Wednesday, August 22, 2007

13 Reading Challenges--Thursday 13 #5--107th Edition

Thirteen Things about Marina

These are challenges I've completed, joined, or plan to join (I'll make it pretty with linkage, etc. sometime between this posting and leaving for Kansas on Friday):

1. Once Upon a Time Challenge
Sponsored by Carl at Stainless Steel Droppings, lasting from the Spring Equinox to the Summer Solstice. For this one I read:
God of the Golden Fleece, Greenmantle, Silver Birch/Blood Moon, Giving Birth to Thhinder, Sleeping with His Daughter, and A Midsummer Night's Dream. I actually won a prize during this one--I can't wait to get it!

2. Non-Fiction 5 Challenge
Sponsored by Joy at from May 1 to September 30. I've read 3 (Just a Geek, Wolves at Our Door, and The Devil in the White City) of my 5 choices, but haven't written the reviews--gotta get cracking! I still have Gifts of the Wild and How the Irish Saved Civilization to read.

3. 2nds Challenge
Also sponsored by Joy, I have to sign up soon, as it runs from October through December. I've plenty of "2nds" around here, so it won't be hard to come up with 3.

4. TBR Challenge
I missed out on joining the 2007 Challenge, but I'm getting ready for 2008. I'll be choosing books that have been languishing for several years, and which I want to get moving again. I'll post the list once I've chosen books for my other challenges.

5. Book Awards Reading Challenge
Sponsored by 3M at, it runs from July 1 2007 to June 30, 2008. I'll need to finish 12 books in 12 months. If I can fit more in, then I've have an extra entry for each in the prize drawing. Must sign up by 11/1/07! I'd made a list but have since misplaced it. If it needs redoing, it won't be tonight.

6. Readers Imbibing Peril
Carl at Stainless Steel Droppings hosted this one last year, and I had my choices all stacked up well before he announced the Perils. I'm in for 4 of them; my selections are listed in the previous post [but I'll repost them here later].

7. In Their Shoes Challenge
Sponsored by Vasilly at, she's challenging us to read biographies, autobiographies, and memoirs during 2008. Deadline for signup is February 1, 2008. I'm choosing 6 for now, we'll see how next year goes: Einstein's Daughter, Bella Tuscany, An Uncommon Woman, All Over But the Shoutin', Georgiana, and Population:485.

8. Themed Reading Challenge
Hosted by Wendy (caribousmom), this one runs from 1/1/08-6/30/08. I'll need to pick a minimum of 4 themed books and sign up before December 31. Maybe this will be a good one to get a bunch of dragon novels out of the way...

9. Book to Movie Challenge
Callista at challenges us to read and review 3 book-to-movie titles betweeen September 1 and December 1 of this year. I pulled Cider House Rules, Black Dahlia, and Eragon off my shelf.

10. Unread Author Challenge
Sponsored by Ariel at, must sigh up before September 1. Basically, I'll read 6 yet-to-be-read (by me, obviously) authors over a 6-month period (by the end of February). Here's that list: Rocking the Babies, Blind Love, Grimm's Last Fairytale, The Book Borrower, The Courtship of Princess Leia, and Slammerkin.

11. Series Challenge
Sponsored by Kathrin at Crazy Cozy Murders (, she's challenging those of us who can't seem to finish the series we start, as we're constantly adding new ones, and can't find a way to the end of our lists. We'll start out with a 6-month time period (December 1, '07 to May 31 '08), and Kathrin will consider an extension later. I know I started listing my series books somewhere (it's with the Award Books list)..really want to find both of those!

12. Armchair Traveler Reading Challenge
Lesley of started this one on July 1, so I'm starting this one late to the game, but I think I can squeeze in 6 more books between now and December 31. Here's the short list: Cry of the Kalahari, A Tuscan Childhood, The Edge of the Sea, Round Ireland With a Fridge, Unsuitable For Ladies, and Blue Highways. Must sign up ASAP.

13. Christmas Theme Book Challenge
Sponsored by Susan at My Reading Adventures ( Deadline for signup is October 31 to pick 2 books and read/review them between November 1 and December 31.

Wow! I can't believe there are so many! The total count for all of these challenges (I'm going to try very hard to not overlap) will be 90 books. Piece o'cake, right? *falls over* If you're wondering by now where I've found all these great sites, go over to Wendy has done a fantastic job of compiling challenges of all genres and themes (and many that I've chosen to stay out of). Many of the titles I've chosen to read are those that are registered at BookCrossing, so this is another way to force me to get them out of the house! I'll have separate entries for each of these, with my final lists, and I'll also link to the review collection sites, so you can see who else is reviewing good books.

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kat said...

I would love to check out your list... Happy TT from a fellow bookworm :)

Nicole Austin said...

Great list! I'm going to check out some of the challenges.

Happy TT!

Lara Angelina said...

Those are some challenges! I'm going to follow up on some of them -- ! Great TT and thanks for stopping by!

Marina said...

kat--I'll try to get the rest up as soon as I can.

nicole--Thanks for stopping by! Have fun with them!

lara--See you in the challenge-sphere!

Sue said...

Great list! And a wonderful way to get people reading .. :) Happy TT!

30plusteacher said...

Wow, I'm glad you have completed so many reading challengs. You would get a gold star in my classroom!

Thanks for visiting my 13!

Comedy + said...

Wow, this is great. Challenges are good things. Have a great TT. :)

Denise Patrick said...

WOW!! I wish I had as much time to read as you apparently do. But, I get my share in, too. Good for you on the challenges.

The Gal Herself said...

Wow! You've got your work cut out for you. But when you're done, I just know you will have enjoyed every moment.

Gabriella Hewitt said...

Wow. Have to say reading this list on the challenges is challenging me. Go for yours! good luck:)

Thanking my fellow TTer's this week. Come get thanked!

Anonymous said...

Great list! :) They all sound pretty cool!

Carrie K said...

How The Irish Saved Civilization was pretty interesting.

I recognize a lot of those challenges! I keep saying I'm not going to sign up for more....but then Carl hosts RIP again and the Never Read Authors....9/1 is the sign up deadline? Whoops.