Lookin’ For A Challenge

I’ve been looking around the Internet for some reading/book challenges but am having trouble deciding on one or some to partake in.  Are you participating in any challenges yet, or are there some you know of that will be coming up? 

The show we watch consistently every Sunday on AFN is The Grand Ole Opry.  One of my favorite performances of 2008 was when The Zac Brown Band appeared on the Opry stage for the first time.  They did their hit song, Chicken Fried.  I hope you enjoy it.

The July Book Blowout Reading Challenge Has Begun

                            July Book Blowout

July is here!  Can you believe 2008 is half over?!  Unbelievable!  Well, to kick off the hottest month of the summer, I’m participating in Blue Archipelago’s July Book Blowout Reading Challange.  I have challenged myself to read eight books and I’m starting it off with Garth Stein’s “The Art of Racing In The Rain“. 

                               The Art of Racing in the Rain

This book has a book trailer to promote it too.  I don’t know if they are airing it on T.V. in the States but it sure is neat.  I’ve included it below for your viewing pleasure.   


33 For 33

Some of you know I turn 33 on the first day of 2008.  I like the sound of this number and though 32 has been a great year I feel that 33 has some surprises in store for me and I am excited to discover them.  As you all know I am also a book lover and avid reader.  My nightstand, coffee table and car share housing rights to my book-of-the-moment.  I love the quiet moments before bed (and I am trying to make more during the day) when I can just sit/lay back and relax with my book. 

In the previous post I mentioned a book called “So Many Books, So Little Time” by Sara Nelson.  In this book Sara challenged herself to read a book a week in the year 2002 and write about what she read.  It helps that she reads a ton for her job (she is now the Editor-In-Chief of Publishers Weekly).   This challenge seems daunting to me but I still want to challenge myself to complete more books in this upcoming year so this is what I came up with.  I have challenged myself to read thirty-three books for the number I am turning on my birthday.  I figured that that would mean I would have to read about 2.75 books a month in order to accomplish this task and I think I can do it.  I’m calling it “33 For 33”.

I have gone through my bookshelves and made a list of the books that I hope to read in 2008.

The Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follett

Tender at the Bone by Ruth Reichl

Into The Wild by Jack Krakauer

I, Mona Lisa by Jeanne Kalogridis

Snow Flower & The Secret Fan by Lisa See

The Heavenly Horse From The Outermost West by Mary Stanton

Piper At The Gate by Mary Stanton

Ahab’s Wife by Sena Jeter Naslund

The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini

Boomsday by Christopher Buckley

Where The Red Fern Grows by Wilson Rawls

Now, these are books that I would like to complete as of today and this list may change and will definitely be added to to make up thirty-three titles.  Call me crazy but I am very excited about this self-challenge and I will keep you all posted on my progress and I will also review each book upon completion.  Wish me luck!!