Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Halfway There ~ 2009 Reading Challenge

As today is the last day of June I thought I had better update my reading list for the 2009 Reading Challenge detailed HERE

How exciting that I have read 40 books for the year so far, I know that the target is 100 books but I am happy with my efforts regardless!

I normally only mention the last couple of books read but seeing as this is a Milestone month I will put the full list.

1. The wooden horse ~ Eric Williams
2. The comfort of Saturdays ~ Alexander McCall Smith
3. The tales of Beedle the Bard ~ J.K.Rowling
4. The Turning ~ Tim Winton
5. La's orchestra saves the world ~ Alexander McCall Smith
6. The Hobbit ~ J.R.R Tolkien
7. Whitethorn ~ Bryce Courtenay
8. Sharpe's Tiger ~ Bernard Cornwell
9. Salvation in Death ~ J.D. Robb
10. Danny the Champion of the World ~ Roald Dahl
11. Rebel ~ Bernard Cornwall
12. Copperhead ~ Bernard Cornwall
13. Battle flag ~ Bernard Cornwall
14. The Bloody Ground ~ Bernard Cornwall

15. Hamish meets Bumpy McKenzie ~ ?
16. Alice's Adventures in Wonderland ~ Lewis Caroll
17. The Choice ~ Nicholas Sparks
18. The first Casualty ~ Ben Elton
19. Promises in Death ~ J.D.Robb
20. East of the Mountains ~ David Guterson
21. The Red Pony ~ John Steinbeck
22. Maps for Lost Lovers ~ Nadeem Aslam
23. Testimony ~ Anita Shreve
24. Twilight ~ Stephanie Meyer

25. New Moon ~ Stephanie Meyer
26. Eclipse ~ Stephanie Meyer
27. Sewing Projects in an afternoon ~ Susan Mickey
28. Breaking Dawn ~ Stephanie Meyer
29. The Mighty Toddler ~ Robin Barker
30. Toddler Taming ~ Dr Christopher Green
31. Let me sing you gentle songs ~ Linda Olsen
32. The Persimmon Tree ~ Bryce Courtenay
33. Fishing for Stars ~ Bryce Courtenay
34. Truckers ~ Terry Pratchett
35. Meet me at Mike's ~ Pip Lincolne
36. Sewing in no time ~ Emma Hardy
37. House at Slavation Creek ~ Susan Duncan
38. The Boy in Striped Pyjamas ~ John Boyne
39. The Quilter's Apprentice ~ Jennifer Chiaverini
40. The Last Continent ~ Terry Pratchett

I wonder what great books I will discover in the second half of the year, if you can recommend me something PLEASE do!!!

From my list, the standout book for me is 'The boy in striped pyjamas' by John Boyne.


  1. I'm really enjoying Kerry Greenwood's Phryne Fisher series at the moment - detective mysteries set in Melbourne in the late 1920's, they are very indulgent escapism! Recently I've really enjoyed The Book Thief by Markus Zusak, and Breath by Tim Winton :).

    What is your criteria for including things like Meet Me at Mikes? Do you need to read it cover to cover including all of the instructions for each project? I'm wondering if I can legitimately include it on my list!

  2. Great list! I have the Boy In Striped Pyjamas in my to-read pile. I'm immersed in the Sookie Stackhouse vampire books at the moment. Really enjoying them!

  3. Ah yes, the craft books...

    I did read those two cover to cover so put them in, I have 'read' a lot more not listed due to the usual browsing nature of such publications.

    I won't say I read all of the instructions for every project, much like some parts of a book get skimmed more quickly than others.

    Hope that helps with setting a criteria dillpickle :)

  4. That is an impressive list Becky. Wow. I'm sure 100 books seems 'do-able' when you first start, but once the year gets underway and everyday life happens, it must be a challenge to find time to read. Good luck with the next 6 months.

  5. What a fun list.
    May I suggest The Witch of Blackbird Pond by Speare (Newbery winner). And The Goose Girl by Shannon Hale. Neither are found in the adult section, but both are such excellent reads. :)

  6. What a great list!
    I read recently:
    Three Cups of Tea
    Sarah's Key
    Loving Frank

  7. Thanks Becky :)

    I’ve been keeping a list of books I read for the past few years – last year was the best since records began (85) but includes several books from the primary school library that I was working at (chapter books only – picture books don’t count!). This year I’m only up to 16 (appalling) but I have a 6 month old as an excuse!


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