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SIY (Set It Yourself) Reading Challenge Sixth edition
(October-December, 2008)

Participant Goal(s) Progress
janey-canuck 10 books from TBR
• 1 classic
• 9 others
Finished: The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison; Getting Things Done by David Allen; Blink by Malcolm Gladwell; The Tipping Point by Malcolm Gladwell; You: The Smart Patient by Michael Roizen & Mehmet Oz; How to be Good by Nick Hornby; Why Companies Fail by Mark Ingebretsen; Dinner at the Homesick Restaurant by Anne Tyler
Total: Other: 8 of 9
Current Book: A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens Middlesex by Jeffrey Eugenides (reported December 28th)
bluenoser 27 books
• 12 TBRs that have sat on my shelves for more than two years
• 15 others
Finished: Whistling for the Elephants by Sandi Toksvic; Grasshopper by Barbara Vine; The Night Watch by Sarah Waters; Writers of the Purple Sage by Barbara Burnett Smith; Less Than Angels by Barbara Pym; Rockbound by Frank Parker Day; The Soul Slayer by Paul Doherty; At Death's Door by Robert Barnard; A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini; Still Life by Louise Penny; Rubyfruit Jungle by Rita Mae Brown; Paddington Marches On by Michael Bond; Anything Considered by Peter Mayle; Murder in Ordinary Time by Sister Carol Anne O'Marie; Moonfleet by J. Meade Falkner; The Secret History of the Pink Carnation by Lauren Willig; The Virgin Blue by Tracy Chevalier; The Woman Who Walked into the Sea by Philip R. Craig; The Lady Chapel by Candace Robb; Last Tango in Toulouse by Mary Moody; The Polkerton Giant by Ian Ogilvy; Emotional Geology by Linda Gillard; The Eye of the Heron by Ursula K. LeGuin; Revelation by C. J. Sansom; Three Men on the Bummel by Jerome K. Jerome; Vanity Dies Hard by Ruth Rendell; Jack Absolute by C. C. Humphreys
Total: Others: 15 of 15; Old TBRs: 12 of 12
(reported January 2nd)
mrsgaskell • 6 classics (The Last Chronicle of Barset by Anthony Trollope; Pamela by Samuel Richardson; Hard Times by Charles Dickens; Gothic Tales by Elizabeth Gaskell; Moby Dick by Herman Melville; Washington Square by Henry James)
• 7 Canadiana (As For Me and My House by Sinclair Ross; No Great Mischief by Alistair MacLeod; The Clockmaker by Thomas C. Haliburton; The Imperialist by Sara Jeanette Duncan; The Diviners by Margaret Laurence; The Innocent Traveller by Ethel Wilson; Bonheur d’occasion (The Tin Flute) by Gabrielle Roy)
• 1 Readalong (East of Eden by John Steinbeck)
Finished: Hard Times by Charles Dickens; Washington Square by Henry James; The Innocent Traveller by Ethel Wilson; East of Eden by John Steinbeck; Gothic Tales by Elizabeth Gaskell; As For Me and My House by Sinclair Ross; No Great Mischief by Alistair MacLeod; The Diviners by Margaret Laurence; Pamela by Samuel Richardson
Total: Classics: 4 of 6; Readalong: 1 of 1; Canadiana: 4 of 7
Current Book: (reported December 31st)
Nu-Knees • 100+ Classic pages per week
• 3 non-fiction books (1 per month: Visions and Voyages; Daughters of Britannia; Now Then Lad)
Finished: Ethan Frome by Edith Wharton; Visions and Voyages by Fay Sampson; The Small House at Allington by Anthony Trollope; Cousin Phillis by Elizabeth Gaskell; Daughters of Britannia by Katie Hickman; The Man in the Iron Mask by Alexandre Dumas; Now Then Lad: Tales of a Country Bobby by Mike Pannett; Lord Arthur Savile's Crime by Oscar Wilde; Fathers and Sons by I. S. Turgenev
Total: October: 4 of 4; November: 5 of 5; December: 4 of 4; Non-fiction: 3 of 3
(reported December 23rd)

6 Award-winning TBRs (+2 to complete a trilogy)

Finished: Atonement by Ian McEwan; The God of Small Things by Arundhati Roy; The Shipping News by E.Annie Proulx; The Dark Room by Rachel Seiffert; When We Were Orphans by Kazuo Ishiguro; Regeneration by Pat Barker; The Eye in the Door by Pat Barker; The Ghost Road by Pat Barker
Total: 6 of 6
(reported December 31st)

MaryZee 10 books registered by BCers Finished: Finn Family Moomintroll by Tove Jansson; Lean Mean Thirteen by Janet Evanovich; A Cat Abroad by Peter Gethers; Blame it on Chocolate by Jennifer Greene; The Lithium Murder by Camille Minichino; Fashionistas by Lynn Messina; Memoirs of a Geisha by Arthur Golden; Geisha: A Life by Mineko Iwasaki; Anything Considered by Peter Mayle; The Lonely Silver Rain by John D. MacDonald
Total: 10 of 10
(reported December 27th)
Miss-Owl 10 1001 Books (TBD) Finished: Castle Rackrent by Maria Edgeworth; Northanger Abbey by Jane Austen; Pale Fire by Vladimir Nabokov; Middlesex by Jeffrey Eugenides; Suite Francaise by Irene Nemirovsky; The Castle of Otranto by Horace Walpole; Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier; An Artist of the Floating World by Kazuo Ishiguro; The Trial by Franz Kafka; Vathek by William Beckford
Total: 10 of 10
(reported January 1st)
istop4books • 3 pre-WWII books
• 10 TBRs
• 2 book club books
(reported September 15th)

• 3 books by African American authors
• 3 unreads from Mt. TBR
• 2 others

Finished: Shopping For Porcupine by Seth Kantner; Crossing the River by Caryl Phillips; One in a Million by Kimberla Lawson Roby; Winter Solstice; Stranger in a Strange Land by Robert Heinlein; The Daughters of Music by Susannah Lawrence
Total: Others: 2 of 2; African-American: 2 of 3; TBR: 2 of 3
Current Book: The Quest of the Silver Fleece by W.E.B DuBois (reported December 31st)


12 books that do not qualify for Reduce Mt. TBR Challenge (TBD)

Finished: The Baron in the Trees by Italo Calvino; Horse People by Michael Korda; Welcome to the Monkey House by Kurt Vonnegut
Total: 3 of 12
Current Book: (reported November 26th)
lane1088 16 books
• 12 TBRs
• 3 Charlotte Sleuths books
• 1 Science Fiction & Fantasy Book Club book
• 65 magazines including science, alumni, LHJ, etc
• 10 short stories magazines including ellery queen, scifi age, asimov
Finished: Asimov's Science Fiction (March 1980; August 1981; May 1983; June 1983; July 1983; July 1984; November 1986; June 1989); The Voyage by David Drake; Prince of Darkness by Sharon Kay Penman; Science (317, no. 5838; 317, nos.5841-5846; 318, nos. 5847-5858; 319, nos. 5859-5871; 320, nos. 5872-84; 321, nos. 5885-5897; 322, nos. 5898-9); A Dangerous Mourning by Anne Perry; AMWA Journal (22, nos.1-3; 33, nos. 2-3); Dead to the World by Charlaine Harris; Grass by Sherri Tepper; A Perfect Evil by Alex Kava; Analog (July 1982); Hitchcock (November 1987); 100 Q &A on Bone Marrow Transplants by EWA Carrier; One Hundred Days by David Biro; Index to Murder by Jo Deresko; Long Time Gone by J. A Jance; 100 questions about Leukemia by Edward Ball; Coping with Leukemia by Ann Apel; Childhood Leukemia by Nancy Keene; The Ice Trap by Kitty Sewell; Dead as a Doornail by Charlaine Harris; Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen; The Sunday Philosophy Club by Alexander McCall Smith; Street of the Five Moons by Elizabeth Peters
Total: Short Story Magazines: 10 of 10; TBRs: 14 of 12; Charlotte Sleuths: 3 of 3; Magazines: 66 of 65; Sci Fi/Fantasy: 1 of 1
Annimanni 20 books
• 5 books for the geographical challenge
• 3 books from the 1001 list
• 2 books from the 1000 years–100 books list
• 3 books of nonfiction
• 7 other books
Finished: Theresen valinnat by Hanne-Vibeke Holst; The Age of Innocence by Edith Wharton; Sky Burial by Xinran; Digging to America by Anne Tyler; Mister Pip by Lloyd Jones; Hyvästä kodista by Bonnie Burnard; Pysäytä ilmastonmuutos by Katja Antila; God's Own Country by Stephen Bates; Rakkautta ruukin varjossa by Katja Alvik; Curling-vanhemmat ja lapsityrannit by Bent Hougaard; Syttymispiste by Patricia Cornwall; Palace Walk by Naguib Mahfouz; The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins; Pieni hiljainen mies by Vesa Ämmälä; Inca-Kola by Matthew Parris; Arpi by Niina Repo;Yoga School Dropout by Lucy Edge;Lukija by Bernhard Schlink; Vänrikki Stoolin tarinat by J. L. Runeberg; Essays by Michel de Montaigne
Total: Geographic: 5 of 5; 1001: 3 of 3; Other: 7 of 7; Non-fiction: 3 of 3; 1000 years: 2 of 2
(reported December 30th)
blackwidow1971 • complete A-Z author challenge
• 5 TBRs (TBD)
Finished: Suffer the Little Children by Donna Leon; The Holder of the World by Bharati Mukherjee; The Possession of Delia Sutherland by Barbara Neil; In The Skin of a Lion by Michael Ondaatje; The Crying of Lot 49 by Thomas Pynchon; America by Joe Queenan; Island by Jane Rogers; Waterland by Graham Swift; Palladian by Elizabeth Taylor; Away by Jane Urquhart; Death At The Bar by Ngaio Marsh; The Sign of Jonah by Boeli Van Leeuwen; Death In Cyprus by M.M. Kaye; Between The Acts by Virginia Woolf; Sky Burial by Xinran Xue; Kitchen by Banana Yoshimoto; The Attack on the Mill & Other Stories by Emile Zola; The Pursuit of Love by Nancy Mitford; The Viceroy of Ouidah by Bruce Chatwin; The Great Fire of London by Peter Ackroyd
Total: A-Z: 15 of 15; TBRs: 5 of 5
(reported December 19th)
MollyGrue • original Dune saga (Dune; Dune Messiah; Children of Dune; God Emperor of Dune; Heretics of Dune; Chapterhouse: Dune) Finished: Dune; Dune Messiah; Children of Dune; God Emperor of Dune; Heretics of Dune; Chapterhouse: Dune
Total: 6 of 6
(reported January 1st)

catch up all journal entries, blog posts, releasing & bookrings
• send out 10 bookrings (The Clockmaker; The Manticore; The Backwoods of Canada; World of Wonders; Brown Girl in the Ring; Not Wanted on the Voyage; I've Got a Home in Glory Land; Icefields; Late Nights on Air; Divisadero)
• blog 4 books (Winter Studies and Summer Rambles; As For Me and My House; Anne of Green Gables; Roughing It in the Bush)
• journal 6 books(Winter Studies and Summer Rambles; As For Me and My House; One for the Money; Lorna Doone; Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants; Roughing It in the Bush)
• release 2 books (One for the Money; Lorna Doone)

Finished: blog - As For Me and My House; Winter Studies and Summer Rambles; Anne of Green Gables; journal - As For Me and My House; Winter Studies and Summer Rambles; One for the Money; Lorna Doone; Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants; release - One for the Money
Total: blog posts: 4 of 4; journal entries: 6 of 6; releases: 1 of 2
(reported December 31st)
nicolesinger 10 TBRs
• 3 from other BCers (Real Live Nude Girl: Chronicles of Sex-Positive Culture by Carol Queen; The Screenwriter’s Workbook by Syd Field; Be My Guest by Conrad Hilton; The Best of Lester del Rey by Lester del Rey)
• 1 listed before 2007
• 1 listed before 2008
• 5 others
Finished: Real Live Nude Girl by Carol Queen; Spider, Spin Me a Web by Lawrence Block; The Screen-writer's Workbook by Syd Field; How To Do Financial Asset Investigations by Ronald L. Mendell; Singular Intimacies: Becoming a Doctor at Bellevue by Danielle Ofri; The Best of Lester del Rey by Lester del Rey; Zodiac by Neal Stephenson; Stranger by Night, Jeff Gelb & Michael Garrett (eds.); Idoru by William Gibson; Homeschooling the Teen Years by Cafi Cohen
Total: BCers': 3 of 3; pre-2007: 1 of 1; pre-2008: 1 of 1; Other: 5 of 5
(reported December 31st)
-Nika- 13 books
• finish reading Sybil
• 3 English TBRs (One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest by Ken Kesey; The Man Who Wasn't There by Pat Barker; The Lake of Darkness by Ruth Rendell)
• finish ABC Thriller Challenge (A; I; J; N; Q; U; X; Y; Z)
Finished: Sybil; Noorderveen by Arnaldur Indridason; The Man Who Wasn't There from Pat Barker; De commissaris en het zwijgen by Håkan Nesser; One Flew over the Cuckoo's Nest by Ken Kesey; Het laatste uur by Iris Johansen; Die je niet ziet by Mari Jungstedt; Duistere dreiging by Margareth Yorke; De regels by Peter de Zwaan; The Lake of Darkness by Ruth Rendell; Mooie Leugens by Lisa Unger; Wraak by Patrick Quinlan; Een delicate dans by Qiu Xiaolong
Total: Sybil: 1 of 1; ABC: 8 of 9; English TBRs: 3 of 3
(reported December 29th)
Gnoe 3 Bookcrossing books (Obasan; +2 of White Oleander; The Golden Notebook; Victorine; Falling Angels; Wild Berries) Finished: Obasan; The Golden Notebook by Doris Lessing; Wild Berries by Jevgeni Jevtoesjenko
Total: 3 of 3
(reported December 31st)
tqd 6 TBRs that have been in possession for over a year (TBD) Finished: Miss Smilla's Feeling for Snow by Peter Hoeg; Lamb: The Gospel According to Biff, Christ's Childhood Pal by Christopher Moore; Complete Short Fiction by Oscar Wilde; Ethan Frome by Edith Wharton; A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man by James Joyce; The Power and The Glory by Graham Greene
Total: 6 of 6
(reported December 26h)
Nagwan 10 Books (Eat, Pray, Love by Elizabeth Gilbert; The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen Covey; If Life Is a Game These Are the Rules by Cherei Carter Scott) (reported October 9th)
jneni 10 Books (The Name of The Rose by Umberto Eco; Dracula by Bram Stoker; Song of Solomon by Toni Morrison; Cloud Atlas by David Mitchell; Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte; Midnight's Children by Salman Rushdie; The Book Thief by Marcus Zusak; Oryx and Crake by Margaret Atwood; The Unconsoled by Kazuo Ishiguro; Amsterdam by Ian McEwan) Finished: The Name of The Rose by Umberto Eco; Cloud Atlas by David Mitchell; The Book Thief by Marcus Zusak; Oryx and Crake by Margaret Atwood; Amsterdam by Ian McEwan; Dracula by Bram Stoker; Midnight's Children by Salman Rushdie
Total: 7 of 10
Current Books: Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte (reported December 7th)