Thursday, April 17, 2008

342,745 Ways to Herd Cats

One more challenge then! Hosted by Renay with full details here, basically the aim is to make a list of 10 books you love and submit them via email/comments section and then pick any 3 books from participants lists to read between May 1st - November 30th, 2008. You need to put up reviews of the books that you read for this challenge as well.

To see the lists go to Reading Lists and Master List which is arranged alphabetically.

My list of books I put forard is:

1. Waifs and Strays - Charles de Lint (a wonderful collection of his short stories that are a great introduction to his work)
2. High Fidelity - Nick Hornby (my favourite of all of his books, a must for book and music lovers)
3. The Black Jewels Trilogy - Anne Bishop (dark fantasy at it's best, somehow particularly suited to female readers I think)
4. Interview with the Vampire - Anne Rice (where The Vampire Chronicles all began)
5. The Magicians Nephew - CS Lewis (the first in the Narnia series and often sadly neglected. Perhaps my favourite in the series)
6. The Looking Glass Wars - Frank Beddor (a wonderful re-telling of Alice in Wonderland which turns the whole tale on it's head. Found in the teenage reading/young adult section but will appeal to older readers too)
7. The Goose Girl - Shannon Hale (a fairy tale re-telling I just finished reading and fell in love with. Highly recommended)
8. Lolita - Vladimir Nabokov (classic tale of man loves young girl, disturbing but one of the most beautifully written books I have ever read)
9. Daughter of the Forest - Juliet Marillier (the first in the Sevenwaters Trilogy based on a fairy tale set in Celtic times)
10. The Handmaids Tale - Margaret Atwood (everyone should read this dystopian novel)

I know that for people who read this blog it is a pretty standard list for me, but I can't help what I like!

What I hope to read are:

1. Beauty - Robin McKinley (Book Nut)
2. Stardust - Neil Gaiman (Becky)
3. Tamsin - Peter S Beagle (prplpen)

There are lots more I hope to read if possible like Inkheart (Cornelia Funke), The Princess Bride (William Goldman), Howls Moving Castle (Dianna Wynne Jones) and Moonheart (Charles de Lint).


Jackie (Literary Escapism) said...

Sounds like fun. I think I'm going to do it too.

Ana S. said...

Like I was telling Chris that has to be the coolest challenge button ever.

I'm still pondering this one. If I join, my 10 will be very predictable as well. Basically the 5 books I picked for our challenge plus another 5 that most people would be able to guess. You're right, we can't help what we like!

Melody said...

Great list!!! And the button is so cute!

mariel said...

dang it, another excellent challenge! with the best name ever!

how have you not read the princess bride yet?? you are going to LOVE it! ;)

Susan said...

thanks to you, I am signing on to ANOTHER challenge! I can't resist the title....! and it's so easy and fun, books I love that I of course want other people to read and discover!!! who could resist that? I've read some on your list, I love the Anne Bishop series in a big way, same with Narnia and Anne rice. Have only seen the Nick Hornby movie of this title, (but have others of his) and's good to see him on this. Really good list, Rhinoa. And thank you again for the gold card, and Chris just gave it to me too, so I'm really awed and happy and blushing tonight. (Babyblog is waving her plump little fists happily and gurgling.....)

Kim L said...

I hope you enjoy Beauty. Your fav list has some great choices. I have seen the movie High Fidelity, but I didn't know that there was a book. That is pretty cool, since I liked the movie. I will have to check out that book.

Stephanie said...

I caved and joined this challenge too! But I think I'll wait a bit to decide on my own reading list. Too many good books that might come up after I choose!

Carl V. Anderson said...

Great choices! And you can cross link your choices with the OUaT II Challenge! :)

Rhinoa said...

Anyone who hasn't signed up get over there and do so immediately!

Mariel - I know it's shocking. I watched the film again the other day, love it.

Susan and Kim - You should get around to reading High Fidelity at some point. It's one of my favourite films as well as books. The main difference is the book is set in London as opposed to America in the film.

Stephanie - I know but I figure I can read extras along the way and the ones I picked to read are books I had on standby anyway for this year :)

Carl - I am not sure how many I will have time to read before the end of the OUATII challenge, but I hope to read at least one and cross post it.

soleil said...

howl's moving castle, is that the same as the movie? if so, do you know which one came first? or is it manga? i loved that movie!!!