Finally finished the "Herding Cats" challenge.

September 15, 2008 at 9:32 pm (Herding Cats, Reading challenges)


For this challenge, I read Snow Flower and the Secret Fan, The Book Thief, and The Eight. They were all very good. I probably wouldn’t have picked up ANY of them on my own, but I’m glad I read them. I think my over-all favorite was The Book Thief, but The Eight was so very intriguing. Snow Flower and the Secret Fan was quite a different change of pace for me, though a good read as well.


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Weekly Geeks #9: Challenges

June 25, 2008 at 8:35 pm (100 book challenge, Herding Cats, Reading challenges, Spring Reading Thing, Weekly Geeks)

I was planning on going through my list of reading challenges, see how I’m doing, update them, etc. even before I knew it was the Weekly Geeks challenge for this week. I notice that a lot of other people have said that, too. I think this is coming at a perfect time: June is almost over and that means that half of the year is almost gone (eek… where does the time go?). So, it makes sense to review these, no?

I haven’t been so good about doing updates on these. I’ll count this as an update for all of them, then start working on keeping more up-to-date with these.

Here are the challenges that I’m in right now:

The biggest challenge that I’m in is to read 100 books this year. I’m about to finish 48. I’ll have 50 read by the end of June, which makes me happy. Also, after reviewing the answers everyone gave when I asked “What counts?”, I’ll be expanding what I’m counting for that challenge. I’ll start including all the non-fiction that I read, as well. (Thanks for all the thoughts/suggestions on that one, btw. I posed that question on my blog and a few communities I’m in. It was helpful to get so many different perspectives, especially since a lot of them said much the same thing.)

The Herding Cats challenge is probably the one that I’m doing the most poorly on. I’ve only read one of the three books. I have until November 30th (my wedding anniversary, btw) so I’ve got enough time to get the other two in.

I read all of my books for the Spring Reading Thing 2008 – a lot more quickly than I’d thought, actually. Next time, I’ll have to try for more.

And, finally, we have Weekly Geeks. It’s not required that you participate every week, which is good. I was sick for a while there then got busy and didn’t really have time to do much. But I’m posting this week, aren’t I?

What does the future hold? I really enjoy these challenges, so I hope to join more.

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Herding Cats – the books that I’ve chosen

April 30, 2008 at 5:01 pm (Herding Cats)

I’ve finally decided the three books that I’ll be reading for the Herding Cats. You’ll notice that tomorrow is May 1st. It’s when the challenge starts. Yes, I procrastinate. So sue me. 

Snow Flower and the Secret Fan by Lisa See from’s list.

The Eight by Katherine Neville from Page After Page’s List.

The Book Thief by Markus Zuzak from Confessions of a Book-a-holic’s list.

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342,745 Ways to Herd Cats – Ten Books That I LOVE

April 19, 2008 at 12:13 am (Herding Cats, Reading challenges)

Here’s my list of ten books that I love for the 342,745 Ways to Herd Cats challenge. We’re supposed to pick ten books we like a make a list. Then, we’re supposed to pick three books from other people’s “ten books I love” lists and read them between May 1, 2008 and November 30, 2008. The main challenge page is here. I don’t have posts about some of these yet, but will probably be adding them in the future.

1. The Giver by Lois Lowry. If you’d like to know a bit more about it, please read my post over here.

2. A Wrinkle in Time by Madeline L’Engle, which I’ve written about here.

3. The Higher Power of Lucky by Susan Patron. Apparently, a lot of children’s libraries won’t carry this book, even though it won the 2007 Newberry Medal, because of the word “scrotum” appearing in the book. It does so only two or three times, in reference to a rattlesnake biting a dog. It isn’t offensive, IMHO. And, also, if you can’t let your children read a book that mentions a non-offensive term for a body part (which, btw, about half of all children have), then your child’s biggest problem probably has nothing to do with what he or she was reading. The story itself is wonderful. It’s a good “story”, not just a good book, if you know what I mean. Lucky is a 10-year-old girl who lives in a little town called Hard Pan (population 43) with her guardian, Brigette. Brigette became Lucky’s guardian after Lucky’s mother died two years ago and her father called Brigette (his first wife) to take come from France to take care of Lucky (his second wife’s daughter). Lucky believes that Brigette is unhappy, that she is planning on moving back to France, and leaving Lucky. So Lucky sets out to find her “Higher Power”, which she hears about when eavesdropping on 12-step meetings.

4. Area 51 (Book 1) by Robert Doherty. I’d actually suggest all of the series but I’m only listing this book. You can read my post about this book here.

5. Howl’s Moving Castle by Dianne Wynne Jones.

6. The Diamond Age: Or, A Young Lady’s Illustrated Primer by Neal Stephenson.

7. So Many Books, So Little Time: A Year of Passionate Reading by Sara Nelson.

8. Going With The Grain: A Wandering Bread Lover Takes a Bite Out of Life by Susan Seligson. I was going through school to become a bread maker/pastry chef but had to quit because I was getting sick all the time. Ha ha ha, Universe, thank you for “gifting” me with gluten intolerance.

9. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix by J.K. Rowling. Actually, I loved the whole series, but this one was my favorite overall.

10. The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis. I don’t care what anybody else says, this is the first book in the series. I love them all, though.

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