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2010 Challenge Wrap Up

I love participating in challenges.  They help me focus and try books and authors I wouldn’t have otherwise.  In 2009 I completed all 4 of my challenges.  This year?  Not so much.  Having many months of morning sickness and then the arrival of little Gage 10 weeks ago have forced me to prioritize and I’m okay with that. 

I only completed one challenge this year – The New Authors challenge where I committed to read 35 new to me authors.  My favorite is Beth Hoffman, author of Saving Cee Cee Honeycutt, because not only did I love her debut novel, but she is a super nice person, an inspiring speaker and she actually interacts with the book blogging community.  Three cheers for Beth.

I failed the A-Z Challenge this year and plan to try again in 2011.  I also failed The RYOB Challenge where I had you all vote for 50 of the books I’d read this year.  I have 14 left and will be reading them in 2011.  You guys really picked some winners for me, you chose 4 of my top 5 reads this year!  I failed the States challenge and Color challenge and will try again in 2011.  I also failed the Short Story  and 100 mile fitness challenges.

I’ll be a bit choosier in my 2011 challenges.  Unless I can start counting board and cloth books :)

1. She’s Come Undone by Wally Lamb – 12 votes (Mary, Marce, Jo-Jo, Amanda, Calico Critic, ‘Nise, Jo Ann, Allesandra, Piroska, Mom, Literary Feline, Melissa)

2. A Prayer for Owen Meany by John Irving – 10 votes (Mary, BermudaOnion, Word Lily, Linda B, Em, Literate Housewife, Ms. Mazzola, Jessica, Mille, Margie)

3. The Glass Castle by Jeanette Wells - 11 votes (Marce, Jo-Jo, Jenners, Bumbles, Sheral, Debby, Rebecca, Alita Reads, Soft Drink, Melissa, Angie)

4. Life of Pi by Yann Martel - 10 votes (Gofita, Carol, Staci, Ms. Mazzola, Heather, Kerri, Rebecca, Alita Reads, Julie H., Rhapsody)

5. The Tea Rose by Jennifer Donnelly – 8 votes (Mary, Linda B, Melody, Literate Housewife, ‘Nise, Sandee, Bonnie, Kathrin)

6. The Joy Luck Club by Amy Tan – 8 votes (Word Lily, Golda, Margot, Jackie, Staci, Jenners, Mom, Mystica)

7. The No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency by Alexander McCall Smith – 7 votes (Word Lily, Jo-Jo, Sharon, Alita Reads, Bonnie, Sarah Emmerson, Literary Feline)

8. In Cold Blood by Truman Capote – 7 votes (BermudaOnion, Marie, Jo Ann, Bumbles, Sandee, Piroska, Literary Feline)

9. The Mists of Avalon by Marion Zimmer Bradley – 7 votes (Carol, Staci, FleurFisher, Vasilly, Ms. Mazzola, Angie, Amanda)

10. Persuasion by Jane Austen – 6 votes (Calico Critic, Melody, ‘Nise, Allesandra, Angie, Sarah Emmerson)

11. Emma by Jane Austen – 6 votes (Candice, Jennifer, Ms. Mazzola, Alita Reads, Kathrin, Literary Feline)

12. Nickel and Dimed by Barbara Ehrenreich – 6 votes (Candice, Jennifer, Margot, Heather, Colleen, Angie)

13. Garden Spells by Sarah Addison Allen – 6 votes (Wrighty’s Reads, Mary, Amanda, Allesandra, Soft Drink, Bonnie, Melissa)

14. Son of a Witch by Gregory Maguire – 5 votes (Shanyn, Jo-Jo, Calico Critic, Donna S, Lisa-Marie)

15. The History of Love by Nicole Kraus – 5 votes (Vasilly, Heather, Mille, Alita Reads, Literary Feline)

16. Lucky You by Carl Hiaasen – 5 votes (Kristie, Jessica, Sharon, Sue R., Jason)

17. Blood Memory by Greg Iles – 5 votes (Jennofer, Kristie, Carol, Jenners, Angie S.)

18. The Pact by Jodi Picoult – 5 votes (Sharyn, Em, Colleen, Sheral, Margie)

19. Roots by Alex Hailey - 5 votes (Cee-Cee, Staci, Literate Housewife, Sarah E., Angie S.)

20. Confessions of a Shopaholic by Sophie Kinsella – 4 votes (BermudaOnion, Kerri, Julie H., Kathrin)

21. The Lake House by James Patterson – 4 votes (Donna S., GMR, Mom, Sue R., Rebecca)

22. Under the Tuscan Sun by Frances Mayes – 4 votes (Jo Ann, GMR, Piroska, Mystica)

23. Love Walked In by Maria de los Santos – 4 votes (Candice, Amanda, Colleen, Soft Drink)

24. Good in Bed by Jennifer Weiner – 4 votes (Shanyn, Wrighty’s Reads, Em, Mom)

25. Winter Solstice by Rosamunde Pilcher – 4 votes (Linda B., Margot, FleurFisher, Sandee)

26. Digital Fortress by Dan Brown – 4 votes (Melody, Bumbles, Virginie, Jason)

27. Women Who Loves Books Too Much – 3 votes (Amanda, Angie, Mystica)

28. Welcome to the World, Baby Girl by Fannie Flagg – 3 votes (Wrighty’s Reads, Bumbles, Sarah E.)

29. The Shop on Blossom Street by Debbie Macomber – 3 votes (‘Nise, Mom, Bonnie)

30. See Jane Run by Joy Fielding – 3 votes (Kristie, GMR, Debby)

31. The Sleeping Doll by Jeffrey Deaver – 3 votes (Kristie, Margie, Jason)

32. The Husband by Dean Koontz – 3 votes (Wrighty’s Reads, Marce, Jason)

33. War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy – 3 votes (Jennifer, Calico Critic, Angie)

34. Odd Thomas by Dean Koontz – 3 votes (Donna S., Sandee, Sharon)

35. Good Grief by Lolly Winston – 3 votes (Staci, Jenners, Margie)

36. Testimony by Anita Shreve – 3 votes (Marce, Allesandra, Mystica)

37. As I Lay Dying by William Faulkner – 3 votes (Candice, Word Lily, Bumbles)

38. Remember When by Nora Roberts – 2 votes (Donna S., Debby)

39. The Bean Trees by Barabara Kingsolver – 2 votes (Golda, Amanda)

40. Three Junes by Julia Glass – 2 votes (Golda, Soft Drink)

41. The Sister by Poppy Adams – 2 votes (Literate Housewife, Sandee)

42. Skinny Legs and All by Tom Robbins – 2 votes (Carol, Mille)

43. The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafon – 2 votes (Vasilly, Allesandra)

44. The Weight of Water by Anita Shreve – 2 votes (Piroska, Wanda)

45. The Trials of the Honorable F. Darcy by Sara Angelini – 2 votes (Gofita, Calico Critic)

46. Bel Canto by Ann Patchett – 2 votes (Golda, Heather)

47. Running Blind by Lee Child – 2 votes (‘Nise, Sheral)

48. White Fang by Jack London – 2 votes (GMR, Rhapsody)

49. The Human Stain by Philip Roth – 2 votes (Jackie, Mille)

50. A Room With a View by E.M. Forster – 2 votes (Candice, Jenny girl)

51. The Devil & Tom Walker by Washington Irving

52. Red Light by T.Jefferson Parker (Color Challenge)

53. Black Water by T.Jefferson Parker (Color Challenge)

54. The Blue Bedroom by Rosamunde Pilcher (Color Challenge)

55. Saving CeeCee Honeycutt by Beth Hoffman

Sign up for the 2010 A to Z Challenge

Titles

As I Lay Dying by William Faulkner

Blood Memory by Greg Iles

Caught by Harlan Coben

Digital Fortress by Dan Brown

E

Fortunate Harbor by Emilie Richards

Garden Spells by Sarah Addison Allen

The Husband by Dean Koontz

In Cold Blood by Truman Capote

The Joy Luck Club by Amy Tan

K

Lake Magic by Kimberly Fisk

Murder List by Julie Garwood

The No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency by Alexander McCall Smith

Odd Thomas by Dean Koontz

Persuasion by Jane Austen

Q

Red Light by T. Jefferson Parker

Saving CeeCee Honeycutt by Beth Hoffman

The Trials of the Honorable F. Darcy by Sara Angelini

Under the Tuscan Sun by Frances Mayes

V

Women Who Love Books Too Much by Brenda Knight

X

Y

Z

AUTHORS

The Sister by Poppy Adams

Home Safe by Elizabeth Berg

Die Trying by Lee Child

The Tea Rose by Jennifer Donnelly

Inside Out by Barry Eisler

Give + Take by Stona Fitch

The Beach House by Jane Green

Lucky You by Carl Hiaasen

The Devil & Tom Walker by Washington Irving

Deadly Love by Brenda Joyce

The Bean Trees by Barbara Kingsolver

White Fang by Jack London

The Cougar Club by Susan McBride

The Book of Unholy Mischief by Elle Newmark

Keeper of the Keys by Perri O’Shaughnessy

The Blue Bedroom by Rosamunde Pilcher

Put on Your Crown by Queen Latifah

Confessions of a Jane Austen Addict by Laurie Viera Rigler

This One is Mine by Maria Semple

War & Peace by Leo Tolstoy

Why We Buy by Paco Underhill

Think of a Number by John Verdon

The Proof is in the Pudding by Melinda Wells

X

The Shack by William P. Young

The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafon

New Author Challenge 2010

Beth Hoffman – Saving CeeCee Honeycutt

Elle Newmark – The Book of Unholy Mischief

Sarah Addison Allen – Garden Spells

Sara Angelini – The Trials of the Honorable F. Darcy

Poppy Adams – The Sister

Susan McBride – The Cougar Club

Helen Keller – The Story of My Life

Kimberly Fisk – Lake Magic

This One is Mine by Maria Semple

10  Washington Iving – The Devil & Tom Walker

11  Sophie Kinsella – Confessions of a Shopaholic

12  Leo Tolstoy – War & Peace

13  Give + Take by Stona Fitch

14  William P. Young – The Shack

15  Marisa de los Santos – Love Walked In

16  Laurie Viera Rigler – Confessions of a Jane Austen Addict

17  Brenda Knight – Women Who Love Books Too Much

18  Fannie Flagg – Welcome to the World, Baby Girl!

19  Jennifer Donnelly – The Tea Rose

20  Eloisa James – Potent Pleasures

21  Frances Mayes – Under the Tuscan Sun

22  Jeannette Walls – The Glass Castle

23  Jane Green – The Beach House

24  Alexander McCall Smith – The No.1 Ladies’ Detective Agency

25  William Faulkner – As I Lay Dying

26  Carol Burnett – This Time Together

27  Barbara Ehrenreich – Nickel and Dimed

28  Nicole Krauss – The History of Love

29  John Verdon – Think of a Number

30  Jennifer Weiner – Good in Bed

31  Amy Tan – The Joy Luck Club

32  Paco Underhill – Why We Buy

33  Heidi Murkoff – What to Expect When You’re Expecting

34  Gary Ezzo & Robert Bucknam – On Becoming Baby Wise

35 Perri O’Shaughnessy – Keeper of the Keys

Queen Latifah – Put on Your Crown, Carlos Ruiz Zafon – The Shadow of the Wind

 

The Blue Bedroom by Rosamunde Pilcher

Red Light by T. Jefferson Parker

Black Water by T. Jefferson Parker

White Fang by Jack London

5

6

7

8

9

Looking for the Short Story Challenge?

The Devil & Tom Walker by Washington Irving

The Blue Bedroom by Rosamunde Pilcher

3

4

50 states of mind

Alabama  The Story of My Life by Helen Keller

Alaska

Arizona  The Bean Trees by Barbara Kingsolver

Arkansas

California  The Husband by Dean Koontz, The Trials of the Honorable F. Darcy by Sara Angelini, The Proof is in the Pudding by Melinda WellsThis One is Mine by Maria Semple, Red Light by T. Jefferson Parker, Black Water by T. Jefferson Parker, Odd Thomas by Dean Koontz, The Sleeping Doll by Jeffery Deaver, This Time Together by Carol Burnett, The Joy Luck Club by Amy Tan, Keeper of the Keys by Perri O’Shaughnessy

Colorado  The Shining by Stephen King, The Lake House by James Patterson

Connecticut

Delaware

Florida  Fortunate Harbor by Emilie Richards, Lucky You by Carl Hiaasen

Georgia  Saving CeeCee Honeycutt by Beth Hoffman

Hawaii

Idaho

Illinois  Limitations by Scott TurowHome Safe by Elizabeth Berg, Murder List by Julie Garwood

Indiana

Iowa

Kansas  In Cold Blood by Truman Capote

Kentucky

Louisiana

Maine  The Weight of Water by Anita Shreve

Maryland  Digital Fortress by Dan Brown, Back When We Were Grownups by Anne Tyler, Remember When by Nora Roberts

Massachussetts  The Beach House by Jane Green, See Jane Run by Joy Fielding

Michigan

Minnesota  Storm Prey by John Sandford

Mississippi  Blood Memory by Greg Iles, As I Lay Dying by William Faulkner

Missouri  The Cougar Club by Susan McBride, Welcome to the World, Baby Girl! by Fannie Flagg

Montana  Die Trying by Lee Child

Nebraska

Nevada

New Hampshire  The Pact by Jodi Picoult

New Jersey  Caught by Harlan Coben, Put on Your Crown by Queen Latifah

New Mexico

New York   Deadly Love by Brenda Joyce, Deadly Pleasures by Brenda Joyce, Deadly Affairs by Brenda Joyce, Deadly Desire by Brenda Joyce, Deadly Caress by Brenda Joyce. Deadly Promise by Brenda Joyce, Deadly Kisses by Brenda Joyce, The Burning Wire by Jeffery Deaver, The History of Love by Nicole Krauss, Think of a Number by John Verdon

North Carolina  Garden Spells by Sarah Addison Allen

North Dakota

Ohio

Oklahoma

Oregon   The Shack by William P Young

Pennsylvania  Love Walked In by Marisa de los Santos, Good in Bed by Jennifer Weiner

Rhode Island

South Carolina

South Dakota

Tennessee

Utah

Vermont

Virginia

Washington  Lake Magic by Kimberly Fisk, The Shop on Blossom Street by Debbie Macomber

West Virginia  The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls

Wisconsin

Wyoming

Washington DC   Inside Out by Barry Eisler

(England-Persuasion by Jane Austen, The Sister by Poppy Adams, Confessions of a Shopaholic by Sophi Kinsella, The Blue Bedroom by Rosamunde Pilcher   , Confessions of a Jane Austen Addict by Laurie Viera Rigler, The Tea Rose by Jennifer Donnelly, Potent Pleasures by Eloisa James)  Italy-The Book of Unholy Mischief by Elle Newmark, Under the Tuscan Sun by Frances Mayes  Russia- War & Peace by Leo Tolstoy  Canada- White Fang by Jack London, Botswana- The No.1 Ladies’ Detective Angency by Alexander McCall Smith Scotland- Winter Solstice by Rosamunde Pilcher)  Spain- The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafon

Too many places – Give + Take by Stona Fitch, Women Who Love Books Too Much by Brenda Knight, Running Blind by Lee Child, Nickel & Dimed by Barbara Ehrenreich, Why We Buy by Paco Underhill

  Jan-March = 100 miles 96 miles (as of 1-8-10)  94 miles to go (as of 1-15-10)  91 miles to go (as of 1-22-10)

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December 28, 2010 - Posted by | challenges |

10 Comments »

  1. I still think you did marvelously for having finished any! Congrats. I also failed on the A-Z Challenge. I’m not even going to do a challenge this year other than read what I already own! Being a new mom and a mom period is tough work! Congrats again and good luck this next year as well.

    Comment by Heather | December 28, 2010 | Reply

    • Are you telling me this mothering thing doesn’t get any easier?!

      Comment by stacybuckeye | December 28, 2010 | Reply

      • I wish! But there always seems to be something new to deal with with each age!!! Someone told me that by the time my kid is 8 I might start getting a good night’s sleep! Yikes…I’ve got a few years to go…Oh, and thanks for sharing your Sundays with Gage! They are great.

        Comment by Heather | December 29, 2010

  2. Well I think you did a fabulous job! I didn’t do that good but there’s always next year. I’ll have to check out the A-Z Challenge or the new author one i haven’t seen that one yet.
    Natalie :0)

    Comment by Natalie | December 28, 2010 | Reply

  3. You did well, Stacy!
    And wow, you must have put in lots of efforts for this post!

    Comment by Melody | December 28, 2010 | Reply

    • Nah. I’ve been keeping it up to date on a page at the top of my blog and I just copied and pasted it. I don’t have this much time right now!

      Comment by stacybuckeye | December 28, 2010 | Reply

  4. I think you did awesome! You have read so MANY books :)

    Comment by Veens | December 28, 2010 | Reply

  5. I think you did remarkable with all of these challenges, especially getting ready with the arrival of Gage and then of course his finally being here Yay! which I might add made my 2010 much brighter seeing his beautiful face :D

    Comment by Staci | December 29, 2010 | Reply

  6. Great job Stacy – on the books. Great job on your new addition as well. I agree that 2011 will probably be the year you become an expert on board books.

    Comment by Margot | December 30, 2010 | Reply

  7. Excellent work my friend! Impressive. You inspire me to do better in 2011.

    Comment by jennygirl | December 31, 2010 | Reply


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