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I didn't see any other threads on this; maybe I missed it?<br><br><a href="http://triple8challenge.blogspot.com/" target="_blank">http://triple8challenge.blogspot.com/</a><br><br>
How are you doing? Anyone care to share their favorites or recommendations? I've had a hard time getting involved in anything but parenting/HSing books and YA fiction for the last several years--I'm really hoping this will kick-start my enjoyment of reading again!<br><br>
Here are my categories:<br><br>
8 Biographies<br>
8 Books Published in 2008<br>
8 Young Adult Books<br>
8 Booker Prize Winners<br>
8 Classic Fictional Novels<br>
8 Political/Historical Nonfiction Books<br>
8 Travel-Related Nonfiction Books<br>
8 Nonfiction Books on Topics in Which I Would Normally Not Be Interested (tech, religion, spiritual growth etc.)<br><br>
Please share if you can!
 

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I wouldn't have known about this if not for your post and I'm glad to know now! I'm participating. I'll probably be finished by the summer, though. LOL<br><br>
My categories are:<br>
-8 biographies (never read them)<br>
-8 autobiographies (only read them about comedians)<br>
-8 historical nonfiction (rarely read them unless related to racism)<br>
-8 classic mysteries/sleuth tales (I'm a mystery snob)<br>
-8 classic novels (I usually don't like the classics, but I've read lots)<br>
-8 science-fiction (I rarely get into this genre, so that should be interesting)<br>
-8 horror novels (I've gotten away from this genre and this is the perfect excuse to get back to it)<br>
-8 translated foreign novels (I usually plan on reading them, but after I hated <span style="text-decoration:underline;">Love in the Time of Cholera</span>, I've been loathe to pick any others up)
 

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Thanks for posting about this, I think I'll try it, too! So far my categories are:<br><br>
On the bookshelf for more than 1 year<br>
Next installment in a series<br>
Hugo Award Winners<br>
Nebula Award Winners<br>
Arthur C. Clarke/James Tiptree, Jr. Award (4 of each - kind of a cheat, I know...)<br>
Buddhism<br>
Classics I Should Have Read in High School<br>
??? I'm up in the air on the last category. Maybe National Book Award winners....
 

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Cool! I can already tell by the way this first book is going that I'm never going to get even close to finishing, but I'm going to force myself to work through at least few in each category. I was at the library the other day, waiting to check out, and the challenge really had me looking at the "new books" stacks with a fresh eye. Of course, the first book I'm working on is...YA fiction <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol">--I'm reading Ptolemy's Gate, by Jonathan Stroud--but I'm going unconventional (for me) with my next, for sure. Definitely something nonfiction.
 

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I've decided my eighth category will be Booker prize winners. So we'll see how that goes!<br><br>
Right now I'm reading <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/redirect.html?ie=UTF8&linkCode=ur2&camp=1789&creative=9325&tag=motheringhud-20&location=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.amazon.com%2FLight-M-John-Harrison%2Fdp%2F0553587331%2Fref%3Dpd_bbs_1%3Fie%3DUTF8%26s%3Dbooks%26qid%3D1200659927%26sr%3D1-1" target="_blank">Light</a> by M. John Harrison (Tiptree award winner) and it is SO WEIRD! It's one of those books that you can barely get your bearings in, but I really want to figure out what the heck is going on...
 
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