Feb 21, 2009

the 9 for '09 Challenge

I'm joining a few challenges to help me get through my piles of books. Thanks for all the suggestions you made! Even though I'm a little late starting, I'm going to do the 9 for '09 Challenge hosted by Isabel who writes Books and Other Stuff. I've never done a reading challenge before, but this one looks like fun because you have to pick books off your shelf that fit into nine categories. Here are my choices:

1. Long- Quicksliver, by Neal Stephenson. This book has 944 pages. I haven't read anything that long since Moby Dick, which was ten years ago!

2. Free- Chalice, by Robin McKinley. I won this book from a giveaway at Presenting Lenore.

3. Dusty- Letters from a Nut by Ted Nancy. I've had this book since I was in college, at least five years.

4. Used- The Grail War by Richard Monaco. I bought this one at Hole in the Wall Books.

5. Letter- The Sheep Dog, by Tim Longton. This one a whole word matches my blog title!

6. Strange- Emma, by Jane Austen. I know reading Austen is not strange to many of you, but I've never read one of her books, and I keep looking at this one and feeling uneasy (afraid I won't like it).

7. Cover- My Beaver Colony by Lars Wilsson. This book definitely has the worst cover.

8. Live or Dead- Sand by Will James. Will James passed away in 1942. He won the Newbery Medal for children's literature in 1927

9. Distance- Kon-Tiki, by Thor Heyerdahl. The author was born in Norway- 3,880 miles from me. The book opens in Peru- 3,500 miles from me, and I think it ends in the Cook Islands- 6,780 miles from me. Quite a distance!

I'm also going to do the 2009 TBR Challenge, but I haven't yet decided on my list, so I'll post about that soon.


Eva said...

Looks like a fun list! I think this is a really neat challenge too. :)

Emma isn't one of my favourite Austens (but, I'm an Austen devotee, so I still love it a ton, lol), so I'm curious to see what you think. I always get nervous when I read a book the whole blogosphere loves and don't like it! lol

An Anonymous Child said...

This is one of the more interesting lists of I've read in a while. I don't really get the "Live or Dead" slot, but the others are making me want to check my own books.

Trish said...

Such a clever little challenge! I loved reading through your reasonings for your picks. Have fun!

Jeane said...

Eva- Oh; that makes me almost wish I had a different Austen on my shelf (this is the only one). But I'm going to give it a good try!

Anonymous Child- I found that category the most confusing, too. Either an author who won a literary award, or one who's dead. Mine happens to be both.

Trish- Thanks! It was fun picking them out, and gave me a good variety to start off with.