TBR Challenge 2010

Honestly, I wasn’t going to participate in the TBR Challenge this year.  I only read one (1!!) book this year and just decided to skip it next year.  But for some reason, I can’t let this one go.  It continues to pop up in my mind, so I think I’ll try to redeem myself in 2010.  This time, I will list books I really want to read INSTEAD of books I think I should read because they’ve been on my list for a really (really) long time.

My list:

  1. A Year on Ladybug Farm – Donna Ball
  2. Easy on the Eyes – Jane Porter
  3. Hollywood is Like High School with Money – Zoey Dean
  4. I Heart New York – Lindsey Kelk
  5. Long Lost – Harlan Coben
  6. Queen of Babble – Meg Cabot
  7. Quick Study – Maggie Barbieri
  8. Stupid and Contagious – Caprice Crane
  9. The Accidental Bestseller – Wendy Wax
  10. The Love of Her Life – Harriet Evans
  11. The Next Thing on My List – Jill Smolinski
  12. The Professors’ Wives’ Club – Joanne Rendell

Alternate list:

  1. A Hopeless Romantic – Harriet Evans
  2. Baggage Claim – Tanya Michna
  3. Everyone is Beautiful – Katherine Center
  4. I’m So Happy For  You – Lucinda Rosenfeld
  5. Lifeline – C.J. Lyons
  6. Mating Rituals of the North American WASP – Lauren Lipton
  7. Plain Truth – Jodi Picoult
  8. Steamed – Jessica Conant-Park
  9. The Frog Prince – Jane Porter
  10. The House on Tradd Street – Karen White
  11. The Only True Genius in the Family – Jennie Nash
  12. The School of Essential Ingredients – Erica Bauermeister

Fall Into Reading Wrap-up

As usual, I love participating in Katrina’s seasonal reading challenge.  They are fun and laid-back.  My goal was to read at least 10 books.  I read 9 and read about halfway in the 10th book.  This year I decided to make an alternate list to my list.  Of course I strayed from both my original and alternate lists!

Here’s what I read:

  1. The Neighbor by Lisa Gardner
  2. Dying for Mercy by Mary Jane Clark
  3. Testimony by Anita Shreve
  4. The Secret of Joy by Melissa Senate
  5. Hounding the Pavement by Judi McCoy
  6. I, Alex Cross by James Patterson
  7. Perfect Mistake by Kate Brian
  8. The Christmas List by Richard Paul Evans
  9. The Christmas Secret by Donna Van Liere

Katrina has asked us to answer several questions at the end of the challenge.

  • Did you finish reading all the books on your fall reading list? If not, why not? No.  I read 9 and wanted to read 10.  Outside pressures kept my reading down in the latter part of the year.

  • Did you stick to your original goals or did you change your list as you went along? I read books that were from my original list and my alternate list.  I also read books that I wanted to read (not on either list).

  • What was your favorite book that you read this spring? Least favorite? Why? Favorite was The Secret of Joy.  Least favorite was Hounding the Pavement.

  • Did you discover a new author or genre this spring? Did you love them? Not love them? I started a new series that I’ve been wanting to read.  Although the first book was an okay read, I will plan to read book two.

  • Did you learn something new because of Fall Into Reading 2009 – something about reading, about yourself, or about a topic you read about? No

  • What was your favorite thing about the challenge? It’s so laid-back!

TwentyTen Reading Challenge

Here’s a challenge that different.  It looks like fun, so I decided to sign-up.

Bart’s Bookshelf is hositng the TwentyTen Reading Challenge.  The goal is to read two books from the following ten categories:

  1. Young Adult
  2. T.B.R.
  3. Shiny & New
  4. Bad Blogger’s
  5. Charity
  6. New in 2010
  7. Older Than You
  8. Win! Win!
  9. Who Are You Again?
  10. Up to You!

Category 10, participants can choose what they will read.  I will read books that are first in a series.

RYOB Challenge 2010

In 2010, I want most of my reading to come from my shelves.  Jenn’s Read Your Own Books Challenge for 2010 is perfect for me.  I’m going to aim high and say I will read 75 books that I own.

Wish I’d Read That Challenge 2010

The Royal Reviews is hosting the Wish I’d Read That Challenge 2010. They write:

This challenge is for all those books you wish you’d read. It might be Pride and Prejudice, War and Peace, a Nora Roberts Romantic Suspense, the Outlander series or a childhood classic Winnie the Pooh. I have a very long list of books that I’ve been wanting to read for years, not to mention the list of books I’ve added to it since I’ve been blogging. These don’t have to be books you currently own, you can buy them, borrow them or beg for them. This is a great challenge for getting those TBR piles reduced. So go have a look at what you might read and challenge yourself.

There are several books I wish I’d read in 2009, but for whatever reason did not.  I would like to cross them off my TBR List, so I will read them for this challenge.  I am participating in the “Curious” level, committing to read 3 books.

2010 Chunkster Challenge

Wendy has taken over as host for the Chunkster Challenge, which is one of my favorite challenges.  I will participate in the “Do These Books Make My Butt Look Big?” This option is for the slightly heavier reader who wants to commit to 4 Chunksters over the next twelve months.

What’s in A Name 3 Challenge

Beth at Beth Fish Reads will be hosting What’s In A Name 3 Challenge.  She asks each participant read one book in each of the following categories:

  1. A book with a food in the title
  2. A book with a body of water in the title
  3. A book with a title
  4. A book with a plant in the title
  5. A book with a place name (city, country) in the title
  6. A book with a music term in the title

As much as I love this challenge, I have yet to complete it!  Maybe 2010 will be the year…