Reading Challenges

FLIP TO: [SCI-FI II][RIP V]
[GLBT][BOOKS OF THE CENTURY]
[100 SHOTS OF SHORT][BANNED BOOKS]
[COMPLETED CHALLENGES]

Sci-fi II

From: Me
Time: 08/28/10-08/08/10
Guidelines: Read 4 or 8 science-fiction books.

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RIP VRIP Challenge

From: Carl
Time: 09/01/10-10/31/10
Guidelines: Read and/or watch mystery, suspense, thriller, dark fantasy, horror, supernatural.

1. H.P. Lovecraft: the Call of Cthulhu
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GLBT Reading ChallengeGLBT

From: Amanda
Time: 01/01/10-12/31/10
Guidelines: Read 4, 8, or 12+ books about GLBT topics or by GLBT authors.

1. Oscar Wilde: An Ideal Husband
2. Oscar Wilde: the Importance of Being Ernest
3. Gertrude Stein: Tender Buttons(?)
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Books of the CenturyBooks of the Century Challenge

From: Tim
Time: Perpetual
Guidelines: Read at least 5 books Publishers Weekly considered bestsellers or critically acclaimed and historically significant. Here’s the long list compiled by Daniel and my selection pile.

1. George Orwell: Nineteen Eighty-Four (1940’s)
2. Herman Melville: Moby Dick (1930’s)
3. James Joyce: Ulysses (1920’s)
4. Gertrude Stein: Tender Buttons (1910’s)
5. Isaac Asimov: Foundation (1950’s)

Short Shots100 Shots of Short

From: Robaroundbooks
Time: No limit
Guidelines: 100 short stories

This is the first time I’ve kept track of the little scamps. For the most part they’re reviewed under the anthology in which I read them. Those that really stood out in a collection are linked from the story’s title.

01: Catherynne Valente: “Palimpsest” on Senses Five Press
02: Irene Radford: “It’s a Con World Afterall” on Book View Cafe
03: Irene Radford: “Of Rats and Cats and Teenagers” on Book View Cafe
04: Orson Scott Card: “the Grinning Man”
05: Raymond Feist: “the Wood Boy”
06-15: Frank Herbert: the Book of Frank Herbert
16-39: Various: Ravens in the Library
40-59: Ursula Le Guin: the Compass Rose
60: Seanan McGuire: “Knives” on Book View Cafe
61: Seanan McGuire: “Anthony’s Vampire” on Book View Cafe
62-82: Charles de Lint: Moonlight and Vines
83-93: Various: Worlds Apart
94: Catherynne Valente: “the Days of Flaming Motorcycles” at io9
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No.
Title
Author
Read
Rating
001 Palimpsest Catherynne Valente 01/09 4/5
002 It’s a Con World Afterall Irene Radford 01/09 5/5
003 Of Rats and Cats and Teenagers Irene Radford 01/09 3/5
004 the Grinning Man Orson Scott Card 02/09 4/5
005 the Wood Boy Raymond E. Feist 02/09 4/5
006 Seed Stock Frank Herbert 01/09 3/5
007 the Nothing Frank Herbert 01/09 3/5
008 Rat Race Frank Herbert 01/09 1/5
009 Gambling Device Frank Herbert 02/09 4/5
010 Looking for Something? Frank Herbert 02/09 3/5
011 the Gone Dogs Frank Herbert 03/09 5/5
012 Passage for Piano Frank Herbert 03/09 5/5
013 Encounter in a Lonely Place Frank Herbert 03/09 2/5
014 Operation Syndrome Frank Herbert 03/09 4/5
015 Occupation Force Frank Herbert 03/09 5/5
016 Forbidden Brides of the Faceless Slaves in the Nameless House
of the Night of Dread Desire
Neil Gaiman 04/09 5/5
017 Out of the Box Ben Dobyns 04/09 4/5
018 Missing Limb Ari Berk 04/09 3/5
019 Ten for the Devil Charles de Lint 04/09 5/5
020 You Go Where it Takes You Nathan Ballingrud 04/09 3/5
021 Mercury Elizabeth Jordan Leggett 04/09 4/5
022 1977 Carrie Vaughn 04/09 3/5
023 Ice Francesca Lia Block 04/09 3.5/5
024 Kinderkochen Alexandra Duncan 05/09 2.5/5
025 Heartless Holly Black 05/09 3/5
026 King of Crows Midori Snyder 05/09 4/5
027 the Ballad of the Sinister Mr. Mouth Catherynne M. Valente 05/09 4.5/5
028 A Tithe for the Piper Erzebet YellowBoy 05/09 3/5
029 Built on Blood Storm Constantine 05/09 4/5
030 Fortune Shira Lipkin 05/09 4.5/5
031 Pipsqueak Angel Leigh McCoy 05/09 4/5
032 Ravenous SatyrPhil Brucato 05/09 4/5
033 In His Own Image Alexandra Elizabeth Honigsberg 05/09 4/5
034 Of Mouse, and Music Kris Millering 06/09 4/5
035 A Thin Line, Between Jaymi Elford 06/09 3/5
036 the Color of Angels Terri Winding 06/09 5/5
037 A Lust of Cupids Laurell K. Hamilton 06/09 5/5
038 the Substance of Things Hoped For Mia Nutick 06/09 5/5
039 Lost Seanan McGuire 06/09 5/5
040 the Author of the Acacia Seeds Ursula Le Guin 04/09 5/5
041 the New Atlantis Ursula Le Guin 04/09 4/5
042 Schrödinger’s Cat Ursula Le Guin 04/09 2/5
043 Two Delays on the Northern Line Ursula Le Guin 04/09 3/5
044 SQ Ursula Le Guin 06/09 4/5
045 Small Change Ursula Le Guin 06/09 3/5
046 the First Report of the Shipwrecked Foreigner to the Kadanh of Derb Ursula LeGuin 06/09 4/5
047 the Diary of the Rose Ursula Le Guin 06/09 4/5
048 the White Donkey Ursula LeGuin 07/09 2.5/5
049 the Phoenix Ursula Le Guin 07/09 3/5
050 Intracom Ursula Le Guin 07/09 2.5/5
051 the Eye Altering Ursula Le Guin 07/09 4/5
052 Mazes Ursula Le Guin 07/09 3/5
053 the Pathways of Desire Ursula Le Guin 07/09 3/5
054 Gwilan’s Harp Ursula Le Guin 07/09 5/5
055 Malheur County Ursula Le Guin 07/09 3/5
056 the Water is Wide Ursula Le Guin 07/09 3/5
057 the Wife’s Story Ursula LeGuin 07/09 4/5
058 Some Approaches to the Problems of the Shortage of Time Ursula Le Guin 07/09 3/5
059 Sur Ursula Le Guin 07/09 3/5
060 Knives Seanan McGuire 08/09 5/5
061 Anthony’s Vampire Seanan McGuire 08/09 4/5
062 Saskia Charles de Lint 08/09 4/5
063 In This Soul of a Woman Charles de Lint 08/09 3/5
064 the Big Sky Charles de Lint 08/09 5/5
065 Birds Charles de Lint 08/09 3/5
066 Passing Charles de Lint 09/09 3/5
067 Held Safe by Moonlight and Vines Charles de Lint 09/09 4/5
068 In the Pines Charles de Lint 09/09 4/5
069 Shining Nowhere but in the Dark Charles de Lint 09/09 4/5
070 If I Close My Eyes Forever Charles de Lint 09/09 4/5
071 Heartfires Charles de Lint 09/09 4/5
072 the Invisibles Charles de Lint 09/09 3/5
073 Seven for a Secret Charles de Lint 09/09 4/5
074 Crow Girls Charles de Lint 09/09 5/5
075 Wild Horses Charles de Lint 09/09 5/5
076 In the Land of the Unforgiven Charles de Lint 09/09 3/5
077 My Life as a Bird Charles de Lint 09/09 3/5
078 China Doll Charles de Lint 09/09 4/5
079 In the Quiet After Midnight Charles de Lint 09/09 4/5
080 the Pennymen Charles de Lint 09/09 3/5
081 Twa Corbies Charles de Lint 09/09 4/5
082 the Fields Beyond the Fields Charles de Lint 09/09 4/5
083 Harper Conan and Singer David Edgar Pangborn 09/09 3/5
084 Houston, Houston, Do You Read? James Tiptree, Jr. 09/09 2.5/5
085 To Keep the Oath Marion Zimmer Bradley 09/09 4/5
086 Do Androids Dream of Electric Love? Walt Liebscher 09/09 5/5
087 Lollipop and the Tar Baby John Varley 09/09 3/5
088 the Mystery of the Young Gentleman Joanna Russ 12/09 3/5
089 the Gods of Reorth Elizabeth A. Lynn 12/09 3/5
090 Find the Lady Nicholas Fisk 12/09 3/5
091 No Day Too Long Jewelle Gomez 12/09 3/5
092 Full Fathom Five My Father Lies Rand B. Lee 12/09 4/5
093 Time Considered as a Helix of Semi-Precious Stones Samuel R. Delany 12/09 3/5
094 the Days of Flaming Motorcycles Catherynne Valente 05/10 4/5
095 Small Fry Anton Chekov 05/10 2/5
096 A Chameleon Anton Chekov 05/10 3/5
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Top 110 Banned Books Worldwide

This is stemmed from a meme that’s been floating around. I’m not going to challenge myself with reading all 110 banned books, but I would like to keep track of those I have read and use this list as possible reads. Some of these are already on my ever expanding reading list. Many of these I read in my youth and in high school, others not so far back. I sorted the list by author instead of the original ranking number, which is in the left column.

No. Title Author Read
001 the Bible Reading
004 the Koran No
069 the Talmud No
078 Popol Vuh No
005 Arabian Nights Yes
065 I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings Maya Angelou No
087 Metaphysics Aristotle No
098 Handmaid’s Tale Margaret Atwood Yes
105 Go Tell It on the Mountain James Baldwin No
037 Flowers of Evil Charles Baudelaire No
026 Decameron Giovanni Boccaccio No
050 Fahrenheit 451 Ray Bradbury Yes
099 Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee Dee Alexander Brown No
100 Clockwork Orange Anthony Burgess No
089 Institutes of the Christian Religion Jean Calvin No
003 Don Quixote Miguel de Cervantes No
008 Canterbury Tales Geoffrey Chaucer No
109 Ox-Bow Incident Walter Van Tilburg Clark No
031 Analects Confucius No
104 Chocolate War Robert Cormier No
081 James and the Giant Peach Roald Dahl Yes
024 Origin of Species Charles Darwin No
061 Moll Flanders Daniel Defoe No
015 Oliver Twist Charles Dickens Yes
038 Adventures of Sherlock Holmes Sir Arthur Conan Doyle No
073 American Tragedy Theodore Dreiser No
041 Sister Carrie Theodore Dreiser No
064 Invisible Man Ralph Ellison No
054 Praise of Folly Desiderius Erasmus No
093 As I Lay Dying William Faulkner No
092 Sanctuary William Faulkner No
019 Tom Jones Henry Fielding No
014 Madame Bovary Gustave Flaubert No
013 Diary of a Young Girl Anne Frank Yes
018 Autobiography Benjamin Franklin No
097 General Introduction to Psychoanalysis Sigmund Freud No
101 Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman Ernest J. Gaines No
079 Affluent Society John Kenneth Galbraith No
086 Julie of the Wolves Jean Craighead George Yes
022 History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire Edward Gibbon No
096 Sorrows of Young Werther Johann Wolfgang von Goethe No
046 Lord of the Flies William Golding Yes
091 Power and the Glory Graham Greene No
094 Black Like Me John Howard Griffin No
049 Jude the Obscure Thomas Hardy No
023 Tess of the D’Urbervilles Thomas Hardy No
009 Scarlett Letter Nathaniel Hawthorne Yes
107 Stranger in a Strange Land Robert A. Heinlein Yes
055 Catch-22 Joseph Heller No
034 Farewell to Arms Ernest Hemingway Yes
048 Sun Also Rises Ernest Hemingway No
090 Steppenwolf Hermann Hesse No
074 Mein Kampf Adolf Hitler No
068 Leviathan Thomas Hobbes No
016 Les Misérables Victor Hugo Yes
040 Brave New World Aldous Huxley Yes
032 Dubliners James Joyce No
025 Ulysses James Joyce No
052 Critique of Pure Reason Immanuel Kant No
053 One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest Ken Kesey No
110 Flowers for Algernon Daniel Key Yes
075 A Separate Peace John Knowles Yes
039 Lady Chatterley’s Lover D. H. Lawrence No
072 Women in Love D. H. Lawrence No
030 To Kill a Mockingbird Harper Lee Yes
059 Essay Concerning Human Understanding John Locke No
011 The Prince Niccolò Machiavelli No
036 Capital Karl Marx No
045 Communist Manifesto Karl Marx No
042 Gone with the Wind Margaret Mitchell Yes
020 Essays Michel de Montaigne No
060 The Bluest Eye Toni Morrison No
082 Lolita Vladimir Nabokov No
027 Animal Farm George Orwell Yes
028 Nineteen Eighty-Four George Orwell Yes
051 Doctor Zhivago Boris Pasternak No
071 Bridge to Terabithia Katherine Paterson Yes
108 Day No Pigs Would Die Robert Peck No
047 Diary Samuel Pepys No
080 Satyricon Petronius No
076 Bell Jar Sylvia Plath No
067 Gargantua and Pantagruel François Rabelais No
044 All Quiet on the Western Front Erich Maria Remarque No
066 Confessions Jean Jacques Rousseau No
102 Émile Jean Jacques Rousseau No
070 Social Contract Jean Jacques Rousseau No
058 Catcher in the Rye J. D. Salinger Yes
084 Spirit of the Laws Charles de Secondat Baron de Montesquieu No
043 The Jungle Upton Sinclair No
106 Gulag Archipelago Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn No
062 One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn No
095 Sylvester and the Magic Pebble William Steig No
063 East of Eden John Steinbeck No
021 Grapes of Wrath John Steinbeck Yes
033 Of Mice and Men John Steinbeck Yes
077 Red Pony John Steinbeck No
035 Red and the Black Stendhal No
017 Dracula Bram Stoker Yes
012 Uncle Tom’s Cabin Harriet Beecher Stowe No
007 Gulliver’s Travels Jonathan Swift No
002 Huckleberry Finn Mark Twain Yes
006 Tom Sawyer Mark Twain Yes
029 Candide Voltaire No
085 Slaughterhouse Five Kurt Vonnegut No
057 Color Purple Alice Walker Yes
010 Leaves of Grass Walt Whitman No
088 Little House on the Prairie Laura Ingalls Wilder Yes
083 Black Boy Richard Wright Yes
056 Autobiography of Malcolm X Malcolm X No
103 Nana Émile Zola No

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