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A life long reading challenge to read books from Peter Boxall's 1001 Books Before You Die Challenge. I've joined this challenge before in other forms, but this will be my definitive Master List post. For the purposes of variety, I include books that have been listed in all three editions (1305 books). This challenge is a good overlap to the Classics Club and all the other ongoing reading challenges I am doing. Interestingly, this list…

In any attempt to read more nonfiction, I have joined Bookmark to Blog's 2013 Nerdy Non-Fiction Challenge. I am always trying to read more nonfiction so this challenge should help with that. All my nonfiction book posts are in my nonfiction tag. Here are the levels: Geek: 4-6 books in at least 2-3 different categories Dork: 7-10 books in at least 4-5 different categories Dweeb: 11- 14 books in at least 6-7 different categories Nerd:…

I am going to participating in the 2013 Book to Movie Challenge hosted by Doing Dewey. Yes, another 2013 Challenge. I think I'll take on one more and I'll be done for the yearly challenges. I think three 2013 challenges will be enough alongside my other ongoing challenges such as Classics Club, Pulitzer, Bookers, etc. This challenge is a breeze because I already do this naturally! I'm big on adaptations. Also, I'm a bit behind…

Time for another reading challenge. I'll be joining Adam of Roof Beam Reader's 2013 TBR Pile Challenge. Twelve books that I should read for 2013 with two alternates. Books must be published before 2012. I tend to buy a lot of used books at fairs and then not read them. The following books I either own or in one case, have on loan from a friend. Game of Thrones by George R. R. Martin -…

This week I read and finished Agnes Grey by Anne Bronte. I started reading Respect the Spindle by Abby Franquemont the other week (but haven't read it due to other things). I also started Little Women by Louisa May Alcott on Friday, but I think I will read The Chaperone by Lian Moriarity. It's due back at the library by tuesday so I will try and read it the next two days. The Olympics have…

My selection list for the Classics Club, a five year challenge to read at least 50 classics. I use to join and enjoy a lot of book challenges. Nowadays, I find it hard to balance real life with blogging and reading all the books I want, but I couldn't resist this challenge because I love classics. I listed 50 books, but I think the selection may change or be added onto over time the selection…

This was my first Julian Barnes book, and I don't think it will be my last. I'm curious about his other works now. I think I rather enjoyed myself even though there were few real characters and a perplexing ending. The themes of the novel are those of memory, history, self-awareness, and mortality. I think given the shortness of this novella, Barnes tackled a lot in a short period of time. An excerpt from the…

Completed Challenges this month Non-Fiction Five Challenge (9 of 5) - Aristocrats. The summer is my most prolific reading month, and I read the most nonfiction during this time as well. I think I read more nonfiction this summer than I have ever. Current Challenges Classics Challenge (10 of 6) - The Good Earth, The Complete Sherlock Holmes, Lord of the Rings, Possession A Well-Rounded Challenge ( of 6) - Aristocrats (NF 5, Shoes, Chunky),…

Another good reading month as I completed 12 books, including many classics and nonfiction. Sadly. I think things will start slowing down in September. Current Challenges Non-Fiction Five Challenge (8 of 5) - When you are engulfed in flames, Petite Anglaise Classics Challenge (7 of 6) - The Name of the Rose, The Hound of the Baskervillles, Far from the Madding Crowd, Summer A Well-Rounded Challenge ( of 6) - The Name of the Rose…

I read 11 books. Crime and Punishment was the most cross posted of books, but I really need to make some other progress. Current Challenges Non-Fiction Five Challenge (7 of 5) - Read Pyongyang, The Life and Times of Thunderbolt Kid Classics Challenge (2-5 of 6) - July to December 2008. - [A Study in Scarlet, The Sign of the Four, Adventures of Sherlock Holmes], Crime and Punishment A Well-Rounded Challenge ( of 6) -…

I read a lot in June, and made quite a few progress in some of the challenges though I still have a long way to go. I have to read as much as I can in the summer because I am unsure of my reading time in the autumn and beyond. Completed this month: Book Awards (13 of 12) - Read Gilead, Anil's Ghost, Beloved, My Sister Life William Shakespeare (4 of 4) - Read…