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Rory Gilmore Reading Challenge Wrap up 2011

29 Dec

Well, this is my first year taking part in this challenge properly. I love this challenge, it was the first i came across and it has encouraged me to read more varied books. Most of the books on this challenge are fairly readable, so I’m hoping that i will read more in the new year.

Books Read in 2011

1 – Flowers for Algernon – Daniel Keyes I liked this book, however it was very sad towards the end.
2 – Everything is Illuminated – Jonathan Safran Foer. This book i didnt really ‘get’ maybe it was me, but i just didnt understand it that well.
3 – The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold This book is quite disturbing, but i kind of struggled with this one too.
4 – Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West by Gregory Maguire This one i did enjoy, Everyone is aware of the story of The Wizard of Oz, and this is just another take on that.
5 – The Group – Mary McCarthy Eurrrgghhh. i did not enjoy this one at all.
6 – The Fellowship Of The Ring: Lord Of The Ring – Book 1 by J.R.R. Tolkien What a brilliant book, I’m quite hooked on everything Lord of the Rings.
7 – The Return of the King: Lord Of The Rings – Book 3 by J.R.R.Tolkien This is better if possible than the first book.
8 – Reading Lolita in Tehran – Azar Nafisi I really really enjoyed this memoir. Just the shocking treatment of people in the country was really shocking. A very good book.
9 – A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius – Dave Eggers I enjoyed this one too, but it could have done with being a couple of hundred pages shorter.

Well i managed nine books this year, not that good really when you consider how many books are on the list, but at least its a start.

Quick Stats

Percentage Complete – 4.87%

Books on TBR list at end of 2011 – 19

Books on Wishlist – 23

Target to read for 2012 – 10 books (at least!)


A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius – Dave Eggers

3 Sep


Challenges – Rory Gilmore Reading Challenge
The New Classics Challenge

Synopsis – Dave Egger’s parents died from cancer within a month of each other when he was 21 and his brother, Christopher, was seven. They left the Chicago suburb where they had grown up and moved to San Francisco. This book tells the story of their life together.

My Thoughts – I have never read a book like this one. To start with, the prologue and the achnolegement section is huge! and funny! Same with the chapter headers too. These bits made the author almost seem like he was speaking directly to me. Then the memoir as such. I read that some parts are true and some parts are more made up, but this didnt bother me. The parts that delt with the cancer of both of his parents made me cry, it was just so so sad, but this did not take up much of the book, it was more the story of the author and his younger brother Toph, and their lives together. Then at the end of the book it had another little section of notes, which im my copy i had to turn upside down to read, did i get some funny looks reading my book upside down! This part was also quite funny.
This book was picked for the Rory Gilmore Challenge and before it was picked i hadnt actually heard of the book, i even brought this book without reading the synopsis. But i really really enjoyed it! until this time last year i wasnt to interested in reading non fiction, but the more non fiction books i read the more i love them. It also makes me think that what othe brilliant books am i missing out on that ive kind of by passed on some of the challenge lists!
Brilliant book, well worth a read!

Rating – 4.5/5

Challenges Update!

23 Aug

Ok, so I’m a reading challenge-aholic! Their is just something about seeing a list of recommended reading books, and with me, it seems to be the longer the list the better!

I did want to update my challenges back in June, do a kind of six months update, but i forgot!  This year i wanted to read 10 books per challenge, books could overlap challenges, just to make a dent in some of these challenges!

Rory Gilmore Reading Challenge This is a reading challenge to read every book that is mentioned in the TV show, Gilmore Girls. This was the opening to my reading challenge addiction. I like this challenge because their are lots of different books with many different genres on this challenge.



This year I have read 8 Rory books, so i might be able to achieve my target for this challenge. The Books i have read are as follows

1 – Flowers for Algernon – Daniel Keyes
2 – Everything is Illuminated – Jonathan Safran Foer
3 – The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold
4 – Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West by Gregory Maguire
5 – The Group – Mary McCarthy
6 – The Fellowship Of The Ring: Lord Of The Ring – Book 1 by J.R.R. Tolkien
7 – The Return of the King: Lord Of The Rings – Book 3 by J.R.R.Tolkien
8 – Reading Lolita in Tehran – Azar Nafisi

I also have another 11 on my TBR pile!

BBC Top 200 Books – this challenge is to read the top 200 books as voted by veiwers and listeners of the BBC. On this challenge their are many well known books so i had already read a few before undertaking this challenge!

I have only managed 4 books on this challenge this year, but have another 10 on my TBR pile!

1- Memoirs Of A Geisha, Arthur Golden
2- The Hobbit, JRR Tolkien
3- The Lord of the Rings – JRR Tolkein
4- The Day Of The Triffids, John Wyndham

1001 books to read

I have cut the end of the wording off this challenge as i think its slightly morbid! This is more of a background challenge for me as i think its very difficult to activly read 1001 books! i have managed five books this year, with another 13 on my tbr pile!

1- Memoirs of a Geisha – Arthur Golden
2- Everything is Illuminated – Jonathan Safran Foer
3- The Hobbit – J.R.R. Tolkien
4- The Lord of the Rings – J.R.R. Tolkien
5- The Day Of The Triffids, John Wyndham

1001 Childrens Books You Must Read – this is the sister challenge to the other 1001 challenge that i am taking part in. This is a good challenge, however their are a fair few picture books on this challenge to read!

I have read 4 books this year with another 7 on my TBR Pile.

1- The boy in the striped pyjamas – John Boyne
2- The Graveyard Book – Neil Gaiman
3- The hobbit—J.R. Tolkein
4- The Fellowship of the ring-J.R.R. Tolkein

The Ultimate Teen Book Guide Challenge. This is a challenge based on good books for teens, and i have to say this is my favourite challenge! Also, this challenge has alot of series books to read too, so its going to keep me busy for a long time!

I have only read 6 books, but have another 20 books on my TBR Pile!


1 – The Lovely Bones – Alice Sebold
2 – The Screwtape Letters – C.S. Lewis
3 – The Boy in the Striped Pajamas ~ John Boyne
4 – The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien
5 – The Lord Of The Rings Trilogy- J.R.R Tolkien
6 – Day of the Triffids – John Wyndham

501 Must Read Books

This is another challenge that has an accompaning book! This is a bit different to the other challenges as its parts are spilt down into genres like travel writing and memoirs.

I have read 4 this year with another 8 on my TBR pile

1)The Group – Mary McCarthy
2)The Fellowship of the Ring – J.R.R. Tolkien
3)Day of the Triffids – John Wyndham
4)Reading Lolita in Tehran – Azar Nafisi

The New Classics Challenge This was a challenge that i found only a couple of months ago so im quite behind on this. these are books that have been published in the last 30 years and could be considered new classics. I have only read one book with one on my TBR Pile

1)The Lovely Bones – Alice Sebold

Reading Lolita in Tehran – Azar Nafisi

2 Aug

Challenges – August Reading Circle 2011
Rory Gilmore Challenge
501 Must Read Books

Synopsis – For two years before she left Iran in 1997, Azar Nafisi gathered seven young women at her house every Thursday morning to read and discuss forbidden works of Western literature. They were all former students whom she had taught at university. Some came from conservative and religious families, others were progressive and secular; several had spent time in jail. Shy and uncomfortable at first, they soon began to open up and speak more freely, not only about the novels they were reading but also about themselves, their dreams and disappointments. Their stories intertwined with those they were reading – “Pride and Prejudice”, “Washington Square”, “Daisy Miller” and “Lolita” – their Lolita, as they imagined her in Tehran. Nafisi’s account flashes back to the early days of the revolution when she first started teaching at the University of Tehran amid the swirl of protests and demonstrations. In those frenetic days, the students took control of the university, expelled faculty members and purged the curriculum. Azar Nafisi’s luminous tale offers a portrait of the Iran-Iraq war viewed from Tehran and gives us a glimpse, from the inside, of women’s lives in revolutionary Iran.

My Thoughts – I was a little but apprehensive about reading this book as i thought i might not understand it or be able to get into it, but it is possibly the best book i have read this year. It is a true story, with the main plot being on the author and her life in Iran. The main thing that fascinated me was the cultural differences between life here in England and life for women in Iran. For example, women could be put in prison and even killed for simply wearing nail varnish. This is also shocking considering this story was written in 1997, nearly fifteen years ago. In the modern world, it is shocking to think that this can still happen.
The book bases its plot around several classic western books, like Austen and Gatsby. Unfortunalty, i had not read any of the books mentioned, but i have several on my wishlist, and even more now i have read this book.
This book is amazing. It is a must read book that really highlights the plight of women in Iran. Before reading this book i was very ignorant to their cause, but now i would love to read more books like this one.

Rating – 5/5


The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King

29 Jun

Challenges – Rory Gilmore Challenge
BBC Top 200 Books
1001 books you must read
Ultimate Teen Book Guide Challenge

Synopsis – The armies of the Dark Lord are massing as his evil shadow spreads ever wider. Men, dwarves, elves and ents unite forces to do battle against the Dark. Meanwhile, Frodo and Sam struggle further into Mordor in their heroic quest to destroy the One Ring.

My Thoughts – To me this book was the icing on the cake of a fantastic trilogy. It rounded off the story perfectly and i was actually quite sad that it had come to an end. It has amazed me that one man could have come up with the entire story and complex plot and settings by himself, really its like another world, and it is described so well it could actually have been real. I know i keep comparing it to the film, but i thought the book was better again because of all the extra detail that is explained, for example, what happens at Hobbiton. This series is fantastic, and if you havent yet read it give it a read!

Rating – 5/5

The Lord of the Rings – The Fellowship of the Ring

22 Jun

Challenges – Rory Gilmore Challenge
1001 childrens books you must read
501 must read books

Synopsis – ‘The Fellowship of the Ring’ is the first part of JRR Tolkien’s epic masterpiece ‘The Lord of the Rings’. This paperback edition has the classic black cover featuring Tolkien’s own design and includes the definitive edition of the text. In a sleepy village in the Shire, a young hobbit is entrusted with an immense task,. He must make a perilous journey across Middle-earth to the Cracks of Doom, there to destroy the Ruling Ring of Power — the only thing that prevents the Dark Lord’s evil purpose. JRR Tolkien’s great work of imaginative fiction has been labelled both a heroic romance and a classic fantasy fiction. By turns comic and homely, epic and diabolic, the narrative moves through countless changes of scene and character in an imaginary world which is totally convincing in its detail. Part of a set of three paperbacks, this popular edition is once again available in its classic black livery designed by Tolkien himself.

My Thoughts – This is the first time that i have read Lord of the Rings, but i am quite a fan of the film version, not something that i say very often! The book is fantastic, i had heard that they were difficult to get into, and were lots of discription, but i didnt find this. i did find the poetry bits a little hard to understand, but thats just me i think, i find that sort of thing very hard to understand! The plot was so much more interesting in the book too, and this book is definitaly one to re-read again and again! I am so amazed by the mind of Tolkein to how he created such a world in his head. it is like escaping into another world!

Rating – 5/5


Wicked – Gregory Maguire

29 Mar

Challenges – Rory Gilmore Challenge

Synopsis – An astonishingly rich re-creation of the land of Oz, this book retells the story of Elphaba, the Wicked Witch of the West, who wasn’t so wicked after all. Taking readers past the yellow brick road and into a phantasmagoric world rich with imagination and allegory, Gregory Maguire just might change the reputation of one of the most sinister characters in literature.

my thoughts – this book tells the story of Elephaba, or as many people know, the Wicked Witch of the West! it is a modern take on the story of the Wizard of Oz. The book makes the reader alot more sympathetic towards the witch, and alot less on the side of the good witch.
It goes into a lot of depth about her early childhood and teenage years, and i think i enjoyed this part of the book the most. it was interesting to see the story from her point of veiw.
i foind the begining of the story a little hard to get into, because there was a lot of characters, but after a few pages i really got into it and found the book hard to put down.
the only little bit of disapointment i had was that dorothy was only mentioned for the last 100 pages or so, i had assumed that she would have been in it for more of the book!
Overall a brilliant read, which is highly recommennded. It is part of a series and i cant wait to read more about it! Oh, and i really want to go and see the musical that is based on this book now too!

Rating – 4/5