Sunday, November 8, 2009

Sunday Salon: A Stack Too Big to Conquer

Happy Sunday to all. I'm sitting back at my lovely desktop, that I've not used for over five months. I LOVE this computer, but it was in storage all summer while I was in Hawaii, then sat unused in the "office" of my new home, and now that I have internet again, it is now up and running. In fact, I forgot how much I loved this computer and have been sitting it at it updating my iTunes library and generally familiarizing myself with all the wonderful bookmarks I loaded earlier this year. In some ways, it's as if I have a brand new computer again!

I actually have many posts and reviews to write, but today I'm going to post my Sunday Salon, which I have not done in ages! There's been a bit of a reading slump in my world, thanks to the ending of one term and moving into a new term. Thankfully, I feel myself pulling back out of it again. For this Sunday Salon I'd like to go over the challenges I'm involved in, and say that I'd love to participate in more, but I don't know how people do it!

e-Book Reader Challenge: I've read The Stand by Stephen King, Suze Orman's 2009 Action Plan, Club Dead and Dead to the World by Charlaine Harris. As you can see, I've only read 4 of the 10 that I need, so I need to hop to before year end!

Everything Austen Challenge: This challenge will be a breeze for me finish! I have several reviews waiting in the wings, and I think I'll be going over the required number of reads. No worries on this one! I've read Darcy and Anne by Judith Brocklehurst, The Other Mr. Darcy by Monica Fairview, and Prada and Prejudice by Mandy Hubbard. This challenge only requires six Austen-related items, and I'm just finishing up a Sense and Sensibility follow up, as well as finishing up the original Pride and Prejudice. For now, I have read 3 of the 6 required by 1/1/10.

Period Drama Challenge: This isn't actually related to books, other than I really enjoy watching films based around time periods other authors have written in or about, or based on famous novels. For this challenge, I've viewed The Affair of the Necklace, Moll Flanders, Schindler's List, and Bright Star. I actually have two or three reviews waiting in the wings on this one, and might have to do some double posting to fit them all in before the challenge ends. This one I signed on as "Undoubtedly Obsessed," and therefore have to view 12 movies by 1/7/10, of which I've reviewed 4. I better hop to on those reviews!

1% Well Read Challenge: I've read The Cement Garden by Ian McEwan, The Inheritance of Loss by Kiran Desai, and Fasting, Feasting by Anita Desai. That makes 3 of the 13 I need by 3/31/10.

Harry Potter Challenge: This is one I desperately want to get going on, but haven't made any progress on at all!!! I have the British, adult collection of the series in hard back, so I'll be reading these between now and 7/31/10.

I've also been participating in the ongoing Banned Book Challenge over at The Biblio Blogazine. This is a given, but fun to check in and see what others are reading! For this I finally go around to seeing what the deal was with Are You There God? It's Me Margaret by Judy Blume.

I have to say that I really like challenges, but had to put a major hold on them. There are so many I want to join, but I'm just not capable of juggling them all!!! Besides, in the time I spent moving into my new house, with intermittent internet connection, I missed a few new challenges that popped up. I hope that as the year closes, that I can finish some of these challenges and then join some new ones.

Honestly, I so appreciate each person who is hosting a challenge. This is a great community of readers, and there are such great opportunities for us as readers to discover something new out there in reading. If you're interested in finding out about other great reading challenges out there, check out "A Novel Challenge," which is a blog dedicated to posting challenges going on. Good luck!

What challenges are you picking away at, and do you have one you're sure you'll finish and one you're scared will never make it?


  1. Ooof, 13 books is a lot to read for a challenge. Maybe you can find a book on the 1% Well-Read Challenge that can double on mine... any Zola or George Sand on that list? ;)

  2. I love the idea of the challenges it's just getting them done that is the hard part!! Have a great week!