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Am thinking of something and need some feedback

For the past few days I have been thinking about hosting a sports book reading challenge. I don't know how many people would actually be interested in it, but I just want to know if its at least viable. I would probably start it sometime closer to the summer months.

Tuesday Teasers

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Miz B and Teaser Tuesdays asks you to:
Grab your current read. Let the book fall open to a random page.


Share with us two (2) sentences from that page, somewhere between lines 7 and 12.

You also need to share the title of the book that you’re getting your “teaser” from … that way people can have some great book recommendations if they like the teaser you’ve given! Feel free to Grab the logo and post your own Tuesday Teaser.


New York: The Novel by Edward Rutherfurd
Doubleday; First American Edition edition (November 10, 2009)

(p.338)....If Abigail had silently grieved for Grey Albion for many months, the pain gradually began to subside. She had to reflect that many had lost fathers and husbands.

18th and 19th Century Woman Writers Challenge

After finding a link through another reading blog, I stumbled across this site and have decided to add to my increasing list of reading challenges for the year.

The two books I plan to read for this challenge are:
Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen
Cranford by Elizabeth Gaskell

The Royal Mistress Challenge

Miss Moppet is hosting The Royal Mistress Challenge, in which one has to read books, fiction and non-fiction, based on royal mistress that actually have existed. There are a number of examples of various mistresses from a number of eras and countries. You can find the link to the challenge to post here.

As for me, I plan to read these books:
• A rose for the crown
• The Other Boleyn Girl
• The Last Boleyn

2010 reading resolutions

Just adding one more thing to my reading resolutions:

• To read the Bible for 5 or 10 minutes daily. I am a Christian and will admit that I don't read my Bible often enough, but in conjuction with my other reading resoultions, I do plan on doing this. I don't intend on reading the entire Bible in a year, but if I could read for 5-10 minutes, I think I will easily cover most of the Bible during the course of the year.

New Books

Bought a few new books today. Here is what I purchased:

• The Blind Side
• The Illiad (the Robert Fagels translation; had been looking for it for a number of years)
• The Handmaid's Tale

I also purchased a few books online as well. Here is what I ordered:
• The Little Black Apron: A Single Girl's Guide to Cooking with Style and Grace
• Leafs Abomination: The Dismayed Fan's Handbook To Why The Leafs Stink And How They Can Rise Again
• Going Solo In The Kitchen

I should get the books that I ordered tonight sometime around the 22nd. All books ordered and purchased where through ChaptersIndigo.

2010 Support Your Local Library Reading Challenge

Here is my list:

1) True Light by Terri Blackstock (church library)
2) Not my daughter by Barbara Delinsky (public library)
3) Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck (public library)
4) The church of Facebook by Jesse Rice (church library)
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2010 All about the Brontes

Here are my selections for this challenge:

1) Jane Eyre (2007 Masterpiece Theatre)
2) The Tenant of Wildfell Hall (1996 - Masterpiece Theatre starring Tara Fitzgerald and Toby Stephens)
3) Wuthering Heights (Masterpiece Theatre 2009)

2010 RYOB

Here is my list for RYOB:

1) Sense & Sensibility by Jane Austen
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2010 Chunkster Challenge

Here are the three chunksters I am going to read for 2010:

1) New York by Edward Rutherfurd
2) Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy
3) The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexander Dumas

2010 Books to Read before I die

Here are the books that I hope to read:

• Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold
• A Complicated Kindness by Miriam Toews
• The Russlander by Sandra Birdsell
• Plain Truth by Jodi Picoult
• My Sister's Keeper by Jodi Picoult
• Unless by Carol Shields
• The Reason for God by Tim Keller
Sense & Sensibility by Jane Austen
• The Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown
• The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexander Dumas
• The Devil wears Prada by Lauren Weisberger
• The Winter Vault by Anne Michaels
• Marie Antoinette: the journey by Antonia Fraser
• The Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingslover
• Cat's Eye by Margaret Atwood
• Nineteen Minutes by Jodi Picoult
• Cranford by Elizabeth Gaskell
• Life of Pie by Yann Martel
• In Cold Blood by Truman Capote
• To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee

2010 Chick Lit Challenge

Here are the books that I hope to read this year:

1) Bridget Jones's Diary by Helen Fielding
2) The Edge of Reason by Helen Fielding
3) Size 12 is Not Fat by Meg Cabot
4) Size 14 is Also Not Fat by Meg Cabot
5) Big Boned by Meg Cabot
6) Watermelon by Marian Keyes
7) Learning Curves by Gemma Townley
8) The Devil Wears Prada by Laura Weisberger
9) A Weekend in Paris by Robyn Sisman
10) Confessions of a Jane Austen Addict by Laurie Viera Rigler