The What’s In A Name Challenge 4 – Completion Post

I finished this challenge! I really enjoyed it and if I didn’t have so much to read already, plus didn’t have other challenges going, I would question if I could do it twice! As it is I’m definitely doing it again next year if it is hosted again. I actually finished it a little while ago, but was behind posting up my reviews and decided to wait till I’d gotten them all up first.

Anyway, enough yapping, here’s the explanation first;

Between January 1 and December 31, 2011, read one book in each of the following categories:

  1. A book with a number in the title: First to Die, Seven Up, Thirteen Reasons Why
  2. A book with jewelry or a gem in the title: Diamond Ruby, Girl with a Pearl Earring, The Opal Deception
  3. A book with a size in the title: Wide Sargasso Sea, Small Wars, Little Bee
  4. A book with travel or movement in the title: Dead Witch Walking, Crawling with Zombies, Time Traveler’s Wife
  5. A book with evil in the title: Bad Marie, Fallen, Wicked Lovely Continue reading

Comic Review: MirrorMask by Neil Gaiman

Helena is about to embark on a most amazing journey.

Raised in a family of circus performers, she’s always dreamed of leading a more ordinary life. But when haunting music draws her into a strange and magical realm, one where anything can happen, her real life is stolen by a runaway from the other side. Helena must rescue the realm from chaos in order to win back her own not-so-ordinary life.

Review

 

MirrorMask by Neil Gaiman reminds me of Alice In Wonderland and The Wizard of Oz, that sort of dreamlike quality that makes you question if it’s a dream, but then you go and question that as well because it’s not stated till later if at all. At times it will make no bloody sense, it’s not linear, and it can lose you. Unlike Wonderland and Oz, I enjoyed that dreamlike quality to an extent because I hadn’t read it before and yet, again unlike Wonderland and Oz, it didn’t feel as seamless as I would have liked. Continue reading

BA Reading Challenges Summary For Jan 2011

Comic From Wondermark

For those who don’t know, new followers or you just missed it, I host several reading challenges over on the blog titled BA Reading Challenges and even though people’s reviews are listed on the blog, I’m going to be posting a list of them here every month for those who aren’t taking part, but would still like to see what everyone is reading.

I just have to figure out how to set it out because I haven’t planned ahead (I’m also half asleep and have a very high blood sugar level so this shall be interesting!). Every challenge named will link back to the original sign up post for anyone who wants to find it and from there you can find the review pages and whatever else you need.

And remember, if you haven’t joined in yet and wish to do so you can sign up at any time during the year. You also don’t need to have a blog to do so, you can crossover, and you can change levels! Thanks to everyone who has joined in so far!

Yet To Have Reviews Added: The Century Challenge

The Comic Challenge

The Dystopia Challenge

Get Steampunked!

Off The Shelf!

What’s In A Name Reading Challenge

That’s it. I’ve cracked. I told myself not to do any more reading challenges, I already have enough and I really am meant to be cutting down on reading to get in writing time, but what can I say? I cracked!

I really wanted to do the What’s In A Name Challenge (hosted by Beth Fish from Beth Fish Reads, click on the image and it will take you to the sign up page) so instead of considering several other ones I am going to focus on this one and not add any more (except for two mini ones later in the year).

Info

Between January 1 and December 31, 2011, read one book in each of the following categories:

  1. A book with a number in the title: First to Die, Seven Up, Thirteen Reasons Why
  2. A book with jewelry or a gem in the title: Diamond Ruby, Girl with a Pearl Earring, The Opal Deception
  3. A book with a size in the title: Wide Sargasso Sea, Small Wars, Little Bee
  4. A book with travel or movement in the title: Dead Witch Walking, Crawling with Zombies, Time Traveler’s Wife
  5. A book with evil in the title: Bad Marie, Fallen, Wicked Lovely
  6. A book with a life stage in the title: No Country for Old Men, Brideshead Revisited, Bog Child

The book titles are just suggestions, you can read whatever book you want to fit the category.

See how it’s a reading challenge, but also really challenging? I love that! I want to read as many of my books next year and tie in everything with Off The Shelf, so I’m trying to only pick books that I own, except I’m stuck on the gem/jewel one.

Here’s my list so far

  1. A Number: The Eight Immortals of Taoism: Legends and Fables of Popular Taoism by Kwok Man Ho
  2. Gem or Jewellery: The Crystal Elements by Chris Froggatt
  3. Size: The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen by Alan Moore
  4. Travel or Movement: One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest by Ken Kesey
  5. Evil: Bend Sinister by Vladimir Nabokov or Soulless by Cherie Priest
  6. Life Stage: Death or Glory by Sandy Mitchell

Now if I can just find a book with gem/jewellery in the title that is either Dystopia, Post-apocalyptic, Steampunk, or a graphic novel and that can be found at my library I’m going to be laughing!

GLBT Reading Challenge 2011

I really love the idea of a GLBT reading challenge because I have actually been wanting to read more of it and I need the motivation so I’m taking part in this one. It is a set your own goal challenge and the books you can read are both GLBT content or GLBT authors.

I am aiming for one. I know it is small, but I already have all those challenges I am doing and I am aiming low so I can overshoot rather then go under and disappoint myself…

If I end up reading more, most of them will be bisexual lit or non fiction, but I might occasionally pick something up that is more general or somewhere else in the GLBT spectrum.

Only one book comes to mind so far and that’s because it is on my shelf, Bi Any Other Name,  but If there are any books you’d recommend let me know and I’ll check them out.

Edit: I’ll be reading the following books as part of the challenge.

  1. Bi Any Other Name
  2. The Slap by Christos Tsiolkas

The Century Challenge 2011

BA's Century ChallengeThis is another challenge I’m hosting, but not as straight forwards as the others. If you’re interested click on the banner or follow this link.

I have quite a few classics on my shelf so I am aiming to do the Decade challenge of ten books starting from the year 1904.

  1. 1904: The Food of The Gods by H.G Wells
  2. 1905: The 120 Days of Sodom by Marquis De Sade
  3. 1906: The Jungle by Upton Sinclair
  4. 1907: The Man Who Was Thursday by G.K. Chesterton
  5. 1908: Either The Wind in The Willows or The Iron Heel by Jack London
  6. 1909: Either Tono-Bungay by H.G. Wells or Ann Veronica by H.G. Wells
  7. 1910: The History of Mr Polly by H.G. Wells
  8. 1911: The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett
  9. 1912: The Lost World by Arthur Conan Doyle
  10. 1913: Pollyanna by Eleanor H Porter

As a back up I’m doing 1962-1971. I haven’t been able to put together all the books yet, but these are the ones I have so far;

  1. 1962: One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest by Ken Kesey
  2. 1963: Inside Mr Enderby by Anthony Burgess
  3. 1964: Charlie and The Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl
  4. 1965: Dune by Frank Herbert
  5. 1966: Destination: Void by Frank Herbert
  6. 1967: The Tarnsman of Gor by John Norman (this is a DNF book for me so I’m going to attempt it again)
  7. 1968: 2001 A Space Odyssey by Arthur C. Clarke
  8. 1969: The Left Hand of Darkness by Ursula K. Le Guin
  9. 1970:
  10. 1971:

If you want to join in with this one all you have to do is the same as the other challenges I’m hosting – create a sign up post, copy that url address and post it in the Mr Linky on the challenge page (the above link takes you straight to it), grab the banner on that page and post it somewhere on your blog or social network.

Get Steampunked! Reading Challnge 2011

Get Steampunked!I have been meaning to read more Steampunk for awhile and after doing a Must Reads list for it I added even more books to my to read pile so thought why not do a challenge?

I’m feeling steampunk-y, but like my Dystopia challenge I’m aiming for 5 and will probably go over.

Here’s the books I’m choosing from so far;

  1. Soulless by Gail Carriger
  2. Perdido Street Station by China Melville
  3. The Somnambulist by Jonathan Barnes
  4. The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen Volume One by Alan Moore
  5. Grandville by Bryan Talbot
  6. Boneshaker by Cherie Priest

And these are the other challenge levels you can choose from;

  1. Geared –  Choose 5 books to read
  2. Cogged – Choose 15 books to read
  3. Goggle Mad – Choose 30 books to read
  4. Victorian Lord/Lady – Choose 50 books to read
  5. Steampunked! – Choose 75 books to read

For extra hard challenges

  1. Zephyr Pilot – Choose 76-125 books to read
  2. Inventor – Choose 126-200 books to read

If you want to take part all you have to do is create a sign up post, copy the link back to it, paste it into the Mr Linky on the Get Steampunked! Challenge page, and grab the banner on that page to place on your blog or social network profile. Easy peasy!