Saturday, September 8, 2007

The Triple 8 Challenge

Reader extraordinaire 3M brings us the Triple 8 Challenge - with the goal to read 8 books in 8 categories in 2008.

Vampires (with the Themed Reading Challenge)
1. Bloodsucking Fiends by Christopher Moore
2. Blue Bloods by Melissa de la Cruz

3. Real Vampires Have Curves by Gerry Bartlett
4. Tantalize by C
ynthia Leitich Smith
5. Demons of the Ocean by Justin Somper
6. Dead Until Dark by Charlaine Harris
7. Marked by PC Cast
8. The Chronicles of Vladimir Tod: 8th Grade Bites by Heather Brewer

Titles With Numbers (with the
Numbers Challenge)
1. The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency by Alexander McCall Smith
2. Cocktails for Three by Madeleine Wickham
3. The Three Miss Margarets by Louise Shaffer

4. The Perfectly True Tales of a Perfect Size 12 by Robin Gold
5. Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher
6. One of those Hideous Books Where the Mother Dies by Sonya Sones
7. Top Ten Uses for an Unworn Prom Dress by Tina Ferraro
8. One Dangerous Lady by Jane Stanton Hitchcock

1. In Defense of Food by Michael Pollan
2. Julie and Julia: 365 Days, 524 Recipes, 1 Tiny Apartment Kitchen by Julie Powell
3. Rat Pack Confidential by Shawn Levy
4. Down the Nile by Rosemary Mahoney
5. Food and Loathing: a life measured out in calories by Betsy Lerner
6. Stop Dressing Your Six-Year-Old Like a Skank by Celia Rivenbank
7. Dear Sad Goat: A Roundup of Truly Canadian Tales and Letters compiled by Bill Richardson
8. Gastroanomalies by James Lileks

1. The Pajama Girls of Lambert Square by Rosina Lippi
2. Deep Dish by Mary Kay Andrews
3. Miss Julia Throws a Wedding by Ann B. Ross
4. The Sweet Potato Queens' First Big-Ass Novel by Jill Conner Browne
5. Revenge of the Kudzu Debutantes by Cathy Holton
6. Miss Julia Takes Over by Ann B. Ross
7. Bobbie Faye's (kinda, sorta, not really) Family Jewels by Toni McGee Causey
8. My Summer of Southern Discomfort by Stephanie Gayle

Historical Fiction
1. Water For Elephants by Sara Gruen
2. The Tea Rose by Jennifer Donnelly
3. The Luxe by Anna Godbersen
4. The Bad Behavior of Belle Cantrell by Loraine Despres

5. Star-Crossed by Linda Collison
6. Private Peaceful by Michael Morpurgo
7. Fleur De Leigh's Life of Crime by Diane Leslie
8. A Great and Terrible Beauty by Libba Bray

Set in New York
1. The Perfect Manhattan by Leanne Shear and Tracey Toomey
2. The New Yorkers by Cathleen Schine
3. Breakfast at Bloomingdale's by Kristen Kemp
4. Enchanted, Inc. by Shanna Swendson
5.Ten Things to Do Before I Die by Daniel Ehrenhaft

6. The Art of Undressing by Stephanie Lehmann
7. Elements of Style by Wendy Wasserstein
9. Suite Scarlett by Maureen Johnson

1. Piece of my Heart by Peter Robinson
2. Shakespeare's Landlord by Charlaine Harris
3. Monsieur Pamplemousse and the Militant Midwives by Michael Bond
4. Murder With Peacocks by Donna Andrews
5. Over Her Dead Body by Kate White
6. Uncommon Grounds by Sandra Balzo
7. Strawberry Shortcake Murder by Joanne Fluke
8. Till the Cows Come Home by Judy Clemens

New-to-me Authors
1. Cease to Blush by Billie Livingston

2. Gods Behaving Badly by Marie Phillips
3. Love Walked in by Maria De Los Santos
4. The Marriage of True Minds by Stephen Evans

5. Among Other Things, I've Taken Up Smoking by Aoibheann Sweeney
6. The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer
7. Carpe Demon by Julie Kenner
8. A Short History of Tractors in Ukrainian by Marina Lewycka


Loraine Despres said...

Thanks for including my novel, THE BAD BEHAVIOR OF BELLE CANTRELL in your Southern reading and historical challenge. The book took me three years to write, so your including it means a great deal to me. Besides, we can all enjoy a little bad behavior from time to time.

Marianne Arkins said...

Ooh... cool challenge... Wish I had more time to read, like I used to.


tinylittlelibrarian said...

Loraine - wow, thanks for dropping by! I read and loved Sissy LeBlanc this summer and knew I had to read your other one!

Marianne - well...we'll see how it goes. I might be a bit too ambitious. :) These challenges are making me read more - I've been watching much less TLC and HGTV! :)

Heather said...

I just re-read the post and realize that it should be 8 books and that there should be 8 sections! Argh! I think I read too fast for my brain sometimes. I'm still going to contemplate this challenge!

Kathleen said...

Great list so far, I look forward to some of those reviews.

Also, your last section is new to you authors, there is an Unread Authors challenge that just started Sept 1:

tinylittlelibrarian said...

Heather - it is a pretty hefty challenge to take in!

Callista - I've seen that one around, for some reason I thought my TBR list wasn't very well qualified for it, but I guess I was wrong.

And thanks - I hope I can do some good reviews. I keep working on making them better. :)

Unknown said...

This challenge looks like a really good one - your lists are, well, super. You might have to give up eating . . . or sleeping. I might just have to read the ones you picked for the "Southern" section -great selections.

tinylittlelibrarian said...

Vi - thanks! Well, they're not as good as some people who are doing Pulitzers and Bookers, but they work for me. I have TONS of Southern on my TBR list, this isn't even all of them!

And I really have stopped watching so much mindless TV, which helps with reading time. Not *good* TV, of course, but not quite so much total vegging out.

Jules said...

Wow. You're doing great on the 888 challenge, although you did start earlier then me. Sorry I didn't respond to your post earlier. You have a good blog here, I shall have to see if any books here need to be added to my read list :). Would you like to do a blog link exchange?