2011 Reading Challenges – Three-Quarters There!

It’s the end of another quarter, which probably means lots of things in the business world, but around here means it’s time for an update on reading challenges!

It’s been a solid quarter on just about every challenge (and I went a little crazy on the retold fairy tales!) Things may slow down in November and December, so I’m glad I got more read now.  I still need to work on First in a Series; it’s the hardest one to go look for somehow, so any suggestions of favorite series are welcome!

Linked titles go to my review of the book.   Asterisks indicate I have a review coming soon.  If you see something you’re curious about that doesn’t have a review or one promised, let me know!  If I don’t feel like I have enough to say for a full post, I’ll at least let you know what I thought in a reply-comment.  Rereads are designated with an R for all but the Library challenge, and aren’t counted.

Here’s what I’ve read so far (books prior to the end of June, my last update, are in a lighter shade):

Hosted by A Few More Pages.  Goal: “Series Expert,” read 12 books that are first in a series.

R) Sarah’s Story by Ruth Elwin Harris

R) The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe by C. S. Lewis

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

5) The Eyre Affair by Jasper Fforde

6) The Stepsister Scheme by Jim C. Hines

7) The Colour of Magic by Terry Pratchett

8 ) Artemis Fowl by Eoin Colfer

R) A Spell for Chameleon by Piers Anthony

9) The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

R) The Great Good Thing by Roderick Townley


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

R) Much Ado About Nothing by William Shakespeare

6) The Tragedy of Macbeth by William Shakespeare

7) The Call of the Wild by Jack London

8 ) Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte

9) The Scarlet Pimpernel by Baroness Orczy

10) The Martian Chronicles by Ray Bradbury

11) The Red Badge of Courage by Stephen Crane

12) 2001: A Space Odyssey by Arthur C. Clarke

13) Dracula by Bram Stoker *

PhotobucketHosted 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)

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)

R) Fire and Hemlock by Diana Wynne Jones (Tam Lin)

6) Sleeping Helena by Erzebot Yellowboy (Sleeping Beauty)

7) The Stepsister Scheme by Jim C. Hines (mostly Cinderella, plus Snow White and Sleeping Beauty)

8 ) The Healer’s Apprentice by Melanie Dickerson (Sleeping Beauty)

R) Fairest by Gail Carson Levine (Snow White)

9) Toads and Diamonds by Heather Tomlinson (Toads and Diamonds)

10) Princess of Glass by Jessica Day George (Cinderella) *

11) The Wide Awake Princess by E.D. Baker (Sleeping Beauty)

12) The Swan Maiden by Heather Dickerson (The Swan Maiden) *

Hosted by Home Girl’s Book Blog. Goal: read 100 books from the library.

This list was getting unwieldy, so I’m only listing the new ones since my last update:

53) The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

54) A Tale of Two Castles by Gail Carson Levine

55) The Healer’s Apprentice by Melanie Dickerson

56) The Red Badge of Courage by Stephen Crane

57) Enchanted Glass by Diana Wynne Jones

58) Good Night, Mr. Tom by Michelle Magorian

59) Small Persons with Wings by Ellen Booraem

60) 2001: A Space Odyssey by Arthur C. Clarke

61) Fairest by Gail Carson Levine

62) Me Talk Pretty One Day by David Sedaris

63) Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins

64) Witch World by Andre Norton

65) For Biddle’s Sake by Gail Carson Levine

66) Grace’s Letter to Lincoln by Peter and Connie Roop

67) A Knot in the Grain by Robin McKinley

68) The Great Good Thing by Roderick Townley

69) Magic Below Stairs by Caroline Stevermer

70) Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins

71) Toads and Diamonds by Heather Tomlinson

72) Being Dead by Vivian Vande Velde *

73) The Deception of the Emerald Ring by Lauren Willig

74) The Door in the Hedge by Robin McKinley

75) Into the Labyrinth by Roderick Townley

76) Princess of Glass by Jessica Day George *

77) Daughters of Eve by Lois Duncan *

78) The Wide-Awake Princess by E. D. Baker

79) The Swan Maiden by Heather Tomlinson *

6 thoughts on “2011 Reading Challenges – Three-Quarters There!

  1. ensign_beedrill

    I don’t know about Anthony’s Death being like Pratchett’s Death, as I don’t know the latter, but I’d wager not.

    I finished Mister Monday this morning and it really was enthralling. I definitely recommend it. I went ahead and imediately started on the next book. It’s a good, fast-paced adventure of the sort where a kid is thrown into a weird world totally unfamiliar to him. Chosen by the Will, Arthur becomes the Heir to the Key to the Lower House (a sort of other realm) and must battle with Mister Monday for ownership. Additionally, some meddling in the Secondary Realms (the universe we know) by Monday has led to an outbreak of a deadly disease and Arthur hopes to find a cure in this mysterious House before it spreads too far and kills a lot of people. It’s got just a bit of mythology and legend thrown in.

    Glad you liked K-PAX. I really do like the ambiguity at the end as well.

      1. ensign_beedrill

        I did read Maskerade a few years back and liked it. I think Death did make an appearance there, though I don’t remember much. I will put him on my list.

        1. Oh yeah, I think I recommended Maskerade to you. 🙂 I think that’s the one where Death shows up and tells one of the characters that he’s being reincarnated as something unpleasant, and the character says, “But I don’t believe in reincarnation!” To which Death replies, “BUT REINCARNATION BELIEVES IN YOU.”

          Unless I’m completely misremembering. I should read that one again…

  2. ensign_beedrill

    It’s the end of another quarter, which probably means lots of things in the business world

    HAPPY NEW FISCAL YEAR, BABY! YEAH!!!!! (Tomorrow, actually. I guess it’s New Fiscal Year’s Eve. Not going to be staying up ’til midnight for this one.)

    Suggestions for series… speaking of Piers Anthony, and you might have already read this since you’re the one who introduced me to him in the first place, I read On a Pale Horse earlier this year. It’s the first in the Incarnations of Immortality series and it’s pretty interesting. It’s set in a world where magic developed along with science. A guy is about to commit suicide, but when he sees Death coming (literally… the skeleton guy in the cloak), he freaks and instead turns his gun on Death. In so doing, he becomes the new Death. But what he doesn’t know is that it took a lot of planning on someone else’s part to maneuver him into that position and he’s suddenly thrown into a conflict between the Incarnations (other incarnations of concepts like Death) and Satan. I also read four more in the series (I think there are seven or eight in all), but only the first one was really worth it, and it stands alone, so you don’t have to worry about reading the rest if you don’t want to.

    Also, I’m currently in the middle of Mister Monday by Garth Nix, which is the first in The Keys to the Kingdom series. So far, I’m really enjoying it. I should be finished with it next week, so I can come back and let you know if it’s still good all the way through.

    1. Awesome on the series suggestions–thanks! I have not read Incarnations of Immortality so I may need to check that out. Is Piers Anthony’s Death anything like Terry Pratchett’s Death? Because he’s so entertaining… Xanth is the only thing I’ve read by Piers Anthony. I know he has a lot of others, so it’s helpful to get a recommendation on where to start. Let me know if Mister Monday stays strong! I enjoyed Nix’s Abhorsen series, so that seems promising. 🙂

      And before I forget to mention it, I watched K-PAX. Really good, although I wasn’t expecting the sudden serious turn. I liked the ambiguity on the question of whether he was really an alien or not. Thanks for the recommendation!

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