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Two Weekly Geeks: Scavenger Hunt and Challenges

June 24, 2008

Well, I did last week’s scavenger hunt, spent forever on it, and then forgot to post it. *sigh* But Dewey said she hadn’t done the drawing yet, so I’m double-posting today! (Be sure to check out my review of Purple Hibiscus below: I really loved it) And while I’m at it, this week’s challenge is to organise all of our reading challenges. This one I don’t have to do any work for: see those tabs called ‘Current Challenges’ and ‘Challenges Completed 2008’? They lead to a list of current challenges, including the books I’ve chosen, with the ones I’ve read struck through and a list of the challenges I’ve done this year, with links to wrap-up posts. Why yes, I do like lists! :)

1. (THE PRIZE. Did you find it?)

OhbythewaytheprizeisasubscriptiontoBookmarksmagazines. AlsothewinnerwillbefeaturedinWeeklyGeeks#10.

2. youtube
I Must Confess:

I’ve been surfing youtube like it’s going out of fashion.

3. war
Valentina’s Room:

But her arguments on war, global injustices and world poverty are familiar grounds for me.

4. Sunday Salon
Not Enough Bookshelves:

Sunday Salon – Shocks and Links

5. Buy a Friend a Book
Lori’s Reading Corner:

5. If you’d like to know more about BAFAB check out: Buy A Friend A Book

6. BTT (or Booking Through Thursday)
West of Mars:

Gotta love this week’s Booking Through Thursday:

7. omnibus
Mysteries in Paradise:

The Book Depository sends all over the world with free postage. Copies of THE BROKEN SHORE begin at £6.03 or treat yourself to a Peter Temple Omnibus that also includes IN THE EVIL DAY and AN IRON ROSE for £6.03

8. Speculative fiction
The Ax for the Frozen Sea:

Filed under Speculative Fiction, Young Adult Literature

9. Short stories
The Well Read Child:

The Ghosts of Kerfol by Deborah Noyes is a collection of interrelated short stories that spans four centuries.

10. Ani Difranco (or just Ani)
Sprite Writes:

Ani DiFranco — We’ve seen Ani several times at Falcon Ridge, but the most memorable time must have been when she came to Conn as part of the Earth Day celebration.

11. Printz
Finding Wonderland:

This book won both the Carnegie Medal (1999) and the Printz Award (2003).

12. Man Booker Prize (or just Booker)
Lost in a Good Story:

The Man Booker Challenge requires you to choose 6 books that either won, or have been shortlisted or longlisted for, the Man Booker Prize.

13. Newbery

The author is from Ann Arbor and it was the talk of the town when this book was published, and even more so when it won the Newbery.

14. Mother Talk
The 3 R’s:

reviewed for the Blog Tour

15. interview
The Inside Cover:

I’m giving away a signed copy of this book over at my running blog, so if you’re interested in reading it, hop on over there and leave a comment on the interview I did with Dawn Dais.

16. history
SmallWorld Reads:

Like this bit on the study of history:

17. glbt (or any other arrangement of those letters, or with a q in there)
Jen Robinson’s Book Page:

Kimberly Pauley has a disturbing post at Young Adult (& Kids) Books Central about the response that she received (a “torrent of hate and name calling”) when she posted at about GLBT month.

18. fantasy
Someone’s Read it Already:

Robin McKinley has been a powerhouse in the world of fantasy and children’s fantasy since her novel Beauty was published in 1978; her 1985 Newbery Award for The Hero and the Crown cemented that.

19. film

I’m sure there’s others, but I generally ignore TV and film – the internet is my biggest time-waster.

20. giraffe

Peeper (frog) and Sadie (giraffe) are as cute as Katie (a bear) and Eddie (elephant).

21. biography
Ravenous Reader:

My mouth waters when I pick up a new biography or memoir, particulary if the subject is one of my favorite authors.

22. Geraldine Brooks
Age 30-A Year of Books:

I learned about Year of Wonders by Geraldine Brooks from Becca at The Inside Cover.

23. graphic novels
Sophisticated Dork:

The two new books I bought today are When You Are Engulfed in Flames by David Sedaris and a graphic novel called Fables: Legends in Exile by Bill Willingham.

24. classics
Thinoa’s Ramblings:

It includes classics such as Snow White and the Seven Dwarves, Rumplestiltskin, Rapunzel, Cinderella, Little Red Riding Hood, Hansel and Gretel and Briar Rose (Sleeping Beauty).

25. faerie
Blue Archipelago:

Neil Gaiman, creator of the darkly elegant Sandman comics and author of The Day I Swapped My Dad for Two Goldfish, tells the story of young Tristran Thorn and his adventures in the land of Faerie.

26. Amelie
Out of the Blue:

The Book of Proper Names by Amelie Nothomb

27. doo doo doo
28. 24 Hour Read-a-thon

Dewey at The Hidden Side of a Leaf is hosting her second 24 hour read-a-thon!

29. etsy

My Etsy find of the week.

30. poetry
Table Talk:

I do like Lawrence’s poetry, although I’m no lover of his novels, but I was once heard to remark to my Literature tutor that while Hardy might have been only a second rate novelist he was definitely a third rate poet, and I’ve never been persuaded to change my opinion on either count.

31. Bookmooch
Some Reads:

also have been lucky with the LibraryThing Early Reviewer program, scoring about 6 books there, and I’ve gotten a few on Bookmooch.


It’s a diverse, growing collection of links that’s primarily literary and political that I tag and save using

33. R.E.M.
The Book Mine Set:

2. Shiny Happy People- R.E.M.

34. Bookworms Carnival
Just Add Books:

I rashly committed to a post for the Bookworms’ Carnival this week then realised that I had nothing in the archives that would suit, and no idea what to blog about.

35. library
Booking Mama:

Imagine my surprise when I received an e-mail from my local library (one of my favorite places) saying that I could pick up my copy today!

36. Lost (must refer to the TV series)
Thinking About:

Then, there was Lost (or was Lost first? Or at the same time?) I’m not sure. But when Lost is on, I must watch, no matter how dumb it gets.

37. Six Feet Under
Literary Escapism:

.The show is True Blood and its creator is Alan Ball, who guided five dysfunctional years of Six Feet Under.

38. ReadingAnimals (I’m featuring her because I feel bad that I can’t figure out how to comment at her blog.)

ReadingAnimals is a recent brainchild that combines two of my passions in life: animals and books.

39. hedgehog
Books & Other Thoughts:

In the corner of that same garden lives Hedgie, a gentle hedgehog who occasionally meets Miss Jaster just after sunset, when they both enjoy strolling through the garden.

40. pregnant
Delightfully Dawgmatic:

Once she became pregnant, she seemed to turn into a heterosexist, “motherhood is the only path for women” machine.

41. nosebleed (or nose bleed)
Words, Words:

The rest of the night was relatively uneventful, except that brother had a rare nosebleed and wound up sleeping on the futon in the living room to avoid climbing up & down his ladder if it should recur.

42. 42 (No, that’s not a mistake; number 42 is to find the digit 42.)
Literary Feline:

#42 Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell

43. herding cats

tl;dr (Herding Cats) Challenge – 1 down, 2 to go (by November 30th)

44. Django Reinhardt
45. A.S. Byatt
Andi (Lit):

A.S. Byatt, Sherman Alexie, George Eliot, Toni Morrison, Carlos Fuentes, Alisdair Gray, Tracy Kidder, Lia Purpura, David Lodge, Edward Hoagland, Diane Ackerman.

46. Homer

I’m past my Homer, Sophocles and Euripedes stages of development, so none of that stuff is allowed.

(The next three are suggestions from my son.)
47. ROFL
The Curvature:

LOLZ! OMG! ROFL! I get it!

48. cheezburger (must be spelled with Z!)
This Book is for You:

I Can Has Cheezburger?

49. d20
Little Critter
Becky’s Book Reviews:

20. I am Little Critter.


I must also add that the translation from the Hebrew by Evan Fallenberg is beautifully done and flows with rhythm and skill.


. But when she wakes up under an alleyDumpster with a badly burned arm, an aching neck, superhuman strength, and a distinctly Nosferatuan thirst, she realizes the decision has been made for her.

Orson Scott Card

– Ender’s Game – Orson Scott Card.


A little later George Miller’s slightly senile Great Uncle Otto, desiring to take a quiet smoke in the sunshine, stepped absent-mindedly out the side door, dropped five feet, and landed in a heap on the pavement.

tite kubo
magical realism
Andi (Tripping Towards Lucidity):

It doesn’t strike me as magical realism, but there are some funky, otherworldly elements.

Where Troubles Melt Like Lemon Drops:

Type your answer to each of the questions below into flickr search.

5 Comments leave one →
  1. June 24, 2008 1:23 pm

    I applaud you. Well done!

  2. June 24, 2008 6:02 pm

    I really needed (need) to organize my challenges, but I might not get much done this week. Too busy getting ready for the read-a-thon. But I should do something like you’ve done, with separate challenge pages!

  3. June 26, 2008 10:41 am

    Care, thanks!

    Dew, the seperate challenge pages work for me! They’re actually the main reason I moved from Blogger to WP: I didn’t want all my challenge book lists cluttering up my sidebar, but I definitely still wanted them somewhere.

  4. June 26, 2008 1:09 pm

    Wow! Great job with the scavenger hunt, Eva! Quite impressive!

  5. June 27, 2008 7:00 pm

    Debi, thanks!

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