Wednesday, August 15, 2007

New Challenges

Since I have just finished two challenges, of course I need to add more! Must. Feed. The. Addiction!

I am on schedule for most of my challenges, with the exception of my personal Reading Across Borders challenge. And of course, there are my over-arching goals of reading a book from every country in the world (more on that at a later date); reading all of the Booker winners--7 down, lots to go; and the Pulitzer Prize winners. In regards to the latter goal, I have just joined 3m's latest undertaking, The Pulitzer Project.

But there are some irresistible new challenges popping up in the blog-o-sphere which seem to mesh well with some of my reading plans for the next year. Here are the new challenges I plan on joining, with the preliminary list of books to read:

Hosted by: Callista at SMS Book Reviews
Timeline: September - December

Books Chosen:
1. The Namesake - Jhumpa Lahiri
2. The Hours - Michael Cunningham
3. Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress - Dai Sijie


Chocolat - Joanne Harris

Unread Authors Challenge
Hosted by: Sycorax Pine
Timeline: September 2007 - February 2008
Books Chosen:
1. Independent People - Haldor Laxness
2. Sarah, Plain and Tall - Patricia MacLachlan
3. A Woman in Jerusalem - A.B. Yehoshua
4. The Giver - Lois Lowry
5. Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell - Susanna Clarke
6. Girl in a Hyacinth Blue - Susan Vreeland

Snow Flower and the Secret Fan - Lisa See
The Book Thief - Markus Zusak
Eragon - Christopher Paolini
The Time Traveler's Wife - Audrey Niffenegger
Climbing the Mango Trees - Jaffrey Madhur
The Road - Cormac McCarthy

Hosted by: Joy at Thoughts of Joy
Timeline: October - December

Books Chosen:
1. Love in the Time of Cholera - Gabriel Garcia Marquez
2. A Thousand Splendid Suns - Khaled Hosseini
3. Serving Crazy with Curry - Amulya Malladi

Eldest - Christopher Paolini
A Man Without A Country - Kurt Vonnegut

Hosted By: Wendy at Caribousmom
Timeline: January - June 2008

Books Chosen:
1. Thursday Next: First Among Sequels - Jasper Fforde
2. Lean Mean Thirteen - Janet Evanovich (finished 16 February 2008)
3. The No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency - Alexander McCall Smith (finished 4 May 2008)
4. K is for Killer by Sue Grafton (finished 15 January 2008)

What is my theme, you might ask? They are all books that feature, strong, quirky, fun female stars.


Sycorax Pine said...

Great lists for all these challenges! I am particularly glad that you have joined us in the Unread Authors Challenge. The last three on your primary list are book that I have read in the last couple of years and really loved, and the Laxness is one that I have been meaning to read for a long time. I look forward to hearing what you think of them!

Wendy said...

LOVE your choices for the themed read! Great theme too :) Glad you'll be joining me!!

Anonymous said...

It looks like you have a great lineup of books! I want to read several of the same ones--especially the books into movies choices. By the way Chocolat is one of my favorite books. Earlier this year I reread it for about the third time!

SuziQoregon said...

Oooh - great choices!! Can't let that "number of challenges currently in progress" number get too low, can we?


Nyssaneala said...

pour of tor - I plan on reading the Laxness book in September, so you will be hearing my thoughts shortly!

wendy - Thanks! I'm planning on a lot of light easy reads next year, which is one reason why I chose this theme. I don't know if I can handle very many intense novels come January, with a 2-month old!

danielle - Chocolat has been on my TBR pile for a few years now. I really should get around to reading it!

suziq - LOL. I must be crazy. I don't have high hopes for finishing some of these, but it's still fun to join in!

Bookfool said...

Wonderful choices! I'm resisting new challenges, but I think I love reading everyone else's challenge lists as much as making up my own. So, I'm feeling well-fed by your lists. :)

Kathleen said...

Thanks for participating in the Book to Movie Challenge! As a side note, your pick for the Unread Authors Challenge, The Giver, is one of my all time favourite books.

Dewey said...

I'm joining the Pulitzer project, too, as well as the unread authors challenge. The themed challenge looks really interesting, too. I have to restrain myself from joining every challenge that comes along! You have a lot of good choices here, and I hope you enjoy them all!

Literary Feline said...

New challenge lists! Yay!

I really want to see The Namesake. I enjoyed the book. I have read Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress--wonderful book. I didn't know there was a movie. Will have to look for that . . .

Your list for the Unread Authors Challenge looks good too. I'm looking forward to reading The Road myself.

Eldest is a good choice for the 2nds Challenge. I need to read that one too, although I'm not sure it will be before next year. I am also going to be reading A Thousand Splendid Suns. :-)

Joy said...

Glad you're joining us for the 2nds Challenge! I read A Thousand Splendid Suns and enjoyed it. Hope you do, too! :)