Monday, August 31, 2009

Numbers Reading Challenge Completed

Hosted by Callista of SMS Books.

Jan 1- August 1, 2009

Read 5 books whose titles have a number in them. This includes written numbers like "one" and numbers like "10th" or "first".

Reading options from books on hand with those completed highlighted or linked to reviews:

Tales of the Ten Lost Tribes***** by Tamar Yellin
This One and Magic Life**** by Anne Carroll George
The Fifth Child**** by Doris Lessing
Three Men in a Boat***+ by Jerome K. Jerome

Completed August 1, 2009

Plenty of books left in the stacks to participate in the next Numbers Challenge. Details coming in December, 2009.

A Thousand Rooms of Dream and Fear by Atiq Rahimi
2666 by Roberto Bolano (quit after 160 pages)
Three Day Road by Joseph Boyden
Tightrope: Six Centuries of a Jewish Dynasty by Michael Karpin
1988 by Andrew McGahan
1959 by Thulani Davis
26a by Diana Evans
The 210th Day by Natsume Soseki
One More Year by Sana Krasikov
One Day of Life by Manlio Argueta
The Sound of One Hand Clapping by Richard Flanagan
Gould's Book of Fish: A Novel in Twelve Fish by Richard Flanagan
Monique and the Mango Rains: Two Years with a Midwife in Mali by Kris Holloway
Strand of a Thousand Pearls by Dorit Rabinyan
Two Solitudes by Hugh MacLennan
Thirty-three Swoons by Martha Cooley
Three Junes by Julia Glass
Four Meals by Meir Shalev
Five Boys by Mick Jackson
Five Quarters of the Orange by Joanne Harris
The House of Seven Gables by Nathaniel Hawthorne
The View from the Seventh Layer by Kevin Brockmeier
Sixty Lights by Gail Jones
Second Nature by Alice Hoffman
The Seventh Beggar by Pearl Abraham
Twelth Night by William Shakespeare
Billiards at Half-Past Nine by Heinrich Boll
The Book of Ten Nights and a Night: Eleven Stories by John Barth
Elephant Memories: Thirteen Years In The Life Of An Elephant Family by Cynthia Moss
The Necklace: Thirteen Women and the Experiment That Transformed Their Lives by Cheryl Jarvis The Sixteen Pleasures by A Novel Robert Hellenga
A Million Little Pieces by James Frey
And the Policeman Smiled:10, 000 Children Escape from Nazi Europe by Barry Turner
The Hungered One: Early Writings by Ed Bullins
Twenty Years at Hull-House by Jane Addams
Lovers and Cohorts: Twenty Seven Stories by Herbert
One, by One, by One: Facing the Holocaust by Judith Miller
One Writer's Beginnings Eudora Welty
The Doctor With Two Heads: And Other Essays by Gerald Weissmann
One Potato Two Potato by Anita Virgil (poetry)
Two Hemispheres by Nadine McInnis (poetry)
One Stone by Barbara Pelman (poetry)
One Hundred Poems from the Japanese by Kenneth Rexroth (poetry)

From my library, already read and recommended:

A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini
The Thirteenth Tale: A Novel Diane Setterfield
The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency by Alexander McCall Smith
84 Charing Cross Road by Helene Hanff
Nine Stories by J.D. Salinger
Three Views of Crystal Water by Katherine Govier
Instances of the Number Three by Salley Vickers
One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich by Alexander Solzhenitsyn
The Sixth Day and Other Tales by Primo Levi
Three Lives by Gertrude Stein
Five Skies by Ron Carlson
Beethoven Was One-Sixteenth Black by Nadine Gordimer
Forty Words for Sorrow Giles Blunt
The Terrible Twos by Ishmael Reed
The Third Life of Grange Copeland by Alice Walker
A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens
One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez
When I Was Five I Killed Myself by Howard Buten
One Child by Torey Hayden
The Fifth by Son Elie Wiesel
Fifth Business by Robertson Davies
The Three Evangelists Fred Vargas
The Anguish of the Jews: Twenty-Three Centuries of Antisemitism by Edward H. Flannery


  1. Great list. I've read some of them! Thanks for sharing.

  2. You never fail to impress me with your lists Sandra (and even more with your poetry).

    I've chosen you as one of my recipients for a blogger award. I hope you pick it up from my site:

  3. Congratulations on completing a challenge. I never considered how many titles have numbers. I am going to review that list some more.

  4. I am not sure why I didn't get this post on google reader!
    How are you doing? You have not been updating the blog often ! I hope you are ok, and your health is good!

    Hope all's well in your part of the world :)

    Congrats on finishing the challenge... i will take a whole day to read through tht list :)

    This challenge sounds fun.. I am looking forward on participatin in that one!

    And I am sure you might have read something for the T4MC challenge but you have not been updating on that one! It is almost over :) I am at mere 105 pts ;) I dnt think I can make much progress :D

    Take care!

  5. I hope you're well and just having a vacation (or just consumed in writing and reading)

  6. I finished "The Seamstress" and want you to know how much I appreciate your recommending it. It is one of the best books that I have read lately.

    I am so happy that I found your blog, Sandra. Thank you so much.

  7. I have to get going on my challenges... your post looks awesome. :)



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