I began many challenges in 2008, but, as I suck at challenges, I did not complete most of them, though I tried. 

First up, The 2k8 Challenge! By my (probably inaccurate) count,  I was ten books away from finishing this one; I read 18 YA debuts. Check out my list here

The Read For Your Dreams Challenge, also started by me, was a success! And, okay, I had to stretch a little to include some of these, but I did read ten books about or including significant amounts of travel. My list is here. I also want to give a shout out to Cafe Shree, who finished the challenge by reading about photography!

Let us not even speak of the failure that was The Printz Award Challenge. Not one book read.

I also tried the First in a Series Challenge. By my count, this was a success! However, the rules state that the “series” must be at least a trilogy, and I’m not entirely sure all of these are slated to have at least three books. 

The Short Story Reading Challenge was a failure. I read some books, yes, but not enough to complete the challenge.

I really don’t know about The Chunkster Challenge. I suspect I completed this one, but I don’t really want to go and look up the page numbers of the books I read and figure out what I read in what quarter.

I only finished three of my eight categories in the Triple 8 Challenge

I give up. Challenges are not for me, though I like the idea of them, and I do not plan in participating in any in 2009. 


The Royalty Rules challenge and the Twisted Fairytale Challenge are now over, and I’ll be taking down those pages on the sidebar.

For the Royalty Rules challenge, I read five eligible books, and reviewed three so far, and the goal was 2-4 books read & reviewed, so I successfully completed this challenge. I read Song of the Sparrow by Lisa Ann Sandell, Princess on the Brink by Meg Cabot, Princess Mia by Meg Cabot, The Bonemender’s Choice by Holly Bennett, and Princess Ben by Catherine Gilbert Murdock.

For the Twisted Fairytale Challenge, I most pathetically only completed one book, Haunted Waters by Mary Pope Osborne. I do have good excuses, but, still, it is rather pathetic.

First of all, I’ll be out of town Wednesday thru Saturday without internet access. I’ll still have some posts going up because WordPress lets me forward-date them, and you’ve got some cool things to look forward to–like an interview with Rachel Cohn! So stay tuned.

There are a few links I’d like to share as well. First of all, you can now check my shared items on Google reader page for blog posts I find interesting. Note: not all of these will be book-related. Some will be travel-related or just random. But still interesting

Second of all, Harmony has started the Resolutions Book Challenge, which I will be joining though I haven’t decided on all the details yet. Go check it out!

There’s a couple of blog contests going on right now. Nicole at WORD for Teens is giving away a signed copy of Frenemies, and  The Story Siren is giving away a copy of City of Ashes.

Chelsea at The Page Flipper is starting a book club! Check it out and join if you’re interested.

That’s all for the moment.

I’m starting another reading challenge! The Read For Your Dreams Reading Challenge will last from 1 April 2008 until 1 January 2009, but you can sign up whenever you like, and books can overlap with other challenges.

So what do you have to do? You have to read ten books, fiction or non-fiction, that relate to your dream. Choose one thing you’d really like to do–travel the world, live in Italy, learn to cook, become a lawyer, I don’t care what. And then, read ten books that directly have to do with that dream.

Confused? Don’t worry, it’s really quite simple. For example, if your chosen dream is to travel the world, you would read ten books about travelling. It could be fiction about characters who backpack around Europe or take a cruise in the Carribean or non-fiction about ways to travel cheaply or a non-fiction account of a person’s experience travelling. If your dream is to be an Olympic gold medalist, you would read ten books about the Olympics and/or your chosen sport. And so on. Any questions, just ask, but I think it’s fairly straightforward.

To sign up, leave a link in the comments of the main challenge page (not here, click the link).

I’m joining yet another challenge! I love fairytale re-tellings, so this one seemed perfect to me! The Twisted Fairy Tale Challenge is hosted by Enna Isilee at Squeaky Books. You can find the challenge post here, but basically you just have to read at least four books by May 5 that are “twisted fairy tales.” I’m going to post a page to keep track of my progress. I don’t know exactly what I’ll read, but my likely-possibilities are…

  1. Beastly by Alex Flinn
  2. Wildwood Dancing by Juliet Marillier
  3. Hush by Donna Jo Napoli
  4. Sun and Moon, Ice and Snow by Jessica Day George
  5. Cindy Ella by Robin Palmer

Those are the ones I already have copies of. If I can get copies, though, I’d love to include Out of the Wild by Sarah Beth Durst, Bella at Midnight by Diane Stanely, The Swan Maiden by Heather Tomlinson, and Dragon Flight by Jessica Day George.

I’m signing up for yet another challenge! This one is the Heart of a Child challenge, hosted at Becky’s Book Reviews.  It runs from February 1 to July 14 (which, yes, makes me a little late). The challenge is to reread 3-6 books you loved as a child (which means anything under 18). As you know, I’m sixteen, so I’m not even 18 yet, so I’m going to make this mean, for me, any book I read before about middle school (I don’t know my exact age when I discovered some books, so it’s a loose guideline). I’ve been wanting to reread some old favorites, anyway, and this is a way to do it without feeling guilty!

A list is not necessary, and I reserve the right to change this at any time, but here are a few possibilities:

  1. Greater Than Angels by Carol Matas (And/or others by her)
  2. So Far From Malabar by Joy DeWeese Wehen
  3. Bloomability by Sharon Creech (And/or other older books by her)
  4. The Fairy’s Return by Gail Carson Levine (which, yes, is more recent, but it’s a collection of the Princess Tales books, which are older)
  5. Hope Was Here by Joan Bauer
  6. Alanna: The First Adventure by Tamora Pierce

I’m joining another challenge! This one is The Short Story Reading Challenge, hosted at Kate’s Book Blog. I’m going to read at least six short story collections over the course of 2008. I’m not entirely sure what they will be yet, though. I’ll be including grl2grl by Julie Anne Peters, but that’s all I know so far!

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