Monday, December 08, 2008

Dewey's Books Reading Challenge

1. Chocolat by Joanne Harris
2. How I Live Now by Meg Rosoff
3.Maus: A Survivor's Tale: My Father Bleeds History by Art Spiegelman. 1986.
4. Maus II : A Survivor's Tale: And Here My Troubles Began by Art Spiegelman. 1991. 136 pages.
5. The House of the Scorpion by Nancy Farmer

Chris and Robin are hosting this challenge as a tribute to Dewey of A Hidden Side of A Leaf.

Here are the rules cut and pasted from the challenge blog.

1. Pick one book from each of the 6 years that Dewey has archives of. You can access her archives by clicking on the archive link in the sidebar of her website. It’s a dropdown menu. For instance, you would read one book that she reviewed in 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, and 2008 for a total of six books.

2. The other option is to read 5 books that Dewey reviewed. These can be from any year and I’m guessing that each of us has at least 5 books on our TBR list because of Dewey!

And the rules:

1. Choose either option 1 or 2 from above.

2. Commit to read your books (either 5 or 6 depending on which option you choose) throughout 2009. The challenge will end on December 31, 2009 but we’ll go ahead and unofficially start it right away! We’ll officially start it on January 1st, 2009.

3. Check back to the challenge blog that we’ve created, Dewey’s Books, often as I’ll put up Mr. Linky’s for reviews and I’ll mention prize giveaways!

I'm not sure which of the two options I'll go with...but I'll be participating.







Pool of books, choose five or six,

East of Eden by John Steinbeck (November 20, 2008)
The Uncommon Reader by Alan Bennett (November 10, 2008)
Nation by Terry Pratchett (November 4, 2008)
A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini (October 15, 2008)
Maus and Maus II by Art Spiegelman (October 1, 2008)
Harlem Summer by Walter Dean Myers (Sept. 30, 2008)
Monster by Walter Dean Myers (Sept 23, 2008)
Peter Pan by J.M. Barrie (September 19, 2008)
The House of the Scorpion by Nancy Farmer (September 15, 2008)
The Earth, My Butt, and Other Round Things by Carolyn Macker (September 5, 2008)
Educating Esme by Esme Raji Codell (August 25, 2008)
Just Listen by Sarah Dessen (July 22, 2008)
The Westing Game by Ellen Raskin (July 9, 2008)
One Whole and Perfect Day by Judith Clarke (July 2, 2008)
The Book Thief by Markus Zusak (June 26, 2008)
What I Was by Meg Rosoff (May 15, 2008)
Surrender by Sonya Hartnet (May 16, 2008)
Copper Sun by Sharon Draper (May 13, 2008)
1984 by George Orwell (April 23, 2008)
The Little Prince by Antoine de St. Exupery (April 22, 2008)
The Saturdays by Elizabeth Enright (April 19, 2008)
Freak Show by James St. James (April 3, 2008)
The Color Purple by Alice Walker (March 22, 2008)
The Virgin Blue by Tracy Chevalier (March 20, 2008)
Plain Janes by C. Castellucci and J. Rugg (March 17, 2008)
Purple Hibiscus by Chimimanda Ngozi Adichie (March 10, 2008)
HOw I Live Now by Meg Rosoff (February 27, 2008)
I Am the Cheese by Robert Cormier (February 6, 2008)
Into the Forest by Jean Hegland (Jan 25, 2008)
Outlander Series by Diana Gabaldon (December 18, 2007)
The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck (November 19, 2007)
The Witch of Blackbird Pond by Elizabeth George Speare (November 3, 2007)
Chocolat by Joanne Harris (October 30, 2007)
Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell by Susanna Clarke (October 8, 2007)
Year of Wonders by Geraldine Brooks (April 8, 2005)
Holesj by Louis Sachar (August 8, 2007)
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time by Mark Haddon (Jan 25, 2004)
The Misfits by James Howe (April 2, 2006)
March by Geraldine Brooks (May 28, 2006)
Parable of the Sower/ Parable of the Talents by Octavia Butler
The Wonderful Wizard of Oz by Frank Baum
Madame Bovary by Gustave Flaubert
Kindred by Octavia Butler

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Christina (Endnotes) 4:05 PM  

How thoughtful, to remember her this way.

Serena 6:58 PM  

What an interesting challenge...maybe I will join up too.

Robin 9:16 PM  

Thanks for signing on, Becky. We're glad to have you join us!

Chris 11:48 PM  

I could've sworn that I commented here earlier! My comment disappeared :( But I just wanted to join Robin in thanking you for joining and helping to spread the word...I hope it's fun!

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