Monday, November 03, 2008

999 Challenge

The 999 challenge has its own group on Library Thing. And it also has its own challenge blog. I am NOT the host for this challenge. Just a participant. Sign ups for the challenge are here. The Library Thing group is here. The challenge blog is here. The rules are simple:

1. Pick 9 categories

2. Read 9 books in each of those categories

3. Complete them in 2009.

4. To make it easier ---
The 888 challenge allowed an overlap of 8 books which would fit into more than one category. So for this challenge, you could overlap 9 books, but that's up to you. I didn't overlap any books.

5. To make it harder ---
Complete all your books by 9/9/09.

Becky's 999 Challenge List

Nine Science Fiction Novels

Added rules: (New to me; Rereads don't count; Dystopian novels count as science fiction.)

1. Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro
2. Anubis Gates by Tim Powers
3. The Starry Rift edited by Jonathan Strahan
4. Mortal Engines by Philip Reeve
5. Predator's Gold by Philip Reeve
6. Infernal Devices by Philip Reeve
7. A Darkling Plain by Philip Reeve
8. Mothstorm by Philip Reeve
9. The Dangerous Days of Daniel X by James Patterson

Nine Books (Fiction/Nonfiction) from the 16th and 19th Centuries (1500s-1800s)

1. Don Quixote by Miguel de Cervantes (1605/1615)
2. Emma by Jane Austen (1815)
3. Fanny Hill by John Cleland (1600s?)
4. Silas Marner by George Eliot (1861)
5. The Morgesons by Elizabeth Stoddard (1862)
6. Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte (1847)
7. The Warden by Anthony Trollope (1855)
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Nine Book Club Reads

(Books read for group discussion either for my own google reading group, my friend Cynda's book club (part face to face, part online), or other online groups--Leila's Big Reads; 5 Minutes for Books--Classics Bookclubs, etc.)

1. Chocolat by Joanne Harris
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Nine Historical Romances

1. The King's Rose by Alisa M. Libby
2. Envy by Anna Godbersen
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Nine nonfiction books

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Nine Literary Adaptations/Variations (Prequels, Sequels, Retellings,)

1. Old Friends, New Fancies by Sybil Brinton
2. Mr. and Mrs. Fitzwilliam Darcy: Two Shall Become One by Sharon Lathan
3. Pemberley Shades by D.A. Bonavia-Hunt
4. Mansfield Park Revisited by Joan Aiken
5. Pride and Prejudice and Zombies by Jane Austen and Seth Grahame-Smith
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Nine Fantasy Novels
Added rules: New to me; Rereads don't count;

1. The Dust of 100 Dogs by A.S. King
2. The Amaranth Enchantment by Julie Berry
3. A Finder's Magic by Philippa Pearce
4. Graceling by Kristin Cashore
5. Eyes Like Stars by Lisa Mantchev
6. City of Ashes by Cassandra Clare
7. The Black Book of Secrets by F.E. Higgins
8. Eon Dragoneye Reborn by Alison Goodman
9. The Reformed Vampire Support Group by Catherine Jinks

Nine Award-Winning OR Honor-Winning Books (Adult OR children's)

1. The Winter of Our Discontent by John Steinbeck
2. The House of the Scorpion by Nancy Farmer
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Nine Comfort Reads
(Rereads welcome; Childhood & Teen Favorites)

1. House at Pooh Corner by A.A. Milne
2. Caroline by Willo Davis Roberts
3. Amanda by Candice F. Ransom
4. Someone Like You by Sarah Dessen
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