888 Challenge: Read 8 books each in 8 different categories in 2008.

I’ve found a reading challenge (http://triple8challenge.blogspot.com/) that my wife and I will be participating in this year.  We read together every day of our lives so this seemed like an appropriate challenge.  The rules are that you choose eight categories and in each category you choose eight books.  You are allowed an overlap of eight books since some books may possibly fit in more than one category, so your total only has to be 56 instead of 64, but I’ve decided to go with the 64 (it will be more since I’ve added some series).  The difficult part was narrowing the categories!  It was fun looking at all of the lists others have created and they simplified my choices.  I’ve already been reading the Newbury Award Winners and we’d decided to read the Pulitzer Prize Winners and Banned Books before we found this challenge.  We’d already ordered another 26 books from our local library and they should fit the categories perfectly. 

We live in a remote country location and rely on inter-library loan for our reading pleasure.  I frequently find that an author is not available to us, so then we have to rely on Amazon.  If we find that we can’t acquire certain books as we progress, we may have to make substitutions.  I also reserve the right to make substitutions if an author is boring, silly or mundane.  I do all my reading after the baby is in bed so at least one of the story line/topic, characters or writing style must be compelling, and preferably all three, in order to keep me awake long enough to enjoy the book.  It’s always a good sign if I can remember what I’ve read the next day and an excellent sign if I can remember the author’s name and the title of the book when I’ve finished.  

I’ve included the links for the books when it was easy to do.  I’m still a beginner and attempting to capture the links to some of these was just tedious, so I gave up.

I think I’ve narrowed down my categories to the following:

Banned Books

  1. And Tango Makes Three by Justin Richardson and Peter Parnell
  2. The Earth, My Butt, and Other Big Round Things by Carolyn Mackler
  3. Athletic Shorts by Chris Crutcher
  4. The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky
  5. Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck
  6. The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain
  7. Tiger Eyes by Judy Blume
  8. What My Mother Doesn’t Know by Sonya Sones

Hugo Award Winners

  1. Rainbows End by Vernor Vinge
  2.  Spin by Robert Charles Wilson
  3. Paladin of Souls by Lois McMaster Bujold
  4. American Gods by Neil Gaiman
  5. To Say Nothing of the Dog by Connie Willis
  6. Blue Mars (Mars Trilogy) by Kim Stanley Robinson

Pulitzer Prize Winners

  1. The Road (rough cut) by Cormac Mccarthy
  2. March by Geraldine Brooks
  3. Gilead: A Novel by Marilynne Robinson
  4. The Known World: A Novel by Edward P. Jones
  5. Middlesex: A Novel by Jeffrey Eugenides
  6. Empire Falls by Richard Russo
  7. Interpreter of Maladies by Jhumpa Lahiri

Lesbian Novels

  1. Annie on My Mind by Nancy Garden
  2. Hey, Dollface by Deborah Hautzig
  3. The Price of Salt by Patricia Highsmith
  4. The Well of Loneliness by Radclyffe Hall
  5.  Keeping You a Secret by Julie Anne Peters
  6. Shy Girl: A Novel by Elizabeth Stark

Books I’ve Already Read in 2008

  1. Skeleton Man by Tony Hillerman
  2. DK Eyewitness: Bird edited by Janice Lacock
  3. Promise Me by Harlan Coben
  4. Calm Mother, Calm Child by Paul Wilson
  5. The Artist’s Way by Julia Cameron
  6. The Latke Who Couldn’t Stop Screaming by Lemony Snicket
  7. Creating A Low Allergen Garden by Lucy Huntington
  8. Weather Tracker by Leslie Horvitz

Sci-Fi/Fantasy Series

  1. The Golden Compass by Philip Pullman
  2. The Subtle Knife by Philip Pullman
  3. The Amber Spyglass by Philip Pullman
  4. The Dark is Rising by Susan Cooper
  5. Greenwitch by Susan Cooper
  6. Over Sea, Under Stone by Susan Cooper
  7. Silver on the Tree by Susan Cooper
  8. The Grey King by Susan Cooper

Newbury Award Winners

  1. Walk Two Moons by Sharon Creech
  2. The Hero and the Crown by Robin McKinley
  3. Dear Mr. Henshaw  by Beverly Cleary
  4. M.C. Higgins, the Great by Virginia Hamilton
  5. The Slave Dancer by Paula Fox
  6. Julie of the Wolves  by Jean Craighead George
  7. A Single Shard by Linda Sue Park

Series From ALA’s Banned Books List

  1. Alice (Series) by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor
  2. Goosebumps (Series) by R.L. Stine
  3. Earth’s Children (Series) by Jean M. Auel
  4. The Stupids (Series) by Harry Allard
  5. Anastasia Krupnik (Series) by Lois Lowry
  6. Sleeping Beauty Trilogy by A.N. Roquelaure (Anne Rice)
  7. Harry Potter (Series) by J.K. Rowling
  8. Gossip Girls (Series) by Cecily Von Ziegesar

~ by byrningbunny on January 6, 2008.

3 Responses to “888 Challenge: Read 8 books each in 8 different categories in 2008.”

  1. Nice, eclectic mix–I find that too many people get stuck on one genre, one type of writing and have to wonder why. It’s like eating the same fare, day in and day out. Where’s the variety? The spice? Hope you’ll keep tabs on what worked and what didn’t (for the rest of us) but in the meantime, good reading to you…

  2. Welcome to the 888 Challenge! If you’d like an invite to the blog, though, I’ll need your email address. You can send it to 3m.michelle at gmail.

  3. I sure like you.
    Your books look good. Are you interested in homosexuality for some reason?

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