Sunday, December 28, 2008

My 2009 reading challenges

Following J.Kaye's example I am putting all my challenges in one post to make it easier for me to keep track of them (100+ Reading Challenge is the exemption as it is long enough for it's own post).

2009 Suspense & Thriller Reading Challenge (trying to categorize all books was a challenge in itself, I swear):

1. 'A Suitable Vengeance' by Elizabeth George (murder mystery) - DONE

2. 'Deadly Decisions' by Kathy Reichs (forensic thriller) - DONE

3. 'Slip & Fall' by Nick Santora (legal thriller) - DONE

4. An Unsuitable Job For a Woman by P.D. James (private detective thriller) - done

5. 'Friend of the Devil' by Peter Robinson (romantic thriller) - DONE

6. 'A Matter of Roses' by David Manuel (cozy mystery) - done

7. 'The Reincarnationist' by M.J. Rose (action thriller) - DONE

8. 'The Case Has Altered' by Martha Grimes (serial killer thriller) - DONE

9. 'Firestorm' by Iris Johansen (romantic thriller) - DONE

10. Nightwalker by Heather Graham (paranormal thriller) - Done

11. 'Vital Signs' by Robin Cook (medical thriller) - done

12. 'The Mosaic Crimes' by Giulio Leoni (literary thriller) - done

Winter Challenge (COMPLETED)

1. 'King's Fool' by Margaret Campbell Barnes - DONE

2. 'Lady Anne and the Howl in the Dark' by Diana Lea Simpson - DONE

3. 'What Would Jane Austen Do?' by Laurie Brown - DONE

4. 'With Violets' by Elizabeth Robards - DONE

5. 'The Testament' by David Morrell - DONE

6. 'Blessings' by Anna Quindlen - DONE

7. 'The Book of Air & Shadows' by Michael Gruber - DONE

8. 'The Book Thief' by Michael Zusak - DONE

9. 'The Hellfire Club' by Peter Straub - DONE

10. 'Autobiography of a Face' by Lucy Grealy - DONE

11. 'Dragon Tears' by Dean Koontz - DONE

12. 'Mr. X' by Peter Straub - DONE

13. 'The Kingmaking' by Helen Hollick - DONE

999 Challenge



2. The Plague by Albert Camus - DONE


4. The frenchman's Creek by Dapne Du Maurier - Done

5. The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins - Done

6. My Cousin Rachel by Daphne du Maurier - Done

7. Alice In Wonderland by Lewis Carroll - DONE

8. The Age of Innocence by Edith Wharton - Done

9. Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier - Done


1. 'House of Sand and Fog by Andre Dubus III - Done

2. Change of Heart by Jodi Picoult - DONE

3. The Art of Racing in the Rain by Garth Stein - DONE

4. Father Melancholy's Daughter by Gail Godwin - DONE

5. Blessings by Anna Quindlen - DONE

6. Andorra by Peter Cameron - DONE

7. Chocolat by Joanne Harris - DONE

8. The Book Thief by Markus Zusak - DONE

9. Jane Austen Ruined My Life by Beth Patillo - Done


1. Trail of Crumbs by Kim Sunee - Done

2. Reading Lolita In Tehran by Azar Nafisi - DONE

3. A Child's Journey Out Of Autism by Leeann Whiffen - DONE

4. Medallions by Zofia Nalkowska - DONE

5. Autobiography of a Face by Lucy Grealy - DONE

6. Finding Grace by Donna VanLiere - DONE

7. A Lucky Child by Thomas Buergenthal - DONE

8. Lucky by Alice Sebold - Done

9. Trail of Crumbs by Kim Sunee - done


1.Blood on His Hands by Mark Sadler - Done

2. The case Has Altered by Martha Grimes - Done

3. Threshold by Bonnie Kozek - Done

4. Always Watching by Brandilyn Collins & Amberly Collin - done

5. A Circle of Souls by Preetham Ghrandhi - done

6. No Wind of Blame by Georgette Heyer - done

7. The Mosaic Crimes by Giulio Leoni - done

8. Nightwalker by Heather graham - done

9. Vital Signs by Robing Cook - done

Audio Books

1. Child 44 by Tom Rob Smith

2. Requiem for a Mezzo by Carola Dunne - done

3. Nefertiti by Michelle Moran - done

4. Twenty Seven Bones by Jonathan Nasaw - done

5. The Beekeeper's Apprentice by Laurie R. King - done

6. The Hour I First Believed by Wally Lamb - done

7. The Life and Times of Thunderbolt Kid by Bill Bryson - done

8. High Profile by Robert B. parker - done

9. Two for the Dough by Janet Evanovich - done


1. Blessed are the Meek by Zofia Kossak - DONE

2. King's Fool by Margaret Campbell Barnes - DONE

3. Lady Anne and the Howl In the Dark by Donna Lea Simpson - DONE

4. The Traitor's Wife by Susan Higginbotham - DONE

5. The Red Siren by M.L. Tyndall - DONE

6. The Birth of Venus by Sarah Dunant - DONE

7. Snow Flower and the Secret Fan by Lisa See - DONE

8. The Borgia Bride by Jeanne Kalogridis - DONE

9. Vivaldi's Virgins by Barbara Quick - DONE


1.From a whisper to a scream by Charles de Lint - Done

2. 'Mr. X' by Peter Straub -DONE

3. Dragon Tears - DONE

4. The Hellfire Club by Peter Straub - DONE

5. Afraid by Jack Kilborn - DONE

6. Worst Nightmares by Shane Briant - DONE

7. The Return by Bentley Little - Done

8. The Trickster by Muriel Gray - done

9. Cell by Stephen King - Done

Young Adult

1. The Forest of Hands and Teeth by Carrie Ryan - done

2. The Day after Tomorrow

3. Wicked Lovely by Marissa Marr - done

4. Ink Exchange by Melissa Marr - done

5. The Looking Glass Wars by Frank Beddor - done

6. Fragile Eternity by Melissa Marr - done

7. Always Watching by Brandilyn Collins & Amberly Collins

8. Twenty Boy Summer by Sarah Ockler - done

9. Willow by Julia Hoban - done


1. Soulstice by Simon Holt - done

2. Dark Desire by Christine Feehan - done

3. The darkest Fire, Lords of the Underworld prequel by Gena Showalter - done

4. The Summoning by Kelley Armstrong - done

5. Wizard by Trade by Jim Butcher - DONE

6. Passion Unleashed by Larissa Ione - Done

7. Morrigan's Cross by Nora Roberts - Done

8. Dark Prince by Christine Feehan - Done

9. Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins - Done

Spiritually Speaking Challenge (Completed)

1. 'Blessed Are The Meek' by Zofia Kossak (fiction) - DONE

2. Elijah's Coin by Steve O'Brien - DONE

3. Shame Lifter by Marilyn Hontz - DONE
4. Finding Grace by Donna VanLiere - DONE
5. Pursuit of Perfect by Tal Ben-Sahar - DONE
6. Nine Ways God Always Speaks by Mark Herringshaw & jennifer Schuchmann - Done

What's In a Name -2

1. The Actor and the Housewife by Shannon Hale ('profession' in the title)

2. Nightwalker by Heather Graham (time of day) - done

3. 'Father Melancholy's Daughter' by Gail Godwin (a relative) - DONE

4. 'The Fourth Hand' by John Irving (a body part) - done

5. 'House of Sand and Fog' by Andre Dubus III (a building) - Done

6. 'The Plague' by Albert Camus (a medical condition) - DONE

Well-Seasoned Reader Challenge (COMPLETED)

1. 'Chocolat' by Joanne Harris (food name in the title) - DONE

2. 'Andorra' by Peter Cameron (place name in the title) - DONE

3. 'Reading Lolita in Tehran'

by Azar Nafisi (about a specific culture and/or authro whose ethnicity is different from mine) - DONE

2009 Audiobook Challenge

1.'The Book of Illusions' by Paul Auster - DONE

2. 'One For the Money' by Janet Evanovich - DONE

3. 'High Profile' by Robert B. Parker - DONE

4. 'Hard Truth' by Nevada Barr - DONE

5. 'Death of a Dreamer' by M. C. Beaton - DONE

6. 'The Life and Times of Thunderbolt Kid' by Bill Bryson - Done

7. 'Twenty Seven Bones' by Jonathan Nasaw - DONE

8. 'The Beekeeper's Apprentice' by Laurie R. King - DONE

9. Darkfire. Lords of the Underworld prequel by Gena Showalter - done

10. The Hour I First Believed by Wally Lamb - Done

11. Wicked Lovely by Melissa Marr - DONE

12. Ink Exchange by Melissa Marr - DONE