Monday, November 17, 2008

999 Challenge

I came across the "999 Challenge" at Rhinoa's and couldn't resist participating. The challenge requires participants to read NINE books in NINE categories to be completed in 2009.

It is hosted on LibraryThing and here are the rules:

  1. Pick 9 categories
  2. Read 9 books in each of those categories
  3. Complete them in 2009
  4. To make it easier: The 888 challenge allowed an overlap of 8 books which would fit into more than one category. So for this challenge, you could overlap 9 books, but that's up to you. I didn't overlap any books
  5. To make it harder: Complete all your books by 9/9/09

It is also flexible in the sense that participants get to pick their own categories so I'll be doing NINE books in each of the following categories (they may overlap in sub-genres):

Action-Adventure
Books 1 to 9: The James Bond series

Fantasy

  1. THE BOOK OF LOST THINGS by John Connolly
  2. THE HITCHHIKER'S GUIDE TO THE GALAXY
    by Douglas Adams
  3. A WIZARD OF EARTHSEA (Book 1)
  4. THE TOMBS OF ATUAN (Book 2)
  5. THE FARTHEST SHORE (Book 3)
  6. TEHANU (Book 4), all by Ursula K. Le Guin
  7. SHADOW & CLAW (Book 1)
  8. SWORD & CITADEL (Book 2), all by Gene Wolfe
  9. THE CHILDREN OF HURIN by J.R.R. Tolkien

Realistic

  1. ATONEMENT by Ian McEwan
  2. A THOUSAND SPLENDID SUNS by Khaled Hosseini
  3. MY SISTER'S KEEPER by Jodi Picoult
  4. THE CRAZED by Ha Jin
  5. A FAR COUNTRY by Daniel Mason
  6. JIA: A NOVEL OF NORTH KOREA by Hyejin Kim
  7. THE WIDOWER by Ray Kluun
  8. THE GIRLS by Lori Lansens
  9. THE KITCHEN GOD'S WIFE by Amy Tan

Romance

  1. SONGBIRD by Josephine Cox
  2. CHASING HARRY WINSTON by Lauren Weisberger
  3. GONE WITH THE WIND by Margaret Mitchell
  4. THE DARCYS AND THE BINGLEYS by Marsha Altman
  5. WICKED! by Jilly Cooper
  6. REMEMBER ME by Sophia Kinsella
  7. THE FLIRT by Kathleen Tessaro
  8. THE TROPHY WIVES CLUB by Kristin Billerbeck
  9. MEMOIRS OF A GEISHA by Arthur Golden

Series (such as trilogies or tetralogies)

  1. THE GOOSE GIRL
  2. ENNA BURNING
  3. RIVER SECRETS, all by Shannon Hale
  4. BORN IN FIRE (Book 1)
  5. BORN IN ICE (Book 2)
  6. BORN IN SHAME (Book 3), all by Nora Roberts
  7. DARING TO DREAM (Book 1)
  8. HOLDING THE DREAM (Book 2)
  9. FINDING THE DREAM (Book 3), all by Nora Roberts

Shakespeare

  1. KING LEAR
  2. MACBETH
  3. HAMLET
  4. THE MERCHANT OF VENICE
  5. A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM
  6. THE TEMPEST
  7. JULIUS CAESAR
  8. ROMEO AND JULIET
  9. RICHARD III

Young Adult

  1. ARTEMIS FOWL AND THE LOST COLONY
  2. ARTEMIS FOWL AND THE OPAL DECEPTION,
    all by Eoin Colfer
  3. BRISINGR by Christopher Paolini
  4. INKHEART (Book 1)
  5. INKSPELL (Book 2)
  6. INKDEATH (Book 3), all by Cornelia Funke
  7. NATION by Terry Pratchett
  8. TAMSIN by Peter S. Beagle
  9. RUNEMARKS by Joanne Harris

Thriller

  1. THE SKIN GODS by Richard Montanari
  2. THE TREATMENT by Mo Hayder
  3. THE SLEEPING DOLL by Jeffery Deaver
  4. THE REUNION by Sue Walker
  5. LAST WITNESS by Jilliane Hoffman
  6. THE FACE by Dean Koontz
  7. PREY by Michael Crichton
  8. THE LAST SECRET OF THE TEMPLE by Paul Sussman
  9. CITY OF BONES by Michael Connelly

Classics (I'm feeling brave... this is going to be an epic category)

  1. CRIME AND PUNISHMENT by F. M. Dostoevsky
  2. LES MISERABLES by Victor Hugo
  3. DRACULA by Bram Stoker
  4. PERSUASION by Jane Austen
  5. MADAME BOVARY by Gustave Flaubert
  6. WUTHERING HEIGHTS by Emily Bronte
  7. JANE EYRE by Charlotte Bronte
  8. ANNA KARENINA by Leo Tolstoy
  9. THE HOUND OF BASKERVILLES by A. Conan Doyle

You can get more information regarding fiction genres at B&N. I may decide to change the selected titles as I move along in the challenge, depending on my mood.

Will you be participating?