NOTICE: (Updated March 5, 2010)

Beginning December 19, 2009, Books 'N Border Collies will be posting but only intermittently while I pursue personal goals. I plan to share some reading I'm doing, but there will be no reviews. I will, however, be sharing my exploration of vegetarian cooking and the cookbooks and websites I use to educate myself. I hope you enjoy it!


Thursday, November 13, 2008

2009 Read Your Own Books Challenge

I'm in! Peter will be happy about this one, as it requires me to read the books I have piling up everywhere. I'll challenge myself to read 50 books from my own collection in 2009. The rules are simple. You set your own goals and read your own books! If you'd like to join in, click here.

Completed: 50/50 as of December 12, 2009

1. Poems From Guantanamo edited by Marc Falkoff
2. Dawn by Elie Wiesel
3. What Is The What by Dave Eggers
4. How To Think About The Great Ideas by Mortimer J. Adler
5. The Historian by Elizabeth Kostova
6. Moll Flanders by Daniel Defoe
7. Misquoting Jesus by Bart D. Ehrman
8. The Confessions of Nat Turner by William Styron
9. Day by Elie Wiesel
10. The Heart of the Matter by Graham Greene
11. Choke by Chuck Palahniuk
12. How To Read A Poem And Fall In Love With Poetry by Edward Hirsch
13. The Faerie Queene by Edmund Spencer
14. Madame Bovary by Gustave Flaubert
15. The Borgia Bride by Jeanne Kalogridis
16. Bedlam by Greg Hollingshead
17. Madonna of the Seven Hills by Jean Plaidy
18. Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man by James Joyce
19. The Polysyllabic Spree by Nick Hornby
20. The True Story of Hansel and Gretel by Louise Murphy
21. Elizabeth Costello by J.M. Coetzee
22. Finn by Jon Clinch
23. The Paris Review Interviews, Vol. II by The Paris Review
24. Cleopatra's Daughter by Michelle Moran
25. Can I Keep My Jersey? by Paul Shirley
26. Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen
27. In the Country of Men by Hisham Matar
28. Dr. Haggard's Disease by Patrick McGrath
29. Junky by William S. Burroughs
30. Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
31. The Grotesque edited by Harold Bloom
32. The Praise Singer by Mary Renault
33. Twenty Thousand Leagues Under The Sea by Jules Verne
34. The Best American Science and Nature Writing 2009 edited by Elizabeth Kolbert
35. Burn This Book edited by Toni Morrison
36. Amusing Ourselves To Death by Neil Postman
37. Dawn by Elie Wiesel
38. The Woman In The Dunes by Kobo Abe
39. Survival In Auschwitz by Primo Levi
40. Waiting for the Barbarians by J.M. Coetzee
41. The Penguin State of the World Atlas by Dan Smith
42. Renegade by Richard Wolffe
43. The Devil's Queen by Jeanne Kalogridis
44. The Book of Illusions by Paul Auster
45. High Fidelity by Nick Hornby
46. Wishful Drinking by Carrie Fisher
47. Planet of the Apes by Pierre Boulle
48. The Wonderful Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum
49. Waiter Rant by Steve Dublanica
50. The Corinthian by Georgette Heyer


Anonymous said...

Hey Lezlie -- you DO know, right, that the TBR Challenge will be getting a "sister" in 2009? It's called TBR *Lite* -- and it gives you the option (if you choose) to change your list as you go. See the blog here: TBR *Lite* Challenge


Lezlie said...

MizB ~ I did forget about that! I'll have to decide later. I think my real issue is keeping linking to various lists at a reasonable level. :-)


Anonymous said...

Sounds good! I'm in. I have enough books for MizB's challenge as well as this other!

Darlene said...

I think I'll join this one. It fits perfectly with all the others I'm joining. lol.

The Bookworm said...

What a great idea for a challenge :)

Lezlie said...

J. Kaye ~ 50 of my own books and 50 library books finishes the 100+ Challenge, too!

Dar ~ This fits with everything except the Support Your Local Library Challenge. Hooray for multi-tasking! :-)

Naida ~ I loved it as soon as I heard it. So did my hubby. He thinks I'll clear some shelf space now. LOL!


Jo-Jo said...

I just signed up for this one too...Finally help me get through some of those books my shelves!

Lezlie said...

Jo-Jo ~ That's what I'm hoping, too. I'm glad you're joining in!


Kim L said...

So how many 50 book challenges have you signed for already this year? Wow! I bet you'll be doing some cross-posting of challenges :-)

Lezlie said...

Kim ~ Cross-Challenges are the key to my whole plan. :-) The 50 books for the Library Challenge and the 50 books for the Read Your Own Books Challenge cover the 100+ Reading Challenge, and the 50 books for the New Author Challenge can help with all of those. Same with the Decades Challenges and any other smaller ones I can't resist. I'm ridiculously excited to see if I can pull this off! :-)


Ladytink_534 said...

I really ought to do this!

joanna said...

I ought to do this too, but should limit myself to books that are already in my possession. :-)

Lezlie said...

Ladytink ~ You should! The more, the merrier! :-)

Joanna ~ I was going to make the rule for myself, too, but I'm finding that I have trouble following too many rules, even when I make them myself! :-)


Brenda @ Its A Beautiful Life said...

Hi, Found your site at MizB's, so I came for a quick snoop. I love book bloggers...their sites can be as interesting and fun as any bookstore.

I loved your pet photos.... I'm especially a kitty fan (I have one at present). I also really like dogs, but I tend to enjoy them vicariously through my friends and family, and fellow bloggers!

Oh yes, I've also joined the RYOB challenge for 2009. Happy Reading!

Lezlie said...

Hi, Brenda! Thanks so much for visiting! Dogs are my first love, but I adore my kitties, both Jack and the late Cleopatra. Jack is just a big sweetie who is spending his old age sleeping and getting lots of tummy rubs. :-) And welcome to the RYOB Challenge! This is going to be a fun one!