Friday, September 23, 2011

Follow Friday/TGIF

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This week's question:

Do you have a favorite series that you read over and over again? Tell us a bit about it and why you keep on revisiting it.

My response: I have to say off the top of my head that I love Jasper Fforde's Thursday Next series. I couldn't possible do it justice trying to explain what it's like, but it's full of allusions to books and authors and clever wordplay and it makes me laugh while telling a really creative story based around books and reading that I really enjoy. It's fun to reread because I catch more little things I previously missed each time I read.

I also enjoyed The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo series and have reread that once, I suspect I'll read it again at some point as well. I really like the character of Lisbeth Salander, and I think Stieg Larsson did a good job of making her sympathetic and at the same time prickly and sometimes unlikable. And I wish I had her memory and computer skills :)

And of course I have reread Harry Potter multiple times, it's such an engrossing story with great characters and a wonderful magical world.

Lastly I would probably say I devoured all the Nancy Drew books as a child, and I have a few books from the series that I've picked up in the last few years, and they are fun to reread now and then - partially because they are simple and comforting, I guess.

This week's question:

Reading Challenges: Did you sign up for any this year? How has your progress been?

My response: I can honestly say that this blog began specifically because of reading challenges I signed up for in January. I just wanted a place I could keep track of the challenges and log the books I read. I started with Roof Beam Reader's To Be Read Pile Challenge, and since then I keep finding challenges to join so now I have several, as shown below. The Hogwarts Reading Challenge ended June 30th, and as I reported, I won that challenge - I'm still really happy about that :) 

Overall my progress has been OK so far, I have more or less kept up with all of them except for the War and Peace challenge - I'm still fairly far behind with that one but I hope to catch up. 
  • TBR Pile Challenge - read 6 out of 12 books, and will probably finish a 7th today
  • 100+ Books Challenge - read 130 books so far in 2011
  • The Buck Stops Here Challenge - I am 1 book away from achieving Level 4 (bonus level) - it will probably happen today
  • The Forgotten Treasures Challenge - 6 books away from Level 3 (bonus level)
  • War and Peace One Chapter A Day - very behind on this one, but working on catching up :(
  • The Hogwarts Reading Challenge - completed 30 June, and won :-) 
  • Read Outside Your Comfort Zone Challenge - I said I'd read between 16 - 20 books for this one, and so far I have read 8 books, so I still have some reading to do here
  • The Color Coded Reading Challenge - I have read 4 out of 9 books for this one, and will have another one that I will most likely finish today (and yes, it's one book for multiple challenges)
  • GLBT Reading Challenge - read 10 out of 15 books
  • Haruki Murakami Reading Challenge - read 1 out of 3 books 
It's been really fun to participate in all of these challenges this year, and I have definitely read a lot of books I might not otherwise I have read, which is always a good thing! 

How are your challenges going? 


  1. Oh I definitely didn't think about books I'd read as a child - I probably reread the Animorphs, Babysitter's Club and Boxcar Children series far more then was normal! Harry Potter is so easy to re-read! Each time you notice the clues that you missed before that seem so obvious now, which I totally love doing.

    I haven't read either of the other series, but I just might have to add them to my TBR list. :)


  2. The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo is definitely on my TBR list! I actually own it, but I haven't had the time to read it. Hopefully I can soon! Great answer :)

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  3. i've really wanted to read Girl with the dragon tattoo. now it's on my immediate TBR!

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  4. Hey! happy friday! i'm a follower here, just hopping by! :)

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  5. I actually won the books to The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo series but I never read them. I know I'll read them eventually. New follower!

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  6. Wow! You're rocking your challenges! Way to go! I'm only participating in two. I'll achieve one of them. I may try the one I won't achieve again next year. We'll see. ;)

  7. Could not agree more. Harry Potter is epic <333

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  8. I keep hearing about the Thursday Next books! Really need to look them up!

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    Have a GREAT weekend!

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  9. I'm planning on re-reading Harry Potter again this year. I just got finished reading the first one.

    It looks like you're doing great keeping up with all those challenges! I would crumble be able to keep up with all of those.

  10. I have seen lots of readers loving Thursday Next, but I really didn't like the first book. I've never actually read Jane Eyre though, so I wonder if that affected my enjoyment.

    Way to go on your challenges!

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  12. Hopping through. I've only read the first Stieg book. Once I got into it, it was so hard to put it down.
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