Weekly Geeks #9: Challenges

1. If you participate in any challenges, get organized! Update your lists, post about any you haven’t mentioned, add links of reviews to your lists if you do that, go to the challenge blog if there is one and post there, etc.

2. If you don’t participate in any challenges, then join one! There’s a good selection of possibilities over on my right hand sidebar (scroll down) where I list those I participate in. There’s also A Novel Challenge, a blog that keeps track of all sorts of reading challenges.

3. Towards the end of the week, write a wrap-up post about getting your challenges organized OR if you’re joining your first challenge, post about that any time during the week.

This is a timely post. I need to update my challenge lists anyway.

Let's start with the newest:

The ARC Challenge hosted by Teddy (June 21- September 21, 2008)
I just joined The ARC Challenge and hadn't blogged about it yet. Here you go, Teddy.
(4-6 ARC's then pick at least two to read and review for this challenge.)
  1. *The Other by David Guterson
  2. *False Colours by Georgette Heyer
  3. *Master Pip
  4. *Loyalists and Layabouts
  5. *Farworld
  6. *There maybe others depending if they were sent.

The Canadian Book Challenge (Part 2. Begins July 1, 2008- July 1, 2009)
  1. The Assassin's Song by M.G. Vassanji
  2. The Colony of Unrequited Dreams by Wayne Johnson
  3. Negotiating with the Dead by Margaret Atwood
  4. The Robber Bride by Margaret Atwood
  5. The Underpainter by Jane Urquhart
  6. Yellowknife by Steve Zipp
  7. Coureurs de Bois by Bruce MacDonald
  8. Anne's House of Dreams by L.M. Montgomery
  9. Getting Over Edgar by Joan Barfoot
  10. Jane Austen by Carol Shields
  11. No Great Mischief by Alastair MacLeod
  12. Late Nights On Air by Elizabeth Hay
  13. Something from Timothy Findley
The Canadian Book Challenge (The Original. Ends July 1, 2008))
The Classics Challenge (July-December, 2008)
  1. The Lifted Veil: George Eliot
  2. Summer: Edith Wharton
  3. Far From the Madding Crowd: Thomas Hardy
  4. North & South: Elizabeth Gaskell
  5. Hard Times: Charles Dickens
The Novella Challenge (April- September, 2008)
  1. Lesley Castle: Jane Austen
  2. Stardust: Neil Gaiman
  3. Fahrenheit 451: Ray Bradbury
  4. Breakfast at Tiffany's: Truman Capote
  5. The Lifted Veil: George Eliot
  6. Summer: Edith Wharton
19th Century Women Writers Challenge (all 2008)
  • The Last Man By Mary Shelley (For free from Girlebooks)
  • North and South by Elizabeth Gaskell
  • Mansfield Park by Jane Austen
  • Anne of the Windy Poplars by Lucy Maude Montgomery
  • A Long Fatal Love Chase by Louisa May Alcott
  • Sonnets from the Portuguese (poetry) by Elizabeth Barrett Browning
I finished The Austen Mini Challenge.

I think that's it! It's more than I thought, actually. I was trying to cut back. Yikes!


  1. Thanks Chris. I'm ashamed to say that I am in more challenges than you. they are so addictive!

    I added a link to your first book review for the ARC challenge.

  2. Looks like you're cruising right along! I have a feeling I'm going to have all sorts of unfinished challenges when December rolls around. I've read some great stuff though, so it's all good!

    Have a great day!

  3. I got into more than I had planned, as well. Sort of snuck up on me!

    Looking forward to that review of Long Fatal Love Chase.

  4. Summer was good. I'm eager to hear how you'll feel about North and South...I keep meaning to read Gaskell....there's a book by her at What The Book? that beckons to me.

  5. You're making great progress on the Nineteenth century challenge. And congrats on finishing the Austen challenge as well.

    I just wanted to remind you that Dewey's 24 Hour readathon is this Saturday.

  6. Teddy- I've been trying to be good.

    Lezlie- I will probably have a few unfinished but it's the thought that count.

    John- Haha! I'm afraid of reading it.

    Bybee- I'm eager to read it too.

    Becky- Thanks!


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