Thursday, September 06, 2007

challenge happy...

Here it is Thursday...and I don't have a single book review to post. What a busy, busy week's it's been. Can't believe I haven't finished a single book. So instead of reviews, today I'll post about a new challenge I'm joining. And yes...I do see the irony in this...I don't have nearly enough time to read, so I'll join yet another challenge...makes perfect sense, huh?

Joy is hosting another fun challenge. I've been trying to resist joining, really I have. But I found I had so many books already sitting on my little table that fit this challenge perfectly, that I decided I just had to give it a shot. (The pile of books on my nightstand got too unwieldy that I had to put a little table beside the nightstand to hold the overflow.) More points in this challenge's favor...(a) it doesn't start until January and (b) it lasts for a whole year.

This challenge is entitled 1st in a Series 2008 Challenge. Hop on over to Joy's for the exact details, but put simply the challenge is to read 12 books in 2008, each book being the first in a series. Yes, I know...just what I need...12 new series to get hooked on...I'm trying my best to ignore the absurdity of this for me.

O.K.--so here's my tentative list:

The Field Guide by Tony DiTerlizzi and Holly Black (The Spiderwick Chronicles)

The Golden Compass by Philip Pullman (His Dark Materials)

Shadow Man by Cody McFadyen (Smoky Barrett series)

The Gunslinger by Stephen King (The Dark Tower) *This will be a reread, as I read the first few of these all those many, many years ago when they first came out.

The Goose Girl by Shannon Hale (Goose Girl series?...not sure what to call it)

The Black Echo by Michael Connelly (Harry Bosch series)

Gregor the Overlander by Suzanne Collins (The Underland Chronicles)

MayBird and the The Ever After by Jodi Lynn Anderson (MayBird series)

The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan (Percy Jackson & The Olympians)

The City of Ember by Jeanne DuPrau (Book of Ember)

The Fairy Tale Detectives by Michael Buckley (The Sisters Grimm)

The Stainless Steel Rat by Harry Harrison (Stainless Steel Rat series)

A few of these may change, but I think that's a pretty good start. Annie, of course, will be joining in, too. She's making her list up now. The difference will be that she'll manage to not only complete it, but probably read many of the series from start to finish. Oh, how I envy that girl!


Jean said...

But how did the first day of kindergarten go?!?!? Enquiring minds want to know!

gail@more than a song said...

You may not have book reviews but I bet you're a busy bee with school and kids and all! Nothing wrong with challenges, always gives you something to shoot for. I probably don't need to get myself into reading more series books though, already have several I'm hooked on.

Chris said...

Debi, you are much, much braver than me! You and Annie! There was no way I could start a challenge where I started 12 new series, lol...Maybe in 2009 I'll take up that challenge if I can lower the TBR shelf in 2008. I counted my TBR shelf the other night and I have 152 books that are unread on there...that's madness!

So glad to see that you're reading The Stainless Steel Rat!! It was a great book. Carl will be super excited that you're reading that one. I'm so glad that he introduced me to that series.

kreed said...

Sounds like a fun challenge!

But where is that first day of school post?

Nymeth said...

That really does sound like a fun challenge. I am just terrified of joining it because them I'd be hooked on who knows how many new series, and I'd have to get who knows how many more books :P

I hope you enjoy His Dark Materials. I know it's not for everyone, but it's my favourite fantasy series.

Melody said...

I'm still debating whether or not to join this challenge, Debi! Like Nymeth, I'm worried that I will be reading more series books if I'm hooked to them...and my TBR pile is already overflowing, LOL.

Dawn said...

Good luck with your new challenge. I'm lucky to read 12 books a year total LOL!

I admire your willingness to try this!

take care,

Stacy at Exceedingly Mundane said...

Yeah, sounds like a great challenge! I have at least 20 series that I have listed in a Word document that I *want* to start, but I feel like I need to finish some of the others I have in progress, first. I think you'll do great with this one, though, and Annie too :)

Happy reading!

Joy said...

Hey Debi! Glad you're joining the 1st in a Series Challenge! I've already read some off my list, but have plenty others to choose from when the challenge actually begins. :)

I love discovering new authors and series! And thankfully, I don't have a need to finish a series if I don't care for it. I just consider it another book read.

So happy to have your company in my madness!

alisonwonderland said...

i'm going to read The Goose Girl for this challenge too. the Harry Bosch series a favorite of mine; i hope you enjoy The Black Echo.