Sunday, December 20, 2009

451 Challenge

I've decided to join this 451 Challenge.  I do this trepidly as I'm already busy but it seems like an important one.  I had  to do some research, figuring out which books appealed to me, many of the titles were somewhat unknown to me.  I've picked several so far and once I make my final selections I will post them here.
After looking over the list I was happy to see a few I've already read so I had to list them here:
1.  A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini
2. Gone with the wind by Margaret Mitchell
3. Harry Potter series of 7 by J.K. Rowling
4. Jitterbug Perfume by Tom Robbins-I was very excited and amazed to find this one on the list.
5. Night by Elie Wiesel
6.Peace like a river by Leif Enger
7. The Bean Trees by Barbara Kingsolver
8. The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein
9. The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck
10. The Hobbit by Tolkein
11. The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupery
12. The Lord of the Rings by Tolkein
13. Phantom Tollbooth by Norton Juster
14. The Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver
15. The Shipping News by E. Annie Proulx
16. The Sleep Book by Dr. Seuss-(if it counts I've read all of his:)
17. The Stand by Stephen King
18. To kill a mockingbird by Harper Lee
19. Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen
20. Zen and the art of motorcycle maintenance by Robert E. Pirsig
21. The Time Traveler's Wife by Audrey Niffinegger

If any of these titles intrigue you, flip over to the 451 Challenge blog, hosted by Elizabeth at As Usual, I Need More Bookshelves.

Here is how it will work: between January 1, 2010 and November 30, 2010, participants are challenged to read books on the 451 master list. There will be several levels of participation:

Spark - read 1-2 books from the master list
Ember - read 3-4 books from the master list
Flame - read 5-6 books from the master list
Blaze - read 7 or more books from the master list

Re-reading is acceptable, as are crossovers with other challenges. Audio, print, and e-books are all acceptable. Each month, participants will be encouraged to post their reviews on the challenge blog, and each review posted will be an entry into a grand prize drawing for a $25 gift card to the online bookseller of the winner's choice.


Elizabeth said...

I'm so glad you will be joining us! I hope you enjoy reading the books you've selected - I'm looking forward to reading your thoughts!

Tif Sweeney said...

I'm doing this one too!! I look forward to your reads and thoughts!