That Has Been Translated From Its Original Language to Your Language:
      Anna Karenina - Leo Tolstoy
      Classic Award Winner:
      The Killer Angels - Michael Shaara
      Classic Set In a Country That You Will Not Visit in Your Lifetime: 
      One Hundred Years of Solitude - Gabriel Garcia Marquez

      November 18, 2011

      Mount TBR Reading Challenge

      So, let's get this blog going with a post about the reading challenge that prompted me to get a move on and start this blog!  It is being hosted by My Reader's Block and I hope it is going to help me clean off my ever growing TBR shelf.  The levels are below and you can click on over to My Reader's Block for more information and to sign up. 

      Pike's Peak: Read 12 books from your TBR pile/s
      Mt. Vancouver: Read 25 books from your TBR pile/s
      Mt. Ararat: Read 40 books from your TBR piles/s
      Mt. Kilimanjaro: Read 50 books from your TBR pile/s
      El Toro: Read 75 books from your TBR pile/s
      Mt. Everest: Read 100+ books from your TBR pile/s

      I have selected Mt. Vancouver. I could set my goals a little higher, but I am participating in two other challenges. I know I can use books for more then one challenge, but well, that just doesn't help clearing off that shelf. You don't have to select your books ahead of time, but I know myself.  That being said, here is the list of books from my TBR pile that I will be tackling in 2012.

      Bloodroot - Amy Greene
      Prodigal Summer - Barbara Kingsolver
      The Blind Assassin - Margaret Atwood
      Amsterdam - Ian McEwan
      The Reader - Bernhard Schlink
      The Corrections - Jonathan Franzen
      Suite Francaise - Irene Nemirovsky
      Blonde - Joyce Carol Oates
      The Pillars of the Earth - Ken Follett
      Franny and Zooey - J.D Salinger
      The Shadow of the Wind - Carlos Ruiz Zafon
      Falling Man - Don DeLillo
      The Shipping News - E. Annie Proulx
      The Enchantress of Florence - Salman Rushdie
      Rabbit, Run - John Updike
      The March - E.L. Doctrow
      Run - Ann Patchett
      The Alchemist - Paulo Coelho
      Disgrace - J.M. Coetzee
      Mrs. Dalloway - Virginia Woolf
      A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius - Dave Eggers
      The Namesake - Jhumpa Lahiri
      Life of Pi - Yann Martel
      Houskeeping - Marilynne Robinson
      Revolutionary Road - Richard Yates

      November 16, 2011

      My Initiation Post Myself!!!

      Well here is my first post, but as I am my only follower at the moment, I guess it is more of a test post.  I have a lot to learn about blogging and making my blog "look pretty."  Maybe I should ask my twelve year old son for some help. I have money that says he has a video gaming blog that he has failed to mention.

      I have been debating a blog for a few months.  Since I have decided to participate in some reading challenges on other blogs, I thought I would be more fun if I could blog my progress.  I am determined to get books off that TBR shelf!  Although, I will probably replace them with new books ....