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Friday, November 11, 2011

Getting Lost in a Comfortable Book 2012 Reading Challenge

Hi, everyone! Time for another 2012 Reading Challenge!


This challenge is being hosted by Gina at Book Dragon's Lair.

Quite a few of the books on this list are already on my TBR list, so I may as well join this challenge as well!

Here are the details copied from Gina's blog:


Guidelines:

- Make a post
- Link up (coming)
- Read 5 books from the list that you haven't read before

Reviews:

Would be nice but I'd be more interested in why you pick each book and what you thought of it. This can be added to your post about the challenge.


The list didn't turn out as long as I'd hope so there will be no voting....just read five books (not yours) from the list. Yes, there are a couple of series on the list.

Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll
Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery
Arabella by Georgette Heyer
The Beekeeper's Apprentice by Laurie R. King
The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
Briar's Book by Tamora Pierce
The Cat Who series by Lilian Jackson Braun
The Christmas Box by Richard Paul Evans
A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens
The Daughter of Time by Josephine Tey
The English Patient by Michael Ondaatje
Fools Rush In by Janice Thompson
Gaudy Night by Dorothy L. Sayers
The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Society by Anne Barrows and Mary Ann Shaffer
Happy All the Time by Laurie Colwin
Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowlings
The Hawk and the Jewel, The by Lori Wick
The Hobbit, The by J.R.R. Tolkien
The Hound of the Baskervilles by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
How to Make an American Quilt by Whitney Otto
The Inn at Lake Devine by Elinor Lipman
The Irish Country series Patrick Taylor
Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte
The Key Trilogy by Nora Roberts
Le Grand Secret (The Immortals) by René Barjavel
Little Women by Louisa May Alcott
Mist of Avalon by Marion Zimmer Bradley
The Mitford series by Jan Karon
The Negotiator by Dee Henderson
The Night Watch by Sergej Lukianenko
North and South by Elizabeth Gaskell
Northern Lights by Phillip Pullman
The Outlander series by Diana Gabaldon
Persuasion by Jane Austen
The Phantom Tollbooth by Norton Juster
The Phryne Fisher Mystery series by Kerry Greenwood
Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
Princess Bride, The by William Goldman
The Protector of the Small quartet by Tamora Pierce
Queen of the Damned by Anne Rice
Secret Garden, The by Frances Hodgson Burnett
Spy Wore Red, The by Aline, Countess of Romanones
Stand, The by Stephen King
Stone and the Flute, The by Hans Bemmann
Tangled Web, A by L.M. Montgomery
Time Traveler's Wife, The by Audrey Niffenegger
Venetia by Georgette Heyer
Westing Game, The by Ellen Raskin
Wild Magic by Tamora Pierce
Worthing Saga, The by Orson Scott Card


There are lots of great books on that list, so it was hard for me to narrow down which five I intend to read next year.

Here are my picks:
  1. The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien: My 9 year-old daughter and I just went to see a play on The Hobbit earlier this week, and now she wants to read it. I remember my teacher reading it to us in Grade 4, and I just loved it! Since I have actually read this one before, it won't officially "count" for this challenge since we are supposed to read books that we haven't read before. I am going to read this one to my kids.
  2. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone by J.K. Rowling (Book #1 of the Harry Potter Series): I actually have read this one before as well, so it won't officially "count" for this challenge. I read this back when it first came out, and I absolutely loved it! I couldn't wait to read the next in the series. Then I decided that this was something that I would love to read with my kids someday (I did not have any kids at the time), and I have been holding off ever since!! I own all the books, and they have just been sitting on the shelf gathering dust. I am surprised that I have been able to keep my paws off them! I am going to read this one to my kids.
  3. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets by J.K. Rowling (Book #2 of the Harry Potter Series): I am going to read this one to my kids.
  4. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban by J.K. Rowling (Book #3 of the Harry Potter Series): I am going to read this one to my kids.
  5. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire by J.K. Rowling (Book #4 of the Harry Potter Series): I am going to read this one to my kids.
  6. Outlander by Diana Gabaldon (Book #1 of the Outlander Series): I joined the 2011 Outlander Challenge and failed miserably. I haven't even read the first one in the series, and it is almost year-end. Hopefully, I'll have better luck in 2012. My massage therapist recommended the series to me.
  7. Dragonfly in Amber by Diana Gabaldon (Book #2 of the Outlander Series): See reasons for #6 above.
  8. The Time Traveler's Wife by Audrey Niffeneger: I am adding this as an "alternate" in case my kids aren't ready yet to hear Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, which is supposed to be a little bit darker than the first three. I have received recommendations of this book from others.

If you want to join me in the challenge, just click on either challenge badge in this post.

I will link up my reviews on this post as I go:
  1. Outlander by Diana Gabaldon (Outlander, Book 1) 

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