Bitten by the Junebug

A start to another month, it is, halfway through another year, and the start of the summer season has arrived with a hot, sticky mess for many people. Well, it’s hot and sticky for my area, anyway. My latest updates include re-logging into my NaBloPoMo page–it’s been way too long!– and setting up for another book challenge. This book challenge coincides with the other two I have going on (the Library Books challenge and the YA challenge), so diving in with both feet and hoping I won’t drown.
It’s time to start the:

Summer Challenge 2010!

Yes, folks…brought to you via GoodReads’ virtual book club,
The Seasonal Reading Challenge (a branch from The Next Best Book Club).
The Challenge: complete all the tasks listed on the 2010 Tasks link.
Challenge length: June to August 2010

Here are my reading plans (may be revised/updated as I go, due to availability or necessity):
[edited due to massive changes – 6/13]

5.1 Heat Wave – Heat Wave by Richard Castle
5.2 Blockbuster Books – Ramona and Beezus by Beverly Cleary
5.3 S.U.M.M.E.R. – When you reach me by Rebecca Stead
5.4 Lesser Known Awards – The Adoration of Jenna Fox by Mary E. Pearson (won a Golden Kite Award in 2009)
5.5 Dropping Names – Rabbit Hill by Robert Lawson
5.6 “I Only Regret…” – Pandora’s Box by Clive Egleton
5.7 “I Confess…” – Back to the Future III by Craig Shaw Gardner (has the time machine [De Lorean car] on cover) –DONE!
5.8 Take a Walk – Under list “Novels of Ideas”: Einstein’s Dreams by Alan P. Lightman
5.9 Get Caught Reading –
5.10 If One Cannot Enjoy Reading Again –

10.1 Stormy Weather – Legal Tender by Lisa Scottoline
10.2 The…Who – The girl who dreams only geese
10.3 Same Time/Place – Kirsten of Pleasant Grove, UT (Page 7) reading Always Looking Up: The Adventures of an Incurable Optimist by Michael J. Fox
10.4 Roll the Dice – (255) The Insiders by Rosemary Rodgers – 249 pages
10.5 Beach –
10.6 Stand Up – Chains by Laurie Halse Anderson
10.7 Truth – On Writing: a memoir of the craft by Stephen King
10.8 Under the Sea – Whale Rider by Witi Tame Ihimaera Or Songs of the Humpback Whale: a novel of five voices by Jodi Picolt
10.9 You cannot Open – Cooking Up Murder by Miranda Bliss
10.10 Great Minds – My 5 Star read: The World According to Mister Rogers; Page 6, Patricia rated it 5 stars; so reading her 5-Star read: The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath
15.1 Wedding Bells – The Crucible: a play in 4 acts by Arthur Miller and The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold
15.2 Stars & Stripes – Texas Two-Step by Debbie Macomber and All That I Have by Castle Freeman or All of the Lovely Bad Ones by Mary Downing Hahn or The Autobiography of God by Julius Lester
15.3 Books and Blogs – Welcome to Temptation by Jennifer Crusie (reviewed by Books I Done Read)
15.4 Learn your Numbers – (7) You Suck by Christopher Moore and The Alchemist’s Daughter by Katherine McMahon (following characteristics: thought , analysis, introspection)
15.5 The Great Authors – Alexander McCall Smith – his favorite: 100 years of solitude /book Ladies’ Detective Series #9 or #10
15.6 River Runs – A Cottage in Portugal by Richard Hewitt and Laurie Halse Anderson: Longest–Wintergirls; reading 2nd longest–Fever 1793
15.7 Change – India: the Challenge of Change by James Traub
15.8 Double Double – The Disreputable History of of Frankie Landau-Banks by E. Lockhart and The Sealed Letter by Emma Donoghue **Looking for smaller!
15.9 Enlightened – The Daydreamer by Ian McEwan
15.10 Family – A Cousin’s Prayer by Wanda E. Brunstetter

20.1 – The Most Improved Player – Deirdre’s Task – Sweltering Summer Days
Homemade Love by J. California Cooper / Homemade vanilla 😛

20.2 – Rookie Of The Season – Kiri’s Task – A Trip To The Past
The Golden Ass (The Transformation of Lucius) by Apuleius

20.3 – Best Review Contest – Amanda VA’s Task – School May Be Out
A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens

20.4 – Always The Bridesmaid, Never The Bride – Shelley’s Task – Anniversary Gift
The Cotton Song by Tom Bailey
(because you’re still singing euphorically for you’re still in shock for of what you’ve entered! hah!)

20.5 – Just Joined In – Amber GA’s Task – Library Love
The Time Traveler’s Wife by Audrey Neffinegger –DONE!

20.6 – Supporting Goodreads Authors – Nicole CA’s Task – List Maker
Jemima J by Jane Green

20.7 – I Like Big Books And I Cannot Lie – Dionisia’s Task – For Those We Love To Hate
A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess

20.8 – Happy Birthday To You – Rhiannon’s Task (July 21st) – B&N Classics
Cyrano de Bergerac by Edmond Rostand (gr ebook)

20.9 – Luck Of The Draw – Terri’s Task – The Spirit of Independence
Make Way for Ducklings by Robert McCloskey and Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus by Mo Willems

20.10 – Group Reads
Read One Of The Following Group Read Selections And Make At Least One Post In The Discussion Thread.
A. Books About Books – The Book Thief
B. Sci-Fi/Fantasy – The Hunger Games
C. Mystery – The ABC Murders

25.1 – Valorie’s Task – Independence Day
In honor U.S. Independence Day (July 4th)…
A. (TBA)
B. (TBA)

25.2 – Coralie’s Task – Q & A
Where Did Pluto Go?: A beginner’s guide to understanding the new solar system by Paul Graham Sutherland; A Girl from Yamhill by Beverly Cleary

25.3 – Jennifer N’S Task – Virtual Foreign Vacation
A. The Double Comfort Safari Club by Alexander McCall Smith
B. The Stranger by Albert Camus (originally in French)

25.4 – Nicole OH’s Task – Happy Birthday to Me!
I’ll Mature When I’m Dead by Dave Barry and (TBA after seeing page 31 for a noun)

25.5 – Helen’s Task – Share the Summer Love
A. favorite genre/type. (TBA)
B. second favorite genre/type. (TBA)

25.6 – Ashley FL’S Task – “Summer Lovin”
Song: Under the Boardwalk
Title: Under the Boardwalk
reason: down by the sea, out of the sun…it’s a place for summertime fun.

25.7 – Wendy’s Task – I’m Passionate About…
A. The Twitter Book by Tim O’Reilly
B.  Twitter Wit by Nick Douglas

Be sure to identify what your passion is in your post.
25.8 – Sandy’s Task – Once Upon A Time…
Goose Chase by Patrice Kindl; Black Pearls: a faerie strand by Louise Hawes

25.9 – Donna Jo’s Task – It’s Time For The Swim Suit Edition.
C. Tankini – Read 850 pages of book(s) published in last 5 years. (TBA)

25.10 – Belinda’s Task – Let’s Play The Name Game
A. (TBA)
B. (TBA)

30.1 Ms Anderson – My Soul to Take by Rachel Vincent; Ambush at Soda Creek by Lewis B. Patten
30.2 PJ Reads – Ribsy by Beverly Cleary and (TBA)
30.3 – Sheila’s Task – An Ode To Illinois
A. 12 Americans Speak by John Edwin Pomfret
C. Love in the Time of Cholera by Gabriel Marquez

30.4 – Cheryl TX’s Task – The Science Of Crime
Cure by Robin Cook; Ice Cold by Tess Gerritsen

30.5 – DLM Rose’s Task – Virtual Block Party
Are you there vodka? It’s me, Chelsea by Chelsea Handler
Texas BBQ by Wyatt McFadden

Whew! That’s a lot of planning, and I’m not even done yet. I’m writing it here for accountability, and possible help. If you can provide either, please do.
Sliced by The Pear Lady

2 responses to “Bitten by the Junebug

  1. You’re reading all those books in the summer? That’s a whole lotta books!

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