Tuesday, April 15, 2008

Celebrate the Author Challenge: April Reviews

April is here! Spring is here! And the fourth month of our challenge is upon us. How are you doing? Are you having fun? Remember you can change your list of authors at any moment. This challenge can be completely spontaneous! Don't feel burdened down by choices you made months ago.

To read the original post about the challenge, click here. You can read January's round up here. If you participated but your link isn't included, please let me know by commenting on that post. I'll be sure to add you in. You can read February's round up here. Again, let me know if I've missed your post. And here is the post for March. Again, let me know if I've missed you.

Writer2B read Anne McCaffrey's No One Noticed the Cat.

Laura has read Barbara Kingsolver's Animal, Vegetable, Miracle: A Year of Food Life.

Becky is celebrating the birthday of Beverly Cleary. She has read Beezus and Ramona, Ramona the Pest, Ramona the Brave, Ramona and Her Father, Ramona and Her Mother, Ramona Quimby Age 8, Ramona Forever, Ramona's World.

Kim is also celebrating Beverly Cleary. Here is her review of Sister of the Bride.

Debi is also celebrating Beverly Cleary. Her is her review of Emily's Runaway Imagination.

Joy celebrated by reading Ron Roy's The X'ed Out X-Ray.

Diane is celebrating Richard Peck. Her review of A Year Down Yonder.

Tara has celebrated the birthday of Sue Grafton. Her review of A is for Alibi.

Kara has celebrated Sue Grafton's birthday by reading C is for Corpse.

Mo has celebrated with “Ten Big Ones” by Janet Evanovich

Krin has celebrated by reading The Attraction by Douglas Clegg

Lynne has read The Final Diagnosis by Arthur Hailey.

Callista has celebrated Beverly Clearly with Socks and Ramona the Pest.


Anonymous,  8:16 AM  

Hi Becky,

My semi-celebration of Anne McCaffrey is here:


I always enjoy visiting your site. Thanks for hosting this challenge.

Laura 9:59 AM  

Barbara Kingsolver is one of my favorite authors, and she was born in April. Here's my review of her very inspiring memoir, Animal, Vegetable, Miracle: A Year of Food Life.

Joy 7:24 AM  

I celebrated Ron Roy's birthday month with one of his A to Z Mysteries titled X'ed-Out X-Ray.

Kara 12:47 PM  

I celebrated Sue Grafton this month by reading "C" is for Corpse.


Yes, I am having a great time with this challenge. It's fun to know when my favorite authors' birthdays are and celebrate them by reading their books. I hope you do the same challenge next year!!

Kim 12:58 AM  

I celebrated Beverly Cleary this month also. My review of Sister of the Bride can be found here:

Tara @ Tales of a Book Addict 8:42 AM  

Hi Becky! Like Kara, I read Sue Grafton. I read 'A' is for Alibi.

My link is here: http://talesofabookaddict.blogspot.com/2008/04/is-for-alibi-by-sue-grafton.html

And I am also enjoying this challenge. Believe it or not, this is one that I have not changed a single book! I guess I picked well for this one, lol!!

bookinhand 1:00 PM  

I celebrated Richard Peck this month by reading A Long Way From Chicago and A Year Down Yonder. My review for the challenge book can be found here:
Diane (bookinhand)

Mo 11:12 AM  

Today is Janet Evanovich's birthday, and I chose to celebrate her by reading "Ten Big Ones". My review can be found, here

I'm having soooo much fun with this challenge! Thanks Becky, for hosting it!!

Debi 12:33 PM  

Hi Becky! I celebrated Beverly Cleary as well. My first *gasp* book ever by her (at least that I can remember).

My random thoughts on Emily's Runaway Imagination.

krin 11:46 AM  

I'm late with this post, but I celebrated Douglas Clegg with his book The Attraction:

My review

Anonymous,  9:09 AM  

I finished THE FINAL DIAGNOSIS by Arthur Hailey. Here's the link:


Wendy 3:22 PM  

In April I read Independent People by Halldor Laxness...my review is here.

Wendy 3:29 PM  

I couldn't find your posts for May-August roundups. Here is what I read with links to my reviews:

May: Nineteen Minutes by Jodi Picoult

June: Atonement by Ian McEwan

July: Hotel du Lac, by Anita Brookner

August: The Colour, by Rose Tremain

Details on my challenge progress are here.

Kathleen 12:14 PM  

I celebrated Beverly Clearly with Socks and Ramona the Pest

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