It’s just past the end of March–we’re about a quarter of the way into 2011, and it seems like a good time to update on my reading challenges. Any links will take you to my review of the book. Some of these may get reviews later on, I just haven’t got to them yet!
I decided not to count rereads, except for the library challenge; I’ve still listed relevant rereads, because I thought people might be interested (especially for the fairy tales retold and the classics), but they’re denoted with an R rather than a number in the list.
Here’s what I’ve read so far:
Hosted by A Few More Pages. Goal: “Series Expert,” read 12 books that are first in a series. I don’t know exactly what defines a series, but I’ve decided a minimum of three books.
R) Sarah’s Story by Ruth Elwin Harris
R) The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe by C. S. Lewis (first by one numbering theory!)
1) Foundation by Isaac Asimov
2) The Children of Green Knowe by L. M. Boston
3) The Wee Free Men by Terry Pratchett
4) The Secret History of the Pink Carnation by Lauren Willig (really it’s a review of a later book in the series, but I mention this one too)
5) The Eyre Affair by Jasper Fforde
Hosted by Stiletto Storytime. Goal: read fifteen “classic” books (and I have it direct from the organizer that sci fi and children’s count!)
R) The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe by C. S. Lewis
1) Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen
2) Foundation by Isaac Asimov
3) Trilby by George du Maurier
4) Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte
5) The Thin Man by Dashiell Hammett
Hosted by Among the Muses. Goal: Enchanted level, read 6-9 books that are inspired in some way by fairy tales.
R) Spindle’s End by Robin McKinley (Sleeping Beauty)
R) Beauty by Robin McKinley (Beauty and the Beast)
1) Ice by Sarah Beth Durst (Cupid and Psyche / East of the Sun)
2) The Rose Bride by Nancy Holder (The White Bride and the Black Bride–it’s in Grimm)
3) Castle Waiting by Linda Medley (Sleeping Beauty)
R) The Rumpelstiltskin Problem by Vivian Vande Velde (Rumpelstiltskin)
4) Cloaked in Red by Vivian Vande Velde (Little Red Riding Hood)
5) Straw into Gold by Gary D. Schmidt (Rumpelstiltskin)
Hosted by Home Girl’s Book Blog. Goal: read 100 books from the library.
1) Frenchman’s Creek by Daphne du Maurier
2) Palace of Mirrors by Margaret Peterson Haddix
3) Spindle’s End by Robin McKinley
4) Looking for Marco Polo by Alan Armstrong
5) Stolen by Vivian Vande Velde
6) Enter Three Witches by Caroline B. Cooney
7) The Blue Shoe by Roderick Townley
8 ) Skating Shoes by Noel Streatfeild
9) Beauty by Robin McKinley
10) The Twisted Window by Lois Duncan
11) Ice by Sarah Beth Durst
12) Fire: Tales of Elemental Spirits by Robin McKinley and Peter Dickinson
13) Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen
14) Golden and Grey: A Good Day for Haunting by Louise Arnold
15) The Rose Bride by Nancy Holder
16) Castle Waiting by Linda Medley
17) The Rumpelstiltskin Problem by Vivian Vande Velde
18) The Umbrella Man and other stories by Roald Dahl
19) Familiar and Haunting by Philippa Pearce
20) The Mischief of the Mistletoe by Lauren Willig
21) The Girl with the Silver Eyes by Willo Davis Roberts
22) The Children of Green Knowe by L. M. Boston
23) The Gun Seller by Hugh Laurie
24) Cloaked in Red by Vivian Vande Velde
25) Witch Week by Diana Wynne Jones
26) Little Sister by Kara Dalkey
27) The Wee Free Men by Terry Pratchett
28) Straw into Gold by Gary D. Schmidt
29) The Secret History of the Pink Carnation by Lauren Willig
30) Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte
31) The Heavenward Path by Kara Dalkey
Obviously I’ve been focusing a bit on the Fairy Tales Retold…
The library one, I must admit, I viewed as almost a non-challenge, since my regular pattern of reading is to go to the library. This could be more difficult than I thought though, going forward. I’m fine on numbers right now, but I have somehow managed to pick up a good dozen never-read-before books in the last month or so. I don’t know how it happened, I never buy unread books! But I had the chance to buy some super cheap classics, and then my book club had a book swap (free books!) and now I have a whole stack of non-library books to read…so we’ll see how that turns out going farther into the year.
The First in a Series Challenge was worrying me a bit through February, which may be why I jumped farther ahead with it in March, adding 3, 4 and 5 in the last couple of weeks. I had felt like I wasn’t getting to the point of the challenge yet, to find new series (what’s the plural? Serieses?) to read. But I want to read the books that follow The Wee Free Men, and I’m completely mad about The Pink Carnation series. I’ll probably read the rest of the Foundation series too, although I originally read that one thinking more about the Classics challenge. And I didn’t realize The Eyre Affair was part of a series until I got to the end and found the part about the author’s other books. Undecided yet whether I’ll pick any up.
The Classics challenge is the one I think will require the most concentration–in picking up the books, I mean, not necessarily in reading them (thought that could be true too). I find Dickens more intimidating than, say, Robin McKinley. I’ve been on good momentum for the classics in the last month, but I don’t know how long that will last…
So far I’m really enjoying all the challenges. It gives me a nice feeling of accomplishment when I finish a book that can go on a list. It’s also giving me incentive to seek out certain kinds of books…and since I love retold fairy tales and have been wanting to read more classics, it’s made for good reading!