Friday, 28 December 2007

2007 Winter Reading Challenge

Okay this is absolutely positively the last reading challenge I am signing up for until 2009! I read about this one at Alisonwonderlands and thought well I have all my Christmas present books that I want to read and don't fit into any current challenge so why not!

Here's my list

Exit Music by Ian Rankin

Stardust by Neil Gaiman

The Christmas Books:"The Chimes" by Charles Dickens

Winter in Madrid by C.J. Sansom

The Vanishing Act of Esme Lennox by Maggie O'Farrell

The Foreign Correspondent by Alan Furst

If you want to join in go here for rules and the sign up.

In the Pub 2008

3M has set the challenge of reading at least eight books published in 2008 - but no children's or YA titles, since we're "in the pub".

I figure I can crossover books I read here with my "Catch my Eye" category for the 888 challenge so it shouldn't be impossible and I want to play!

So far I have

Petite Anglaise - Catherine Sanderson

Remember Me? by Sophie Kinsella

Plum Lucky (Stephanie Plum Novels) by Janet Evanovich

The Other Queen by Phillipa Gregory

Dark Alchemy
- Gardner Dozois, Jack Dann

The Miracle at Speedy Motors - Alexander McCall Smith

I'll fill in the rest as things catch my eye. If you want to join in the details can be found here

Becky's Jane Austen Challenege

Becky is hosting this fabulous challenge. To take part you have to

Read two Jane Austen books and watch the TV adaptations (which Masterpiece theatre are helpfully showing)

I have chosen


Mansfield Park

Pride and Prejudice

I have read and seen Pride and Prejudice but the other two are new to me. I also very very excited as Rupert Penry Jones is starring in Persuasion - hoo-ray! Thank goodness for TiVo though so I don't have to race through the books.

I think I'm going to try and watch all the adaptations as well as Becoming Jane.

Looking forward to everyone's reviews!

Thursday, 27 December 2007

Booking Through Thursday

This weeks question

What were your favourite books this year?

This one is a bit tricky for me as I only started recording what I read in September on my blog and I have a terrible memory so I'm sure I'll miss many great books out but this is my top ten of 2007.

1) Outlander - Diana Gablondon - I discovered them this year and they rocketed straight into my favourite books of all time list

2) Atonement - Ian McKwen

3) Crow Lake - Mary Lawson

4) Harry Potter and the deathly Hallows - J K Rowling - not my favourite but a good end.

5) The Interpretation of Murder - Jed Rubenfeld

6) The Other Boleyn Girl - Philippa Gregory

7) The Dark Is Rising Book 2 - The Dark is Rising - Susan Cooper

8) The Historian - Elizabeth Kostova

9) Anne of Green Gables - L.M. Montgomery (yes I read it for the first time this year!)

10) Well-behaved women seldom make History - Laurel Thatcher Ulrich

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