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SIY (Set It Yourself) Reading Challenge Fourth edition
(APRIL-JUNE, 2008)

Participant Goal(s) Progress
Ladybug768 12 books that aren't for school Finished: Black Sheep and Hidden Beauty by Donna Kauffman; The Scent of Scandal by Carole Matthews; Girl Sleuth: Nancy Drew and the Women Who Created Her by Melanie Rehak; Good in Bed by Jennifer Weiner; The Manning Sisters: The Cowboy's Lady/The Sheriff Takes A Wife by Debbie Macomber; The Seduction of the Crimson Rose by Lauren Willig; Season Of Strangers by Kat Martin; Twenty Wishes by Debbie Macomber; Remember Me? by Sophie Kinsella; I'm the Vampire, That's Why by Michele Bardsley; Don't Talk Back To Your Vampire by Michele Bardsley; The Jury by Fern Michaels; Sweet Revenge by Fern Michaels; Lethal Justice by Fern Michaels; Free Fall by Fern Michaels
Total: 15 of 12
Current Book: (reported June 12th)
Nu-Knees 100+ Classic pages per week (target for June 29th: 137 of Mary Barton)
(possible books for this quarter: The Brothers Karamazov; The Scarlet Letter)
Finished: Dracula by Bram Stoker; King Solomon's Mines by H. Rider Haggard; The Life of Charlotte Brontë by Elizabeth Gaskell; Framley Parsonage by Anthony Trollope
Total: April: 4 of 4; May: 4 of 4; June: 5 of 5
Current Book: Mary Barton @p. 139 of 466 (reported June 26th)
bluenoser 24 books
• 3 in French
• 12 TBRs that have sat on my shelves for over a year
• 9 other
Finished: Vineyard Deceit by Philip R. Craig; Isvik by Hammond Innes; Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury; The Historian by Elizabeth Kostova; Poisoned Pins by Joan Hess; Redemption by Kay Langdale; Friends From Philadelphia by John Updike; Sparkling Cyanide by Agatha Christie; Murder Wears a Cowl by P. C. Doherty; Paper Money by Ken Follett; Play Dead by Leslie O'Kane; The Songs of Distant Earth by Arthur C. Clarke; Deal Breaker by Harlan Coben; The Summer of a Dormouse by John Mortimer; Suite Française by Irene Nemirovsky; The Apothecary Rose by Candace Robb; World Without End by Ken Follett; Nine Lives to Murder by Marian Babson; K is for Killer by Sue Grafton; The Book Thief by Markus Zusak; The Queen's Head by Edward Marston; Le Squelette de la Marie by Gerard Delteil; Mes nuits sont belles que vos jours by Raphaele Billetdoux; L'Anneau du Guépard by David Schinkel and Yves Beauchesne
Total: Old: 12 of 12; Other: 9 of 9; French: 3 of 3
(reported June 26th)
bluecat07 18 books
• 9 of them must be TBRs registered by me
• 9 must be books from other Bookcrossers

Finished: Rescuing Rose by Isabel Wolff; Die Romanleserin by Pearl Abraham; The Flamboya Tree by Clara Olink Kelly; Too Little, Too Late by Isabel Wolff; The Lost Continent by Bill Bryson; Emil i Lönneberga by Astrid Lindgren; A Place Called Here by Cecilia Ahern; Girl from the Heart by Irene Hannon; The Unexpected Gift by Irene Hannon
Total: Own: 5 of 9; BCers': 4 of 9
Current Books: The Mother Tongue by Bill Bryson ; A Spot of Bother by Mark Haddon (reported July 6th)

istop4books • 3 books in Spanish (probably one Pablo Neruda, one Isabel Allende, and one Luis Sepulveda)
Les Misérables Readalong
• 12 other books
Finished: The Return Journey by Maeve Binchy; Tuesdays With Morrie; Un viejo que leía novelas de amor by Luis Sepulveda; Bitter Grounds by Sandra Benitez; Open House by Elizabeth Berg; Whitethorn Woods by Maeve Binchy; The Virgin Blue by Tracy Chevalier; Confieso que He Vivido by Pablo Neruda; A Thousand Days in Venice by Marlena De Blasi; A Thread of Grace by Mary Doria Russell; Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde by Robert Lewis Stevenson; Mi pais inventado by Isabel Allende; Madame Treymes by Edith Wharton; Eat Pray Love by Elizabeth Gilbert; How the Garcia Girls Lost Their Accent by Julia Alvarez; Les Misérables by Victor Hugo
Total: Other: 12 of 12; Spanish: 3 of 3 & Les Misérables
(reported June 27th)
mrsgaskell Les Misérables Readalong in French
• 10 other books (Framley Parsonage by Anthony Trollope; The Boy in the Striped Pajamas by John Boyne; Lullabies for Little Criminals by Heather O’Neill; Obsessive Genius: The Inner World of Marie Curie by Barbara Goldsmith; Jane Austen: A Life by Claire Tomallin; Mrs Palfrey at the Claremont by Elizabeth Taylor; An Unsuitable Attachment by Barbara Pym; Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe; Wide Sargasso Sea by Jean Rhys; Atonement by Ian McEwan)
Finished:Mrs Palfrey at the Claremont by Elizabeth Taylor; An Unsuitable Attachment by Barbara Pym; Atonement by Ian McEwan; Framley Parsonage by Anthony Trollope; Obsessive Genius: The Inner World of Marie Curie by Barbara Goldsmith; Jane Austen: A Life by Claire Tomallin; Lullabies for Little Criminals by Heather O'Neill; The Boy in the Striped Pajamas by John Boyne; Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe; Wide Sargasso Sea by Jean Rhys; Les Misérables
Total: Other: 10 of 10; Les Misérables by Victor Hugo
(reported June 18th)
Megi53 • 1 book from each of my children's collections (On the Road (Original Scroll) by Jack Kerouac; The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants by Ann Brashares)
• 2 books from school library (Chasing Vermeer by Blue Balliet; Molly Moon's Incredible Book of Hypnotism by Georgia Byng
• 10 books acquired in 2008, 5 of which from other BookCrossers (Giant in the Sun by Ivan O'Riley; Sick of Shadows by Sharyn McCrumb; Election by Tom Perrotta; Peace Pilgrim; No Man's Land by Paul Swift), 5 bought myself (Cider with Rosie by Laurie Lee; Fair and Tender Ladies by Lee Smith; The Forest of Hours by Kerstin Ekman; To All Gentleness by Neil Baldwin; The Heidi Chronicles by Wendy Wasserstein)
Finished: The Heidi Chronicles by Wendy Wasserstein; Sick of Shadows by Sharyn McCrumb; Chasing Vermeer by Blue Balliet; To All Gentleness by Neil Baldwin; On the Road by Jack Kerouac; Molly Moon's Incredible Book of Hypnotism by Georgia Byng; No Man's Land by Paul Swift; The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants by Ann Brashares; Election by Tom Perrotta; Peace Pilgrim; Giant in the Sun by Ivan O'Riley; Cider with Rosie by Laurie Lee
Total: Self-purchased: 3 of 5; 2008 BCers': 5 of 5; library: 2 of 2; childrens': 2 of 2
Current Book: (reported June 26th)
likestoreadinFL 15 books (3 of which 1001 books)


Finished: Family Tree by Barbara Delinsky; Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro; The Universe in a Single Atom by the Dalai Lama; Sky Burial by Xinran; Invisible Monsters by Chuck Palahniuk; A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith; The Photograph by Penelope Lively; Bridge to Terabithia by Katherine Paterson; Prodigal Summer by Barbara Kingsolver; Lest Innocent Blood be Shed by Phillip Hallie; The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time by Mark Haddon; Franipani by Celestine Vaite; Sons and Lovers by D.H. Lawrence; Blue Dahlia by Nora Roberts; The Comfort Women: Japan's Brutal Regime of Enforced Prostitution in the Second World War
Total: 1001: 3 of 3; BCers': 2; Other: 10 of 10
(reported June 30th)

Ibis3 • 27 chapters of Meteorology by Aristotle
• finish current CanLit Challenge book (Winter Studies and Summer Rambles) & 2 others (As For Me and My House; TBD)
• 3 poems by Shakespeare (“Lucrece”; “The Passionate Pilgrim”; “The Phoenix and the Turtle”)
• 1 non-fiction TBR (either The Papacy or Roman Literature and Society)
• 1 fiction TBR (Lorna Doone)
• 2 wishlist books from the library (TBD)
• 1 motivational book that my sister wants me to read (A Happy Pocket Full of Money)
• finish The House of Mirth on audio
Finished: “Lucrece” by Shakespeare; I is for Innocent by Sue Grafton; Winter Studies and Summer Rambles by Anna Brownell Jameson; The Miserable Mill by Lemony Snicket; The Passionate Pilgrim poems by William Shakespeare; “The Phoenix and the Turtle” by WIlliam Shakespeare; As For Me and My House by Sinclair Ross
Total: Shakespeare: 3 of 3; Wishlist: 2 of 2; CanLit: 2 of 3
Current Books: Meteorology by Aristotle @Book II, Chapter 9 (8 of 27); The House of Mirth by Edith Wharton @Book 2, Chapter 1 (15 of 29); Lorna Doone by R. D. Blackmore @p500 of 627 (reported June 28th)
shimi 18 books
• 9 TBRs from other BookCrossers
• 9 other
Finished: Fear and Trembling by Amélie Nothomb; Like Water for Chocolate by Laura Esquivel; Kitchen by Banana Yoshimoto; Presidentens valg by Anne Holt; The Book Thief by Markus Zusak; The Life and Times of the Thunderbolt Kid by Bill Bryson; Oscar och den rosa damen by Eric-Emmanuel Schmitt; The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde; Elskeren (The Lover) by Marguerite Duras; The Powerbook by Jeanette Winterson; Livstråden by Sarah Waters; Så går en dag ifrån vårt liv och kommer aldrig åter by Jonas Gardell; The Vanishing Act of Esme Lennox by Maggie O'Farrell
Total: Own: 5 of 9; BookCrossers: 8 of 9
Current Books: Pianolærerinnen by Elfriede Jelinek (reported June 9th)
dryad23 18 books Finished: Lord of Light by Roger Zelazny; The Memory Keeper's Daughter by Kim Edwards; The Road by Cormac McCarthy; Wicked by Gregory Maguire; Tithe by Holly Black; Valiant by Holly Black; Shirley by Charlotte Brontë; Mansfield Park by Jane Austen; Innocent Traitor by Alison Weir; Only Forward by Michael Marshall Smith; Lost and Found by Jacqueline Sheehan; The Tale of Despereaux by Kate DiCamillo; Walking in Circles Before Lying Down by Merrill Markoe; Amazing Gracie: A Dog's Tale by Dan Dye and Mark Beckloff; Little (Grrl) Lost by Charles DeLint; Ironside by Holly Black; Rescuing Sprite by Mark Levin; The Great Dane Thor by Walter Farley
Total: TBRs: 18 of 18
(reported June 22nd)
lane1088 21 books
• 15 TBRs
• 3 Rea Readers Book Club books
• 3 Charlotte Sleuths books
Finished: Year's Best SF3 by David G. Harwell; Treasure of Kahn by Clive Cussler; Double Dead by Terry Hoover; The Collaborator of Bethlehem by Matt Beyon Rees; A Midsummer Night's Dream by William Shakespeare; Third Girl by Agatha Christie; Bad Twin by Gary Troupe; 13 at Dinner by Agatha Christie; Spy in Chancery by Paul C. Doherty; Delilah Doolittle and the Careless Coyote by Patricia Guiver; Dead on Arrival by Dorothy Simpson; Dying for Chocolate by Diane Mott Davidson; The Spellman Files by Lisa Lutz; The Cereal Murders by Diane Mott Davidson; Bangkok Tattoo by John Burdett; Black Fly Season by Giles Blunt; The Murder of Roger Ackroyd by Agatha Christie; Lucky Man by Michael J. Fox; The Secret of Chimneys by Agatha Christie; The Last Suppers by Diane Mott Davidson; The Seven Dials Mystery by Agatha Christie; The Mystery of the Blue Train by Agatha Christie; The Golden Ball & other Stories by Agatha Christie; A Pocket Full of Rye by Agatha Christie; A Caribbean Mystery by Agatha Christie; The Main Corpse by Diane Mott Davidson; The Black Dove by Steven Hockensmith; Lost Lake by Philip Margolin; Candy Apple Red by Nancy Bush; Mrs. Jeffries Appeals the Verdict by Emily Brightwell; Bantam of the Opera by Mary Daheim; The Grilling Season by Diane Mott Davidson
Total: TBRs: 26 of 15; Rea: 3 of 3; Charlotte Sleuths: 3 of 3
(reported June 23rd)
Modmouse 7+ hours reading of TBRs a week (TBD) (reported March 22nd)
janey-canuck • 300 pages per week from TBRs (including Confessions of an Ugly Stepsister; Confederacy of Dunces; Seven Ages of Paris)
• finish Vanity Fair
Finished: Shelf Monkey by Corey Redekop; Turn Left at Sanity by Nancy Warren; In the Red by Alexis Hall; Sap by John Swan; The Constant Princess by Philippa Gregory; The Post-Birthday World by Lionel Shriver; The Queen's Fool by Philippa Gregory; Mental Traps by Andre Kukla; Confessions of an Ugly Stepsister by Gregory Maguire; A Confederacy of Dunces by John Kennedy O'Toole; Anybody Out There by Marian Keyes; Vanity Fair; Seven Ages of Paris by Alistair Horne
Total: April: 4 of 4; May: 4 of 4; June 5 of 5 (4539pp of 3900);
(reported June 30th)
Neuilly • Finish His Dark Matierials trilogy by Philip Pullman (The Subtle Knife; The Amber Spyglass)
• get halfway through Nana (p.225)
• 1 bookring (A Thousand Years of Good Prayers)
• 2 other books
Finished: A Thousand Years of Good Prayers by Yiyun Li; The Subtle Knife by Philip Pullman; Mister Pip; Appetite for Murder by Cecile Lamalle
Total: bookring: 1 of 1; HDM: 1 of 2; Other: 2 of 2
Current Book: Nana @p.74 of 255; The Amber Spyglass by Philip Pullman @p. 136 (reported June 4th)
nawoo82 • 3 classics (Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen; Great Expectations by Charles Dickens; Dubliners by James Joyce)
• 3 non-fiction books about Australia (The Latham Diaries by Mark Latham; The World Moves Slowly: A Documentary History of Australian Women by Beverley Kingston; Journey Among Men by J. Marshall & R. Drysdale)
• 6 fiction books (The Constant Gardener by John Le Carré; Death of a Whaler by Nerida Newton; The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruis Zafon; Papillon by Henri Charrière; The Mosquito Coast by Paul Theroux; Disgrace by J.M. Coetzee)
Finished:Great Expectations by Charles Dickens; Death of a Whaler by Nerida Newton; Papillon by Henri Charrière; Disgrace by J.M. Coetzee; Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen; Dubliners by James Joyce
Total: classics: 3 of 3; fiction: 3 of 6
Current Book: (reported June 22nd)
MaryZee 10 books from other BookCrossers + any bookrings/bookrays Finished: The Agony and the Ecstasy by Irving Stone; Ten Big Ones by Janet Evanovich; Talk Nerdy to Me by Vicki Lewis Thompson; Bloody Bones by Laurell K. Hamilton; A Transatlantic Tunnel, Hurrah by Harry Harrison; Alive by Piers Paul Read; The Beach House by Mary Alice Monroe; I am the Messenger by Markus Zusak; Looking Backward by Edward Bellamy; Around the World in 80 Days by Michael Palin; Around the World in 80 Days by Jules Verne; Miss Zukas and the Library Murders by Jo Dereske; Shakespeare: The World as Stage by Bill Bryson; Alma by William Bell; Refrigerator Door by Alice Kuipers
Total: 15 of 10
(reported June 23rd)
NICNIC2 • 2 books from the 'A list' of TBRs (One Good Turn by Kate Atkinson; Mother's Milk by Edward Aubrey)
• release 91 books
Total: Releases: 9 of 91 (reported April 14th)
ireland424 • finish Anna Karenina
• start and finish 6 other books
(reported March 26th)
Hawaii-Bookworm 20 books
• 5 from other BCers
• 5 1001 books
• 5 from new authors
• 5 from favourite authors
Finished: Embers by Sandor Marai; Perdido Street Station by China Mievelle; 44 Scotland Street by Alexander McCall Smith; The Cabinet of Curiosities by Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child (Carlissa); The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini; Vanishing Act by Jodi Picoult; Amsterdam by Ian McEwan; The Last Temptation of Christ by Nikos Kazantzakis; About Time by Jack Finney; Expiration Date by Tim Powers; In Matto's Realm by Friedrich Glauser; The Mystic Masseur by V. S. Naipaul; The Scar by China Mieville; The Russian Concubine by Kate Furnivall; Timbuktu by Paul Auster; Buddha by Deepak Chopra; The Color Purple by Alice Walker; The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test by Tom Wolfe; Ireland by Frank Delaney; American Fuji by Sara Backer
Total: 1001: 5 of 5; New: 5 of 5; Favourite: 5 of 5; BCers: 5 of 5
(reported June 14th)
Nagwan • 7 chapters from the Qura'an (in Arabic) a week
• 2 chapters from The Sealed Nectar a week
• 2 chapters from Explanation of Bulough Almaram a week
• 2 chapters from Explanation of Forty Nawawi Hadeeth a week
• 9 other books (Self Matters by Dr. Phil Mcraw; Mishakatul Masabih; The Alchemist by Paulo Coehlo; Qura'an [English]; Cable Channels; Life Lessons For Loving The Way You Live by J. R. Hawthorne, et al.; What do they want from us?; First Things First by Stephen R. Covey; Will They Ever Trust Us Again by Micheal Moore)
Finished: The Alchemist by Paulo Coehlo; Cable Channels; Life Lessons for Loving the Way You Live by J. R. Hawthorne, et al.; The Sealed Nectar; Nawawi Hadeeth; Bulough Almaram; The Library Policeman by Stephen King
Total: week 1: 3 of 4 (+3 extra chapters); week 2: 0 of 4; week 3: 2 of 4; week 4: 3 of 4; week 5: 2 of 4 (+1 extra chapter); week 6: 0 of 4 (+3 chapters); week 7: 1 of 4 (+1 chapter); week 8: 1 of 4 (+ 1 chapter); week 9: 1 of 4 (+1 chapter); week 10: 1 of 4 (+2 chapters); week 11: 2 of 4 (+2 chapters); week 12: 2 of 4; week 13: 1 of 2; Other: 5 of 9
Current Books: ; Mishakatul Masabih @p.10; Self Matters by Dr. Phil Mcraw @p.116 (reported July 1st)
snoopypoo 3 books (The Sky is Falling by Kit Pearson; Emily of New Moon by L.M. Montgomery; Labyrinth by Kate Mosse) Finished: The Sky is Falling by Kit Pearson
Total: 1 of 3
Current Book: Labyrinth by Kate Mosse @p.283 of 697; Emily of New Moon by L.M. Montgomery @p. 221 of 391 (reported June 7th)
starfish6188 4 books a month (including Life of Pi by Yann Martel; Stones in the River; Diary of Anne Frank) (reported April 3rd)
Annimanni finish the Alphabet Challenge (books for letters D, E, F, L, N, O, P, Q, T, U, V, W, X, Y, Z, Å, Ä, Ö) Finished: Sisters by Shobhaa Dé; Gem Squash Tokoloshe by Rachel Zadok; Where Angels Fear to Tread by E. M. Forster; August Is a Wicked Month by Edna O'Brien; In the Place of Fallen Leaves by Tim Pears; Cezara. Vaene Dionis by Mihai Eminescu; Eluvöödid by Milvi Lembe; Candide by Voltaire; Menneisyydestä säihkyvät silmät by Jessica North; Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas by Hunter S. Thompson; Mustelmilla by Anna Quindlen; Miss Chopsticks by Xinran; Kitchen by Banana Yoshimoto; Arkadinen laulu by Gösta Ågren; The Hummingbird's Daughter by Luis Alberto Urrea; Namibia: rikas ja köyhä by Heikki Älli; Pieniä maanjäristyksiä by Jennifer Weiner; Herrasmiehet by Klas Östergren
Total: 18 of 18
(reported June 26th)
krin511 12 books
• 6 TBRs from other BookCrossers
• 6 other
Finished: Mine by Robert R. McCammon; Killing Floor by Lee Child; A Knot in the Grain and Other Stories by Robin McKinley; The Attraction by Douglas Clegg; Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell by Susanna Clarke; 3rd Degree by James Patterson; Night Watch by Terry Pratchett; 1776 by David McCullough; One Day the Ice Will Reveal All Its Dead by Clare Dudman; Ellison Wonderland by Harlan Ellison; We Need to Talk About Kevin by Lionel Shriver
Total: BCers': 6 of 6; Other: 5 of 6
Current Books: (reported June 1st)