100 Miles Challenge Summer 2011

Hooray! The 100 Miles Challenge is back up and running! The challenge runs from July 1 to September 30. Check out the 100 Miles Fitness Challenge to sign up and join in on the fun. I’ll be using this post to keep track of my miles.

Goal: 150 miles

Total: 86  miles

  • 9/30 – 2 miles
  • 9/19 – 2 miles
  • 9/17 – 2 miles
  • 9/16 – 1 mile
  • 9/1 – 2 miles
  • 8/31 – 4 miles
  • 8/26 – 2 miles
  • 8/25 – 2 miles
  • 8/19 – 2 miles
  • 8/17 –  2 miles
  • 8/16 – 2 miles
  • 8/15 -2 miles
  • 8/12 – 2 miles
  • 8/11 – 2 miles
  • 8/10 – 2 miles
  • 8/9 – 4 miles
  • 8/8 – 4 miles
  • 8/5 – 3 miles
  • 8/2 – 2 miles
  • 8/1 – 2 miles
  • 7/23 – 4 miles
  • 7/22 – 2 miles
  • 7/20 – 3 miles
  • 7/14 – 5 miles
  • 7/13 – 3 miles
  • 7/12 – 3 miles
  • 7/11 – 2 miles
  • 7/10 – 3 miles
  • 7/9 – 3 miles
  • 7/8 – 4 miles
  • 7/4 – 2 miles
  • 7/2 – 3 miles
  • 7/1 – 3 miles

DCF Nominees for 2011-2012

For the last few years, I’ve wanted to read all the nominated books for the Dorothy Canfield Fisher award. I’ve pooped out each time but I’m trying it again!  Have you read any of these books? One of my nephews read the Origami Yoda book. I can’t wait to read that one! Here are this year’s nominees:

Angleberger, Tom The Strange Case of Origami Yoda
Balliett, Blue The Danger Box
Conly, Jane Murder Afloat
Couloumbis, Audrey Jake
Draper, Sharon M. Out of My Mind
Erskine, Kathryn Mockingbird  June 5, 2011
Falls, Kat Dark Life
Gibbs, Stuart Belly Up
Henson, Heather Dream of Night
Holm, Jennifer Turtle in Paradise
Kimmel, Elizabeth Cody The Reinvention of Moxie Roosevelt June 14, 2011
Klass, David Stuck on Earth
Klise, Kate Grounded
Levy, Debbie The Year of Goodbyes
Lord, Cynthia Touch Blue
Lupica, Mike Hero
McMullan, Margaret Sources of Light
Messner, Kate Sugar and Ice July 28, 2011
Mitchell, Don Driven: A Photobiography of Henry Ford
Montgomery, Sy Kakapo Rescue: Saving the World’s Strangest
O’Connor, Barbara The Fantastic Secret of Owen Jester
Oppel, Kenneth Half Brother
Resau, Laura Star in the Forest
Rhodes, Jewell Parker Ninth Ward
Shulman, Polly The Grimm Legacy August 8, 2011
Silberberg, Alan Milo: Sticky Notes and Brain Freeze June 21, 2011
Sonnenblick, Jordan After Ever After
Telgemeier, Raina Smile
Williams-Garcia, Rita One Crazy Summer July 19, 2011
Zafon, Carlos Ruiz The Prince of Mist July 5, 2011

2011 E-Book Challenge

I’m a bit late to the party, but I’m joining this challenge. I haven’t used my NOOK much because I’ve been getting ready for Books on the Nightstand event next weekend, but after that I’m back to my NOOK. For more information or to join check out The Ladybug Reads.


I’m joining at the addicted level which is 12 books.

  1. Looking for Alaska, by John Green, 178 pages, January 25, 2011 (e book)
  2. A Discovery of Witches, by Deborah Harkness, 587 pages, May 7, 2011
  3. Chelsea, Chelsea Bang Bang, by Chelsea Handler, 147 pages, June 3, 2011
  4. Listen, by Rene Gutteride, 350 pages, NOOK
  5. Mockingbird, by Kathryn Erskine, 130 pages, June 5, 2011 NOOK
  6. The Reinvention of Moxie Roosevelt, by Elizabeth Cody Kimmel, 144 pages, June 14, 2011, NOOK
  7. Hey Nostradamus! by Douglas Coupland,  191 pages, July 16, 2011 NOOK
  8. One Crazy Summer, by Rita Garcia-Williams, 157 pages, July 19, 2011 NOOK
  9. Sugar and Ice, by Kate Messner, 275 pages, July 28, 2011, NOOK
  10. The Reservoir, by John Milliken Thompson, July 28, 2011, 291 pages, NOOK
  11. The Grimm Legacy, by Polly Shulman,  336 pages, August 8, 2011, NOOK
  12. Girls in White Dresses, by Jennifer Close, 190 pages, August 18, 2011, NOOK
  13. Columbine, by Dave Cullen August 28, 2011 NOOK
  14. The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks, by Rebecca Lacks, 362 pages, September 25, 2011
  15. The Night Strangers, by Chris Bohjalian, 400 pages, October 2011, NOOK
  16. Ready Player One, by Ernest Cline, 391 pages December 22, 2011 NOOK
  17. The Last Werewolf, by Glen Duncon, 331 pages December 29, 2011 NOOK

BOTNS Retreat Author Reading Challenge

I’m going to the Books on the Nightstand Author Retreat in April. I can’t wait! In order to get ready for the event, I’m joining the BOTNS Retreat Author Reading Challenge.

The goal: read one book from each of the authors that will be attending the retreat by the end of 2011.


I actually started working on this as soon as the authors were announced, I just kept forgetting to put up this post!

Books read:

  1. Unexpectedly, Milo, by Matthew Dicks, 344 pages, January 31, 2011
  2. Secrets of Eden, by Chris Bohjalian, 364 pages, February 4, 2011
  3. Fade to White, by Wendy Clinch, 261 pages, February 14, 2011
  4. Kings of the Earth, by John Clinch, 393 pages, February 22, 2011
  5. House Arrest, by Ellen Meeropol, 201 pages, February 24, 2011
  6. The Improper Life of Bezellia Grove, by Susan Gregg Gilmore, 254 pages, February 26, 2011
  7. The Revenge of the Radioactive Lady, by Elizabeth Stucky-French, 334 pages, April 2, 2011
  8. The Bee-Loud Glade by Steve Himmer, 222 pages, April 10, 2011
  9. Something Missing, by Matthew Dicks, 292 pages, April 19, 2011
  10. The Reservoir, by John Milliken Thompson, July 28, 2011, 291 pages, NOOK

Reading Challenge Addict

Reading Challenge Addict
This is hosted at the Reading Challenges Addict Blog. I’m joining at the On the Roof level: 6-10 challenges.  Check out their blog for more info about this challenge and to join in the fun!


Take a Chance Challenge 3

I did not do well at all with this challenge last year, but the year before I had so much fun with it so I’m going to sign up again It is being hosted again over at Life With Books. Check out Life With Books to sign up and read more info about the challenge.

Dates: January 1, 2011 until December 31, 2011


1: Staff  Member’s Choice: Go to a bookstore or library that has a “Staff Picks” section. Read one of the picks from that section.

2: Loved One’s Choice: Ask a loved one to pick a book for you to read. (If you can convince them to buy it for you, that is even better!)

3: Blogger’s Choice: Find a “Best Books Read” post from a favorite blogger. Read a book from their list.

4: Critic’s Choice: Find a “Best of the Year” list from a magazine, newspaper or professional critic. Read a book from their Top 10 list.

5: Blurb Book: Find a book that has a blurb on it from another author. Read a book by the author that wrote the blurb.

6: Book Seer Pick: Go to The Book Seer and follow the instructions there. Read a book from the list it generates for you.

7: What Should I Read Next Pick : Go to What Should I Read Next and follow the instructions there. Read a book from the list it generates for you.

8: Which Book Pick: Go to Which Book and use the software to generate a list of books. Read a book from that list.

9: LibraryThing Pick: Go to LibraryThing’s Zeitgeist page. Look at the lists for 25 Most Reviewed Books or Top Books and pick a book you’ve never read. Read the book. (Yes … you can click on MORE if you have to.)

10: Pick A Method: Pick a method for finding a book from the choices listed below (used in previous versions of the challenge).

  • Random Book Selection. Go to the library. Position yourself in a section such as Fiction, Non-Fiction, Mystery, Children (whatever section you want). Then write down random directions for yourself (for example, third row, second shelf, fifth book from right). Follow your directions and see what book you find. Check that book out of the library, read it and then write about it. (If you prefer, you can do the same at a bookstore and buy the book!)
  • Public Spying. Find someone who is reading a book in public. Find out what book they are reading and then read the same book. Write about it.
  • Random Bestseller. Go to Random.org and, using the True Random Number Generator, enter the number 1950 for the min. and 2010 for the max. and then hit generate. Then go to this site and find the year that Random.org generated for you and click on it. Then find the bestseller list for the week that would contain your birthday for that year. Choose one of the bestsellers from the list that comes up, read it and write about it.

Dewey Decimal Challenge 2011

I enjoy reading nonfiction so I thought this would be a fun challenge to join. You can find more information and sign up at The Introverted Reader.


Dates: January 1, 2011 – December 31, 2011

Goal: 3 books (Seeker level)

  1. Unbroken, by Laura Hillenbrand, 398 page, January 19, 2011
  2. Teaching with Poverty in Mind, by Eric Jensen, 152 pages, April 13, 2011
  3. The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks, by Rebecca Lacks, 362 pages, September 25, 2011