Tuesday, March 16, 2010

What an Animal Challenge III - 2010

I Couldn't Resist - I am Weak - Too Much Temptation
(completed )

Thanks Yvonne!

I love animal books. I even love animal books about animals I don't love. So how could I not sign-up for the What An Animal III Challenge? I have more than enough animal books on my shelves to sustain me through years and years of this challenge and I suspect I will just continue adding to the stash as time goes on.

Here are the rules:

1. Read at least 6 books that have any of the following requirements:

a. there is an animal in the title of the book

b. there is an animal on the cover of the book

c. an animal plays a major role in the book

d. a main character is (or turns into) an animal (define that however you'd like).

2. The animal can be any type of animal (real or fictitious)--dog, cat, monkey, wolf, snake, insect, hedgehog, aardvark...dragon, mermaid, centaur, vampire, werewolf...you get the idea...

3. Challenge runs from March 1, 2010 to February 28, 2011. That’s a full year to read at least 6 books (you can read more if you’d like). You can still sign up after March 1st as long as you can get 6 books read by February 28, 2011 ;o).

4. Books can be fiction or nonfiction.

5. You may make a list of books at the beginning of the challenge or you can just list them as you find them.

6. Book titles may be swapped out at anytime (assuming you made a list to begin with).

7. Crossovers with other challenges are permitted and encouraged.

8. You don't have to have a blog or write a review, but you can if you want to.

And here's my initial list:
  1. Make That a Table for Seven; Davis - 4.5/5
  2. Imperfect Birds; Lamott - 3/5
  3. Beatrice and Virgil; Yann Martel - 4.5/5
  4. Slow Death by Rubber Duck; Smith and Lourie - 5/5
  5. Winging It; Jenny Gardiner - 4/5
  6. One Good Dog; Wilson - 4.5/5 (audio)
  7. Christian, the Hugging Lion; Richardson et al - 4/5
  8. Men and Dogs; Katie Crouch - 3.5/5
  9. Love is the Best Medicine; Nick Trout - 3.5/5
  10. Biblioburro; Winter - 5/5
  11. It's a Secret; Burningham - 4/5
  12. Blind Hope; Meeder - 2/5
  13. I Thought You Were Dead; Pete Nelson - 5/5 
  14. I Love My Dad; Anna Walker - 5/5
  15. Ape House; Sara Gruen -4/5
  16. Interrupting Chicken; David Ezra Stein - 5/5 
  17. Llama, llama Misses Mama; Dewdney - 5/5
  18. Comet's Nine Lives; Jan Brett - 5/5
  19. Zoo Story; Thomas French- 4/5
  20. Fred Stays with me; Coffelt - 4.5/5
  21. Llama, Llama Holiday Drama; Dewdney - 4/5
  22. The Twelve Cats of Christmas; Kandy Radzinski - 5/5
  23. What Cats Want for Christmas; Kandy Radzinski - 5/5 
  24. The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle; Haruki Murakami - 4.5/5 (audio)
  25. Owen and Mzee; Hatkoff - 5/5
  26. Mama; Jeanette Winter - 4/5
  27. Oogy; Larry Levin - 4/5 (audio) 


  1. I counted them twice, and it appears this is your 15th challenge of the year (some slopping over to 2011). You're the only reader I know who needs an Excel spreadsheet to keep track of them all.

  2. Charlie....gezz, I feel like my husband sent you to heckle me...LOL (thanks for keeping count - I said 10 would be my max)...see how well I can count?

  3. Umm... I keep track of all my books and books read in excel. ;)

    I haven't heard of any of those books except the Atwood book.

  4. I've started The Master and Margarita a few times, but I always set it aside for something else. If you end up choosing that as one of your reads, I'll be interested to read your thoughts on it.

  5. I'm starting to wonder if I join too many challenges if people will think I'm being ridiculous. I just love them though, and can't help it. It's like the sidebar of shame over at my blog. :)

    That being said, how can I resist this challenge? I'll have to find some time to sign up this weekend.

    Good luck with the challenge!

  6. I'm very tempted with this challenge, Diane. I'll seriously think about joining for this one.

  7. This looks like a fun challenge - good luck with it!

  8. Oh boy. I don't need to be tempted by any more challenges. I am failing enough as I speak!

  9. I like animal books too - and I'll join you on this one...

    It is fun to read about them...

    Keeping track of the books I've read has been a part of my life since I was a little girl...

  10. Alyce, I know exactly what you mean. I keep justifying it by telling myself I would probably read these books anyways so why not join? LOL

    Charley, I'm not sure The Master and Margarita will work for me either, but many have enjoyed it so...time will tell.

    Wonderbunny....I use excel to track my books owned, but not my challenges. (I hope my challenges never get that out of control, like my unread book stacks).

  11. The only one I know from your list is Cat's Eye, but oh, how I loved that book. It spoke to me so deeply I almost felt it was autobiographical in places. I'll be interested in your thoughts on that review, as I am in all of your reviews.


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