Friday, April 20, 2007

Again with the challenges???

Really, I should probably shoot Caribousmom for creating a site that actually LISTS all the challenges out there!! Ok...just kidding, Wendy!! I won't shoot you!! But are feeding the addiction!! Before it was just books. Now it's books AND challenges! For those of you that would like to check out this great new blog, it's called Novel Challenges. There is something there for everyone....that's for sure!!

Nattie over at Nattie Writes! is hosting a Newberry Challenge. (I added the Newberry pic. I thought it looked nice!) OK. I admit it. I love children and Young Adult books. And the list of Newberry winners is so good, that I had to throw my hat into this challenge. Come should be easy to slide in some children's books, right??

  • Pick 6 books from the Newberry list.

  • Comment on Nattie' s blog.

  • List your books.

  • Read and review from May 15th - Dec. 31 2007

Easy enough....until I actually had to pick my books!! There are some really good ones out there. But here goes:

  • The Witch of Blackbird Pond by Elizabeth George Speare

  • A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L' Engle

  • Bridge to Terabithia by Katherine Paterson

  • The Giver by Lois Lowry

  • Holes by Louis Sacher

  • The Tale of Despereaux: Being the Story of a Mouse, a Princess, Some Soup and a Spool of Thread by Kate Dicamillo.

Next up is the Dystopian Challenge. This is one is hosted by Lisa at Books. Lists. Life. Her rules are simple. Pick any number of books that you want to read for this challenge. (Hopefully, something you haven't read.....or at least not for awhile). And that's pretty much it!! The challenge has already started and runs until November 6th.

Did I sign up for this one? Of course!! (like you didn't already know the answer to that one!)

  • The Giver by Lois Lowry ('s up above too! Gotta consolitdate somewhere!)
  • Uglies by Scott Westerfeld
  • Brave New World by Aldous Huxley
  • Faherheit 451 by Ray Bradbury
  • The Road by Cormac McCarthy
  • Cloud Atlas by David Mitchell

There still are tons more challenges that I actually haven't signed up for....yet! Two others I'm thinking about are the Something About Me Challenge hosted by Lisa at Breaking the Fourth Wall...which is really a cool idea. The other is the Southern Reading Challenge hosted by Maggie at Maggie Reads.

So....I guess I'd better get reading. Instead of crossing books off my list, I just seem to keep adding to it!!



Chris said...

The Newberry Challenge sounds really cool. I think I'm going to have to join that one ;)

Lisa said...

I just signed up for the Newberry one myself. And couldn't resist the Southern one either. I'm not sure when I think I'll have time to actually read these books!

Thanks for joining me on the Dystopian one. I have The Giver on both my lists as well.

Wendy said...

LOL, Stephanie *ducks and runs for cover* Thanks for the "plug" to the site. I'm really just living vicariously through all of you :)

Chris said...

It's ridiculous isn't it? I just can't seem to stop!

Bellezza said...

I'm reading A Wrinkle in Time for the Once Upon a Time Challenge hosted by Carl from So, that will be fun to talk about. But, I agree: first it used to be just books, then books and challenges. It tends to get a bit overwhelming for a person as compulsive as me.

Literary Feline said...

LOL I see just how much alike we are! Haha These challenges are irresistable!

Quixotic said...

I've signed up for the Newbery Challenge, and it's all your fault! *grin* Will be posting my list later today after pondering!

raidergirl3 said...

Your Newberry books look great: I have read 4 of those this year already, mostly for the Banned Book Challenge. I think I will be able to pass on that challenge this time.
My Dystopian list looks almost identical to yours. These books should be called 'Intro to Dystpia 101'

Andi said...

Oh man, I can already tell this is gonna get me in trouble! Challenges are addictive.

Carrie K said...

I've read all those Newberry books you listed but the Road to Terebithia. And the Dystopian challenge is sort of waht I'm reading now! More challenges! Argh! I'm going to need Challenge Anonymous. Later. After I join a couple more.

Natalie said...

awesome Newberry list. Thanks for joining the challenge.

lifelongreader said...

I am just about to start doing Holes with my Year 8 students. Wish me luck. We just finished Midsummer Night's Dream (yes, in original language) - so this is a bit of lighthearted relief, and should be easy for them to read.

I love the book, I hope they will too.

Petunia said...

Oh no! A site listing all the reading challenges available? I think I'm in trouble.

I'm enjoying looking around your site. Good luck with your challenges.

Marina said...

I really didn't need to see that site... but if these help me get some reading done, then it's all for the good.

Maggie said...

Stephanie, I hope you can join the SRC, BUT I understand you may be challenged out! :D

BookOkie said...

I signed up for this challenge as well. Do you mind if I borrow your Newbery pic for my blog? Your list has two of my favorite Newbery reads...The Giver and Holes. Both entertaining titles. Hope you enjoy them.