I Lied…

Remember when I said that I was done with challenges? That I wasn’t doing them anymore? Heh…not gonna happen. I’m adopting Debi’s policy and unofficially joining challenges for now on :p That way I don’t feel so guilty when I don’t finish them. There’s 2 so far that I’m joining. The first is Annie’s What’s in a Name 2 Challenge! Here are the categories for this year:

1. A book with a “profession” in its title. Examples might include: The Book Thief, The Island of Dr. Moreau, The Historian
2. A book with a “time of day” in its title. Examples might include: Twilight, Four Past Midnight, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time
3. A book with a “relative” in its title. Examples might include: Eight Cousins, My Father’s Dragon, The Daughter of Time
4. A book with a “body part” in its title. Examples might include: The Bluest Eye, Bag of Bones, The Heart of Darkness
5. A book with a “building” in its title. Examples might include: Uncle Tom’s Cabin, Little House on the Prairie, The Looming Tower
6. A book with a “medical condition” in its title. Examples might include: Insomnia, Coma, The Plague

This year, I’m doing things a little differently. Rather than picking my books ahead of time, I’m going to fill in the blanks! That way I don’t feel so committed which is my big problem with challenges.

The second challenge that I’m joining is a really fun one! It’s another “fill in the blanks” challenge for me. It’s the Countdown Challenge hosted by 3M! The goal is to read books published from 2001 through 2009, but the twist is that you have to read the number of books from each year represented by the last number in the year. Confusing sounding, eh? It’s really not that confusing. For example, 1 book from 2001, 2 books from 2002, 3 books from 2003, etc. For a total of 45 books. I’m not a big fan of classics, so this shouldn’t be hard for me as most of the books I read are recent publications. And it started on 8/8/08 and goes through 9/9/09, so I can already count some of them! Here’s what I’ve read so far:

1. TBD
2. TBD
3. TBD
4. TBD
5. TBD
6. TBD
7. TBD
8. TBD
9. TBD

1. Dream Homes by Joyce Zonana
2. Nation by Terry Pratchett
3. Madapple by Christina Meldrum
4. Veins by Lawrence Connolly
5. The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman
6. Mateki: The Magic Flute by Yoshitaka Amano
7. Bonk by Mary Roach
8. When Twilight Burns by Colleen Gleason

1. The Secret Lives of People in Love by Simon Van Booy
2. The Uncommon Reader by Alan Bennett
3. The Secret History of Moscow by Ekaterina Sedia
4. TBD
5. TBD
6. TBD
7. TBD

1. The Good Fairies of New York by Martin Millar
2. Dark Harvest by Norman Partridge
3. A Soul in a Bottle by Tim Powers
4. Gossamer by Lois Lowry
5. TBD
6. TBD

1. Four and Twenty Blackbirds by Cherie Priest
2. TBD
3. TBD
4. TBD
5. TBD

1. I’ll be Watching You by Charles de Lint
2. TBD
3. TBD
4. TBD

1. In the Miso Soup by Ryu Murakami
2. TBD
3. TBD

1. TBD
2. TBD

1. TBD

Look at that! I already finished all of my 2008 books 🙂 So who else is joining in the fun of this one??


11 Responses

  1. Wow, you’ve got a great start already, Chris!

    Glad you’re joining — officially or unofficially:-)!!

  2. I’ve joined the Countdown Challenge too.


  3. That’s a good idea. I’m still too bogged to add challenges, though, myself.

    I just stole Eva’s falafel recipe. Yummm.

  4. Awesome start on your Countdown, I couldn’t resist that one either 🙂

  5. glad to see my son has such “will-power” LOL LOL..

  6. i think this fill in the blanks system is a very good one – especially if it takes the pressure off reading. ’cause really, feeling pressure to read things can take a lot of fun out reading!

  7. Oh, I’m so very, very, very happy you decided to join Annie’s challenge!!! And I know Miss Annie will be, too. Oh, and that darn countdown challenge has been taunting me ever since I first heard of it. I’m probably going to have to “unofficial” that one, too. I’m really impressed with how much of the list you’ve already got filled in! I’m afraid mine won’t look nearly that good when I sit down to do it.

  8. You of course know that there is no way I would ever let you off the hook from joining in my challenges! 😉 Just kidding, although they wouldn’t be the same without you.

    I love the ‘fill in the blanks’ idea. That is pretty much what I adopted with the Sci Fi Experience last year since the idea was just to read sci fi. No planning ahead, no specific number of books, etc. I just wanted to see what sci fi others were reading and hoped to convince a few people who hadn’t tried sci fi to give it a go! I’m curious as to your thoughts on Ender in Exile as it is one that I would like to read for the experience.

    By the way, just read my first David Sedaris yesterday and loved it.

  9. Shame on you, you liar!!!1 😛

    Fortunately for me, I never said I wasn’t going to join any more challenges, but I did say I was going to join less of them next year. We’ll just have to wait and see how truthful that’s going to be in the end 😛 There are already far too many 2009 challenges I’m tempted by.

    I really like your fill the gaps as you go along method! You get the satisfaction of completing a challenge and the freedom to follow your reading whims. The best of both worlds!

  10. 3M, thanks! I was surprised at how many I had read already! This is going to be a fun one!

    Becky, Cool! Look forward to joining in with you…I’m sure you’ll give me tons of 2009 book ideas!

    Bookfool, Oh it’s a really good recipe! And I figured if I did the fill in the blanks idea, I could still read what I want to read and get something accomplished!

    Joanne, I know, it’s a really cool challenge! Looking forward to it

    Deslily, Psht..willpower, who needs it?

    JP, Exactly my point! It really did take the joy out of reading on a whim when I was in so many challenges…this should work much betterr!

    Debi, I couldn’t pass up Annie’s challenge :p It’s such a great one and so creative. So yeah, I had to, lol. You should join in the countdown challenge and do like me! Just fill in the blanks as you go!

    Carl, Of course I’m still doing your challenges! I could never pass those up. My rule for next year was originally to only let myself participate in your two challenges, but it looks like I’ve already thrown that idea out of the window :p I’m SO glad that you enjoyed the Sedaris book. Can’t wait to dig into that one. His books are even better on audio in my opinion. When I’m listening to them in my car I must look like an ass…I just laugh non stop. He has one of those very dry, sarcastic tones of voice when he reads his stories. It’s great.

    Nymeth, I know, I know….lol. We’ll see how well you actually do on taming down the challenges :p You’re right, there are WAY too many cool challenges out already for next year. The fill in the gaps method is great! If I do challenges for now on, I’m doing them that way!

  11. That looks like a really fun challenge. I am doing the 999 Challenge so can’t commit to too many more at the moment. I am saving spaces for Carl’s Once Upon a Time and RIP which I hope he will run again in 2009.

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