Thursday, January 3, 2008

Book Reading Challenges for 2008

In keeping with my New Year's promise to read "War and Peace," and to keep up my reading for the year, I found a couple of wonderful Book Reading Challenge groups and here they are if you're interested:

In which you read six books for the year with the following in their titles. And, here's my list. BTW, you can choose any book of any kind and genre of your choice...nobody's telling you what to read...and at the end of the win a prize!! Love it!

1) A book with a color in its title: My Name is Red by Orhan Pamuk

2) A book with an animal in its title: The Tiger's Claws by John Speed

3) A book with a first name in its title: Mary, Mrs. A. Lincoln by Janis Cooke Newman

4) A book with a place in its title: The Road by Cormac McCarthy (Winner 2007 Pulitzer Prize)

5) A book with a weather event in its title: Krakatoa, the Day the World Exploded: August 27, 1883 by Simon Winchester

6) A book with a plant in its title: The Janissary Tree by Jason Goodwin(Winner 2007 Edgar Award)

Russian Reading Group 2008: In which we read 4 books either by or set in or about Russia or Russians.

Please leave me a comment for a link to this group...or for more info.
Here are my choices:

1) War and Peace by Tolstoy (LOL You guessed it!!!)

2) Anna Karenina by Tolstoy (a reread)

3) The Russian Concubine by Kate Furnivall

4) Russka by Edward Rutherfurd

Check out this site for some interesting lists of books:

I also stitched on my "Cirque...." last night, and am stitching more tonight! :) Will post my progress tomorrow! I'm watching "Woman in White," Turner Classic Movie of Wilke Collins classic book, while stitching. Died and gone to heaven......I even have Haggen Daz, Black Walnut ice cream in the freezer, girls..... Please don't hate me!! :[
And, can't believe it, but I ran into a random, very out-going knitting group at Borders book store this evening with my friend, Elaine!! They meet and knit every Wed. night at Borders for 2 hours, and asked me to pull up a chair and join them! So, guess who's taking baby things to knit for DD Jessica on Wed. nights!! LOL
Is my 2008 starting out in a fabulouso way or what!!!???
Hugs to you all!
PS: The mermaid pic above is from HAED Designs, and is called "The Undying Rose" please see their site to purchase the chart.
*PSS: I've heard rumors and read the truth from her lips that Kathy Barrick Dieter is just about ready to release her newest in a piece like the HOHRH!! Egads! I'm so excited...and I haven't even finished the first 2... You can find all the details on her Carriage House Designs site under News.


Eva said...

Deb, I always visit the blogs of people who leave comments on mine! That's just good manners. :) I'm about to go off to bed, but I noticed that you needed a link to the Russian Reading Challenge, so here are two: (the blog) (the rules)

That mermaid picture is just gorgeous!

Debi said...

Welcome to the What's in a Name? challenge! Thank you for joining in! I hope you have fun!


Carissa said...

Oh girl! you're just giving me too many things to join! *lol*

Itching To Stitch said...

What fun those book clubs sound. Your year does seem to be starting out great, I hope it continues ;)

Barbara said...

Love the book challenges, particularly the Russian one ... I love Russian literature. Even took it at university.

Can't WAIT to see the new installments of HOHRH!!!!!

And most of all, I hope that 2008 has been wonderful for you so far - because you are wonderful!!! :D

Lili said...

Hi Deb!
I wanted to thank you for commenting on my blog, so I have reached your profile -which I sooo enjoyed reading... You have a beautiful blog! My! I'll be back to see all the wonders!
Loved the alligator jaws -so do my kids! Lol!!!- and will have a look at K Barrick Dieter's new design. Yummy...
Take care!

Karen's Blog said...

I am really looking forward to teh next HOHRH as well. Yayy.

Michelle said...

Oooh, another HRH - that would be wonderful! I've yet to stitch the first two either. Sounds like you have some wonderful reading lined up for 2008!

Kathy A. said...

My goodness girl - what a full plate you shall have. Good for you!! Enjoy all your reading. and to find a knitting group - how fortunate. I have tried to find a stitching group here in Yuma but no luck yet. May have to advertise in the paper LOL. I am a little (lot) homesick today.
Glad to hear you are making progress on Cirque. Look forward to your post.

CresceNet said...

Gostei muito desse post e seu blog é muito interessante, vou passar por aqui sempre =) Depois dá uma passada lá no meu site, que é sobre o CresceNet, espero que goste. O endereço dele é . Um abraço.

Gosia said...

I've just discovered your blog and love it!! I enjoy both reading and stitching, so I surely come back often here. I'm currently reading Red is my name (it's georgous) and I adore slavic literature :) :) :)

Happy New Year!!!!

Rebecca said...

I am getting so many great ideas. Now I want to join these book clubs. Maybe I will join in spirit. I love russian novels so I really liked that idea.

Bejeweled said...

Hi there! Hope you had a wonderful holiday with your loved ones! Sounds like 2008 is starting out just wonderfully for you!! Yeah!

Oh, what a fun reading challenge! Wish I had more free time because that just sounds ... FUN!

Hope you had a decadent evening watching Woman in White with your ice cream! Creating art, watching a great film ,and eating sinfully good ice cream sounds like a perfect night in!

The Silver Thistle said...

Sounds like you're all set for reading material in 2008, lol.

I joined the 'TBR' (to be read) Prize Challenge last year but not only do I still have some of my books to tick off the list.....I've added tons more, lol. Guess I'm not the winner then, hahahah.

My reading list just gets longer and longer and longer and, and,.....

I've never been to Borders before but we've got one about an hour's drive from here and I keep promising (threatening) to go and spend a few hours to myself there but so far it's never happened :(

Lucky you to have found a knitting group at yours. Sounds like fun.

My knitting goal this year is to felt something I've knitted. I've never tried felting before but it looks like fun.

Meari said...

Good luck with your book challenge, Deb. It seems the only books I read lately are textbooks.