Thursday, March 20, 2008

Winter Reading Challenge

Final Update - March 20 (18 books completed; total of 25 books listed).

    Not quite as successful as I would have hoped, but not a bad outcome.
    My wrap-up post is here.
Second Update - March 8 (15 books completed; total of 35 books listed).
    I'm not getting them all read by March 19, am I?
First Update - February 1 (8 books completed; total of 33 books listed).

Original Post - December 27.

When I first heard that Karlene was hosting a Winter Reading Challenge to begin right after Katrina's Fall into Reading ended, I thought, "With all the challenges I've got lined up for 2008, it doesn't make any sense to even think about playing along!" Then I got thinking some more and decided that - because I really am going to need to be organized and diligent if I'm going to be successful with my 2008 reading plans and because I want to get off to a really good start - this winter reading challenge, which runs from December 22 through March 19 but which I'll officially start on January 1, would be a good way to do that! (If you'd like to play too, check out the details here.)

My List
(To be updated as the challenge progresses,
with links to my reviews added as I finish each book.)
  • An Absolute Gentleman by R. M. Kinder
    (completed 2-22-08 with review here)

  • American Born Chinese by Gene Luen Yang
    (completed 2-7-08 with review here)

  • Call It Courage by Armstrong Sperry
    (completed 1-31-08 with review here)

  • Clementine by Sara Pennypacker
    (completed 1-16-08 with review here)

  • A Dance for Three by Louise Plummer
    (completed 3-13-08 with review here)

  • Double Cross by James Patterson
    (completed 2-29-08 with review here)

  • Fashion Kitty versus the Fashion Queen by Charise Mericle Harper
    (completed 2-13-08 with review here)

  • The First Patient by Michael Palmer*

  • The Giver by Lois Lowry
    (completed 1-16-08 with review here)

  • I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou
    (completed 2-6-08 with review here)

  • Invasive Procedures by Orson Scott Card

  • Laced by Carol Higgins Clark
    (completed 3-14-08 with review here)

  • The Lady in the Tower by Jean Plaidy

  • Love, Stargirl by Jerry Spinelli
    (completed 2-26-08 with review here)

  • Nothing But the Truth (and a Few White Lies)
    by Justina Chen Headley

    (completed 1-21-08 with review here)

  • The Other Boleyn Girl by Phillipa Gregory
    (completed 2-16-08 with review here)

  • People of the Book by Geraldine Brooks*

  • Pictures of Hollis Woods by Patricia Reilly Giff
    (completed 1-12-08 with review here)

  • Princess Academy by Shannon Hale
    (completed 1-27-08 with review here)

  • The Reincarnationist by M. J. Rose

  • Remember Me? by Sophie Kinsella
    (completed 3-11-08 with review here)

  • Specials by Scott Westerfeld
    (completed 1-11-08 with review here)

  • "T" is for Trespass by Sue Grafton
    (completed 1-19-08 with review here)

  • A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini

  • Well-Behaved Women Seldom Make History by Laurel Thatcher Ulrich*

*In process as of 3-20-08.

By the way, Karlene has a post for linking reviews here. I'll probably find some new titles to add to my to-read list there!


  1. My you've got a long list! Thanks for joining us for the Winter Reading Challenge. Remember, any book you read for any other challenge can also be used for the Winter Reading Challenge. Don't make things too hard on yourself.

    I loved Extras. Just finished Invasive Procedures last night. I am a huge Card fan, but didn't love this one. I'll post a review soon.

  2. Karlene: maybe too long of a list! :) but it's going to be fun to try!

  3. gosh that is a lot of, I have signed up to, seem to be a bit addicted to challenges at the moment!

  4. Wow...that's quite a list Alison! Looks like lots of good reads though!

  5. You're the second reader I've noticed who's chosen Toni Morrison's "The Bluest Eye." I'm not sure how long ago she wrote that; it was among her first books, though. And it's great. She followed it with bigger novels, covering more years and presenting more characters, but I love "The Bluest Eye," a real classic.

  6. I am planning on reading A Thousand Splendid Suns for the Winter Reading Challenge too. You have a very impressive list. I am only attempting 10 books.