Alphabet Challenge

2013-14 Challenge.

The Challenge: A-Z titles. Q, X, Y and Z are often incomplete.

2013 Books2014 Books .

 

A

  • Angela’s Ashes
  • Anne of Avonlea

B

  • Bell Canto
  • Born Wicked
  • Boyhood
  • Book of the Thousand Days
  • Breakfast at Tiffany’s
  • Bridge to Terabithia

C

  • Cabin Fever
  • Cat among The Pigeons
  • City of Bones
  • Cross My Heart and Hope to Spy

D

  • Dash and Lily’s Book of Dares

E

  • Emma

F

  • Flowers of Hiroshima

G

  • Herland
  • The Hobbit
  • The House on Mango Street
  • How The Grinch Stole Christmas
  • How To Ruin a Summer Vacation
  • The Hundred Year Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared

I

  • The Innocent

J

  • Jonathan Livingston Seagull
  • The Joy Luck Club

K

  • Keeping The Moon
  • King Solomon’s Mines

L

  • The Little Prince
  • The Lover

M

N

  • Nefertiti

O

  • Oh. My. Gods
  • The Old Man and The Sea

P

  • The Perks of Being a Wallflower
  • Perfume
  • Peter Pan
  • Pompeii
  • Princess in Training

Q

R

  • Red Azalea

S

  • The Songlines
  • A Streetcar Named Desire

T

  • Tatiana and Alexander
  • The Third Wheel

U

V

W

  • Wild Swans
  • Wither

X

Y

  • Yentl The Yeshiva Boy
  • Young Indiana Jones #6, 9, 10, 11, 12, 14

Z

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Through The Ages Challenge

2013-14 Challenge Idea.

The Challenge: read at least 10 books from different eras in history, such as Prehisory, Medieval, 18th century. Periods that refer to specific time and place, such as Tudor (England) or Colonial (Africa/Asia), (American) Slavery and American Civil War – will also be included.

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Around The World In Eighty Books

2013-14 Challenge Idea.

The Challenge: I will read (not necessarily 80, though) books set in at least three continents and at least five different countries (excluding fantastical realms).

 

I came up with this on October 13′, so I’ll start fresh in 2014. But for now, I just want to see if I had unintentionally completed it  in 2013:

2013 Books set in …

Asia> Israel

  • The Lover by A.B Yeoshua
  • How To Ruin a Summer Vacation by Simone Elkeles

Australia

  • Songlines by Bruce Chatwin

Europe> Greece

  • Oh. My. Gods by Tera Lynn Childs

Africa> South Africa

  • Boyhood by J M Coetzee
  • King Solomon’s Mines by Henry Rider Haggard

North America> USA

  • Keeping the Moon by Sarah Dessen
  • I’d Tell You I Love You, But Then I’d Have To Kill You by Ally Carter
  • Born Wicked by Jessica Spotswood

 

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My Favorite Characters in Literature

  1. Jane Eyre of Jane Ayre by Charlotte Bronte
  2. Elizabeth Bennet of Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austem
  3. Lyra Silvertongue of His Dark Materials by Philip Pullman
  4. Scarlett O’Hara of Gone With The Wind by Margaret Mitchell
  5. Ayla of The Clan of The Cave Bear by Jean M. Auel
  6. Caris of World Without End by Ken Follett
  7. Aliena of Pillars of The Earth by Ken Follett
  8. Daenerys Targaryen of a Game of Thrones by G.R.R Martin
  9. Katsa of Graceling by Kirstin Cashore

I hope I read of more great characters!

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Review: Pride and Prejudice

4.5/5
I am just speechless. I am shocked, I am amazed, I feel like my life has got another meaning, another goal. This, Ladies and Gentlemen, is a phenomenal novel, not to be easily forgotten or less discussed. Elizabeth Bennet is definitely one of my closest friends and I am just so overwhelmed (positively, of course) of her life and family, I’m afraid I’m in love. In love with the Bennets. With the Darcys. With the Bingleys. With the Wickhams. With the Gardiners. With the Lucases. With everyone! Pemberly, Longbourn, Netherfield, Meryton, Lambton, Ramsgate and Hunsford (except, perhaps, Rosings) – are a second home to me. I feel like a part of the beautiful, warm, loving, unbelivably sweet family Bennet. Three daughters married, the smile just wouldn’t give me rest! I was so delighted of the good news, I blushed when Darcy spoke his love, I cried when Lydia ran away, I was mad with Wickham and with Darcy, I smiled whenever Bingley’s name came up and I picture the lovely Jane whenever she was mentioned. And Elizabeth… Well, that’s a whole other story: I could write my autobiography, and let me assure you that her name will be titling gloriously a few chapters. I just related and bonded so deeply, in heart and spirit, in love to the story… It all happened so quickly. Yesterday I picked up a well known novel with an interesting title. I had no idea I was going to pick up not only words and paper pages – but a whole new family, a whole new stock of emotions: of love, of sadness, of fear… At times I felt as if I was so absolutely happy I could not do anything but read, and my heart pounded so hard, as if it were a cauldron full of bioled love and true, honest happiness, that was so full it nearly exploded.
I admit it: I feel like my life has been given a new meaning. I feel like now, at this moment, so far – I lived life to the fullest.
This is not just another book I’ve finished and ready to put back on the shelf, never to seek again. It’s a whole story, a whole adventure, a whole world I just visited, as I opened and closed those sacred pages. Words cannot express what I’m feeling right now. And we all know that words are the most powerful thing in the world, the thing that builds and ruins kingdoms and civilizations, the thing that motivates billions of people around the world, the thing that rules and will forever rule out lives. Yet these words cannot express the emotion that landed on me today. I think I’m in love. And the only bad thing about it is, that I seriously do not know if I could ever do anything to re-fall in love ever again. No human being, no book, nobody, no one, nothing, can do anything to make me feel this deep, complete love again – the way this book did. I am astonished, I don’t know what to say. I feel like I was given an incredible gift. I truly feel like I have grown up, reading this book. Suddenly I feel as if Elizabeth’s spirit’s resides in the temples of my body and soul and turns me upside down. She induces me with her wits and passion and love and wisdom and humananity and happiness – words cannot describe. I am complete.
Oh, my life will never be the same.

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Fictional Characters who like Books

  • Elizabeth Bennet of Pride and Prejudice (novel by Jane Austen).
  • Lalita of Bride and Prejudice (movie, Bollywood twist of JA’s novel, above).
  • Rory Gilmore of Gilmore Girls (T.V show)
  • Hermione Granger of Harry Potter (book series by J,K Rowling)
  • Daria of Daria (T,V show)
  • Jo March of Little Women (novel by L.M Alcott)
  • Tina Hakim Baba of The Princess Dairies (book by Meg Cabot)
  • Matilda of Matilda (book by Roald Dahl)
  • Maggie of Inkheart (book by Cornelia Funke)
  • Fania of Valley of Strength (novel by Shulamit Lapid)
  • Kat of 10 Things I Hate About You (movie, modern-day ‘The Taming of the Shrew’)
  • Tatiana of The Bronze Horseman (book by Paullina Simons)
  • Dash of Dash and Lily’s Book of Dares (book by Rachel Cohn)

Please comment and let me know of many more characters who actually read – characters (preferably females) of TV shows/series, movies, books (even non-fictions). Taste doesn;t  matter, I can find the good in everyone.

Thank You!

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10 Things I Hate About You

I just love 10 Things I Hate About You. The 1999 movie, of course, not the lame excuse that is the television show.

Why I like it?

  • It’s loosely based on my favorite Shakespearean play – The Taming of The Shrew.
  • The main character, Kat is an opinonated, stong, feminist and incredibly smart. Definitely a better role model that, say, Cady Heron.
  • It presents a world where teenagers, or at leaast some, still read – and even adores – Shakespeare and other great poets and novelists, like Simon de-B, Charlotte Bronte and read books like The Feminine Mystique, The Bell Jar and The Sun Also Rises – and not only for school.
  • Now, not only do they read, they also have opinions about it, and they are not afraid to express them.

My favorite teen movie <3:)

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