Monday, November 15, 2010

50 Book Challenge Success and Giveaway!

I am pleased to announce that I succeeded in my 50 book challenge for the year!  I finished my 50th book this weekend.  I'll keep track for the rest of the year and give you a summary of the year then but I want to celebrate in my 50 books.  It is not so easy with a child but it is something that centers me and I would miss it if I gave it up.  I've read some great books this year and arranged a little giveaway at the end of this post in honor of accomplishing this again this year.   Be sure to scroll down and enter.

50 Book Challenge 2010 - books to date

1. Follow the Model: Miss J's Guide to Unleashing Presence, Poise, and Power by J. Alexander
2. In the Company of Cheerful Ladies (No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency) by Alexander McCall Smith
3. The Complete Grimm's Fairy Tales by The Brothers Grimm, Jacob Grimm and Wilhelm Grimm
4. The Other Queen: A Novel by Philippa Gregory
5. A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L'Engle
6. Blue Shoes and Happiness (No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency, Book 7) by Alexander McCall Smith
7. The Good Husband of Zebra Drive (No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency, Book 8) by Alexander McCall Smith
8. A Wind in the Door by Madeleine L'Engle
9. The Miracle at Speedy Motors (No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency, Book 9) by Alexander McCall Smith
10. Stalking Susan by Julie Kramer
11. The Help by Kathryn Stockett
12. The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Steig Larsson
13. Shanghai Girls: A Novel by Lisa See
14. A Swiftly Tilting Planet by Madeleine L'Engle
15. Missing Mark by Julie Kramer 
16. Julie and Julia: My Year of Cooking Dangerously by Julie Powell
17. Tea Time for the Traditionally Built (No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency, Book 10) by Alexander McCall Smith
18. Angry Conversations with God: A Snarky but Authentic Spiritual Memoir by Susan E. Isaacs
19. Many Waters by Madeleine L'Engle
20. God Is Not One: The Eight Rival Religions That Run the World--and Why Their Differences Matter by Stephen Prothero
21. Best Friends Forever: A Novel by Jennifer Weiner
22. The Apothecary's Daughter by Julie Klassen
23. An Acceptable Time by Madeleine L'Engle
24. Kitchen Table Wisdom: Stories That Heal by  
25. Origins of Story: On Writing for Children by Barbara Harrison and Gregory Maguire
26. When You Reach Me by Rebecca Stead
27. Noah's Compass by Anne Tyler
28. The Silent Governess by Julie Klassen
29. The Girl Who Played with Fire by Steig Larsson
30. The Unlikely Disciple: A Sinner's Semester at America's Holiest University by Kevin Roose
31. Kindred by Octavia E. Butler
32. Love, Love, Love: and Other Essays by Charles Taliaferro
33. Her Fearful Symmetry: A Novel by Audrey Niffenegger
34. Feasting on Asphalt: The River Run by Alton Brown
35. Trailing Clouds of Glory: Spiritual Values in Children's Literature by Madeleine L'Engle and Avery Brooke
36. It Sucked and Then I Cried: How I Had a Baby, a Breakdown, and a Much Needed Margarita

by Adriana Trigiani

The Double Comfort Safari Club (No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency)
Allison Winn Scotch
Julie Klassen


50. Cherries in Winter: My Family's Recipe for Hope in Hard Times by Suzan Colón

Pretty cool list huh?  I'm pretty pleased with it.  I had lots of variation - theology, memoirs, fiction, children's lit, murder mystery's, classics, modern novels, etc.  I'm happy to give you a review of any of the books too.  (The links are still to Amazon, I still dont' know how I feel about that whole mess they are in fully but deep down I'm too lazy to change all the links right now)

Anyway, back in the beginning of the year I read Stalking Susan by Julie Kramer.  Julie writes from Minnesota and her main character Riley Spartz reminded me an awful lot of my blogger friend (and Channel 9 Investigative Reporter) Trish VanPilsum.  The next time I saw Trish I asked her about it and found out that she'd been co-workers with the author years before.  (Apparently there are 3 local reports who all have some claim to the character profile of Riley)

I read Julie's other two books this year, the latest of which is Silencing Sam, and thanks to Julie Kramer that is the book I have to giveaway in honor of my 50 book challenge this year.  Best of all it is SIGNED!  (I just love signed books).  It is a fun read, a gripping mystery and a great, strong female character.  Plus it is set in Minnesota which is always fun.

And so...want to win this awesome signed copy of Silencing Sam?  This is a simple giveaway.  Just leave a comment with a book that you think I should read.  I am always looking for new books.  It may be that I've read it but I will still count it :)

I approached Julie about getting a book signed for this giveaway.  She one upped me and gave me a copy that I was fully prepared to pay for.  Because she is awesome.  Support your local authors!  Giveaway runs until Monday November 22, 2010 at 9pm.


Melinda said...

You should read Cold Tangerines and then Bittersweet by Shauna Niequist. They are both wonderful collections of spiritual essays about "real life."

Karla J said...

I may have recommended these to you before:
Non-fiction: Audition: A Memoir (Barbara Walters); The Girls From Ames (Jeffrey Zaslow); Fiction: Run (Ann Patchett); Taft (Ann Patchett)

internationalloser said...

I just started reading the secret life of bees and I would recommend it so far!

Bonnie@TheFragileXFiles said...

What's the whole mess Amazon is in?

congrats on completely your challenge!

Valerie said...

Merle's Door or Dogs Don't Bite When a Growl Will Do. Merle's Door will make you cry, but Dogs Don't Bite is just some good lessons we can learn from dogs. Of course my books are dog-related!

Soupy said...

COngrats, Liz! I think you should read "the Passage" by Justin Cronin. VERY good. Although, it is very long and takes forever - so in that case, I'd suggest "Ape House" by Sara Gruen or "Room" by Emma Donaghue.

Both are very good!!

I love Julie KRamer's books!!

Sharon said...

Seriously, how do you read 50 books a year? You work full time and have a family. I think I do well to read 15-20 books a year. I know some of yours are short, but really. How do you do it?

My recommendations, based on what I can see from where I'm sitting:
Advent Conspiracy, by McKinley, Seay, and Holder
Paradoxy, by Taylor
Also the autobiography of John Glenn.

And do you have copies of all these books? Or were they from the library. I'm just thinking if you own them, and aren't planning to read them again soon, and will be near me for any of the upcoming holidays, we could have a book swap...

Ann said...

Eat Pray Love is such a classic. Also Women Food and God. :)

jimbassman said...

Are family members eligible? I recommend "Monkeewrench" by P.J. Tracy (a pseudonym for a mother/daughter writing team). It's based in the Twin Cities. Also very good are the "Three Pines" mysteries of Louise Penny -- start with the first book, "Still Life". You should really read them in order. Thanks to your inspiration, I'm up to 67 books so far this year!

Rebecca said...

Awesome idea! I'm going to do this next year.

I think everyone should read "Lonesome Dove" Larry McMurtry and "Atlas Shrugged" Ayn Rand. But I'm a conservative country girl. LOL! Oh, and Marley and Me will make you cry like a big baby.

fritzfacts said...

I am reading Queen Bees and Wannabes right now, it's about girls and the joys of cliques and all the fun stuff. It is interesting...maybe it will help me with Boo in the long run. I hope so at least!

Laura P said...

Oh gosh, a book suggestion? It's so hard because everyone has different tastes. But I will suggest a mystery book that is really more like a chick flick mystery with a love story.

Mum's the word by Kate Collins

(it is the first in the series and it hooked me in)