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Here’s a list of all the challenges I’m attempting to complete in 2010 and my progress:

Women Unbound Challenge Button

I signed up for Bluestocking level – five books total, two of which were supposed to be non-fiction – for the Women Unbound Reading Challenge.  I struggled with the non-fiction portion of the challenge, so I ended up reading five books, only one of which was non-fiction.  Oh well.  I consider it an accomplishment, and it definitely impacted what books I chose, as I specifically sought books with strong female leads. 

Thriller and Suspense Challenge Button

I love thrillers, and I love suspense.  I knew immediately that I would have no problem meeting the requirements for the highest level, twelve books.  Having finished the challenge in four months, I was right.

Rainbow Connection Challenge

I thought the Rainbow Connection Challenge was just a very fun challenge, the idea being to read one book that starts with each the same letter as the rainbow.  I struggled with the Y category but managed to find something that fit in the end.

Random Reading Challenge Button

Caribousmom started this particular reading challenge last August to run through July 31, 2010.  It was the very first challenge to which I ever committed.  The idea was to put some spontaneity into our reading by randomly choosing the next book to read, either through or through some other method.  I used to select on about half, and then I started involving my children by making them go up and select a book for me.   They were excited to see me read a book they chose, and I was happy that I did not have to select one out of the hundreds I have to read.  It was a win-win situation for everyone!

  1. Year of Wonders by Geraldine Brooks
  2. Eat, Pray, Love by Elizabeth Gilbert
  3. Soul Catcher by Leigh Bridger
  4. One Amazing Thing by Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni
  5. Public Secrets by Nora Roberts
  6. Blue Bloods by Melissa de la Cruz
  7. City of Bones by Cassandra Clare
  8. Wicked Lovely by Melissa Marr
  9. Marked by P.C. Cast and Kristin Cast
  10. Life of Pi by Yann Martel
  11. Keeper by Kathi Appelt
  12. The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
    Buy 1 Book and Read It Challenge Button

    Amy hosts this challenge every year as a way to support bookstores and literacy.  Since I buy books way too often, I knew this would not really be a challenge for me.  It wasn’t.  I have plenty of more to go around too.

    The Flashback Challenge Button

    Hosted by Aarti, this challenge is designed to make it okay to revisit old favorites.

    What's In a Name 3 Challenge Button

    Hosted by Beth F, this challenge makes you work to try to find books to fit the categories!

    The Chunkster Challenge Button

    Defined as any book larger than 450 pages (regular-sized print), who doesn’t love a nice, thick book? 

    RIP V Challenge Button

    This is the only challenge this year that is a repeat from last year.  I love the RIP V challenge because I love this genre.  

    1. Infinite Days by Rebecca Maizel
    2. Dracula by Bram Stoker
    3. Dracula in Love by Karen Essex
    4. The Strain by Guillermo del Toro and Chuck Hogan
    5. The Eternal Ones by Kirsten Miller 
    6. I Am Number Four by Pittacus Lore
    7. Eighth Grade Bites by Heather Brewster
    8. Ninth Grade Slays by Heather Brewster
    9. Tenth Grade Bleeds by Heather Brewster
    10. Horns by Joe Hill
    11. The Hypnotist by M. J. Rose
    12. Crescendo by Becca Fitzpatrick
    13. Monster High by Lisi Harrison
    14. The Fall by Guillermo del Toro and Chuck Hogan 
    15. Eleventh Grade Burns by Heather Brewster

        100+ Reading Challenge

        Read 'n Review Challenge Button

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