Fall Into Reading 2009 Challenge

Katrina is hosting the Fall Into Reading 2009 Challenge.  I love participating in her seasonal challenges.  They’re so laid-back and fun.  She asks us to create a list of books we would like to read this fall.  (Participants can also create additional reading goals, however this is optional.)  Lists can be changed at any time.

For this challenge, I’m going to focus on reading books from my shelves.  Most of the books I own, with a few library books sprinkled in.

My list:

  1. The Castaways by Elin Hilderbrand
  2. Fear the Worst by Linwood Barclay
  3. Easy on the Eyes by Jane Porter*
  4. Testimony by Anita Shreve*
  5. Never the Bride by Rene Gutteridge & Cheryl McKay*
  6. Hounding the Pavement by Judi McCoy*
  7. Bundle of Trouble by Diana Orgain*
  8. The Accidental Bestseller by Wendy Wax*
  9. Dying for Mercy by Mary Jane Clark
  10. The Department of Lost and Found by Allison Winn Scotch*

I usually find myself changing my list about halfway through these challenges.  I decided to make an second list to choose from as well.

More titles to choose from:

  1. By the Time that You Read This by Lola Jaye*
  2. The Actor and the Housewife by Shannon Hale
  3. Italian for Beginners by Kristin Harmel*
  4. Suspicion by Kate Brian
  5. Speed Shrinking by Susan Shapiro
  6. The Beach House by Jane Green*
  7. Hollywood is Like High School with Money by Zoey Dean*
  8. Twenties Girl by Sophie Kinsella
  9. Long Lost by Harlan Coben*
  10. The Neighbor by Lisa Gardner

Hopefully I won’t substitute titles on the alternate list either!  But then again, who knows.  My goal is to read 10 books.

* books I own


Clear Off Your Shelves Challenge

Swapna at S. Krishna’s Books is hosting the Clear Off Your Shelves Challenge.  The idea is to read a percentage of books (participants can choose their percentage) that have been on your shelves for over six months.  No list is required at sign-up.  The challenge runs from October 1 – November 30, 2009.  Need more details?  Click here.

My goal is 30%.

This challenge comes at a good time for me.  I’m in the process of creating an Excel spreadsheet of all my purchased, unread books.  My goal is to read 75 books that I’ve purchased (including future purchases) by December 31, 2010.  Anything that will assist me with reaching my goal, is welcomed!

Countdown Challenge ~ 2009-2010

Michele is hosting the Countdown Challenge again!  The idea is to read 10 books published in 2010, 9 books published in 2009, 8 books published in 2008. . .well, you get the idea.  Sounds fun, huh?   Want to join in?  Click here.  Challenge runs from 09/09/09 – 10/10/10.



  1. Dial Emmy for Murder by Eileen Davidson
  2. After You by Julie Buxbaum
  3. The Neighbor by Lisa Gardner
  4. Dying for Mercy by Mary Jane Clark
  5. Suspicion by Kate Brian
  6. Peaks and Valleys by Spencer Johnson, M.D.
  7. The Secret of Joy by Melissa Senate
  8. Hounding the Pavement by Judi McCoy
  9. I, Alex Cross by James Patterson


  1. Moving Day by Meg Cabot
  2. The New Girl by Meg Cabot
  3. Testimony by Anita Shreve


  1. I Heard a Rumor by Nancy Krulik
  2. The New Girl by Nancy Krulik







Random Reading Challenge


August 1, 2009 – July 31, 2010

Wendy, of Caribousmom, is hosting the Random Reading Challenge.  I really don’t need another challenge, however I love the idea behind this one.   So of course, I had to sign up.

Here are the rules:

  1. NO lists allowed. Books for the challenge are chosen one at a time when the mood strikes.
  2. Sign up at any time during the challenge period using Mr. Linky below. Please give me a direct link to your blog post about the challenge. If you do not have a blog, no worries. Simply enter your name and leave the URL box on Mr. Linky blank.
  3. Book reviews are not required, but if you want to write a review I will be providing a review Mr. Linky after August 1st.
  4. Books are selected one at a time using the following procedure:
  • Randomly select any number of books from either your physical OR your virtual TBR pile (I don’t care how you do this, but it must be random…no “cherry picking” allowed)
  • Assign a number to each book based on how many books you selected (ie: if you selected 14 books, assign each book a number from 1 through 14; if you selected 28 books, assign each book a number from 1 through 28…you get the idea)
  • Go to THIS SITE and use the TRUE RANDOM NUMBER GENERATOR located in the upper right hand corner of the page to randomly select the book you will read. NO CHEATING – whatever the random number generator generates is the book you must read!
  • Each time you select a book for the challenge, you will use this procedure. You many select different books each time, choose a different amount of books each time, etc…have fun, mix it up, keep it random.

Wendy asks us to choose a level:

Level I: Read 6 books
Level II: Read 9 books
Level III: Read 12 books

I will participate in Level II.

  1. Best Friends Forever by Jennifer Weiner
  2. Twenty Boy Summer by Sarah Ockler

Spring Reading Thing 2009 Challenge

Katrina from Callapidder Days is hosting Spring Reading Thing 2009.  This is a low-key, non-stressful challenge.  The goal is to list books you would like to read during the spring (March 20 – June 20, 2009).  You can change your list at any time. I’ve been such a mood reader this year, so chances are my list will change by the end of the challenge.  As of now, here is the list of books I would like to read:

My list:

  1. Handle with Care by Jodi Picoult
  2. While My Sister Sleeps by Barbara Delinsky
  3. True Colors by Kristin Hannah
  4. Just Take My Heart by Mary Higgins Clark
  5. The 8th Confession by James Patterson and Maxine Paetro
  6. Long Lost by Harlan Coben

2009 Cozy Mystery Challenge

I decided to join one more challenge.  Kris from Not Enough Books is hosting the 2009 Cozy Mystery Challenge.  The goal is to read six cozy mysteries between April 1 – September 30, 2009.  Click here for the complete rules.

  1. Deadly Advice by Roberta Isleib
  2. Preaching to the Corpse by Roberta Isleib
  3. Asking for Murder by Roberta Isleib
  4. Dial Emmy for Murder by Eileen Davidson

Chunkster Challenge 2009

I’ve been patiently waiting for this challenge to start since Dana announced she would host it again this year.  A chunkster is defined as a book with 450 or more pages.  There are four levels to choose from.  Click here to determine which level is best for you.  The challenge begins as soon as you sign-up and ends on November 15th.  I’ve decided to do the Do These Books Make My Butt Look Big?  The goal is to read 3-5 chunksters.

My List:

  1. Handle with Care by Jodi Picoult
  2. The Lost Recipe for Happiness by Barbara O’Neal
  3. Holly’s Inbox by Holly Denham
  4. I Can See You by Karen Rose