2008: Challenges – The 888 Challenge

Oh my god, this is the last one, I swear.  I’m not going to be able to sign up for any others unless I can use books I’ve already chosen!

In The 888 Challenge, you’re supposed to read 8 books in 8 different categories of your choosing in 2008.  You’re allowed 8 overlaps for a total of 56 books. The challenge runs the full calendar year.  Here’s my list!  Books that are read and reviewed have been linked.

last updated 10/29

1001 Books You Must Read Before You Die

  1. Saturday – Ian McEwan
  2. The Plot Against America – Philip Roth
  3. The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time – Mark Haddon
  4. Life of Pi – Yann Martel
  5. A Suitable Boy – Vikram Seth
  6. Sula – Toni Morrison
  7. Stranger in a Strange Land – Robert Heinlein
  8. Jane Eyre – Charlotte Bronte

First in a series

  1. The Face of a Stranger – Anne Perry (William Monk series)
  2. Heartbreaker – Julie Garwood (Buchanan-Renard series)
  3. The Cat Who Could Read Backwards – Lilian Jackson Braun (Jim Qwilleran series)
  4. The Neon Rain – James Lee Burke (Dave Robicheaux series)
  5. The Mysterious Affair at Styles – Agatha Christie (Hercule Poirot series)
  6. Undead and Unwed – Mary Janice Davidson (Queen Betsy series)
  7. Dead Witch Walking – Kim Harrison (Rachel Morgan series)
  8. Dead Until Dark – Charlaine Harris (Sookie Stackhouse series)

In the TBR Pile

  1. The Plot Against America – Philip Roth
  2. We Were the Mulvaneys – Joyce Carol Oates
  3. The Finishing School – Michele Martinez
  4. Matrimony – Joshua Henkin
  5. Any Given Doomsday – Lori Handeland 
  6. Homeport – Nora Roberts
  7. College Girl – Patricia Weitz
  8. The Face of a Stranger – Anne Perry

Award Winners

  1. Life of Pi – Yann Martel
  2. The Eye of the Needle – Ken Follett
  3. Creepers – David Morrell
  4. The Handmaid’s Tale – Margaret Atwood
  5. Tamar – Mal Peet
  6. Small Island – Andrea Levy
  7. The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time – Mark Haddon
  8. Water for Elephants – Sara Gruen

Audiobooks

  1. Undead and Unwed – Mary Janice Davidson
  2. Before I Wake – Dee Henderson
  3. Dark of the Moon – John Sandford
  4. Hold Tight – Harlan Coben
  5. Fat Tuesday – Sandra Brown
  6. Plum Lucky – Janet Evanovich
  7. The Whole Truth – David Baldacci
  8. The Neon Rain – James Lee Burke

Non-US Authors

  1. Saturday – Ian McEwan
  2. The Handmaid’s Tale – Margaret Atwood
  3. Driving Force – Dick Francis
  4. A Thousand Splendid Suns – Khaled Hosseini
  5. Agents of Light and Darkness – Simon R Green
  6. As For Me and My House – Sinclair Ross
  7. Dead Witness – Joylene Nowell Butler
  8. The Girl with the White Flag – Tomiko Higa

Recommended by the Daring Book for Girls

  1. A Wrinkle in Time – Madeleine L’Engle
  2. Bridge to Terabithia – Katherine Paterson
  3. From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler – E.L. Konigsberg
  4. Mary Poppins – P.L. Travers
  5. Wizard of Earthsea – Ursula K. LeGuin
  6. The Phantom Tollbooth – Norton Juster
  7. Black Beauty – Anne Sewell
  8. Northern Lights – Philip Pullman

Novel Ladies Book Club Picks (TBA as chosen)

  1. Twisted – Andrea Kane
  2. Never Tell – Karen Young
  3. Whitewash – Alex Kava
  4. Midnight Rain – Holly Lisle
  5. I’m Watching You – Mary Burton
  6. Nefertiti – Michelle Moran 
  7. Dark of the Moon – P.J. Parrish 
  8. Third Degree – Greg Iles

2 thoughts on “2008: Challenges – The 888 Challenge

  • July 17, 2008 at 12:18 pm
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    Just a little FYI, I have been saying “this is the last one, I swear” for months now…lol. In 2009, I’m going all out with the challenges!

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  • July 17, 2008 at 12:19 pm
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    I’m just afraid I’m not going to have time to read them all!

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