Books, books, books! Mostly a collection of reviews and lists for reading challenges.
Sunday, December 6, 2009
100+ Reading Challenge 2010
Even though I didn't make 100+ books in last year's 100+ Challenge, that doesn't deter me from signing up for this year's. Hopefully this year I will be able to focus and channel my energy and make the 100 book mark. This is where I will be listing books for the Book a Week Challenge as well.
1. Gregor the Overlander--Suzanne Collins (1/1/10); 308p; 3.5/5 2. The Seeing Stone--Kevin Crossly-Holland (1/4/10); 3. Taliesin--Stephen R. Lawhead (1/8/10) 4. The Robber Bride--Margaret Atwood (1/23/10) 5. City of Bones--Cassandra Clare (1/28/10) 6. Hawkes Harbor--SE Hinton (2/4/10) 7. The Hunger Games--Suzanne Collins (2/9/10) 8. Fahrenheit 451--Ray Bradbury (2/13/10) 9. Blood Meridian--Cormac McCarthy (2/23/10) 10. Feast of Snakes--Harry Crews (2/26/10) 11. Jazz--Toni Morrison (3/9/10) 12. Slaughterhouse 5--Kurt Vonnegut (3/10/10) 13. Life of Pi--Yann Martel (3/10/10) 14. The Crossing--Gary Paulsen (3/24/10) 15. Merlin--Stephen R. Lawhead (4/12/10); 448p; 3/5 16. Breaking Dawn--Stephanie Meyer (4/19/10); 754p; 3/5 17. The Host--Stephanie Meyer (5/19/10); 619p; 2.5/5 18. Sin in the Second City--Karen Abbott (5/26/10); 384p; 5/5 19. Blaze--Stephen King (5/29/10); 285p; 4/5 20. American Gods--Neil Gaiman (6/6/10); 592p; 5/5 21. Artemis Fowl--Eoin Coffer (6/18/10) 22. Dead Until Dark--Charlaine Harris (6/25/10) 23. Living Dead in Dallas--Charlaine Harris (6/28/10) 24. Club Dead--Charlaine Harris (7/3/10) 25. Dead to the World--Charlaine Harris (7/6/10) 26. Dead as a Doornail--Charlaine Harris (7/9/10) 27. The Gunslinger--Stephen King (7/16/10) 28. The Drwaing of the Three--Stephen King (7/24/10) 29. A Short History of Nearly Everything--Bill Bryson (7/25/10) 30. The Waste Lands--Stephen King (7/30/10) 31. Wizard and Glass--Stephen King (8/5/10) 32. Wolves of the Calla--Stephen King (8/14/10) 33. Song of Susannah--Stephen King (8/17/10) 34. The Dark Tower--Stephen King (8/25/10) 35. The Colorado Kid--Stephen King (9/7/10) 36. The What's Happening to My Body Book 37. Catching Fire--Suzanne Collins (9/12/10) 38. Mockingjay--Suzanne Collins (9/12/10) 39. Definitely Dead--Charlaine Harris (9/23/10) 40. Altogether Dead--Charlaine Harris (10/4/10) 41. The Gunslinger Born--Multiple (10/13/10) 42. The Long Road Home--Multiple (10/14/10) 43. A Thousand Splendid Suns--Khaled Hosseini (10/20/10) 44. Horns--Joe Hill (10/25/10) 45. The Invention of Hugo Cabret--Brian Selznick (10/25/10) 46. Treachery--Multiple (10/26/10) 47. Under the Dome--Stephen King (11/6/10) 48. I Am David--Anne Holm (11/19/10) 49. Among the Hidden--Margaret Peterson Haddox (11/20/10) 50. Number the Stars--Lois Lowry (11/20/10) 51. The Nature of Jade--Deb Caletti (12/1/10) 52. Fall of Gilead--Multiple (12/2/10) 53. Saving Max--Antoinette van Huegten (12/5/10) 54. Just After Sunset--Stephen King (12/8/10) 55. From Dead to Worse--Charlaine Harris (12/20/10) 56. Survivor--Chuck Pahlaniuk (12/30/10)
For as long as she can remember, Lisa Litberg has loved to write. Over the years she has amassed quite a collection of short stories and poetry, but Free is her first novel. A high school teacher for 15 years, she tries to empower her urban students with the written word. When she isn’t writing or teaching, Lisa might be dancing, singing with a cover band or performing her own songs with a guitar, but it’s more likely she’s hanging out in her Chicago apartment with her son Trevor watching The Walking Dead.
"The one thing that doesn't abide by majority rule is a person's conscience." (Atticus, To Kill a Mockingbird;Harper Lee) "But maybe the last part of the symphony was the music she loved the best--glad and like the greatest people in the world running and springing up in a hard, free way. Wonderful music like this was the worst hurt there could be. The whole world was this symphony, and there was not enough of her to listen." (The Heart is a Lonely Hunter, Carson McCullers)
"Dark of the invisible moon. The nights now only slightly less black. By day the banished sun circles the earth like a grieving mother with a lamp." (The Road; Cormac McCarthy)
"There is a theory which states that if ever anybody discovers exactly what the Universe is for and why it is here, it will instantly disappear and be replaced by something even more bizarre and inexplicable. There is another theory which states that this has already happened." (The Restaurant at the End of the Universe; Douglas Adams)
"I ought not to have listened to her," he confided to me one day. "One never ought to listen to the flowers. One should simply look at them and breathe their fragrance. Mine perfumed all my planet. But I did not know how to take pleasure in all her grace. This tale of claws, which disturbed me so much, should only have filled my heart with tenderness and pity."
And he continued his confidences: "The fact is that I did not know how to understand anything! I ought to have judged by deeds and not by words. She cast her fragrance and her radiance over me. I ought never to have run away from her... I ought to have guessed all the affection that lay behind her poor little strategems. Flowers are so inconsistent! But I was too young to know how to love her..." (The Little Prince; Anton de Saint-Exupery)
Some people never go crazy. What truly horrible lives they must lead. (Betting on the Muse; Charles Bukowski)
Disbelief in magic can force a poor soul into believing in government and business. (Tom Robbins)
But if in your fear you would seek only love's peace and love's pleasure,Then it is better for you that you cover your nakedness and pass out of love's threshing-floor,Into the seasonless world where you shall laugh, but not all of your laughter, and weep, but not all of your tears. (The Prophet; Kahlil Gibran)
You don't have a soul. You are a Soul. You have a body. (C.S. Lewis)
"For in a swift radiance of illumination he saw a glimpse of human struggle and of valor. Of the endless fluid passage of humanity through endless time. And of those who labor and of those who--one word--love." (The Heart is a Lonely Hunter, Carson McCullers)