Monday, June 17, 2013

Library Books Reading Challenge

Update: as of 30 August, I have passed the final level of "just insert I.V." with over 50 books read/listened to that I have borrowed from my local library.  Wonder how many I will have read by the end of the year?

I am a library addict, and have been most all my life.  I talk about InterLibrary Loans with the hushed voice reverence most people reserve for places of worship. I get giddy when I get the email that one of holds is waiting for me at the library.  I still come home, show my husband my treasures and say, "can you believe they let me borrow all these?!  And for FREE?!?!"

Heck, y'all, one of my earliest memories is of the library.  Granted I was hollering to go "pee-pee" at the time, but it was still in the library, which is the important part of the story.

Furthermore, as I have mentioned before, I am carrying on a relationship with two libraries simultaneously.

And neither branch knows about the other!

Anyway. . . Given my propensity to haunt the library, this really isn't so much of a challenge as it is a way to show off my rad, leet library skillz.   I present to you:


Ahem.  Anyway.

Gina says:
Our love of reading can be expensive! Not only are we purchasing books but we also need space to keep them. I've started using the library (again) but couldn't find a challenge to help me. Here it is. There are a number of levels, for those who don't have a library card yet to those that live there. Enjoy!
 Here are the requirements:
  • choose a level - you may move up as needed, just not down. 
  • check books out of the library
  • books may overlap with other challenges
  • any format allowed (print, ebook, audio)
  • reviews are not necessary but a list of books read is
  • a blog is not necessary, just comment that you want to join in
And the levels:
  •  board book - 3
  • picture book - 6
  • early reader - 9
  • chapter book - 12
  • middle grades - 18
  • Young adult - 24
  • adult - 36
  • just insert IV - 50 
I'm going to start with the Adult Level (36), and shoot for the "Just Insert IV" Level (50).  I'm just afraid to go ahead and sign up for the latter, for fear that doing so will set in motion some great cosmic scheme to deflate my ego, and the end result will be no more library books.  Ever.  So, I'll just start out low-balling it.

Library books/audio books read/listened to in 2013:

  1. A Murder is Announced by Agatha Christie (January 2013)
  2. Cat's Cradle, volume one by Jo Rioux (February 2013)
  3. Mrs. Dalloway by Virginia Woolf (couldn't find my copy!/February 2013)
  4. The Hours by Michael Cunningham (March 2013)
  5. The Collector by John Fowles  (March 2013)
  6. The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry by Rachel Joyce (March 2013/audio)
  7. Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy (April 2103/audio)
  8. Sherlock Holmes stories, volume one, by Sir. Arthur Conan Doyle (April 2013/audio)
  9. Joy in the Morning by P.G. Wodehouse (April 2013/audio)
  10. Sherlock Holmes stories, volume two, Sir. Arthur Conan Doyle (April 2013/audio)
  11. Aunt Dimity's Death by Nancy Atherton (May 2013)
  12. Grey Mask by Patricia Wentworth (May 2013)
  13. The Case of the Gilded Fly by Edmund Crispin (May 2013)
  14. A is for Alibi by Sue Grafton  (May 2013/audio)
  15. Sherlock Holmes stories, volume three, Sir. Arthur Conan Doyle (May 2013/audio)
  16. Young Men in Spats by P.G. Wodehouse (May 2013/audio)
  17. Mr. Churchill's Secretary by Susan Elia MacNeal  (May 2013/audio)
  18. Savannah Blues by Mary Kay Andrews (May 2013/audio)
  19. 8 Faces at 3 by Craig Rice  (June 2013/through interlibrary loan)
  20. Why Shoot a Butler? by Georgette Heyer (June 2013/ebook)
  21. A Christmas Journey by Anne Perry  (June 2013/audio)
  22. Flush by Carl Hiaasen (June 2013/audio)
  23. Wish You Were Here by Rita Mae Brown (June 2013/audio)
  24. The Secret of Chimneys  by Agatha Christie (June 2013/audio)
  25. Innocent Blood by P.D. James (June 2013/audio)
  26. Murder by Experts  by Anthony Gilbert  (June 2013)
  27. The Enchanted April by Elizabeth von Arnim  (June 2013/audio)
  28. The Patient in Room 18  by Mignon Eberhart (June 2013)
  29. The Norths Meet Murder by Frances and Richard Lockridge   (June 2013)
  30. The Secret Adversary by Agatha Christie (June 2013/audio)
  31. Night Has a Thousand Eyes  by Cornell Woolrich  (July 2013/audio)
  32. Mamur Zapt and the Return of the Carpet  by Michael Pearce  (July 2013/audio)
  33. The House without a Key by Earl Derr Biggers  (July 2013)
  34. The Barakee Mystery by Arthur Upfield  July 2013)
  35. The Case of the Velvet Claws by Erle Stanley Gardner (July 2013)
  36. The Hundred-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared  by Jonas Jonasson. (July 2013/audio)
  37. Every Crooked Nanny  by Mary Kay Andrews (July 2013/audio)
  38. If You Ask Me (and Of Course You Won't) by Betty White  (July 2013/audio)
  39. The Thirty-Nine Steps by John Buchan   (July 2013/audio)
  40. The Penguin Pool Murder  by Stuart Palmer July 2013/through interlibrary loan)
  41. The Last Days of Ptolemy Grey by Walter Mosley (July 2013/ebook)
  42. The Barn Owl's Wondrous Capers  by Sarnath Banerjee (August 2013/through interlibrary loan)
  43. A Natural History of Dragons: A Memoir by Lady Trent by Marie Brennan (August 2013)
  44. Transparent Things by Vladimir Nabokov  (August 2013)
  45. The Saturday Big Tent Wedding Party by Alexander McCall Smith  (August 2013/ebook)
  46. Death of a Gossip by M. C. Beaton  (August 2013/audio)
  47. Anne of Green Gables by Lucy Maud Montgomery  (August 2013/audio)
  48. Anne of Avonlea by Lucy Maud Montgomery  (August 2013/audio)
  49. Anne of of the Island by Lucy Maud Montgomery  (August 2013/audio)
  50. The Imposter Bride by Nancy Richler  (August 2013)
  51. Instructions for a Heat Wave by Maggie O'Farrell  (August 2013/audio)
  52. The G-String Murders by Gypsy Rose Lee (August 2013/through interlibrary loan)
  53. American Born Chinese by Gene Luen Yang (August 2013)
  54. The Girl in Blue by P.G. Wodehouse (September 2013/audio)
  55. The Frightened Wife and other murder stories (1953) by Mary Roberts Rinehart (September 2013)
  56. Past Tense by Catherine Aird  (September 2013/audio)
  57. The Case of Jennie Brice by Mary Roberts Rinehart  (September 2013/audio)
  58. Breakfast at Tiffany's by Truman Capote (September 2013/ebook)
  59. Overture to Death by Ngaio Marsh (October 2013)
  60. The Maltese Falcon by Dashiel Hammett (October 2013)
  61. Little Women  by Louisa May Alcott (October 2013/audio)
  62. The Cuckoo’s Calling  by Robert Gailbraith (October 2013/audio)
  63. The Silver Linings Playbook by Matthew Quick (October 2013/audio)
  64. The Black Angel  by Cornell Woolrich (October 2013/audio)
  65. The Marseilles Caper  by Peter Mayle (October 2013/audio)
  66. Marbles: Mania, Depression, Michelangelo, and Me: A Graphic Memoir by Ellen Forney (November 2013)
  67.  The Highly Effective Detective Goes to the Dogs by Richard Yancey (November 2013)
  68. The Zoo with the Empty Cage by Steven Bezenoff (November 2013/ebook)