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I swore I wouldn't join any more challenges, but this one was too tempting to pass up: The Big Book Challenge. I only have to read one book over 500 pages. I'm not sure exactly which book I'll read yet but I have A Plague of Angels by Sheri S. Tepper, Inda by Sherwood Smith, Jerlayne by Lynn Abbey, and Outlander by Diana Gabaldon on my TBR. I guess I figured that the Chunkster Challenge wasn't quite enough. ;-)
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I had already planned to join the Read Your Own Books Challenge for 2010, but there wasn't a Mr. Linky up for it yet. I should probably push myself with this one and try to read 50 of my own books (since I have over 1000 unread and really need to attack Mt. TBR).
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Here's my list of 12 books, plus 12 alternates for the 2010 TBR Challenge:
1. Stormqueen! by Marion Zimmer Bradley
2. Fourty Thousand in Gehenna by C. J. Cherryh
3. Survival by Julie E. Czerneda
4. Outlander by Diana Gabaldon
5. Summon the Keeper by Tanya Huff
6. Frostflower and Thorn by Phyllis Ann Karr
7. Burning Water by Mercedes Lackey
8. Sword of Ice edited by Mercedes Lackey
9. The Dark Mirror by Juliet Marillier
10. His Majesty's Dragon by Naomi Novik
11. Dead in the Scrub by B. J. Oliphant (Sheri S. Tepper)
12. Elantris by Brandon Sanderson

1. The Grand Tour by Patricia C. Wrede & Caroline Stevermer
2. Shapechangers by Jennifer Roberson
3. Senrid by Sherwood Smith
4. Dragon's Blood by Jane Yolen
5. Dancing Jack by Laurie J. Marks
6. The Witches of Eileanan by Kate Forsyth
7. Gate of Ivory by Doris Egan
8. Elvenbane by Andre Norton & Mercedes Lackey
9. The Wild Swans by Peg Kerr
10. The Wedding Bargain by Victoria Alexander
11. The Wooden Sword by Lynn Abbey
12. Eggheads by Emily Devenport
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Yay, the details for the Chunkster Challenge have been posted. I'm once again going for Mor-Bookly-Obese since it was so successful for me this year. I've tagged most of my chunksters (some don't qualify for the challenge, but I personally count any 450+ book as a chunkster) on LibraryThing and I have over 100 to choose from. And my Julie E. Czerneda and Juliet Marillier personal challenge overlaps with this one, so I might get all of my chunksters taken care of with just those two authors.
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Since I'm already signed on to do a fantasy challenge, I will focus only on SF for this one. I'll probably do the Pluto Voyage, which would allow me to mix up several categories. I don't read Golden Age SF and I read less and less SF by men (I've had so many DNFs of SF books by men this year!). Most of the Hugo and Nebula winners written by women are books I've already read, so I feel constrained sticking to the winners lists.

Here's my potentials list:
Downbelow Station by C. J. Cherryh
Dreamsnake by Vonda N. McIntyre
Where Late the Sweet Birds Sang by Kate Wilhelm
Flowers for Algernon by Daniel Keyes
Witch World by Andre Norton
The Lathe of Heaven by Ursula K. Le Guin
Bone Dance by Emma Bull
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Royal Reviews is hosting four challenges that I joined today.

The romance challenge has multiple levels this time, so I'm going for the easiest level which is called Curious (3 novels) since I only managed two romance genre books this year (I attempted a bunch more and ended up with about 20 romance DNFs).

The Finish That Series Challenge is something I'm sort of attempting to do anyway, but officially joining a challenge for it will probably be better. I think I should probably go for the Obsessed level here since I have so many unfinished series. I think I can manage to finish 10 series.

I was planning to do the Audio Book Challenge anyway, if I can get my computer fixed so I can access iTunes again. Grrr. I'd love to do the Obsessed level here too since I usually listen to audio books while I'm out walking for an hour a day, so 20 should be easy if I have a working iPod.

And the Fantasy Reading Challenge might be too easy for me, but I'll go for the most difficult level. I've averaged around 20 fantasy books over the past few years.
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I've been picking challenges for things I plan to read next year anyway to motivate myself even further to actually read the books I would like to read. I have over 50 unfinished series and so many unread series for this challenge. I'm not sure yet which series I will pick for this, but I have a ton of Darkover books to read and so many unread Mercedes Lackey series that I feel like I'm drowning in them.

I've also signed up for the YA Challenge again. I feel like I should really challenge myself and go for 25 YA books, but I have so many other books I plan to read that I might stick with 12 again next year.
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I was planning on reading the four Death books I haven't read yet (which I have in my possession now, finally) for 2010, so this challenge is a perfect fit. So here's my list:
Reaper Man
Soul Music
Thief of Time

I'm tempted to read the Discworld YA books too since I have all of them as well. I guess I'll see how things go with my other challenges and such.
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A to Z Challenge

Here's my list:
Lynn Abbey
Joanne Bertin
C. J. Cherryh
Emily Devenport
Doris Egan 
Kate Forsyth
Diana Gabaldon
Steven Harper
Sarah Isidore
Diana Wynne Jones
Phyllis Ann Karr
Elizabeth A. Lynn
Laurie J. Marks
Naomi Novik
B. J. Oliphant
Meredith Ann Pierce
Julia Quinn
Jennifer Roberson
Brandon Sanderson
Amy Thomson
Leon Uris
S. L. Viehl
Jennifer Wingert
Victoria AleXander
Jane Yolen
Sarah Zettel
These are all authors I have on my shelves and for most of them, I've never read anything by them or have only read their short fiction.

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I'm organizing my 2010 reading challenges. I'll be participating in the Chunkster Challenge again, plus the A to Z Challenge if I can find a X author (and I might even do the A-Z titles as well), Read Your Own Books, TBR (the regular 12 book one this time, not Lite), the 10/10 Challenge, and of course the 50 Book Challenge (although I'd like to really challenge myself and make it 75 or 100 books next year). I'm also doing my own Julia, Julie, and Juliet challenge, which will be to read all of my unread Julia Quinn, Julie E. Czerneda, and Juliet Marillier books. I'll probably add a few more challenges as they get announced. I'll most likely be skipping the manga challenge if there is one, since it's not really a challenge for me. The romance challenge has been less than successful this year and I just can't force myself to read romance if I'm not in the mood for it, plus if I read all of the Julia Quinn books I want to read, that will be my whole romance list for 2010. ;-) If there are YA and audiobook challenges, I will definitely be taking part (if the spouse ever gets around to fixing my desktop computer so I can use my iPod again- which I'm desperate for because my library system has an extensive collection of digital audiobooks now available in iPod format!).
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As usual, I will be doing the 50 Book Challenge. I've also signed up for the Romance Reading Challenge, the Young Adult Book Challenge, the manga challenge, the read your own books challenge, and the TBR challenge lite. I'll also be signing up for the Chunkster Challenge when it's posted tomorrow. I'm hoping there will be a 2009 dragon challenge too.
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I'm joining yet another challenge for 2009: the manga challenge. I have to read 6 mangas, but I'm adding more than that to my list:
Fullmetal Alchemist Vols. 13-19
Fruits Basket Vols. 22 & 23
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Yet another challenge, which I actually completed this year too without knowing about it. I'll be participating in the 2009 Audiobook Challenge. I'm not sure what all 12 of my books will be yet, but here are the ones I'm sure about:
1. Anne's House of Dreams by L. M. Montgomery
2. Rainbow Valley by L. M. Montgomery
3. Rilla of Ingleside by L. M. Montgomery
4. Little Men by Louisa May Alcott
5. Peter Pan by J. M. Barrie
6. The Time Traders by Andre Norton
7. Collected Public Domain Works of H. P. Lovecraft
8. Oliver Twist by Charles Dickens
9. David Copperfield by Charles Dickens
10. The Old Curiosity Shop by Charles Dickens
11. Jo's Boys by Louisa May Alcott

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For the YA challenge, I will chose 12 or more books from this list:
Violet & Claire by Francesca Lia Block
I Was a Teenage Fairy by Francesca Lia Block
House of Many Ways by Diana Wynne Jones
Dragons in the Waters by Madeleine L'Engle
Ella Enchanted by Gail Carson Levine
Dragonhaven by Robin McKinley
Chalice by Robin McKinley
ttyl by Lauren Myracle
Eragon by Christopher Paolini
The Darkangel by Meredith Ann Pierce
A Gathering of Gargoyles by Meredith Ann Pierce
The Pearl of the Soul of the World by Meredith Ann Pierce
Crown Duel by Sherwood Smith
Court Duel by Sherwood Smith
The Grand Tour by Patricia C. Wrede and Caroline Stevermer
The Thief by Megan Whalen Turner
The Queen of Attolia by Megan Whalen Turner
The King of Attolia by Megan Whalen Turner
Dragon's Blood by Jane Yolen
Heart's Blood by Jane Yolen
A Sending of Dragons by Jane Yolen
The Golden Compass by Philip Pullman (almost done)
The Subtle Knife by Philip Pullman
The Amber Spyglass by Philip Pullman
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I finished both challenges- barely.

I decided to do two other challenges, in addition to the usual 50 Book Challenge. I was going to do the Chunkster Challenge last year but never signed up, although I did read a few 400+ page books. So I've signed up for this year's Chunkster Challenge.
My list:
The Eye of Night by Pauline J. Alama
Path of Blood by Diana Pharaoh Francis
The High King's Tomb by Kristen Britain
To Trade the Stars by Julie E. Czerneda

I finished Here Be Dragons!
Here's my list for that:
Dragon Harper by Anne and Todd McCaffrey
The Color of Magic by Terry Pratchett
Searching for Dragons, Calling on Dragons, and Talking to Dragons by Patricia C. Wrede

I've also issued myself a personal challenge over the past few years to finish shorter series within a year of starting them and to read one or more books in bigger series each year. I have so many unfinished series that I actually tagged all of them on LibraryThing so I remember to actually read the books. I'm a bit scared to start new series until I finish off some of my others first unless they are four or less books.


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