Saturday, April 26, 2008

342,752 Ways to Herd Cats
(or tl;dr)

I've been diligently avoiding any new challenges.
Until now.

Host: Renay (aka bottle_of_shine)

Time Frame: May 1 - November 30

Basic Premise: List ten beloved books. Then choose at least three books from other participants' lists to read. Write reviews of the books read.

Links: Bloggers' Reading Lists and Master Reading List (alphabetical - with 416 entries as of this moment) and Renay's Explanation (with all the details)

~ten of alisonwonderland's all-time favorite books~
  • American Born Chinese by Gene Luen Yang
    (I reviewed this young adult graphic novel here.)

  • Before You Know Kindness by Chris Bohjalian
    (Bohajalian is a favorite author of mine. His website is here.)

  • The Giver by Lois Lowry
    (I reviewed this young adult novel here.)

  • The Hiding Place by Corrie ten Boom
    (This life-changing account of two Dutch sisters during World War II was first published in the 1970s. I first read it four or five years ago and couldn't believe I'd never read it before.)

  • A Live Coal in the Sea by Madeleine L'Engle
    (I loved L'Engle's children's books when I was young, and when I stumbled upon this novel for adults on a bookstore discount table, it immediately became an all-time favorite. I love its exploration of what God's grace is and what God expects of us.)

  • The Princess Bride by William Goldman
    (Right after we saw the film, some friends and I walked to a bookstore to buy the book. Both the film and the book are favorites of mine!)

  • Replay by Ken Grimwood
    (I reviewed this time travel novel here.)

  • The Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd
    (I wrote a little about why I love this novel here.)

  • Small Change: The Secret Life of Penny Burford
    by J. Belinda Yandell
    (I mentioned this short but meaningful novel here. This just might be my all-time very most favorite book ever.)

  • Stargirl by Jerry Spinelli
    (I told a little about this young adult novel when I picked it for the "Something About Me" Challenge last year - here - and I reviewed the sequel here.)

That I love this video is one of the reasons why I just have to join this challenge!


  1. I love the video! Cracked me up! I have read several of the ones on your list but not all of them. Before You Know Kindness is one I might add to my list--I have been meaning to read for a while now.
    Have fun reading--and oh, by the way, what ones are you going to read?

  2. I nearly added Stargirl to my tl;dr challenge list to read but I had three already - I'm definitely adding it to my wishlist though!

  3. I'm returning your visit and am really glad I have. I didn't know that L'Engle had written for adults. This has gone straight onto my must be read list.

  4. I'm having a hard time resisting this challenge for the button alone! Great books--The Hiding Place was a very powerful read for me.

  5. I just saw the comment you left on my post about Expecting Adam. I am so glad it wasn't just me. I really don't dislike books very often and I always feel bad not liking a book--I have to say that this is about the only one I have read this year that I didn't enjoy. I really wanted to like it and believe all those things happened to her, but I just couldn't. Thanks for the comment-I feel better