"And to this purpose"

"If people like to read their books, it is all very well, but to be at so much trouble in filling great volumes, which, as I used to think, nobody would willingly ever look into, to be labouring only for the torment of little boys and girls, always struck me as a hard fate; and though I know it is all very right and necessary, I have often wondered at the person's courage that could sit down on purpose to do it." (In other words: rambling analyses, opinions, ideas, views, and comments from an English major, Essay/paper-writing enthusiastic, Austen-loving Master Librarian on, well, Jane Austen...and a whole lot of other things, too.)

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"What is it really like to be engaged?" asked Anne curiously. "Well, that all depends on who you're engaged to," answered Diana, with that maddening air of superior wisdom always assumed by those who are engaged over those who are not."— L.M. Montgomery

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

2009 Audio Book Challenge

Aforementioned J. Kaye hosted the Audio Book Challenge for 2009. I saw it today. The goal: Read at least 12.

I took a final count of what will be finished by Dec. 31st (the deadline to join the challenge). Um, I think I got it. I read/listened to….


75! I know!!! Way to go me for taking the bold step and listening to audio at my work desk. It certainly helped make a lot of tasks more enjoyable, while still boosting my reading experience/knowledge. Of those 75,

8 were (adult) Nonfiction

Marley & Me – John Grogan
Who Moved My Cheese? – Spencer Johnson
Traffic: Why We Drive the Way We Do (and What It Says about Us) – Tom Vanderbilt
If Life Were Easy, It Wouldn’t Be Hard – Sheri Dew
Personal Revelation: How to Recognize Promptings of the Spirit – JoAnn Hibbert Hamilton
The Last Lecture – Randy Pausch
Mao: The Unknown Story – Jung Chung
Have a Little Faith – Mitch Albom

14 were (adult) Fiction

For One More Day – Mitch Albom
Peace like a River – Leif Enger
The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society – Mary Ann Shaffer & Annie Barrows
Cream Puff Murder – Joanne Fluke
Plum Pudding Murder – JoAnne Fluke
Carrot Cake Murder – Joanne Fluke
Cold Sassy Tree – Olive Ann Burns
My Sister’s Keeper – Jodi Picoult
The Thirteenth Tale – Diane Setterfield
The Lost Memoirs of Jane Austen ¬– Syrie James
Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet – Jamie Ford
Shanghai Girls – Lisa See
Oliver Twist – Charles Dickens
The Redemption of Sarah Cain – Beverly Lewis

22 were Children’s

Love, Ruby Lavender – Deborah Wiles
Maggie’s Door – Patricia Reilly Giff
Peter Pan – J.M. Barrie
Sammy Keyes and the Hotel Thief – Wendelin Van Draanen
Everything on a Waffle – Polly Horvath
Matilda – Roald Dahl
Ella Enchanted - Gail Carson Levine
Chocolate Fever – Robert Kimmel Smith
Ida B – Katherine Hannigan
Frindle – Andrew Clements
Elijah of Buxton – Christopher Paul Curtis
Misty of Chincoteague – Marguerite Henry
The Giver – Lois Lowry
The Bad Beginning – Lemony Snicket
Bud, Not Buddy – Christopher Paul Curtis
Mary Poppins – P.L. Travers
Dragon Rider – Cornelia Funke
The Magician’s Nephew – C.S. Lewis
Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland – Lewis Carroll
Through the Looking-Glass, and What Alice Found There – Lewis Carroll
Chasing Vermeer – Blue Balliett
Heidi – Johanna Spyri

31 were YA fiction

The Fire-Eaters – David Almond
The Lightning Thief – Rick Riordan
Hope Was Here – Joan Bauer
Bloody Jack – Being an Account of the Curious Adventures of Mary “Jacky” Faber, Ship’s Boy – L.A. Meyer
Before We Were Free – Julia Alvarez
Counting on Grace – Elizabeth Winthrop
The Teacher’s Funeral: A Comedy in Three Parts – Richard Peck
Inkheart – Cornelia Funke
The Boy in the Striped Pajamas – John Boyne
Artemis Fowl: The Time Paradox – Eoin Colfer
Incantation – Alice Hoffman
Inkspell – Cornelia Funke
London Calling – Edward Bloor
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone – J.K. Rowling
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets – J.K. Rowling
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban – J.K. Rowling
Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire – J.K. Rowling
Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix – J.K. Rowling
Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince – J.K. Rowling
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – J.K. Rowling
Call It Courage – Armstrong Sperry
Lizzie Bright and the Buckminster Boy – Gary D. Schmidt
Shakespeare’s Secret – Elise Broach
The Book Thief – Markus Zusak
Here Lies the Librarian – Richard Peck
The Adoration of Jenna Fox – Mary E. Pearson
Marie, Dancing – Carolyn Meyer
Catherine, Called Birdy – Karen Cushman
All-American Girl – Meg Cabot
Sleeping Freshmen Never Lie – David Lubar

And all but 3 were audio books from my local library. Reviews for every one can be found on my GoodReads account. If you are not a member, I highly recommend you becoming one!

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