Thursday, April 5, 2007

Challenges update

I was starting to lose track of all the challenges I am participatin in, so I thought it would be time to do an update.

TBR Challenge:
1. Things Fall Apart - Chinua Achebe (finished 1/07)
2. A Short History of Progress - Ronald Wright
3. Foucault's Pendulum - Umberto Eco
4. Nickel and Dimed - Barbara Ehrenreich
5. I, Rigoberta Menchu (finished 4/07)
6. On the Road - Jack Kerouac
7. Under The Banner of Heaven - Jon Krakauer (finished 1/07)
8. The Fountainhead - Ayn Rand (DNF 02/07)
9. Survival in Auschwitz - Primo Levi
10. Orlando - Virginia Woolf
11. Bee Season - Myla Goldberg (finished 03/07)
12. Fall On Your Knees - Ann-Marie MacDonald

Alternates:
Lies My Teacher Told Me - James Loewen
Castro's Final Hour - Andres Oppenheimer
Untangling My Chopsticks - Victoria Riccardi
Hilda and Pearl - Alice Mattison

Chunkster Challenge:
1. The Wind-up Bird Chronicle - Haruki Murakami (finished 1/07)
2. Red Earth and Pouring Rain - Vikram Chandra
3. Foucault's Pendulum - Umberto Eco
4. The Fountainhead - Ayn Rand (DNF 1/07)
5. Grapes of Wrath - John Steinbeck (finished 03/07)

Alternates:
Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell - Susanna Clarke
Don Quixote - Cervantes (HA! I don't think this is going to get read by summer!)
East of Eden - John Steinbeck

Reading Across Borders Challenge:
1. Like Water for Chocolate - Laura Esquival
2. Veronika Decides to Die - Paulo Coelho
3. Love in the Time of Cholera - Gabriel Garcia Marquez
4. Independent People - Haldor Laxness
5. Kaddish for a Child Not Born - Imre Kertesz (put on hold-I decided now is not the time for me to read a book about why a person does not want to have a child)
6. Metamorphosis - Franz Kafka (finished 1/07)
7. Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress - Dai Sijie
8. The Cairo Trilogy - Naguib Mahfouz
9. Half of a Yellow Sun - Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie (finished 02/07)
10. The Bone People - Keri Hulme

NYT Notables:
I did not set up a specific number of books for this challenge, so I will just list the 2006 NYT Notables I have finished.
1. Half of A Yellow Sun - Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie (finished 02/07)
2. Digging to America - Anne Tyler (finished 04/07 - review to come soon)
3. The Inheritance of Loss - Kiran Desai (finished 03/07)

Spring Reading Thing:
1. Digging to America by Anne Tyler (finished 04/07)
2. Purple Hibiscus by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
3. Red Earth and Pouring Rain - Vikram Chandra
4. I, Rigoberta Menchu (finished 04/07)
5. The Bone People - Keri Hulme

Non-Fiction 5:Thankfully, this challenge hasn't started yet.
1. Nickel and Dimed - Barbara Ehrenreich
2. Survival in Auschwitz - Primo Levi
3. Jihad vs McWorld by Benjamin Barber
4. The Great Influenza by John Barry
5. Human Cargo by Caroline Moorehead

4 comments:

Bookfool said...

Wow, you're doing great on all those challenges!

iliana said...

Oh my that's a lot of challenges! :) I am only doing two at the moment but there are a couple of others that are so tempting. Good luck with your challenges.

Lotus Reads said...

Wow, that's a lot of challenges you have going! I hate to admit this but I have failed miserably at most of the challenges I signed up for...the only one I have completed successfully is the "CLassics Challenge". The next one for me is the Non-Fiction one...I love that genre so hopefully I will find it an exciting challenge. Good luck!

Wendy said...

Thanks for the comments on my blog! I have The Handmaiden's Tale slated to be read sometime in July ... and hopefully I'll be on track for that! So if you want to do a buddy read then, that would be great!!!