Sunday, January 4, 2009

2009 Book Challenges

I've decided on the following challenges for 2009:

I'm still participating in the Book Awards Reading Challenge which runs until June.

So far I've read:
  1. Good Masters! Sweet Ladies! (BCCB Blue Ribbon Book; Newbery Medal; Parent's Choice Award/Honor Book; SLJ Best Book; Booklist Editors' Choice; ALA Notable/Best Books; Kirkus Editors Choice)
  2. An Abundance of Katherines (Booklist Editors' Choice; Horn Book Fanfare; -Michael Printz Award/Honor Book; ALA Best Book for Young Adults; Kirkus Editors Choice)
  3. The Road Home (Orange Broadband Prize)
  4. Ender's Game (Nebula Award/Finalist; Margaret A. Edwards Award; ALA Best Book for Young Adults)
  5. The Glass Castle (Book Sense Book of the Year Award/Honorees; Booklist Editors' Choice; Alex Award/Honor)
  6. The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas (YALSA Best Books for YA)
  7. The Hunger Games (SLJ Best Book; Publishers Weekly Best Book; Horn Book Fanfare; Kirkus Editors Choice)
Book possibilities to finish:
  • Bel Canto
  • To Say Nothing of the Dog
  • The Sparrow
  • The City of Ember
One of my bookish goals for the year is to read over 100 books since I am no longer in school.  So, I'm joining J. Kaye's 100+ Reading Challenge.

There's no way I can list 100 books here, but to see a list of books on my TBR shelf (which currently has 97 books on it), click here.

Another J. Kaye challenge I'm joining is the 2009 Support Your Local Library Challenge.  This one is a natural for me since I have a degree in library science and I'm at the library at least once a week.  
Last year I read 44 books from the library.  So, just to be safe, I'm going to join the challenge at the 25 book level, although I may well get to 50.  If I quit being such a bookmooch, used bookstore, and library book sale junkie I would do better.  But, I've also got a lot of unread books on my shelf that I want to get to this year.

I'm also joining in Melissa's Well-Seasoned Reader Challenge.  The rules of the challenge are as follows:

Rule #1: The challenge runs from January 1 to March 31. (No cheating and starting before!)

Rule #2: You must read three books. After that, it's up to you how much you want to read.

Rule #3: The books must:

have a food name in the title
be about cooking/eating
have a place name in the title
be about one (or more) person's travel experience
be about a specific culture
be by an author whose ethnicity is other than your own (see, I squeezed it in!)
I'll leave it up to you to choose how the three books you read fit the criteria.

Rule #4: They must be middle-grade on up, but can be either fiction or non-fiction.
My possibilities include:
  • A Tree Grows in Brooklyn
  • The House on Tradd Street
  • The City of Ember
  • Elijah of Buxton
  • Sister of My Heart
  • Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil
  • The Known World
  • Loved Walked In
  • Esperanza Rising
Finally, I plan on joining in on the Once Upon a Time Challenge, the Southern Reading Challenge and the Orbis Terrarum Challenge as they start! 

Should be a fun year!


Renee said...

Congratulations, graduate! I can't say I'm ready to sign on for a book challenge - I don't graduate until May. But, I will recommend City of Ember and Bel Canto from your lists of possibilities. Loved them both!

Anonymous said...

Wanted to stop in and welcome you to the Support Your Local Library & the 100+ Reading Challenges. If you haven't already, feel free to join us at the Yahoo Groups where others are participating in this challenge as well as others.

Melissa said...

Welcome to my challenge, too. You've got a good list of books there; I'm excited to see what you think about the ones you choose!

Paige said...

You're making me tired! Actually, I'd love to join you in some of them but on 1/4 of the scale you're doing. What a great way to think through your year. I do appreciate all your reviews and lists. I need to a tbr list so that I remember what I want to copy from your list.