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2 books down…

28 Feb

I am two books down on my triple 8 book challenge.  One was brilliant and one very much less than average.  Serves me right for reading fluff!  I will try and post reviews this weekend though book reviews have never been my forte.   

I had a forage at the local antique shop the other day and came away with a new handful of books, so am consequently reading a book not on my triple 8 list but which could be worked into it. 


888 – the triple 8 book challenge

25 Feb

8 books in 8 categories in 2008. Doable? I hope so! I discovered this challenge via The Tiny Reading Room blog and as I am both an avid reader and a list lover, I figured it was a good fit for me this year. I get to read every day on my journey to and from work, but have slipped into bad habits – reading far to much light and fluffy fiction that is not good for my soul!

Having said I’m a list lover…it’s true I love to read and create lists but I’m not so good at the doing part. But this year, is turning out to be a bit of a year of the list. With no travel or bear shows on the itinerary, I’ve decided to have a ‘different’ sort of year. Hopefully one with a lot less stress than the last few. I’ve recently picked up cross-stitch again after a break of a few years, and have created a list/roster for my WIPs, so that I hopefully get a few finished. Hmmm when I realised that one I had started was for a new born niece who is now a big school going five year old, I felt terribly guilty. Bad Auntie indeed.

I am also trying to more faithfully work through my book of bear ideas. Every year I create a spreadsheet of ideas and then merrily go off and make totally unrelated things. As mentioned in an earlier post, I’m also revisiting some of my earlier patterns and some of my current WIPs are stretching my skills a little.

Anyhoo….back to the books! This is a mix of kid lit, fiction and non-fiction, and I’m sure the list will alter a little over the course of the year.

My categories are…

8 books to make my teeth ache.

A mix of fiction and non-fiction, fluffy and serious and all featuring in some form the sweet delights of candy and chocolate.

  1. Chocolate: a bittersweet saga of dark and light Mort Rosenblaum
  2. Sweets: a history of temptation – Tim Richardson
  3. The emperor’s of chocolate – Joel Glenn Brenner
  4. The lollipop shoes – Joanne Harris
  5. Bon Bon voyage – Nancy Fairbanks
  6. Icing on the cake – Laura Castoro
  7. Candy Freak – Steve Almond
  8. Chocolate lovers club – Carole Matthews

8 Diana Wynne Jones novels

Clever and funny kidlit fantasy author who I am embarassed to say I have only discovered in the last year. I’m trying to read all the books in the Chrestomanci series – So far I’ve read, Witch Week and Charmed Life and am currently reading The Pinhoe Egg.

  1. Fire and Hemlock
  2. Howl’s Moving Castle
  3. Castle in the Air
  4. Lives of Christopher Chant (Chrestomanci)
  5. Magicians of Caprona (Chrestomanci)
  6. Mixed Magics (Chrestomanci)
  7. Conrad’s Fate (Chrestomanci)
  8. The Pinhoe Egg (Chrestomanci)

8 books featuring booksellers/bookshops/librarians.

What could be better than working in an eccentric bookshop stuffed with literary treasures (and preferably with a decent coffee/teashop attached!) I know nothing about any of these books, except for 84, Charing Cross Road – all picked at random via subject headings in the library catalog. 84, Charing Cross Road – Helene Hanff (last read when I was about 12 – high time for a reread).

  1. The bookshop – Penelope Fitzgerald
  2. Solstice Wood – Patricia A McKillip
  3. Secret of Lost things : a novel – Sheridan Hay
  4. Applemere Summer – Harriet Hudson
  5. The Christie Caper – Carolyn G. Hart
  6. The Eyre Affair – Jasper Fforde
  7. Love Letters – Cathleen Schine
  8. Sixpence House: lost in a town of books – Paul Collins

8 because I am stuck at home this year, I’ll enjoy someone else’s travels.

  1. Girl at Sea – Maureen Johnson
  2. Buried Treaasure: Travels through the jewel box – Victoria Finlay
  3. Her fork in the road : women celebrate food and travel – Lisa Bach (ed)
  4. American pie : slices of life (and pie) from America’s back roads : Pascale LaDraoulec
  5. Paris in a basket: markets, the food, the people – Nicolle Aimee Meyer
  6. Minnow on the Say – Philippa Pearce
  7. Eating as I go : scenes from America and abroad – Doris Friedensohn
  8. Weekend in Paris – Robyn Sisman

8 of my favourite Saturday morning reads from childhood.

Whilst I know now that it was a means of preserving her Saturday morning sanity, I am eternally grateful to my mother who encouraged us to read by placing piles of books beside our bedside. It was always a good Saturday morning if I could read an entire Secret Seven book before everyone else was awake. I can’t bring myself to reread the Secret Seven but some of my other Saturday morning favourites are…

  1. Sara Crewe/A Little Princess – Frances Hodgson Burnett
  2. Fantastic Mr Fox – Roald Dahl
  3. Samantha’s Secret Room – Lyn Cook
  4. The Long Secret – Louise Fitzhugh
  5. Eight Cousins (a.ka. The Aunt-Hill) – Louisa May Alcott
  6. The Mystery of the Green Cat – Phyllis A. Whitney
  7. Morris has a Cold – Bernard Wiseman
  8. The World of Winnie the Pooh/The World of Christopher Robin – A.A. Milne

8 award winning books both kidlit and adult.

  1. Dear Mr. Henshaw – Beverly Cleary (Newbery Medal, 1984)
  2. Eve Green – Susan Fletcher (Whitbread First Novel, 2004)
  3. The Haunting – Margaret Mahy (Carnegie Award, 1982)
  4. I, Coriander – Sally Gardner (Nestle Gold Award, 2005)
  5. Life of Pi – Yann Martel (Man Booker, 2002)
  6. Hana’s Suitcase – Kevin Levine (CLA, 2003)
  7. Harriet Spies Again – Helen Ericson (Edgar – juvenile fiction, 2003)
  8. Village by the Sea – Paula Fox (Horn Book, 1989)

8 interpretations of fairy tales

  1. Enchantment – Orson Scott Card (Sleeping Beauty)
  2. Into the wild – Sara Durst (Rapunzel)
  3. Before Midnight – Cameron Dokey (Cinderella)
  4. Fairest – Gail Carson Levine (Snow White)
  5. Beastly – Alex Flinn (Beauty and the Beast)
  6. Book of a Thousand Days – Shannon Hale (Maid Maleen)
  7. The Frog Prince: A Fairy Tale for Consenting Adults – Stephen Mitchell (The Frog Prince)
  8. Deerskin – Robin McKinley (Donkeyskin

8 Memoirs of childhood and families

  1. A Girl from Yam Hill – Beverly Cleary
  2. Life and times of the Thunderbolt Kid – Bill Bryson
  3. Dress your family in corduroy and denim – David Sedaris
  4. Not a happy camper – Mindy Schneider
  5. Tender at the Bone: growing up at the table – Ruth Reichl
  6. She got up off the couch – Haven Kimmel
  7. The Glass Castle – Jeanette Walls
  8. Garlic and Sapphires – Ruth Reichl