TSS ~ Birthdays are Challenging for a Jane Austen Spaz!

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K, so I started doing a Jane-a-thon last year, fully intent on reading all Jane Austen’s books, straight through, in order of publication.  I made it through Sense & Sensibility, Pride & Prejudice, and Mansfield Park with no trouble…. then came Emma, and I hit a wall.  She was so dense and droning and hard to read… even harder to like any of the characters except Mr. Knightly and Miss Taylor… and I lost steam.  I did finally finish Emma a couple weeks ago, but I’m thinking I need a shot of something to get back on track with it all.

So….

I’ve joined 65 other people in joining Stephanie’s Written Word‘s Everything Austen ChallengeIt’s my first book challenge, other than LibraryThing’s 50 and 75 book challenges, and I’m excited to be doing it 🙂

The challenge runs from July 1st, 2009 to January 1st, 2010, and in that six months, I need to do at least six Austen related things, either reading books by her, books about her, books about the characters she wrote or watching movies of the same ilk.  Six Austen-related things will be easy for me…  the hard part will be not doing them all in July out of excitement. 😀

 So my six Austen-themed things are:

  1. Read Northanger Abbey, it’s up next on the Jane-a-thon anyway.
  2. Read Persuasion, which will complete my Jane-a-thon.
  3. Read Lady Susan, The Watsons, and Sanditon, which are all by Jane Austen.
  4. Read The Jane Austen Book Club by Karen Joy Fowler, which has been on my TBR list for awhile, but I’ve been waiting to finish the novels first.
  5. Read Austenland by Shannon Hale, also a long waiter on Mt. TBR.
  6. Read Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, which I spazzed out about when I saw it on the shelf at Walmart.

Bonus points will be:

  1. Watching Northanger Abbey
  2. Watching Persuasion
  3. Watching The Jane Austen Book Club
  4. and any other Austen-themed thing I come across 😀

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And since I’m being such a joiner, I think I’ll go ahead and join the War Through the Generations World War II Reading Challenge.  Since it’s running from January 1st, 2009 to December 31st, 2009, I can count books I’ve read since the challenge began.  Pretty easy, really… only 5 books and I’ve read two already.

My list for the WWII Reading Challenge:

  1. The Zookeeper’s Wifeby Diane Ackerman
  2. The Welsh Girl by Peter Ho Davies
  3. The True Story of Hansel & Gretel by Louise Murphy
  4. Stones From the Riverby Ursula Hegi
  5. The Secret Holocaust Diaries:  The Untold Story of Nonna Bannister by Nonna Bannister, Denise George, Carolyn Tomlin
  6. Sarah’s Keyby Tatiana de Rosnay
  7. The Readerby Bernhard Schlink
  8. The Pianist:  The Extraordinary True Story of One Man’s Survival in Warsaw, 1939-1945by Wladyslaw Szpilman
  9. Number the Starsby Lois Lowry
  10. Night by Elie Wiesel
  11. Guernica by Dave Boling
  12. Catch-22 by Joseph Heller
  13. The Boy in the Striped Pajamasby John Boyne

These are the WWII-related books on the WWII Reading Challenge list that I have on Mt. TBR.  I’ve already read The Book Thiefby Markus Zusak and Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet by Jamie Ford, so I only have 3 to go for the 5 book challenge, and I’ll probably do more. 

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2009 ARC Reading Challenge

2009 ARC Reading Challenge

As they say, “In for a penny, in for a pound,” so I’m going to add one more challenge to my book-challenge-lovefestI’ve got going.  So Many Books, So Little Time is hosting an ARC Reading Challenge.  I know I need to get it in gear with my ARC-alanche pile threatening to cave in… and poor Missy’s bed is just below the stacks, she’ll be crushed!

So, to save my dog and get motivated to get on the stick with these, I’m joining the 2009 ARC Reading Challenge.  For this challenge I am suppose to list all my ARCs and review books (done that on the ARC-alanche pageof Mt. TBR’s inventory), and read 12 of them.  Coolness 🙂

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And other tidbits of info….

  • Tomorrow, June 29th, is my birthday, so yay me!  LOL… 
  • In the Shadow of Mt. TBR is a little over a year old, June 16, 2008 was my first post. 
  • Monday is my stop for the Something Beyond Greatness blog tour, and I’ve got an extra copy to give away, so make sure to sign up for a chance to win.  I’ll have a daily post for you to comment on for an extra entry, too.

Have a great Sunday, everyone! 🙂

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11 Responses

  1. Emma is the one Jane Austen novel I have left to read! I partly put it off so long because I want one that I’ve never read and partly because I didn’t like it the first time I tried to read it.

    Happy birthday tomorrow!

  2. That’s a great list for the WWII challenge, I made add some of them to mine. Have a wonderful birthday and happy birthday to your blog!

  3. Wow, you’ve got lots to celebrate – happy birthday and happy blogiversary. Good luck with the challenges – I’m doing the WWII as well.

  4. Good luck with the new Austen Challenge! It sounds like fun. I would like to read everything Austen one of these days but don’t think I want to commit to it just yet. At least not on a time table. I’m already behind with the challenges I’ve signed up for.

    I’m glad to see you joined up for the WWII Challenge and the ARC Challenge. I’m a part of those too. I’m onto the second level of the ARC Challenge. I hadn’t even realized I made it to level one. I’ve been so bad about kepeing count. LOL

    I hope you have a fantastic birthday tomorrow! Enjoy the week!

  5. I’ve been reading EMMA for, um, months. I’m enjoying it, but I’m finding it tough to commit to.

    Good luck with all your challenges, and happy birthday for tomorrow!

  6. Happy Birthday tomorrow! And Happy Blog Birthday!

  7. Happy birthday tomorrow! Mine is today and I am so happy that a fellow cancer has joined my challenge!

  8. Wow, thanks for joining the WWII challenge! I’m one of your gracious hosts. It is going to be exciting to see who can complete their goals and win prizes at the end; thanks to the many donations from publishers and authors.

    don’t forget to email us the books you’ve already completed and their reviews, if you have them.

    warthroughgenerations AT gmail DOT com

    I’m one of those who also couldn’t resist the Austen challenge

  9. So glad you signed up for our WWII reading challenge. I’ve added you to the participants page on War Through the Generations.

    –Anna

  10. Happy birthday and happy blogiversary!

    Thanks for joining the ARC Reading Challenge! I added you to the challenge page. Be sure to send me links to your reviews for the challenge. I asked that when you do, you make sure to give me the title and author with the link, so I can just cut and paste.

  11. FYI, all 2009 WWII Reading Challenge Participants; giveaway information can be found here:

    http://warthroughthegenerations.wordpress.com/2010/01/07/international-2009-wwii-reading-challenge-giveaways-revealed/

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