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Monday, May 9, 2011

Read Me Baby, 1 More Time Reading Challenge

So…(January, February, March, April, May) a few months ago I thought it would be a completely AWESOME to join some book challenges this year!!!!—No problem, right???—I’ve always been a voracious reader, this would just be giving myself motivation, and a little pat on the back for reading things I was going to read anyway.  Right!?!??

Um, yeah.  So here’s what happened:  I started reading Villette by Charlotte Brontë—Triple score!!!  Yatzee!!!—It could count toward my Off The Shelf Challenge, the 2011 E-Book Challenge, AND the Show Me the Free ChallengeScore!  Right!??!!?

Jane Eyre is one of my all-time favorites.

So, I’ll LOVE Villette.  Right!?!?!?

Well, the thing is, I haven’t read Jane Eyre in forever.  So I started reading Villette, started getting into it, but was as immediately enraptured as I had been with Jane Eyre.  So every night when I picked up Villette, my mind started wandering towards Jane Eyre.  I started thinking that maybe if I reread Jane Eyre first, that would give me some momentum for getting into Villette.  But I’d already read Jane…albeit not in ebook form, so I could probably count it towards one or both of the ebook challenges now that I think of it…But since I didn’t think of that however many months ago…I just kind of never got back to Villette.

And then I stumbled upon the solution:

Seriously—How AWESOME is that!?!?!?!?—Because whenever I start reading my challenge books, I keep thinking, “awww, I really really want to reread all my Tamora Pierce books. Or my Bloody Jack books.  Or Jane Eyre.  Or The Thorn Birds.  And after a certain movie comes out this summer, I am totally planning to reread all my Harry Potter books….

I’m sure there’s a certain kind of irony that it takes adding another challenge to free me from the mental bonds of the other challenges…but I love the fact that pretty much everything I read will count toward something.  Yay me!!!!

For anyone else interested in joining up—It’s super easy:
—Reread books you’ve already read—But no skimping; it has to be a full reread, cover-to-cover in order to count.
—Blog about the challenge and link up on Midnight Book Girl’s challenge page.
—Grab the button—designed by Lori at Pure Imagination.

Challenge Levels:
Trip Down Memory Lane: 1-3 re-reads
Reliving the Past: 4-8 re-reads
Back To The Future: 9-12 re-reads
Groundhog Day Reader: 13-20 re-reads

I’m going for the Groundhog Day ReaderHarry Potter’s 7 and Tamora Pierce’s books alone will cover that.

Here’s my tentative to-reread list, which I’ll update as I go along:
Jane Eyre, Charlotte Brontë
The Thorn Birds, Colleen McCullough
In the Hand of the Goddess (Song of the Lioness Quartet), Tamora Pierce
The Woman Who Rides Like a Man (Song of the Lioness Quartet), Tamora Pierce
Lioness Rampant (Song of the Lioness Quartet), Tamora Pierce
Wild Magic (Immortals Quartet), Tamora Pierce
Wolf-Speaker (Immortals Quartet), Tamora Pierce
Emperor Mage (Immortals Quartet), Tamora Pierce
The Realms of the Gods (Immortals Quartet), Tamora Pierce
First Test (Protector of the Small Quartet), Tamora Pierce
Page (Protector of the Small Quartet), Tamora Pierce
Squire (Protector of the Small Quartet), Tamora Pierce
Lady Knight (Protector of the Small Quartet), Tamora Pierce
Terrier (Bekka Cooper), Tamora Pierce
Bloodhound (Bekka Cooper), Tamora Pierce
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, J.K. Rowling
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, J.K. Rowling
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, J.K. Rowling
Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, J.K. Rowling
Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, J.K. Rowling
Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, J.K. Rowling
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, J.K. Rowling

Read Me Baby, 1 More Time
(Groundhog Day Reader=13-20 books)
1. Daddy Long-Legs, Jean Webster
2. Alanna:  The First Adventure (Song of the Lioness Quartet), Tamora Pierce *(x2)
3. Island of the Blue Dolphins, Scott O'Dell
4. Sweet Venom (ARC), Tera Lynn Childs
5. In the Hand of the Goddess, Tamora Pierce
6. Dear Enemy, Jean Webster
7. A Green Journey, Jon Hassler
8. Gimme a Kiss, Christopher Pike



Kah Woei said...

Hmmm ... I read Villette once. I had the distinct impression it wasn't bad but not all too good either. But no matter how I think on it right now, I can't seem to remember what it was about ... so I think that's a bad sign ... LOL.

But you've pointed me to an interesting challenge ... I love re-reading my books so maybe I'll sign up too :-)

Anonymous said...

I think we've talked about Villette already but then again, I would read anything written by Bronte, her prose is that good. I'm actually thinking about starting Shirley. You know, I've been thinking about rereading some of my stuff but it's just that there is so much other stuff to read as well. Have fun with Harry Potter. I'll settle for the movies (blasphemous, I know!).

nymfaux said...

@Kah...It was weird, because I saw a Villette read-along right after I started, but since I'd started it on my own, I wanted to keep going...I just couldn't stop thinking about Jane Eyre, though, so I didn't get very far...but it was starting to draw me in, so I'll definitely make my way back to it!!!!

And that would be awesome if you joined the challenge! :D I'm definitely curious what is on people's rereadable lists!!!

nymfaux said...

@Bookwurrm--I've thought about reading Shirley, too--I guess it's a little strange, considering how much I LOVE Jane Eyre--and I even wish Bronte had written more--but I think I've been afraid that because Orson Wells and Joan Fontaine never did movie versions of her other works, that they won't hold up--or that nothing will be able to compare to Jane Eyre's amazing awesomeness...

As for the HP movies--I LOVE THEM--The first movie was what sold me on reading the first book (that and I didn't want to study for finals)--and I went downhill after that, into inescapable HP Fanatacism... dude, at one point I was even collecting legos.---I did a total HP movie marathon right before 7.1 came out, and was amazed at how well they fit together, so I'm definitely planning to do the same for 7.2--and as much as I'm craving them, I can't reread them until after the movie, because it'll break up the movie continuation, and I will inevitably be disappointed with details that have been left out. My system=Movies, THEN Books=Happy Me :D

Beth said...

Oohhh the Tamora reliving! So jealous I might have to find the time to do this too!! Really looking forward to the reviews, though!

Just letting you know that I tagged you in a fun (short!) meme here!
If you fancy taking part then let me know, I'd love to read your answers!

Kate said...

Thanks for joining my challenge! Remember, any books you re-read and review this month qualify for my giveaway at the end of May!

nymfaux said...

@Beth--Yay!!!--thanks so much for tagging me!!!

--and I hope you join up!!! (JOIN JOIN)--it's going to be really interesting to see what people keep around to reread!!!

nymfaux said...

@Kate--Thanks SO MUCH for hosting this challenge!!!--My mind is already awhirl with all the mix of rereading and new reading that I'm planning on doing!!! :D :D :D