Thursday, April 17, 2008

Keeping Score for Shady Glade (Challenge Completed!)


Alyssa of The Shady Glade is hosting a reading challenge. It runs from whenever you sign up (that would be January 23rd for me) until April 20th 2008.

I am copying the rules directly from her site. I hope she doesn't mind. If I don't copy the rules, I have a tendency to forget them and get all flustered later on. A flustered Becky is not a happy one.

You can overlap with other challenges. (Which is a VERY good thing.)

You must read at least one book that covers each of these 9 categories:

  • Contemporary/Realistic Fiction
  • Poetry, Drama, or Humor (any of these will work)
  • Sports, Mystery, Supernatural/Paranormal (any of these will work)
  • Fantasy or Science Fiction
  • Historical Fiction
  • Nonfiction
  • Classic “juvenile” fiction (first published pre-1920)
  • Graphic Novel
  • Audiobook
There can be overlap between categories. For example, if you read a graphic novel that’s fantasy, then it counts for both. Or maybe your audio book is historical fiction. You get the idea. So you may have 9 books on your list, you may not.

Only 1 book per author is allowed. This means once you’ve read something by that author, you can’t read another book by the same author.

Nine Official Reads

1. Understood Betsy by Dorothy Canfield Fisher (published 1917)
2. Sweethearts by Sara Zarr (contemporary realistic fiction)
3. The Entertainer and the Dybbuk by Sid Fleischman (paranormal/supernatural)
4. White Lilacs by Carolyn Meyer (historical fiction)
5. I Will Plant You A Lilac Tree by Laura Hillman (nonfiction)
6. Dragon Slippers by Jessica Day George (fantasy)
7. Kristy's Great Idea by Ann Martin and Raina Telgemeier (graphic novel)
8. Tales From the Brothers Grimm and the Sisters Weird by Vivian Vande Velde (humor)
9. Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson (audio book)

Extra Credit Reads

10. Brendan Buckley's Universe And Everything In It by Sundee Frazier (contemporary realistic)
11. Fablehaven: Grip of the Shadow Plague by Brandon Mull (fantasy)
12. Leftovers by Laura Wiess (contemporary, realistic)
13. Lock and Key by Sarah Dessen (contemporary, realistic)
14. Saga by Conor Kostick (science fiction)
15. Out of the Dust by Karen Hesse (historical fiction/verse novel)
16. The King's Arrow by Michael Cadnum (historical fiction/mystery)
17. The 13th Reality by James Dashner (science fiction)
18. Alien Feast by Michael Simmons (science fiction/humor)
19. America at War by Lee Bennett Hopkins (poetry)
20. Dreamrider by Barry Jonsberg (realistic/psychological thriller)
21. Love and Other Uses for Duct Tape by Carrie Jones
22. Dingo by Charles de Lint (fantasy)
23. Before Midnight by Cameron Dokey (romance)
24. Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll (classic/ fantasy)
25. Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank (nonfiction/historical)

1 comments:

Little Willow 9:01 PM  

Of these, I've read:
Understood Betsy by Dorothy Canfield Fisher (published 1917)
Sweethearts by Sara Zarr (contemporary realistic fiction)
Dragon Slippers by Jessica Day George (fantasy)
Kristy's Great Idea by Ann Martin and Raina Telgemeier (graphic novel)
Tales From the Brothers Grimm and the Sisters Weird by Vivian Vande Velde (humor)
Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson
Leftovers by Laura Wiess (contemporary, realistic)
Lock and Key by Sarah Dessen (contemporary, realistic)
Love and Other Uses for Duct Tape by Carrie Jones
Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll (classic/ fantasy) - One of my all-time favorite novels!
Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank (nonfiction/historical)

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I also review adult books.

I read in a variety of genres including realistic fiction, historical fiction, mystery, romance, science fiction, fantasy, literary fiction, and chick lit. (I've read one western to date.)

I read a few poetry books, a few short story collections, a few graphic novels, a few nonfiction books.

I am especially fond of:

  • Regency romances (including Austen prequels/sequels)
  • Historical fiction set in the Tudor dynasty
  • Historical fiction and nonfiction set during World War II
  • Jewish fiction/nonfiction
  • dystopias
  • apocalyptic fiction
  • science fiction (especially if it involves time travel and alternate realities)
  • fantasy
  • multicultural books and international books

I am not a fan of:

  • sports books
  • horse books
  • dog books if the dog dies (same goes with most pets actually except maybe fish)
  • westerns (if it's a pioneer story with women and children, then maybe)
  • extremely violent books with blood, blood, and more blood

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