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message 1: by Kasia (last edited Jun 05, 2009 07:28AM) (new)

Kasia What I read (broken into months)
+ all the reading challenges



Book count for 2008: 109.

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JANUARY (14 total)


1. Kitty and the Midnight Hour (Kitty Norville, Book 1) by Carrie Vaughn Love how Kitty starts out as a wimp and gradually finds her strength.
2. Kitty Goes to Washington (Kitty Norville, Book 2) by Carrie Vaughn
3. Kitty Takes a Holiday (Kitty Norville, Book 3) by Carrie Vaughn
4. Kitty and the Silver Bullet (Kitty Norville, Book 4) by Carrie Vaughn
5. Interview With the Vampire (The Vampire Chronicles, Book 1) by Anne Rice review
6. At Grave's End (Night Huntress, #3) by Jeaniene Frost So.Much.Fun.
7. The Feast of Love by Charles Baxter Stay away from the movie, book is better, but overall I wasn't all that impressed.
8. In the Woods by Tana French A debut, but already one of my favorite mystery books. The intricacies between main characters - fascinating.
9. The Pilot's Wife by Anita Shreve Starts out with such a depressing scene that I had low hopes for this one; I couldn't have been more wrong. A really solid read.
10. The Historian by Elizabeth Kostova Boring. Boring. Boring. Stupid boring. Lengthy description boring. Pointless travel boring. Endless historical data boring. Boring. Stay away.
11. Blood Lines (The World of the Lupi, Book 3) by Eileen Wilks Compelling characters, but too over the top for me. I'm not sure if I'll continue with the series.
12. Wolfsbane and Mistletoe (Sookie Stackhouse, #8.2; Kitty Norville, Book 2.2) by Charlaine Harris review
13. The Becoming (Anna Strong, Book 1) by Jeanne C. Stein review
14. A Great and Terrible Beauty (The Gemma Doyle Trilogy, Book 1) by Libba Bray Boring. Pointless. Got halfway through and threw it at the wall.





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FEBRUARY (14 total)

1. War for the Oaks by Emma Bull Uhh... fay. I don't like fay in general, I'm biased I know.
2. The Bone People by Keri Hulme review
3. [image error] Not as good as the previous ones.
4. The Tales of Beedle the Bard (Harry Potter) by J.K. Rowling This was a mistake.
5. Bone Crossed (Mercedes Thompson, #4) by Patricia Briggs Patricia Briggs, what else needs to be said?
6. Witchling (Sisters of the Moon, Book 1) by Yasmine Galenorn Terrible.
7. Undone (Outcast Season, #1) by Rachel Caine I'm hooked on new series now.
8. Moonheart by Charles de Lint Lukewarm.
9. A Prayer for Owen Meany by John Irving
10. Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury Classic.
11. Nights in Rodanthe by Nicholas Sparks review
12. The Phantom Tollbooth by Norton Juster I was hoping for a magical childhood story, got a sci-fi allegory instead.
13. The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold Unsettling but worth it.
14. The Red Tent by Anita Diamant AWESOME!!!!!


message 2: by Kasia (last edited Jun 02, 2009 03:30AM) (new)

Kasia MARCH (14 total)


1. White Witch, Black Curse (Rachel Morgan/The Hollows, Book 7) by Kim Harrison Kim Harrison knows how to make me happy :D
2. The Memory Keeper's Daughter by Kim Edwards Forget it, forget the movie as well. Despicable characters - all I'm gonna say.
3. [image error] Kitty books are just not as good as they used to be.
4. The Book Thief by Markus Zusak Mindblowing.
5. The Adoration of Jenna Fox by Mary E. Pearson Sci-fi YA with ethical issues.
6. Congo by Michael Crichton I'm still traumatized by the movie.
7. Killing Floor (Jack Reacher Series #1) by Lee Child Drenched in testosterone.
8. Full Moon Rising (Riley Jenson Guardian Series, Book 1) by Keri Arthur review
9. Lonesome Dove by Larry McMurtry My new all-time- favorite. Check out Charissa's review.
10. Vamped A Novel by David Sosnowski review
11. The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood 4 or 5 stars, I cannot decide. This book scares the bejeezus out of me.
12. Night Season (The World of the Lupi, Book 4) by Eileen Wilks
13. Outlander (Outlander, #1) by Diana Gabaldon review
14. Mortal Sins (The World of the Lupi, Book 5) by Eileen Wilks review


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APRIL (14 total) 14!!! It's become this thing: 14. Not that it's intentional...


1. The Art of Racing in the Rain by Garth Stein Comes with a review...
2. Little Brother by Cory Doctorow Read it, dude! It's free and it's good. (Ooops I just realized it rhymes)
3. Magic Strikes (Kate Daniels, #3) by Ilona Andrews
4. Samurai 1 Kastel Awan Burung Gereja (Cloud of Sparrows An Epic Novel of Japan) by Takashi Matsuoka This got stuck on my TBR for a longinsh while, donno why... It's damn good stuff!!
5. Kissing Sin (Riley Jenson Guardian Series, Book 2) by Keri Arthur Eeee... I liked the 1st book in the series, this... This is much weaker. ::Disappointed::
6. The Rule of Four by Ian Caldwell Feh. Overated.
7. Curse the Dawn (Cassandra Palmer, #4) by Karen Chance
8. Dark Lover (Black Dagger Brotherhood, #1) by J.R. Ward Steamy! So, thanks Yz!
9. Stray (Shifters, #1) by Rachel Vincent Quite good...
10. I Capture the Castle by Dodie Smith I wrote like a real, extensive review for this one! Yay me.
11. The Power of One by Bryce Courtenay
12. The History of Love A Novel by Nicole Krauss
13. Tempting Evil (Riley Jenson Guardian Series, Book 3) by Keri Arthur
14. The Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver


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message 3: by Kasia (last edited Jun 28, 2009 02:49PM) (new)

Kasia MAY (16 read)

1. Zodiac by Neal Stephenson Such a guy book, not bad but I just could not get invested, eh.
2. The Time Traveler's Wife by Audrey Niffenegger This book made me feel like an asshole.
3. Rogue (Shifters, #2) by Rachel Vincent F. is still her daddy's spoiled little princess.
& It's getting annoying. Why won't she grow up?! She's 23, but acts like a 15 yo. Gosh.
4. Dead and Gone (Sookie Stackhouse, #9) by Charlaine Harris As good as ever.
5. To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee I can see why this is a classic.
6. The Martian Chronicles (Grand Master Edition) by Ray Bradbury A collection of somewhat related short stories. Not too bad, but... but I ran out of steam half way though it... Bah.
7. You Shall Know Our Velocity! by Dave Eggers Pointless.
8. The Goose Girl (The Books of Bayern, #1) by Shannon Hale 5 stars. And I thought I was over fairy tales and princesses. Stupid me. I am not over. Proved wrong once again.
9. The Anubis Gates by Tim Powers Nah. Cyberpunk is not for me.
10. The Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd I want me some honey. Now!
11. Blindness by José Saramago It's official, I hate all things dystopia, love Saramago.
12. Looking for Alaska by John Green
13. Pride (Shifters, #3) by Rachel Vincent Better than the first 2 books, but still F is slow on the uptake and Vincent tends to overexplain things. Just give me some credit, woman! I get it!!! I knew your big twist for the last 20 pages! Now, move on with the story, ok?! Grrrrrr...
14. The Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfield I lack the motivation to follow the story any longer. I'm half way through and I'm saying pass. (I was overwhelmed by the amount of descriptions, by the obsession with books and by the fixation on twins. And it dragged...)
Next!
15. The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins I couldn't put this down.
16. [image error] The writing style was tiring me out



ஐ Briansgirl (Book Queen)ஐ (briansgirlkate) Why was Tales of Beedle the Bard a mistake? I do think it only makes sense to those that have read all of the Rowling Potter books.

Nights in Rodanthe - I may just have to read this. I have the reader's digest condensed version of this.


message 5: by Kasia (last edited Apr 09, 2009 06:15AM) (new)

Kasia I've read all the Harry Potter books but somehow Tales of Beedle the Bard didn't agree with me. I have the same thing with Tolkien - loved Hobbit and LOTR, but beyond that uhhhh...

The initial bar was set so high than anything that comes past it comes short. So it was a mistake because I should have known better than to reach for that book, yet I could not help myself. And I ended up disappointed, despite the fact that on it's own Tales of Beedle the Bard might not be bad at all.

Does that make sense?


Nichole (DirrtyH) (dirtyh) Kasia wrote: "Full Moon's oozing with sex - the author worked hanky-panky into so many scenes, that Riley (the heroine) should not have been able to walk properly from all the thrusting and shoving... "

Oh, lol... it does get a little out of hand doesn't it?
My other issue with these books is Riley's constant nudity. Regardless of how you feel about casual/public nudity, I really worry that this girl's gonna hurt herself... not to mention I don't know how you run around naked with big boobs.


message 7: by Kasia (new)

Kasia Hymmm, I haven't thought about that, but now that you've pointed that out... Damn, it must hurt, even with bras big boobs and running don't always add up. Still, despite all this nonsense, I'm into it. After a few heavier reads, I'll probably grab next Keri Arthur's book. I'm easily pleased :D


message 8: by Lori (new)

Lori  (moderatrixlori) Full Moon's oozing with sex

Oh goody! I just bought the first 4 books in this series from the used book store. Now I can't wait to get started!


message 9: by Lori (new)

Lori  (moderatrixlori) The Historian...Boring. Boring. Boring. Stupid boring. Lengthy description boring. Pointless travel boring. Endless historical data boring. Boring. Stay away.

OMG...I felt the exact same way about this book. I didn't even finish it. Horrible.


message 10: by Unapologetic_Bookaholic (last edited Mar 31, 2009 09:30AM) (new)

Unapologetic_Bookaholic | 1986 comments Kissing Sin
I loved the idea of Riley being a vamp/werewolf so much I ordered the first 5 books in the series and read in (practically) back to back! I needed a break but when I think about her and Quinn...or her and anyone else, lol. I just love this series.



message 11: by Kasia (last edited Mar 31, 2009 09:41AM) (new)

Kasia Ah yeah, I'm starting the Kissing Sin right now, how did you know? The first book in the Riley series was my pick-it-for me challenge. Now I'm hooked, I'm just trying to pace myself...


Unapologetic_Bookaholic | 1986 comments I think The Riley Jenson series is like that for everyone. I may have come across one bad review. I think everyone I've chatted with liked it for its simplicity and likable characters. That was a boo-boo, lol, I meant to type Full Moon Rising.


message 13: by Annie (new)

Annie (themadnessofhamsters) Hi Kasia - The Hunger Games was picked for me in March - a good choice, too! Now I'm waiting for #2.


message 14: by Kasia (last edited Apr 17, 2009 03:30AM) (new)

Kasia Read Your Name Challenge (January 1 - June 30)
[image error] The Art of Racing in the Rain by Garth Stein Stray (Werecats, Book 1) by Rachel Vincent I Capture the Castle by Dodie Smith The Adoration of Jenna Fox by Mary E. Pearson
K.....Kitty Raises Hell - Carrie Vaughn
A.....The Art of Racing in the Rain - Garth Stein
S......Stray
I.......I Capture the Castle
A......The Adoration of Jenna Fox - Mary Pearson

DONE!!


message 16: by Kasia (last edited Oct 10, 2009 08:25AM) (new)

Kasia 2009 A-Z Author Challenge
The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood The Feast of Love by Charles Baxter City of Bones (Mortal Instruments, #1) by Cassandra Clare The Red Tent A Novel Tenth-Anniversary Edition by Anita Diamant The Memory Keeper's Daughter by Kim Edwards In the Woods by Tana French Outlander (Outlander, #1) by Diana Gabaldon The Bone People by Keri Hulme
A Prayer for Owen Meany by John Irving The Phantom Tollbooth by Norton Juster The Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks by E. Lockhart Cloud of Sparrows by Takashi Matsuoka [image error] Black Ladies (Photo & Sexy Books) by Uwe Ommer The Adoration of Jenna Fox by Mary E. Pearson Black and Blue (Oprah's Book Club) by Anna Quindlen
Bonk The Curious Coupling of Science and Sex by Mary Roach The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold The Art of War by Sun Tzu Beautiful Lies A Novel by Lisa Unger [image error] Dark Lover (Black Dagger Brotherhood, #1) by J.R. Ward Sky Burial An Epic Love Story of Tibet by Xinran The Shack by William P. Young The Book Thief by Markus Zusak

A: Atwood, Margaret - The Handmaid's Tale
B: Baxter, Charles - The Feast of Love
C: Clare, Cassandra - City of Bones Mortal Instruments 1
D: Diamant, Anita - The Red Tent
E: Edwards, Kim - The Memory Keeper's Daughter
F: French, Tana - In the Woods
G: Gabaldon, Diana - Outlander
H: Hulme, Keri - The Bone People
I: Irving, John- A Prayer for Owen Meany
J: Norton, Juster - Phantom Tollbooth
K: Kingsolver, Barbara - The Poisonwood Bible
L: Lockhart, E. - The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks
M: Matsuoka, Takashi - Cloud of Sparrows
N: Niffenegger, Audrey - The Time Traveler's Wife
O: Ommer, Uwe - Black Ladies
P: Pearson, Mary E. - The Adoration of Jenna Fox
Q: Quindlen, Anna - Black and Blue
R: Roach, Mary - Bonk
S: Sebold, Alice - Lovely Bones
T: Tzu, Sun - The Art of War
U: Unger, Lisa - Beautiful Lies
V: Vaughn, Carrie - Kitty and the Dead Man's Hand
W: Ward, J.R. - Dark Lover
X: Xinran - Sky Burial: An Epic Love Story of Tibet
Y: Young, William P. - The Shack
Z: Zusak, Markus - The Book Thief

uh... q, u, x, y & z can be pain in the ass...


Unapologetic_Bookaholic | 1986 comments try X-files (YA) for "X". I am reading an Asian author for "Q". Karen Whiddon for "W" in case you'd like to read a romance author ;).


Unapologetic_Bookaholic | 1986 comments Oh and don't forget to add What's in a name and other challenges to your thread. What fun =D


message 19: by Kasia (last edited Apr 05, 2009 10:04AM) (new)

Kasia Thanks Kenjii for all the suggestions :-)
I'm doing this one step at a time so other challenges will be coming up soon, no worry...


message 20: by Kasia (last edited Apr 30, 2009 09:58AM) (new)

Kasia What's In a Name Challenge


1.) color Kitty and the Silver Bullet
2.) animal Kitty Takes a Holiday
3.) first name A Prayer for Owen Meany
4.) place Kitty Goes to Washington
5.) building The Red Tent
6.) plant War for the Oaks
7.) profession The Historian
8.) time of day/number Fahrenheit 451
9.) relative The Pilot's Wife
10.) body part Kitty and the Dead Man's Hand, also: The Bone People, Bone Crossed, Blood Lines

Done on Feb 22, check!

What's In a Name Challenge: Set 2 (Feb 22 - April 30)
(done, on the last day but done)

1.) color White Witch Black Curse
2.) animal Lonesome Dove, Kitty Raises Hell, Cloud of Sparrows
3.) first name The Adoration of Jenna Fox
4.) place Congo
5.) building I Capture the Castle
6.) plant The Poisonwood Bible
7.) profession The Book Thief
8.) time of day/number Night Season , The Rule of Four, Curse the Dawn, The Power of One
9.) relative The Memory Keeper's Daughter, Little Brother
10.) body part The Lovely Bones


Unapologetic_Bookaholic | 1986 comments My Library has Snow Flower and the Secret Fan. So I will see f I can pick that up. Or check out and re-read Broken Flower.


message 22: by Kasia (new)

Kasia Kenjii wrote: "My Library has Snow Flower and the Secret Fan. So I will see f I can pick that up. Or check out and re-read Broken Flower. "

And that's how you solve problems! (Bdw, dude, Snow Flower and the Secret Fan is on my TBR.)



Unapologetic_Bookaholic | 1986 comments LOL. I do hope i can get and and that it is a good read =D


message 24: by Kasia (last edited Jul 07, 2009 06:23PM) (new)

Kasia Men We Love Challenge (May 01-July, 31) DONE!!!
I prefer not to know too much about books before I read them.... I tied to put some books in advance but I failed to do so miserably... In the end, I decided, I'll be filling this out as I go...

1. cowboy.................................The Lonesome Gods
2. cop/fbi.................................Don't Look Now (detective)
3. military................................Ender's Game (commandor)
4. doctor/lawyer......................Blindness (ophthalmologist)
5. athlete..................................Graceling (fighter)

PNR:
6. demon/witch........................Succubus Heat (demon & succumbi)
7. elf/wizard/angel...................Once Dead Twice Shy (reaper aka death angel)
8. were-animal/shifter..............Rogue (werecat)
9. hunter/ghost.........................Specials (special)
10. vampire..............................Dead and Gone (I ♥ Eric!)

Alternative:
6. CEO/businessman.................Three Bedrooms, One Corpse
7. celebrity................................The Goose Girl (a prince)
8. teacher/scholar.....................The Time Traveler's Wife (librarian)
9. techie/nerd/geek...................Geek Love*
10. unique/unusual occupation..Zodiac (environmental activist)

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* It was a totally different kind of geek, but I did not realize it when I first grabbed the book. Whatever. It stays.


message 25: by Kasia (last edited Feb 12, 2010 04:12PM) (new)

Kasia 2009 Read the Month Challenge

March
M - The Memory Keeper's Daughter
A - The Adoration of Jenna Fox
R - The Red Tent
C - Congo
H - The Handmaid's Tale

April
A - The Art of Racing in the Rain
P - Power of One
R - The Rule of Four
I - I Capture the Castle
L - Little Brother by Cory Doctorow

May
M - The Martian Chronicles
A - The Anubis Gates
Y - You Shall Know Our Velocity

June
J - Jong, Erica: Fear of Flying
U - Uglies
N - Nix, Garth: Sabriel
E - Ender's Game


July (never finished)
J - The Julius House
U - Urquhart: Away
L - The Lonesome Gods
Y - Young: The Shack


August
A - A Dream of Armageddon
U - Unger: Beautiful Lies
G - Gruen: Water for Elephants
U - Undone
S - Sacher-Masoch: Venus in Furs
T - Thorn Queen


September
S - Spindle's End
E - Easton: The New Topping Book
P - Patchett: Bel Canto
T - Triptych
E - Eliot: The Waste Land and Other Poems
M - Maus I: A Survivor's Tale
B - Blue Bloods
E - The Enormous Crocodile
R - Roach: Bonk: The Curious Coupling of Science and Sex


October
O - Of mice and men
C - Catching Fire
T - A Touch of Dead
O - On the Edge
B - Belle de Jour: Diary of an Unlikely Call Girl
E - Ellroy: The Black Dahlia
R - Rose Daughter


November
N - Night Shift
O - Oe, Kenzaburo: Nip the buds shoot the kids
V - Vulnerable
E - Erdrich, Louise: Plague of Doves
M - Murakami, Haruki: What I Talk About When I Talk About Running
B - Bryson, Bill: Down Under
E - Exercises in style
R - Rosemary and Rue


December (one short)
D - Diamond, Jared: Why Is Sex Fun The Evolution of Human Sexuality
E - The Elementary Particles
C - Clavell, James: Shogun
E - Enna Burning
M - The Mother Tongue: English and How It Got That Way
B - Bonjour Tristesse

E - Endo, Shusaku: The Girl I Left Behind
R - Roquelaure, A.N.: The Claiming of Sleeping Beauty

January (one short)
J - Junky
A - A Walk to remember
N - No Plot No Problem A Low-Stress High-Velocity Guide to Writing a Novel in 30 Days
U - Understood Betsy
A - Akunin, Boris: The Winter Queen
R - Roquelaure, A.N.: Beauty's Release
Y - Yasunari Kawabata: Thousand Cranes


February
F - Feed
E -
B - Blood Cross Jane Yellowrock 2 by Faith Hunter
R -
U -
A - After the Quake
R -
Y - Yasunari Kawabata: House of Sleeping Beauties



message 26: by Michelle (new)

Michelle (michelle_mc) | 670 comments You do seem to like the challenges! lol
I like the list, seems like a good idea for keeping track of what you read. I'm on my 21st book for this month...


message 27: by Kasia (last edited Apr 14, 2009 03:49PM) (new)

Kasia Yeah I do, and I like snooping around checking what other people are reading...
so you know, stick around, start your own thread, so then I could be snooping on you as well :D



message 28: by Kasia (last edited May 03, 2009 11:24AM) (new)

Kasia MONTHLY CHALLENGES:


January (3 done)
1. Has been in my TBR pile for too long: The Historian
2. First in a series: Interview With The Vampire
4. Has a word that starts with "W" in its title: Wolfsbane and Mistletoe

February (8 done)
1. 'F' as author's initial: In the Woods (Tana French)
2. Red cover: Fahrenheit 451
3. Love, kiss or heart in title: The Feast of Love
5. B-day book (from Margaret's shelves): The Pilot's Wife
6. New Zealand theme: The Bone People
7. Fav genre (UF): Bone Crossed
8. GoodReads author (Carrie Vaughn): Kitty and the Dead Man's Hand
10. Name in the title: A Prayer for Owen Meany

March (6 done)
1. Author's first or last name starts with "M": The Book Thief (Markus Zusak)
2. Green cover: White Witch Black Curse
4. Texas: Lonesome Dove
5. Scotland: Outlander
6. Military: Killing Floor
7. Previously started and meant to continue: The Memory Keeper's Daughter

April (9 done)
Magic Strikes (Kate Daniels, Book 3) by Ilona Andrews Kissing Sin (Riley Jenson Guardian Series, Book 2) by Keri Arthur Samurai 1 Kastel Awan Burung Gereja (Cloud of Sparrows An Epic Novel of Japan) by Takashi Matsuoka Stray (Werecats, Book 1) by Rachel Vincent Power of One by Bryce Courtenay Curse the Dawn (Cassandra Palmer, Book 4) by Karen Chance Zodiac by Neal Stephenson Little Brother by Cory Doctorow Dark Lover (Black Dagger Brotherhood, #1) by J.R. Ward The History of Love A Novel by Nicole Krauss

1. A...........................Magic Strikes (Andrews, Ilona)
2. B-Day....................Kissing Sin (Sarah's TBR)
3. California..............Little Brother
4. Oldest TBR book...Cloud of Sparrows
5. Single Word...........Stray
6. Funny.................... Zodiac (read in May)
7. War.......................The History of Love
8. Male Profile..........Power of One
9. Part of Series.........Curse the Dawn (Cassie Palmer, Book 4)
10. Pick-It-For-Me....Dark Lover (Yz recommended it, thanks Yz)



message 29: by Michelle (new)

Michelle (michelle_mc) | 670 comments Wow! You are doing great with the Boxsets. Have you read all the books?


message 30: by Kasia (new)

Kasia None of those in the box sets (that's how this challenge rolls) - which scares me a bit. But then it's all from my TBR pile, so I'd get to it sooner or later anyways...


message 31: by Yz the Whyz, Moderator (new)

Yz the Whyz (whyz) | 9327 comments LOL..Kasia..the boxed sets will keep you busy for a long time...but great list...I love it.


message 32: by Kasia (last edited Apr 17, 2009 05:21AM) (new)

Kasia Yz wrote: "LOL..Kasia..the boxed sets will keep you busy for a long time...but great list...I love it."

Oh yeah, this's gonna last me for the years to come
:: sighs ::


ஐ Briansgirl (Book Queen)ஐ (briansgirlkate) wow, that's alot boxed sets. Good thing there's no deadline on this one. lol


message 34: by Kasia (new)

Kasia Well, if there were deadlines, it would be a whole different story...


Jael ~ *~ Syhren ~* ~ (wwwgoodreadscomprofilejael) what no deadlines on the box sets! Hmm time to make some more LOL


message 36: by Kasia (last edited Aug 19, 2009 06:16AM) (new)

Kasia SERIES MADNESS CHALLENGE (updated 19 VIII 2009)


Planning to start:
Alison Croggon - Books of Pellinor
Amy Lane - Little Goddess
Cassandra Clare - Mortal Instruments
Christopher Paolini - Inheritance
Jasper Fforde - Thursday Next
Karen Chance - Dhampir
Marion Zimmer Bradley - Avalon

In Between:
Diana Gabaldon - Outlander
James Clavell - Shogun
Jenna Maclaine - Cin Craven
Orson Scott Card - Ender's
Scott Westerfeld - Uglies

Caught up with*:
Carrie Vaughn - Kitty Norville
Charlaine Harris - Sookie Stackhouse
Charlaine Harris - Harper Connelly
Eileen Wilks - World of the Lupi
Ilona Andrews - Kate Daniels
Jeanine Frost - Night Huntress
Karen Chance - Cassie Palmer
Kim Harrison - Hollows
Patricia Briggs - Mercedes Thompson
Rachel Caine - Outcast
Rachel Caine - Weather Warden
Rachel Vincent - Werecats
Rachel Vincent - Soul Screamers
Richelle Mead - Vampire Academy
Richelle Mead - Georgina Kincaid
Richelle Mead - Dark Swan
Suzanne Collins - Hunger

Abandoned:
Anne Rice - Vampire Chronicles
Amelia Atwater-Rhodes - Den of Shadows
C.E. Murphy - Urban Shaman
Garth Nix - Abhorsens
Holly Black - A Modern Tale of Faerie
J.R. Ward - Black Dagger Brotherhood
Jeanne C. Stein - Anna Strong
Keri Arthur - Guardian (Riley Jenson)
Katie MacAllister - Aisling Grey
Kim Harrison - Madison Avery
Laurell K. Hamilton - Anita Blake
Lee Child - Jack Reacher
Megan Whalen Turner - Eugenides
Rachel Caine - Morganville Vamps
Rob Thurman - Cal Leandros
Terry Pratchett - Discworld
Yasmine Galenorn - Sisters of the Moon

Finished:
Charlaine Harris - Aurora Teagarden
Charlaine Harris - Lily Bard
J.K. Rowling - Harry Potter
J.R.R. Tolkien - LOTR
Karin Slaughter - Grant County
Lilith Saintcrow - Dante Valentine
Maria V. Snyder - Study Books
Sapkowski - The Witcher
Stephenie Meyer - Twilight
& more....

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*Upcoming releases:
Charlaine Harris - Harper Connelly 4 (Grave Secret)
Ilona Andrews - Kate Daniels 4 (Magic Bleeds)
Richelle Mead - Georgina Kincaid 5 (??)
Patricia Briggs - Mercedes Thompson 5 (Silver Bone)
Suzanne Collins - Hunger 2 (Catching Fire)



message 37: by Kasia (last edited Oct 26, 2009 09:35AM) (new)

Kasia A Lifetime of Books Challenge (23 IV 2009 - 23 IV 2010)
DONE!


1984: Hero and the Crown
1985: Ender's Game
1986: Howl's Moving Castle
1987: The Black Dahlia
1988: Sheepfarmer's Daughter
1989: The Pillars of the Earth

The Blue Sword by Robin McKinley Ender's Game (Ender's Saga, Book 1) by Orson Scott Card Howl's Moving Castle by Diana Wynne Jones The Black Dahlia by James Ellroy Sheepfarmer's Daughter (The Deed of Paksenarrion, #1) by Elizabeth Moon The Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follett

1990: Real Murders
1991: Maus II: A Survivor's Tale: And Here My Troubles Began
1992: A Bone to Pick
1993: The Shipping News : A Novel
1994: Three Bedrooms, One Corpse
1995: Blindness
1996: Dead Over Heels
1997: Ella Enchanted
1998: The Poisonwood Bible
1999: A Fool and His Honey

Real Murders (Aurora Teagarden Mystery, #1) by Charlaine Harris Maus II A Survivor's Tale And Here My Troubles Began by Art Spiegelman A Bone to Pick (Aurora Teagarden Mystery, #2) by Charlaine Harris Shipping News A Novel (Scribner Classics) by Annie Proulx Three Bedrooms, One Corpse (Aurora Teagarden Mystery, #3) by Charlaine Harris Blindness by José Saramago Dead Over Heels (Aurora Teagarden Mystery, #5) by Charlaine Harris Ella Enchanted by Gail Carson Levine The Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver A Fool and His Honey (Aurora Teagarden Mystery, #6) by Charlaine Harris

2000: On Writing
2001: Mr. Maybe
2002: The Secret Life of Bees
2003: The Time Traveler's Wife
2004: Something Borrowed
2005: Looking for Alaska
2006: Humble Pie
2007: Beastly
2008: Rogue
2009: Dead and Gone

On Writing by Stephen King Mr. Maybe A Novel by Jane Green The Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd The Time Traveler's Wife by Audrey Niffenegger Something Borrowed by Emily Giffin Looking for Alaska by John Green Humble Pie by Gordon Ramsay Beastly by Alex Flinn Rogue (Shifters, #2) by Rachel Vincent Dead and Gone (Sookie Stackhouse, #9) by Charlaine Harris

Done! Finally. I was stuck on 1987, 1988 for ages, but I'm finally done. One less challenge to worry about.


message 38: by Kasia (last edited Jun 22, 2009 06:02PM) (new)

Kasia MONTHLY CHALLENGES: (continued)


May (10 done)
To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee Dead and Gone (Sookie Stackhouse, #9) by Charlaine Harris The Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd The Time Traveler's Wife by Audrey Niffenegger Blindness by José Saramago The Martian Chronicles (Grand Master Edition) by Ray Bradbury Pride (Shifters, #3) by Rachel Vincent The House of the Spirits by Isabel Allende Rogue (Shifters, #2) by Rachel Vincent The Goose Girl (The Books of Bayern, #1) by Shannon Hale The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

1. M for May..................................... The Martian Chronicles
2. B-Day book................................... To Kill a Mockingbird (Shazzy's, BriansGirl's & Nichole's)
3. Illinois book................................. The Time Traveler's Wife
4. Fairytale....................................... The Goose Girl
5. Mother's Day................................ Rogue (pregnant werecat)
6. Hospitals/Nurses/Doctors........... Blindness
7. Sports........................................... The Hunger Games
8. Female on the cover...................... Dead and Gone
9. Stand-Alone book......................... The Secret Life of Bees
10.* RRR Group Bookshelf............... Pride
* !! Pick-It-For-Me............................The House of the Spirits

June (10 done)
Fear of Flying by Erica Jong The Princess Bride  by William Goldman The Queen and I by Sue Townsend [image error] The Reader by Bernhard Schlink Black and Blue by Anna Quindlen The Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follett Tipping the Velvet by Sarah Waters [image error] Ender's Game (Ender's Saga, #1) by Orson Scott Card

1. J for June(author)......................... Fear of Flying (Erica Jong)
2. B-Day book................................... Uglies (Courtney's bookshelves)
3. Florida.......................................... Black and Blue
4. Wedding....................................... The Princess Bride
5. Witch/wizard................................ The Pillars of Earth
6. Gay/lesbian.................................. Tipping the Velvet
7. Royalty......................................... The Queen and I
8. Non human cover......................... Ender's Game
9. New author................................... The Reader
10.Pick-It-For-Me............................ Don't Look Now


message 39: by Kasia (last edited Aug 24, 2009 03:47AM) (new)

Kasia July (8 read)
The Julius House (Aurora Teagarden Mystery, #4) by Charlaine Harris Prey (Shifters, #4) by Rachel Vincent The Shack by William P. Young Heat and Dust by Ruth Prawer Jhabvala The Lonesome Gods by Louis L'Amour The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time  by Mark Haddon A Fool and His Honey (Aurora Teagarden Mystery, #6) by Charlaine Harris Necroscope by Brian Lumley Howl's Moving Castle by Diana Wynne Jones [image error] The Hero and the Crown by Robin McKinley

1. J for July (book)............................ The Julius House
2. B-Day Book................................... The Shack (Jes!)
3. UK................................................ The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time
4. Summer Heat................................
5. Vacation Spot................................ Prey
6. Western........................................ The Lonesome Gods
7. Eat Me.......................................... A fool for his honey
8. Reread..........................................
9. Young Adult................................. Hero and the Crown
10.Pick-It-For-Me............................ Necroscope


August (9 read)
Destined for an Early Grave (Night Huntress, #4) by Jeaniene Frost Something Borrowed by Emily Giffin Crap at the Environment by Mark Watson Cape Storm (Weather Warden, #8) by Rachel Caine [image error] Ella Enchanted by Gail Carson Levine Thorn Queen (Dark Swan, #2) by Richelle Mead A Dream of Armageddon by H.G. Wells Welcome to the Real World by Carole Matthews

1. A for August.................... A Hunger Like No Other
2. B-day book...................... Destined for an Early Grave (Yz, Platas0827, Purple)
3. Australia.......................... Crap at the Environment
4. Friendship....................... Something Borrowed
5. Aviation.......................... A Dream of Armageddon
6. Beach Cover.................... Cape Storm
7&8. Book-2-Movie............. Ella Enchanted
9. Chick-lit........................... Welcome To The Real World
10. Reader's choice.............. Thorn Queen


ஐ Briansgirl (Book Queen)ஐ (briansgirlkate) Kasia wrote: "2. This book made me feel like an asshole."

Why?


message 41: by Kasia (new)

Kasia Oh I just realized that:
- I am not a romantic at all,
- that I have a rather pessimistic attitude towards life
- and that I'm a ruthless cynic (at best a pragmatist).

So I got angry, I don't want to know that about myself!! See, denial work for me, and this book made me inspect my soul and I'm not to happy with what I saw. I wish I could believe that as long as you love, everything is going to be fine. That it's all worth it. But I do not believe that. At all. It kind of makes me a jackass, I think. Bah!


(Sorry, that was a rant and some of it might not make much sense)


ஐ Briansgirl (Book Queen)ஐ (briansgirlkate) I have this book to read eventually and that's why I wondered what you thought of it.


message 43: by Kasia (new)

Kasia No, it's pretty good - go ahead and read it, the comment was more about me than the book. Some people voice concerns about nudity and some profanities, but to me it all seemed to work. The nudity was essential to the story and profanities were scarce and not offensive at all. I think you's like it a lot!!


ஐ Briansgirl (Book Queen)ஐ (briansgirlkate) It sounded different. The only thing though is it isn't a really short book and it's a bit complicated to understand all the time traveling. The one thing about reading so many books for challenges is that I stay away from long or complicated books, so I have time to get to all the other ones. So don't know when I'll get to this.


message 45: by Kasia (new)

Kasia You know, it wasn't too confusing, the time traveling was laid out fair and square: each time shift was labeled and I was given information - who figures in the scene, what's their age. And even though the book was longish, it read pretty fast....


ஐ Briansgirl (Book Queen)ஐ (briansgirlkate) Maybe I'll have to work it into a challenge soon then.


message 47: by Kasia (new)

Kasia You don't have to, I'm not trying to push this one on you. LOL. Just saying it's not that scary....


ஐ Briansgirl (Book Queen)ஐ (briansgirlkate) It's one I wanted to get to eventually. I bought it at the local used bookstore. I have to be in the right mood to read time travel books though.


message 49: by Nichole (DirrtyH) (last edited May 07, 2009 04:09PM) (new)

Nichole (DirrtyH) (dirtyh) I'll push it on you, Briansgirl! I have no problem saying The Time Traveller's Wife is my favorite book of all time. So far I've read it 3 times, and I anticipate probably reading it 1-2 times a year from here on out.
It being my favorite book and all, I sometimes read it with the thought in mind that I want everyone I know to read it too, and with that in mind I have to disagree with Kasia a little, though. I cannot recommend this book to my mom or my sister, because there is language and graphic sex in it. I barely noticed it, but when I kept my mom in mind I started to see how much there really was.
I also thought the time travel was handled very well. It could have been a complete mess, but she kept it very neat and clean. It wasn't confusing at all.

Kasia, I'm very baffled by your reaction, though. The book was undeniably romantic, but I didn't really think it had that "love conquers all" thing going on. A lot of really crappy stuff happened. And I also don't think having a more realistic and cynical view of life or love makes you an asshole at all.


ஐ Briansgirl (Book Queen)ஐ (briansgirlkate) I'll keep the book in mind as I need to fill slots this summer. If my Illinois books stinks, I think someone said this book qualifies for that category.




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