Friday, December 28, 2007

8 Books, 8 Categories, 2008

The Triple 8 in 2008!

Not that many people I personally know need a reason to read books, but I think this is a neat way to be organized about what you want to read. I go through reading moods and phases, but between times, I'm often at a loss as to what to read next. I think I'm going to participate in this reading challenge and I'll always have a list to fall back on.

Category 1: Classics
1. Persuasion, Jane Austen
2. A Passage to India, E.M.Forster (started this long time ago, never finished)
3. Tess of the D'Urbervilles, Thomas Hardy
4. Oliver Twist, Charles Dickens
5. The Picture of Dorian Gray, Oscar Wilde
6. All Quiet on the Western Front, Erich Maria Remarque (see #2)
7. Rebecca, Daphne du Maurier
8. Casino Royale, Ian Fleming

Category 2: Nonfiction
1. The Capitalist Manifesto, Andrew Bernstein
2. Ayn Rand's Normative Ethics: The Virtuous Egoist, Tara Smith
3. Letter to a Christian Nation, Sam Harris
4. The God Delusion, Richard Dawkins
5. On Writing, Stephen King
6. A Short History of Nearly Everything, Bill Bryson
7. Food and Philosophy: Eat, Think, and Be Merry, Fritz Allhoff and Dave Monroe
8. Writing Road to Reading 5th Rev Ed: The Spalding Method for Teaching Speech, Spelling, Writing, and Reading (Harperresource Book), Romalda Bishop Spalding and Mary Elizabeth North*

Category 3: Children's Literature (with or without the children)
1. The Girl Who Owned A City, O. T. Nelson
2. A Wrinkle in Time, Madeleine L'Engle
3. Treasure Island, Robert Louis Stevenson
4. Peter Pan, J.M. Barrie
5. The Golden Compass, Philip Pullman
6. Eragon, Christopher Paolini
7. Little House on the Prairie, L. I. Wilder (it's been sooooo long, I can barely remember them)
8. Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, J.K. Rowling (the original British version)*

Category 4: Stuff that's been staring at me from my bookshelves
1. George Washington's War, Bruce Chadwick
2. The Pillars of the Earth, Ken Follett*
3. The Case Against Adolescence, Robert Epstein
4. The Pursuit of Happyness, Chris Gardner
5. A Transaction of Free Men, David Hawke
6. The Leper's Return, Michael Jecks
7. Belladonna at Belstone, Michael Jecks
8. Firefly: The Official Companion, Volume 2, Joss Whedon

Category 5: Biography/Memoir
1. Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, Frederick Douglass
2. Truman, David McCullough
3. Benjamin Franklin: An American Life, Walter Isaacson
4. Undaunted Courage: Meriwether Lewis, Thomas Jefferson, and the Opening of the American West (Lewis & Clark Expedition), Stephen E. Ambrose
5. Walt Disney: The Triumph of the American Imagination, Neal Gabler and Leonardo Leoncavallo
6. American Sphinx: The Character of Thomas Jefferson, Joseph J. Ellis and Susan O'Malley
7. His Excellency: George Washington, Joseph J. Ellis
8. The Selected Journals of L.M. Montgomery, Vol. 1: 1889-1910, L. M. Montgomery, Mary Rubio, and Elizabeth Waterston

Category 6: Historical Fiction
1. Sparrowhawk One: Jack Frake, Edward Cline
2. The Confusion, Neal Stephenson
3. The System of the World, Neal Stephenson
4. Cryptonomicon, Neal Stephenson
5. The Rising Tide: A Novel of World War II, Jeff Shaara
6. The Steel Wave: A Novel of World War II, Jeff Shaara
7. Katherine, Anya Seton (sigh)
8. The Pillars of the Earth, Ken Follett*

Category 7: Just for Fun
1. Son of a Witch, Gregory Maguire
2. Mirror, Mirror, Gregory Maguire
3. Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, J.K. Rowling (the original British version)*
4. Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season Eight, Volume 1: The Long Way Home, Joss Whedon, Georges Jeanty, Andy Owens, and Jo Chen
5. Charlie Wilson's War: The Extraordinary Story of How the Wildest Man in Congress and a Rogue CIA Agent Changed the History of Our Times, George Crile
6. Squire Throwleigh's Heir, Michael Jecks
7. Buckingham Palace Gardens, Anne Perry
8. I Am America (And So Can You!), Stephen Colbert

Category 8: Uncategorized, but mostly parenting
1. The Bully, the Bullied, and the Bystander, by Barbara Coloroso
3. Your Six-Year-Old: Loving and Defiant, Louise Bates Ames and Frances L. Ilg
4. The No-Cry Sleep Solution for Toddlers and Preschoolers: Gentle Ways to Stop Bedtime Battles and Improve Your Childs Sleep, Elizabeth Pantley
5. WordPress For Dummies, Lisa Sabin-Wilson and Matt Mullenweg
6. Making the Grade: Everything Your Kindergartener Needs to Know by Daniel A. Van Beek
7. Making the Grade: Everything Your 1st Grader Needs to Know by Laura B. Tyle
8. Writing Road to Reading 5th Rev Ed: The Spalding Method for Teaching Speech, Spelling, Writing, and Reading (Harperresource Book), Romalda Bishop Spalding and Mary Elizabeth North*

*s mean they are shared on two categories, which is okay according to the rules of the game. I had wanted to make 8 unique lists, but I've been working on this quite a while now and it's time to be done. I'm pretty pleased with my lists and can't wait to get started!

Via Mother Crone's Homeschool


BrookeandAmber said...

I'm deeply honored to be on a list with A Wrinkle in Time, one of my favorite books of all time. Happy reading! /re (

Rational Jenn said...

Thanks for stopping by! I'm eager to read your book, I've heard so many good things about it.


Chris McKenzie said...

"The Pillars of the Earth" is excellent. You won't be disappointed. I've ordered two copies of the sequel so my gf and I don't have to share. There's also a fun boardgame based on the book. Great blog!

Rational Jenn said...

I'm in the middle of one of my Fun books at the moment, but since it takes place in the Middle Ages, it's getting me in the mood for Pillars of the Earth. I have heard nothing but great things about it.

And a board game, too! Fun!

Thanks for stopping by--I'm going to be checking out your blog, too. We're neighbors, you know!

Sara said...

I just happened in as I'm trolling for the rational parenting email list. And then I noticed you're doing the 888 challenge, too. Wow, I think I'm going to love reading your blog!


Rational Jenn said...

Welcome, Sara! Your comment reminds me that I ought to do an update about where I am on my list. I'm working through it, but many of the books I chose are B-I-G, so I'm not as far as I would like. Still, it's fun!

And I'll definitely check out your blog, too! :o)

Amy said...

Just noticed this link on your sidebar. What an interesting selection of books. I'm going to steal some of your ideas to update my own list. Be sure to update us on your favorites from last year, and maybe do a new list for 2009!