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Challenges completed!

And now, a report on the challenges that I have completed. While I am officially "finished" with these challenges, I will continue to read books that qualify and will add them to my Challenges page that you may access via the top navigation bar. My reading has really been dictated by these challenges. And, while I still have a few challenge I am still working on, I wonder how it will feel to just randomly choose a book to read!

Kick off the New Year Right way! (December 31, 2009 to January 1, 2010)

GLBT: The Challenge that Dare Not Speak its Name (January through December 2010)
I did the Lambda Level (4 books):
  1. Debbie Harry Sings in French (Brothers)
  2. Freaks and Revelations (Hurwin)
  3. Pedro and Me (Winick)
  4. The God Box (Sanchez)
Graphic Novel Challenge (January through December 2010)
I did the Intermediate level (3 to 10 comics or graphic novels):
  1. Aya by Marguerite Abouet
  2. Metamorphosis by Franz Kafka, redone by Peter Kuper
  3. Pride of Baghdad by Vaughan and Henrichon
  4. Pedro and Me by Judd Winick
  5. American Born Chinese by Gene Luen Yang
  6. Laika by Nick Abadzis
  7. The Wall: Growing Up Behind the Iron Curtain by Peter Sis
  8. Aya of Yop City by Marguerite Abouet
  9. A Family Secret by Eric Heuvel
  10. The Rabbi's Cat by Joann Sfar
  11. Aya: Secrets Come Out by Marguerite Abouet
  12. Deogratias: A Tale of Rwanda by Jean-Philippe Stassen
Rainbow Connection Reading Challenge (January through June 2010)
I did a single rainbow (by author):
  1. R: Rabbi's Cat by Joann Sfar
  2. O: Olive Kitteridge by Elizabeth Strout
  3. Y: You'd be prettier if... Dara Chadwick
  4. G: Gringolandia by Lyn Miller-Lachman
  5. BBody Drama by Nancy Redd
  6.  I: Invisible Lives by Angeli Banerjee
  7. V: Viola in Reel Life by Adriana Trigiani

  • South Asian Author Challenge (January through December 2010)
     I am going for the lowest level of 3 books:

    1. Invisible Lives by Anjali Banerjee
    2. Keeping Corner by Kashmira Sheth
    3. Shine, Coconut Moon by Neesha Meminger
    Take Another Chance Challenge (January through December 2010)
    I did a small gamble. Here are my challenges:
    #1. Doppleganger (Dairy Queen by Murdock)--March 16, 2010
    #3. Best 100 (Mystery list: To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee)--March 7, 2010
    #4. Prize Winner (Olive Kitteridge by Elizabeth Strout received the Pulitzer in 2009)--March 7, 2010

    Typically British Challenge (January through December 2010)
    I did "Put the Kettle On" level (2 books):
    1. Thaw by Fiona Robyn
    2. Private Peaceful by Michael Morpurgo

    Women Unbound Challenge (November 2009 to November 2010)
    I did the suffragette level (8 books):
    1. Murder in the Name of Honor, by Rana Hussein
    2. Persepolis, by Marjane Satrapi (graphic novel)
    3. Monique and the Mango Rains by Kris Holloway
    4. Persepolis 2 by Marjane Satrapi
    5. Wandering Girl by Glenyse Ward
    6. Letter to My Daughter by Maya Angelou
    7. If Love Hurts edited by Pam van der Heide
    8. Keeping Corner by Kashmira Sheth
    9. The Writing on My Forehead by Nafisa Haji
    10. Body Drama by Nancy Redd
    11. You'd be prettier if... by Dara Chadwick
    Young Adult Reading Challenge (January through December 2010)
    I plan on reading 12 YA books:

    1. Debbie Harry Sings in French (Brothers)
    2. Generation Dead (Waters)
    3. Freaks and Revelations (Hurwin)
    4. Hunger Games (Collins)
    5. Gringolandia (Miller-Lachmann)
    6. The Secret Year (Jennifer Hubbard)
    7. The God Box (Alex Sanchez)
    8. Wandering Girl by Glenyse Ward
    9. Catching Fire (Suzanne Collins)
    10. Hate List (Jennifer Brown)
    11. To Kill A Mockingbird (Harper Lee)
    12. Dairy Queen (Catherine Gilbert Murdock)
    13. If Love Hurts (edited by Pam vander Heidi)
    14. Keeping Corner (Kashmira Sheth)
    15. Viola in Reel Life (Adriana Trigiani)
    16. Private Peaceful (Michael Morpurgo)
    17. Numbers (Rachel Ward)
    18. Body Drama (Nancy Redd)
    19. Gym Candy (Carl Deuker)
    20. Candor (Pam Bachorz)
    21. Shine, Coconut Moon by Neesha Meminger


    Christina T said...

    Congratulations on finishing the challenges! I've finished five challenges so far but I have some that I haven't even started on, like the 18th and 19th Century Women's Literature one. I really need to get started on it but it is more fun for me to read YA books or historical fiction rather than literature.

    Helen's Book Blog said...

    Christina--so impressive that you've finished so many challenges so far. I can't imagine doing the 18th ad 19th century women's lit. Lots of Jane Austen?

    Suko said...

    Congratulations, Helen! I never even heard of The Rainbow reading challenge before. :)