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message 1: by Laura (new)

Laura (LWSpotts) My major challenge for 2009 is to complete 52 books for the year. This is an auspicious challenge for me, as I have averaged around 35-40 books per year for the past several years. In conjunction with this challenge, I am going to attempt to do two additional challenges - read as much as I can off my own bookshelves (Read Your Own Book Challenge), and complete an A-Z author challenge. Here is my progress so far:

A:
B: Bluper, Liz - Mothers-in-Law Do Everything Wrong: M.I.L.D.E.W. (4 stars)
C:
D:
E: Edgerton, Clyde - Raney (just started)
F:
G:
H:
I:
J:
K:
L: Levin, Mark - Rescuing Sprite (currently reading - not loving)
M:
N:
O: Oates, Joyce Carol - First Love (2 stars)
P:
Q:
R:
S:
T:
U:
V: Volk, Patricia - To My Dearest Friends (4 stars)
W:
X:
Y:
Z:

Total YTD: 9
Total A-Z Author Challenge: 5
Total Read Your Own Book Challenge: 4

So far, so good!

Laura
Chatt TN


message 2: by Laura (new)

Laura (LWSpotts) I forgot to include Book Lust by Nancy Pearl, which I'm halfway through. It's a fun book to read, and gives a lot of great recommendations to make your TBR list even longer! LOL So, my totals are:

YTD: 10
A-Z Author Challenge: 6
RYOB Challenge: 4


message 3: by Laura (new)

Laura (LWSpotts) An update on my A-Z author challenge as of Jan 19, 2009:

A:
B: Bluper, Liz - Mothers-in-Law Do Everything Wrong: M.I.L.D.E.W. (4 stars)
C:
D:
E: Edgerton, clyde - Raney (4 stars)
F:
G:
H:
I:
J:
K:
L: Levin, Mark - Rescuing Sprite (2 stars)
M:
N:
O: Oates, Joyce Carol - First Love (2 stars)
P: Pearl, Nancy - Book Lust (4 stars)
Q:
R:
S: Seuss, Dr. - The Cat in the Hat (5 Stars)
T:
U:
V: Volk, Patricia - To My Dearest Friends (4 stars)
W:
X:
Y:
Z:


message 4: by Laura (new)

Laura (LWSpotts) Here's my progress to date on my reading challenges for 2009:

A: Agee, John - Smart Feller Fart Smeller and other Spoonerisms (3 stars)
Allred, Wayne - The Disgusted Driver's Handbook-Instructions on Surviving on Roads Infested with Idiots (3 stars)

B: Bluper, Liz - Mothers-in-Law Do Everything Wrong: M.I.L.D.E.W. (4 stars)
Buchanan, Sue - Duh-Votions (3 stars)

C: Chattanoga Bakery - 100 Years of Nostalgic Southern Folklore: A Book of MoonPie Memories (4 stars)
Curtis, Jamie Lee - Tell Me Again About the Night I was Born (5 stars)

D: Delinsky, Barbara - The Secret Between Us (2 stars)
Delinsky, Barbara - Facets (3 stars)
Ducornet, Rikki - Gazelle (4 stars)

E: Edgerton, clyde - Raney (4 stars)
Eldridge, Sherrie - Twenty Things Adopted Kids Wish Their Adoptive Parents Knew (2 stars)

F: Flory, Kitty Burns - Sister Bernadette's Barking Dog: The Quirky History and Lost Art of Diagramming Sentences (3 stars)
Fowler, Karen Joy - The Jane Austen Book Club (3 stars)
Friedrich, Molly - You're Not My Real Mother (4 stars)

G: Grenville, Kate - Dreamhouse (3 stars)

H:
I:

J: John, Paul Brett - On Top of Spaghetti (5 stars)
Jones, Merry Bloch - Birthmothers: Women Who Have Relinquished Babies for Adoption Tell Their Stories (2 stars)

K: Katz, Karen - Over the Moon: An Adoption Tale (5 stars)

L: Levin, Mark - Rescuing Sprite (2 stars)
London, Jack - The Call of the Wild (4 stars)

M: McCarthy, Cormac - No Country for Old Men (4 stars)
Monroe, Mary Alice - The Book Club (currently reading)
Munsch, Robert N. - Love You Forever (5 stars)

N:

O: Oates, Joyce Carol - First Love (2 stars)
Oates, Joyce Carol - Gravedigger's Daughter (3 stars)
O'Farrell, Maggie - The Vanishing Act of Esme Lennox (currently reading)

P: Pearl, Nancy - Book Lust (4 stars)

Q:

R: Rosenberg, Maxine - Being Adopted (4 stars)
Rosenberg, Maxine - Growing Up Adopted (3 stars)

S: Seuss, Dr. - The Cat in the Hat (5 Stars)
Sachs, Marilyn - What My Sister Remembered (3 stars)
Silber, Kathleen - Dear Birthmother (4 stars)
Sparks, Nicholas - Three Weeks with My Brother (4 stars)
Stolz, Karen - World of Pies (4 stars)

T: Truss, Lynne - Eats, Shoots & Leaves: Why, Commas Really Do Make a Difference! (4 stars)

U:

V: Volk, Patricia - To My Dearest Friends (4 stars)
Vida, Vendela - And Now You Can Go (currently reading)
Viorst, Judith - Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day (5 stars)
Viorst, Judith - Alexander and the Wonderful, Marvelous, Excellent, Terrific Ninety Days: An Almost Completely Honest Account of What Happened to Our Family When Our Youngest ... Came to Live with Us for Three Months (3 stars)

W: Wadia-Ellis, Susan (editor) - The Adoption Reader (not finished - 3 stars so far)
Wolff, Jana - Secret Thoughts of an Adoptive Mother (4 stars)

X:

Y: Yoshimoto, Banana - Kitchen (4 stars)

Z:

Total YTD: 41
Total Read Your Own Book Challenge: 16

If anyone has suggestions for the alphabet letters I have not covered yet, please share. Some I will have trouble filling (Q, X for examples).


message 5: by Laura (new)

Laura (LWSpotts) A: Agee, John - Smart Feller Fart Smeller and other Spoonerisms (3 stars)
Allred, Wayne - The Disgusted Driver's Handbook-Instructions on Surviving on Roads Infested with Idiots (3 stars)

B: Berg, Elizabeth - True to Form (3 stars)
Bluper, Liz - Mothers-in-Law Do Everything Wrong: M.I.L.D.E.W. (4 stars)
Buchanan, Sue - Duh-Votions (3 stars)

C: Chattanoga Bakery - 100 Years of Nostalgic Southern Folklore: A Book of MoonPie Memories (4 stars)
Curtis, Jamie Lee - Tell Me Again About the Night I was Born (5 stars)

D: Delinsky, Barbara - The Secret Between Us (2 stars)
Delinsky, Barbara - Facets (3 stars)
Doucette, Jenn - The Velveteen Mommy (just started)
Ducornet, Rikki - Gazelle (4 stars)

E: Edgerton, clyde - Raney (4 stars)
Eldridge, Sherrie - Twenty Things Adopted Kids Wish Their Adoptive Parents Knew (2 stars)

F: Fieker, Sharon - I Choose This Day: Mournings and Miracles in Adoption (3 stars)
Flory, Kitty Burns - Sister Bernadette's Barking Dog: The Quirky History and Lost Art of Diagramming Sentences (3 stars)
Fowler, Karen Joy - The Jane Austen Book Club (3 stars)
Friedrich, Molly - You're Not My Real Mother (4 stars)

G: Girard, Linda Walvoord - Adoption is for Always (4 stars)
Grenville, Kate - Dreamhouse (3 stars)

H:
I:

J: John, Paul Brett - On Top of Spaghetti (5 stars)
Jones, Merry Bloch - Birthmothers: Women Who Have Relinquished Babies for Adoption Tell Their Stories (2 stars)

K: Katz, Karen - Over the Moon: An Adoption Tale (5 stars)
Kingsbury, Karen - A Treasury of Adoption Miracles: True Stories of God's Presence Today (4 stars)

L: Levin, Mark - Rescuing Sprite (2 stars)
London, Jack - The Call of the Wild (4 stars)

M: McCarthy, Cormac - No Country for Old Men (4 stars)
Miller, Rebecca - The Private Lives of Pippa Lee (3 stars)
Monroe, Mary Alice - The Book Club (3 stars)
Munsch, Robert N. - Love You Forever (5 stars)

N:

O: Oates, Joyce Carol - First Love (2 stars)
Oates, Joyce Carol - Gravedigger's Daughter (3 stars)
O'Farrell, Maggie - The Vanishing Act of Esme Lennox (4 stars)
O'Nan, Stuart - The Good Wife (currently reading)

P: Pearl, Nancy - Book Lust (4 stars)
Piper, John - Seeing and Savoring Jesus Christ (currently reading)

Q:

R: Roche, Nancy Maguire - Adoption is Another Word for Love (4 stars)
Rosenberg, Maxine - Being Adopted (4 stars)
Rosenberg, Maxine - Growing Up Adopted (3 stars)

S: Seuss, Dr. - The Cat in the Hat (5 Stars)
Sachs, Marilyn - What My Sister Remembered (3 stars)
Silber, Kathleen - Dear Birthmother (4 stars)
Sparks, Nicholas - Three Weeks with My Brother (4 stars)
Stolz, Karen - World of Pies (4 stars)

T: Truss, Lynne - Eats, Shoots & Leaves: Why, Commas Really Do Make a Difference! (4 stars)

U:

V: Volk, Patricia - To My Dearest Friends (4 stars)
Vida, Vendela - And Now You Can Go (currently reading)
Viorst, Judith - Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day (5 stars)
Viorst, Judith - Alexander and the Wonderful, Marvelous, Excellent, Terrific Ninety Days: An Almost Completely Honest Account of What Happened to Our Family When Our Youngest ... Came to Live with Us for Three Months (3 stars)

W: Wadia-Ellis, Susan (editor) - The Adoption Reader (3 stars)
Wolff, Jana - Secret Thoughts of an Adoptive Mother (4 stars)
Wright, Jason F. - The Wednesday Letters (currently reading)

X:

Y: Yoshimoto, Banana - Kitchen (4 stars)

Z:

Total YTD: 51


message 6: by Laura (new)

Laura (LWSpotts) A: Agee, John - Smart Feller Fart Smeller and other Spoonerisms (3 stars)
Allred, Wayne - The Disgusted Driver's Handbook-Instructions on Surviving on Roads Infested with Idiots (3 stars)

B: Berg, Elizabeth - True to Form (3 stars)
Berg, Elizabeth - We Are All Welcome Here (4 stars)
Bluper, Liz - Mothers-in-Law Do Everything Wrong: M.I.L.D.E.W. (4 stars)
Buchanan, Sue - Duh-Votions (3 stars)

C: Chattanoga Bakery - 100 Years of Nostalgic Southern Folklore: A Book of MoonPie Memories (4 stars)
Curtis, Jamie Lee - Tell Me Again About the Night I was Born (5 stars)

D: DeBartolo, Tiffanie - God Shaped Hole (just started)
Delinsky, Barbara - The Secret Between Us (2 stars)
Delinsky, Barbara - Facets (3 stars)
Doucette, Jenn - The Velveteen Mommy (4 stars)
Ducornet, Rikki - Gazelle (4 stars)

E: Edgerton, clyde - Raney (4 stars)
Eldridge, Sherrie - Twenty Things Adopted Kids Wish Their Adoptive Parents Knew (2 stars)

F: Fieker, Sharon - I Choose This Day: Mournings and Miracles in Adoption (3 stars)
Flory, Kitty Burns - Sister Bernadette's Barking Dog: The Quirky History and Lost Art of Diagramming Sentences (3 stars)
Fowler, Karen Joy - The Jane Austen Book Club (3 stars)
Friedrich, Molly - You're Not My Real Mother (4 stars)

G: Girard, Linda Walvoord - Adoption is for Always (4 stars)
Grenville, Kate - Dreamhouse (3 stars)

H: Hudler, Ad - Househusband (3 stars)
Hyde, Catherine Ryan - Chasing Windmills (3 stars)

I:

J: John, Paul Brett - On Top of Spaghetti (5 stars)
Jones, Merry Bloch - Birthmothers: Women Who Have Relinquished Babies for Adoption Tell Their Stories (2 stars)

K: Katz, Karen - Over the Moon: An Adoption Tale (5 stars)
Kingsbury, Karen - A Treasury of Adoption Miracles: True Stories of God's Presence Today (4 stars)

L: Levin, Mark - Rescuing Sprite (2 stars)
London, Jack - The Call of the Wild (4 stars)

M: McCarthy, Cormac - No Country for Old Men (4 stars)
Miller, Rebecca - The Private Lives of Pippa Lee (3 stars)
Monroe, Mary Alice - The Book Club (3 stars)
Munsch, Robert N. - Love You Forever (5 stars)

N: Nash, Jennie - Raising a Reader: A Mother's Tale of Desperation and Delight (4 stars)

O: Oates, Joyce Carol - First Love (2 stars)
Oates, Joyce Carol - Gravedigger's Daughter (3 stars)
O'Farrell, Maggie - The Vanishing Act of Esme Lennox (4 stars)
O'Nan, Stuart - The Good Wife (3 stars)

P: Pearl, Nancy - Book Lust (4 stars)
Piper, John - Seeing and Savoring Jesus Christ (currently reading)

Q: Quindlen, Anna - Rise & Shine (3 stars)

R: Roche, Nancy Maguire - Adoption is Another Word for Love (4 stars)
Rosenberg, Maxine - Being Adopted (4 stars)
Rosenberg, Maxine - Growing Up Adopted (3 stars)

S: Seuss, Dr. - The Cat in the Hat (5 Stars)
Sachs, Marilyn - What My Sister Remembered (3 stars)
Silber, Kathleen - Dear Birthmother (4 stars)
Sparks, Nicholas - Three Weeks with My Brother (4 stars)
Stolz, Karen - World of Pies (4 stars)

T: Trollope, Joanna - The Book Boy (3 stars)
Truss, Lynne - Eats, Shoots & Leaves: Why, Commas Really Do Make a Difference! (4 stars)

U:

V: Vida, Vendela - And Now You Can Go (3 stars)
Viorst, Judith - Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day (5 stars)
Viorst, Judith - Alexander and the Wonderful, Marvelous, Excellent, Terrific Ninety Days: An Almost Completely Honest Account of What Happened to Our Family When Our Youngest ... Came to Live with Us for Three Months (3 stars)
Volk, Patricia - To My Dearest Friends (4 stars)

W: Wadia-Ellis, Susan (editor) - The Adoption Reader (3 stars)
Wolfe, Tom - I am Charlotte Simmons (currently reading)
Wolff, Jana - Secret Thoughts of an Adoptive Mother (4 stars)
Wright, Jason F. - The Wednesday Letters (4 stars)

X:

Y: Yoshimoto, Banana - Kitchen (4 stars)

Z:

Total YTD: 60


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