Monday, December 22, 2008

Finished the 888 Reading Challenge!

The 888 Reading Challenge was to read 8 books each in 8 different categories in 2008. I finished today!

My categories changed a good deal as did many of the titles I chose initially. That was within the rules. I didn't use any overlaps. I also read a few books that didn't fit any of my categories.

Here are my 8 completed categories with the 8 books I read for each one. Following that are the additional 18 books I read. 8x8+18= 82 books so far in 2008. I still have a few days to increase that total. In both 2006 and 2007, I read 86 books.

Anyone up for the 999 Reading Challenge??

Books Published in 2008
1.The Secret Between Us – Barbara Delinsky 1-24-08
2.Firefly Lane – Kristin Hannah 5-18-08
3.The Broken Window – Jeffery Deaver 7-22-08
4.Breaking Dawn – Stephenie Meyer 8-7-08
5.Say Goodbye – Lisa Gardner 8-8-08
6.The Keepsake – Tess Gerritsen 9-20-08
7.Sweet Love – Sarah Strohmeyer 10-15-08
8.More Than It Hurts You – Darin Strauss 11-1-08


Books Recommended to me by others
1.Hide – Lisa Gardner (my mom) 2-2-08
2.Beauty - Robin McKinley (Marta) 2-23-08
3.Courting Trouble – Deeanne Gist (Mom) 7-13-08
4.13 Little Blue Envelopes – Maureen Johnson (blog) 8-12-08
5.Darcy's Story: Pride and Prejudice told from a whole new perspective – Janet Aylmer (Darlene) 8-18-08 (also fits Austen category, but not an overlap)
6.Seducing Mr. Darcy (Marla) 9-23-08
7.A Tree Grows in Brooklyn - Betty Smith (sister Janet) 10-13-08
8.Cook's Treasure – Jennifer Cooper (Jennifer) 12-9-08

Young Adult Fiction
1.ttyl – lauren myracle 1-2-08
2.Eclipse – Stephenie Meyer 1-7-08
3.ttfn – lauren myracle 1-14-08
4.Diary of a Wimpy Kid: a novel in cartoons – Jeff Kinney 2-24-08
5.Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules - Jeff Kinney 5-7-08
6.Spiderweb for Two: A Melendy Maze – Elizabeth Enright 8-29-08
7.Artemis Fowl: The Time Paradox - Eoin Colfer 10-29-08
8.From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler 11-22-08

Non-fiction
1.Lies Homeschooling Moms Believe – Todd Wilson 1-24-08
2.Into the Wild – Jon Krakauer 6-21-08
3.Cockatiels for Dummies 7-8-08
4.Eat This, Not That! 7-8-08
5.Threadbared – Kimberly Wrenn & Mary Watkins 4-26-08
6.The Butterfly Garden – Chip St. Clair 8-18-08
7.How Not To Look Old – Charla Krupp 8-29-08
8.Frontier House – Simon Shaw 12-13-08

Romance Novels
1.Let's Meet on Platform 8 – Carole Matthews 2-23-08
2.Love's Haven (Steeple Hill Love Inspired) – Catherine Palmer 2-27-08
3.Finding Hope (Steeple Hill Love Inspired) – Brenda Coulter 3-15-08
4.Finding Hope – Brenda Coulter 03-15-08
5.A Season of Forgiveness – Brenda Coulter 04-08-08
6.Strapless – Leigh Riker 6-1-08
7.The Dewey Decimal System of Love – Josephine Carr 8-10-08
8.Tumbling Through Time - Gwyn Cready 8-31-08

New Books by Favorite Authors
1.T is for Trespass – Sue Grafton 1-11-08
2.Plum Lucky – Janet Evanovich 1-20-08
3.Candy Cane Murder – Joanne Fluke 1-19-08
4.Charley's Web – Joy Fielding 04-12-08
5.Carrot Cake Murder – Joanne Fluke 4/23/08
6.Sleeping Doll – Jeffrey Deaver 4/29/08
7.Fearless Fourteen – Janet Evanovich 6/28/08
8.Buckingham Palace Gardens (Thomas Pitt Mysteries) – Anne Perry 12-22-08

Christian Novels
1.The Martyr's Song – Ted Dekker 1-1-08
2.Brothers – Angela Elwell Hunt 2-4-08
3.Claire Knows Best – Tracey Bateman 04-05-08
4.I Love Claire – Tracey Bateman 04-18-08
5.Scarlet Thread – Francine Rivers 5/5/08
6.Doesn't She Look Natural – Angela Elwell Hunt 5-12-08
7.Journey – Angela Elwell Hunt 7-8-08
8.Northpointe Chalet (The Austen Series) – Debra White Smith 12-21-08

Jane Austen novels (and related books)
1.Austenland – Shannon Hale 2-10-08 (recommended by Christy, but not an overlap)
2.Pride and Prejudice 3-16-08
3.Making of Pride & Prejudice – Sue Birtwhistle & Susie Conklin 4-30-08
4.Emma 6-18-08
5.Persuasion 7-12-08
6.Mansfield Park 9-14-08
7.Northanger Abbey 10-23-08
8.Jane Austen for Dummies - Joan Elizabeth Klingel Ray 11-13-08
9.Sense & Sensibility 12-7-08

END OF CHALLENGE!!!

Books on Writing or Reading (read only 6 books)
1.Dear Genius: The Letters of Ursula Nordstrom – Ursula Nordstrom 1-20-08
2.How I Write: Secrets of a Bestselling Author – Janet Evanovich 11-18-08
3.The Well-fed Writer – Peter Bowerman 2-8-08
4.Careers for Bookworms - Marjorie Eberts and Margaret Gisler 3-22-08
5.Back for Seconds – Peter Bowerman 6-22-08
6.No Plot? No Problem! - Chris Baty 11-28-08

No Category
1.Drums of Autumn – Diana Gabaldon 1-31-08
2.Twilight – Stephenie Meyer 7-28-08
3.New Moon – Stephenie Meyer 8-2-08
4.Finding God in Lord of the Rings – Kurt Bruner & Jim Ware 8-30-08
5.The Memory Keeper's Daughter – Kim Edwards 1-29-08
6.Alone – Lisa Gardner 2-12-08
7.The Almost Moon – Alice Sebold 3-2-08
8.Kill The Messenger – Tami Hoag 4-15-08
9.The Survivor's Club – Lisa Gardner 4-20-08
10.Vivaldi's Virgins – Barbara Quick 6-18-08
11.Lean Mean Thirteen – Janet Evanovich 6-19-08
12.The Princess Bride – William Goldman 6-20-08

1 comment:

Niffercoo said...

I'm very impressed! Congratulations! I won't complete my list, but I think I read more books this year than ever before. I'll probably make a 999 list, just to give me incentive and ideas!