Saturday, October 31, 2009

Wrapping up One Challenge and Starting Another!

Today marks the end of the R.I.P. III challenge. It is one of my favourite challenges of the year. These are the books that I read that I think count for the challenge. Sometimes I am not sure if they meet the requirements. Here is the list:

1. Hunting Ground by Patricia Briggs
2. Princess Ben by Catherine Gilbert Murdock
3. Bran Hambric: The Farfield Curse by Kaleb Nation
4. Fables - Volume 12: The Dark Ages by Bill Willingham
5. Devilish by Maureen Johnson
6. Dreaming Anastasia by Joy Preble
7. Four and Twenty Blackbirds by Cherie Priest
8. The Glass Books of the Dream Eaters by Gordon Dahlquist
9. Jack of Fables - Volume 1: The (Nearly) Great Escape by Bill Willingham
10. Chaos Walking - Book One: The Knife of Never Letting Go by Patrick Ness
11. Jack of Fables - Volume 2: Jack of Hearts by Bill Willingham
12. A Hat Full of Sky by Terry Pratchett (Tiffany Aching Trilogy, Book 2)
13. The Hunger Games Trilogy - Book Two - Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins
14. The Lost Journals of Ven Plypheme: The Dragon's Lair by Elizabeth Haydon (Book 3)
15. The King of Attolia by Megan Whalen Turner (The Thief Series, Book 3)
16. Stoneheart by Charlie Fletcher
17. Rampant by Diana Peterfreund
18. The Hunchback Assignments by Arthur Slade
19. Jack of Fables - Volume 3: The Bad Prince by Bill Willingham
20. Wonderland by Tommy Kovac & Sonny Liew
21. The Magician's Elephant by Kate DiCamillo
22. Jack of Fables - Volume 4: American by Bill Willingham
23. The Strain by Guillermo del Toro and Chuck Hogan
24. Leviathan by Scott Westerfeld
25. Year of the Flood by Margaret Atwood

Some of the books were even in the pool I suggested at the beginning!

Now, for a new challenge. Running from November 1, 2009 to November 30, 2010 it is the Women Unbound reading challenge hosted by Aarti, Care, and Eva.

There are three levels of participation:
  • Philogynist: read at least two books, including at least one nonfiction one.
  • Bluestocking: read at least five books, including at least two nonfiction ones.
  • Suffragette: read at least eight books, including at least three nonfiction ones.
I am actually not sure what I want to do. I hope that is okay! It is hard to say what life will be like in 2010, so I don't want to commit to too much. My list is essentially other people's put together. I wanted to break out of my usual reads and figured it was the best way to do it.


A Border Passage by Leila Ahmed (Eva's list)
Autobiography of a Geisha by Sayo Masuda (Eva's list)
Letters from Burma by Aung San Suu Kyi (Eva's list for the author)
The Good Women of China by Xinra (Eva's list)
When I Was Puerto Rican by Esmeralda Santiago (Eva's list)
Price of Honor by Jan Goodwin (Eva's list)
Through the Narrow Gate by Karen Armstrong (Eva's list)
Women Who Run With Wolves by Clarissa Pinkola Estes (Eva's list)
In Search of Our Mothers' Gardens by Alice Walker (Eva's list)
Letter to my Daughter by Maya Angelou (Eva's list)
Women: An Intimate Geography by Natalie Angier (Eva's list)
A Room of One's Own by Virginia Woolf (Eva's list)
The Mitfords: Letters Between Six Sisters by Charlotte Mosley (Eva's list)
The Warrior Queens by Antonia Fraser (Eva's list)
Women's Work by E.J.W. Barber (Eva's list)
Tales of a Female Nomad by Rita Golden Gelman (Eva's Recommendation)
Women by Anne Leibovitz and Susan Sontag (Eva's Recommendation)
Alligators, Old Mink & New Money by Alison Houtte (Eva's Recommendation)
Queen of Scots by John Guy (Eva's Recommendation)
I Feel Bad About My Neck by Nora Ephron (Eva's Recommendations)
West with the Night by Beryl Markham (Eva's Recommendation)
Reason for Hope by Jane Goodall (Eva's Recommendation)
Among Schoolchildren by Tracy Kidder (Eva's Recommendation)
Virginia Woolf by Hermione Lee (Eva's Recommendation)
Out of Africa by Isak Dinesen (Eva's Recommendation)
Queen Bees and Wannabes by Rosalind Wiseman (Eva's Recommendation)
Rosalind Franklin: The Dark Lady of DNA by Brenda Maddox (Debi's list)
Promiscuities by Naomi Wolf (Debi's list)
Fearless Girls, Wise Women & Beloved Sisters: Heroines in Folktales from Around the World by Kathleen Ragan (Debi's list, and I own this one...)
Escape by Carolyn Jessop (Mee's list)
Falling Leaves by Adeline Yen Mah (Mee's List)
Self-Made Man by Norah Vincent (Mee's list)
Desert Flower by Waris Dirie (Mee's List)
Princess by Jean Sasson (Mee's List)

Books Read:

1. The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot
2. I'm Sorry You Feel That Way: The Astonishing but true story of a daughter, sister, slut, wife, mother, and friend to man and dog by Diana Joseph
3. Flow: The Cultural Story of Menstruation by Elissa Stein & Susan Kim
4. A Thousand Sisters: My Journey into the Worst Place on Earth to be a Woman by Lisa Shannon
5. Things I've Been Silent About: Memories of a Prodigal Daughter by Azar Nafisi

Okay, nothing against anyone else, but I am going to stop there... I think my list is way too long as it is, so I don't need anymore books. I didn't expect my library to have so many of the books Eva recommended and I started with her... Maybe after I get through some I will add more lists, but for now, I am sticking with this.


  1. Looks extensive, Kelly! I don't think you'll have trouble reading at least some of those :-)

  2. goodness gracious! All that non-fiction :O. I want to sign up as well but I will have to differentiate non-fict. and fiction. The challenge is really neat.

  3. Wow that's a lot, in both lists! I'm taking the mid level on the Unbound challenge when I finally get around to it, because I was my 2010 challenges to be fairly low stress.

  4. Yay for joining the unbound challenge! :)

  5. Congrats on finishing the RIP IV. You read an awesome amount of books :)

    The Unbound Challenge looks good, and can't wait to see how you do with it.

  6. Great list of books you read there for the R.I.P challenge, and yay! for the reading some of your original pool!

  7. wow, you sure read a lot of RIP books! And that's a great list of Unbound books. I'll have to come back once I am ready to prepare my own reading list.

  8. LOL! I do the same thing: have one challenge end and immediately commit myself to another one. Good luck!

  9. I'm looking forward to this challenge as well. Lists are sometimes too much fun, aren't they?!

  10. You rocked that Challenge!! I wish I could do 1/2 as good as you!! Good luck on the next one..the book choices are pretty interesting!

  11. I'm impressed with the count for RIP! wow. and have fun with the Unbound challenge. I'm trying to put together my list and just realized that the book I read today will count: The Whale Rider!

  12. You've done well, and good luck with the next challenge! :)

  13. You did extremely well! Congrats!

    RIP IV Wrap-up

  14. as always you outread most the participants!! hard to believe rip is over... hope you enjoy your new challenge!

  15. You reminded me of The Warrior Queens. I remembered I want to read that one. Maybe I'll read it for the challenge.

  16. Congrats on finishing the RIP challenge.

    I think I'm going to join the Women Unbound.

  17. You have some great books listed. I have that Mitford letters book. I forgot about it and haven't read it yet. Maybe I'll add it my own WU list.

  18. Aarti: Yeah, I should be pretty good, huh? lol

    lilly: I will read fiction, too, but I am going to try and concentrate on non-fiction. We will see what happens!

    Amanda: I didn't set a limit for the Unbound. I am just going to see what 2010 brings. :)

    Eva: Looking forward to it!

    Bella: Thanks!

    Darren: I am very happy that I read some of my original pool. That so rarely happens for me!

    Rebecca: Thanks!

    Kristen: Yeah, it's the best way to do things, right? :)

    Michelle: My list could be longer, but I decided I was having just a bit too much fun. lol

    Staci: Thanks, Staci!

    Care: Thanks! I think a lot of books that people will read anyways
    will wind up counting for Unbound. I am expecting people to have big lists!

    Melody: Thank you!

    Gautami: Thanks!

    Alice: lol Thanks!

    Pat: I am sad it is over... The Once Upon a Time challenge is so far away. :(

    Chris: The Warrior Queens looks really good.

    Teddy: I hope you do join Unbound. It is sure to be fun!

    Beth: I am looking forward to the Mitford Letters book. I am glad my library has it.


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