Summer Reading Challenge


Friday, June 13, 2008

Vasilly - Week 1

Hey, everyone! Instead of making a list, I'm just going to read whatever I'm in the mood for. In the last seven days I have read:

1. Dinner with Friends - Donald Margulies 5/5 rating
2. Steel Magnolias - Robert Harling 5/5
3. The Flower - John Light 5/5
4. Fables: Legends in Exile - Bill Willingham 5/5
5. The Secret Garden - Frances Hodgson Burnett 5/5

6. Time and Materials -Robert Hass 5/5
7. The Sandman Vol. 1 - Neil Gaiman 4/5
8. The Wild Braid - Stanley Kunitz 4/5
9. Driving Miss Daisy - Alfred Uhry 5/5
10. Wit: a play - Margaret Edson 5/5


Saturday, June 7, 2008


I haven't been here in a couple of weeks and thought the challenge started on June first. I've already finished a couple of the books. Not a bad thing though. I start classes again in a week. Classes prevented me from finishing the 2006 list, that carried over to 2007. I still have to finish those. But, I've started a new list of easier reads, I call them girly novels. LOL The lists can be seen here.

I'm looking forward to seeing what everyone one else is reading!

Thursday, June 5, 2008

Excuse our Mess

Oops... while changing the sidebar blogger seemed to have a little hiccup and all our previous template was reverted to a template that was never on this blog. No worries somewhere on my old computer I should have the old template so I can just pop it back in. SRC 3 is scheduled to start June 30, 2008 so start making those lists now!

Sunday, June 1, 2008

It Begins!

Welcome one and all to the second annual Summer Reading Challenge! As we all begin our reading journey together this summer I would like to remind you of the rules...

1. Be nice to others (remember we are all having fun here)
2. Have Fun!
3. Try to post at least once a week about what you are reading (that is what makes it fun to read with others!)

Your challenge is your own and you may change it at any time, the idea is to read something this summer, and get to know the other readers out there.

The challenge will run until August 1, 2007 this year and I will continue to accept requests to join until June 7, 2007. If you would like to join and you have not yet please send an email to

If you have questions about the challenge check out this link for all the info you will need. Also make sure you use the blogger labels set up for each weeks challenge so we all can find your posts easily see this post for info.

Happy Reading!


Sunday, September 9, 2007

End of Challenge?

Technically this challenge is done. So is a new one supposed to start up now? I wasn't sure since we're all still allowed to access the blog.

Monday, September 3, 2007


I would like to join this challenge which I though I joined last week. Had Wenty check and she said not. I have low vision so it is hard for me to read much of which is on a web site, unless there is a big box saying sign up here...lolThere are my reading choices if I can get them in large print at the local library (they do own them):1. Franklin, Ariana Mistress of the Art of Death2. Godwin, Parke Sherwood 3. PicouLt, Jodi Vanishing Act4. Hoag, Tami Ashes to Ashes5. Martin, William Back Bay6. Ludlum, Robert The Ambler WarningAlternatesRichman, Allison The last Van Gogh Brockmann, Suzanne Breaking PointChilds, Laura Tea mysteriesDickey, Eric Jerome Between lvoersDreyer, Eileen Sinners and SaintsGallison, Kate Hasty RetreatHunter, Madeline By ArrangementLacey, Robert The Year 1000Staub, Wendy Corsi Don't ScreamNow if I have done this right, how do I do the next??? I am using the yahoo website for this group instead of a blog. Is there anything else I need to do?I have no idea how to make paragraphs in this thing. Lindy

Unread Authors: Challenge Participants

Unread Authors: Challenge Participants

Friday, August 31, 2007

Challenge Completed

Although I've cheated a bit.

I decided I gave myself too many books to read for this one challenge, so I whittled them down and am considering this challenge done. I read the following:
*The Boy Next Door by Meg Cabot
*The Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfield
*Literacy and Longing in L. A. by Jennifer Kaufman
*Savannah Blues by Mary Kay Andrews
*In the Company of Cheerful Ladies by Alexander McCall Smith
*Gods in Alabama by Joshilyn Jackson
*High Fidelity by Nick Hornby

Good enough for me!

Wednesday, August 8, 2007

Can I complete this challenge??

I just posted about how I am a book challenge failure. I have 3 more books to read for this challenge, but I don't think I'm going to make it. I still have to finish another book challenge that is coming to an end, and another summer challenge, I'm just a drop out.
Well I tried! I'm sorry for not finishing and I know I have until the end of Aug., but I know I won't be able to read all of them...unless someone takes my kids for the next 3 weeks...hmmm. :)

Sunday, August 5, 2007

I didn't lose, I was just behind when the clock ran out

According to my original challenge, I only made it 50% through the titles.

1. The elusive Pimpernel : a romance, by Baroness Orczy--finished; good read.
2. The Book Thief, by Markus Zusak--finished; good read; major sad parts, well-written; worth the pain.
3. Broken for You, by Stephanie Kallos--finished; very good read; it seems like realism but it's really a kind of fairytale.
4. The raw shark texts, by Steven Hall--finished; excellent surreal read; reminded me of Memento meets Griffin and Sabine with just a dash of House of Leaves.

Did not finish--
5. Memories of Philippine kitchens : stories and recipes from far and near, by Amy Besa and Romy Dorotan ; photographs by Neal Oshima--still looks good; could almost have counted it but I didn't read the words, just looked at the pictures; I meant to get back to it.
6. Urban shaman, by C.E. Murphy--Murphy has a series that I want to read and this is the first book. I'll be finishing it later.
7. War for the Oaks, by Emma Bull--this is a classic which I've started twice but never finished; I will be finishing it next.
8. The Verneys : a true story of love, war, and madness in seventeenth-century England , by Adrian Tinniswood--this is really interesting and well-written gossip about the Verneys in 17th Century England; I haven't finished it either, but I still intend to.

Other books I read during the time period that may or may not have contributed to not finishing the exact Challenge List:
1. The Supernaturalist by Eoin Coffer--having read the Artemis Fowl series I wanted to see something else he'd written; this was fun; having said that, Cosmo Hill has a number of similarities with Artemis.
2. Evil Genius by Catherine Jinks--Cadel Piggot is even more like Artemis, but with slightly less excuse for being evil. It was a fun read, but I felt it was too similar to Fowl's stories.
3. Three Elizabeth Peters Novels: Borrower of the Night, Camelot Caper, Street of Five Moons; these were not her Amelia Peabody novels: two Vicky Bliss and one stand alone with Jessica Tregarth, fun, but the words didn't really ring in my neocortex.
4. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows--it was the best of the series; finished it in 10 and a half hours, straight through (excellent plot as ever, yet as ever her words didn't zap my neocortex, either).
th- th- tha- that's all folks!

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