Books ahoy

Somebody, somewhere on my bloglines had a post about the triple 8 reading challenge. The idea is to read 8 books in 8 different categories (in O8), with no more than 8 overlaps, making for 56 to 64 books read this year.

I have no idea if this is doable, but it seems like a fun idea and as close to a New Year’s resolution as I’m going to get this year. Can I read slightly more than one book a week? I shall do my best. This is a work in progress and I’ll be adding to it over the year as books find me.

My 888 Book Challenge List
(Titles in italics are finished.)

A. The on-going Presidential Project
1. Martin Van Buren
2. Harrison
3. Tyler
4. Polk
5. Taylor
6. Fillmore
7. Pierce
8. Buchanan
I seem to have hit the uber-exciting era of the American Presidency. I’ll know more arcane trivia than is good for one person after this set.

B. Annual Re-reads
1. LoTR Fellowship of the Ring
2. LoTR Two Towers
3. LoTR Return of the King
4. Till We Have Faces
5. Wind in the Willows (see also category H)
6. Anne of Green Gables (see also category H): books 1 -3 (February-March)
7. Chronicles of Narnia (see also category H)
8. Children of Hurin (1st annual re-read.)
9-14. Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy trilogy, plus books 4 & 5 (February)

C. Jane Austen (cause of the Book Festival, see also category B)
1. Persuasion–my favorite
2. Sense and Sensibility
3. Pride and Prejudice
4. Emma
5. Northanger Abby
6. Mansfield Park
7. Biography of Jane Austen–ideas anyone?
8. History book on England at the turn of the 19th century–again, ideas anyone

D. Piper Mania (the stuff I bought for $5 each. Outta read it, huh?)
1. The Legacy of Sovereign Joy (January)
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3. The Roots of Endurance
4. Contending for Our All Future Grace
5. Taste and See, Savoring the Supremacy of God in All of Life
6. When I don’t Desire God, How to Fight for Joy
7. All of the above by John Piper
8. A God Entranced Vision of All Things, general editors John Piper and Justin Taylor

E. Fun stuff I’ve been wanting to read
1. The Bourne Identity by Robert Ludlum
2. The Bourne Supremacy by Robert Ludlum
3. The Bourne Ultimatum by Robert Ludlum
4. Treasure Island by Robert Lewis Stevenson (March)
5. The Hades Factor by Robert Ludlum (January)
6. The Cassandra Compact by Robert Ludlum (January)

F. Topics that pique my curiosity Women’s Group Books
1. Faithful Women and Their Extraordinary God by Noel Piper (January)

G. Books I’ve heard of from various sources and want to read
1. Uncivilized Beasts and Shameless Hellions by John Burnett
2. Assassination Vacation by Sarah Vowell (January)
3. Rule Number 2 Lessons from a Combat Hospital by Heidi Squier Kraft
4. Lone Survivor by Marcus Luttrell
5. The Kite Runner by Khaled Housseini
6. A Thousand Splendid Suns Khaled Housseini

H. Parenting/Education/How to build a working sawmill
1. Who Really Cares: The Surprising Truth about Compassionate Conservatism by Arthur Brooks (February)
2. The No-Cry Sleep Solution by Elizabeth Pantley (February)

Reading to the kiddos
1. On the Banks of Plum Creek (January)
2. By the Shores of Silver Lake (January)
3. The Long Winter (February)
4. Little Town on the Praire (February)
5. The Wanderings of Odysseus
6. The Wind in the Willows
7. Chronicles of Narnia
8-9. Anne of Green Gables: Books 1-3 (February- March)

Category 9: stuff not on the list, but I read it anyway!
1-5. Little House, the Rose Years: the first 5 books (January)
6. On the Way Home: The Diary of a Trip from South Dakota to Mansfield, Missouri, in 1894 by Laura Ingalls Wilder (January)

4 responses to “Books ahoy”

  1. Renae Avatar

    Oh, my! Will you have time to blog? Or maybe you read faster than me. 🙂

    I usually make a list of literature I want to read to the kids, but usually end up picking whatever. Great teacher, huh? Right now, we are reading Swiss Family Robinson. Not on the list, but a great book nevertheless.

  2. April Avatar

    I’ve come to learn that lists must be fluid or else they become shackles instead of tools. I’m a pretty “creative” reader. I have a purse book, a bathroom book, and a car book. I heard someone talk about “feasting on a banquet of crumbs” with regards to moms of young kids getting devotional time. Grabbing snips here and there when you can. I have the same philosophy toward reading: I grab what I can when I can.

    Now, whether any of it sticks is a different matter. 😉

  3. Renae Avatar

    The banquet of crumbs quote is so true!

    I’m too dedicated (or is that obsessive?) to read multiple books at a time. I do need to put another one in the bathroom though. Call it feasting at the throne! Ha! Sorry about the bad joke. I drank too much coffee today. (or do you just have that affect on me?) 🙂

  4. April Avatar

    I cannot breathe! That is hilarious. Reading in the ‘room will never be the same.

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