Saturday, December 29, 2007

Beg, Borrow or Steal

I was thinking about Nat and thinking about my friend, Megan. Megan visited me tonight, and we talked a lot about books. I sent her away with Jesus Freaks and my copy of Blue Like Jazz. She promised me her copies of The End of Religion, Girl Soldier and Nine Parts of Desire. Recently, Megan mentioned that she had followed a link from one of my notes to Nattie's website and was touched by what she read there. So, with the two of them on my mind, here is my challenge to you:

Read a book that is not yours or a book that someone has given to you. Not a book they gave you because you wanted it, but a book they gave you because THEY loved it and wanted to share it with you. A book someone suggested to you (even if you have to buy the actual copy you read) is what I am getting at.

Nat was always reviewing the books she read and picking up books we thought she would like. We sent each other books all the time, and I am sure I am not the only one she traded volumes with. So, this is the Beg, Borrow or Steal Challenge (though, stealing isn't good, okay?).

Pick one book for this challenge and read it in January. Easy peasy, right?

Send me links for the sidebar if you want to be linked here. I will take down the Babysteps challenge list after Jan 1st and put up the Beg, Borrow or Steal list. As usual, post any reviews in the comments and I will create a post for those links.

Happy New Year!


Saturday, December 15, 2007

Nat's Day!

Happy Birthday Natalie!

We miss you!


Tuesday, October 30, 2007

Baby Step Reviews

This post will be updated with links to reviews for books read during this challenge. If you do not have a blog but really want to share a review, you can post it in the comments or send me a copy via email ( and I will post it on MY book blog and link it here. No problem. :)

Adverbs by Daniel Handler
The Ship of Brides by Jojo Moyes
The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold
The Chatham School Affair by Thomas H. Cook
Booked to Die by John Dunning
The Twenty-One Balloons by William Du Pene
Taken on Trust by Terry Waite
The Hours by Muchael Cunningham
Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi
Come Closer by Sara Gran
N is for Noose by Sue Grafton
First Times compiled by Martha Jocelyn
Red Rage by Brigitte Blobel
Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank
Jane's Wrap Up Post

Sunday, October 14, 2007

Tuesday, October 9, 2007

The Baby Steps Challenge

I thought our first challenge should be a fairly short and simple one. Nattie often talked about taking "baby steps." So, combined with her beloved Mt. To Be Read, I decided on The Baby Steps Challenge. We cannot possibly read everything we want to. We don't have time. ((My husband would file for divorce))

So, take a baby step. Or 2. Or 3.

Oct, Nov, Dec and then we leap into a new year. Before that new year greets us, we shall knock 3 books off the pile.

This can work two ways.

Option A. Pick 3 books you own but have not read and read them before 2008.
Option B. Pick 3 books you have on a To Be Read list and read them before 2008.

If you have a blog and want to be linked as a participant, please, send me your information, and I will get a list up in the sidebar. Feel free to share your choices and your thoughts on those choices.

Happy Reading!


Saturday, October 6, 2007

The Nattie Challenge

For those of you who did not know Natalie, you can visit her blog: Nattierosewrites. Her wonderful Daddy keep sit updated with some of her old writings and sometimes we are blessed with an entry from the man himself.

Natalie was a reader. Boy, is that an understatement. Natalie was THE reader. She epitomized the phrase "So Many Books, So Little Time." Unfortunately for us, Nat's time was even shorter than anyone imagined. She left behind a legacy of books and reading, and this Challenge Blog is to honor her.

There will be a challenge going at all times. Sometimes, more than one, but let's start with one and see how that goes. Each challenge will, somehow, relate to Natalie. You do not need a blog to participate. You can read along any way that works for you. If you do have a blog, I will start a list in the sidebar that keeps track of participants. If you do not have a blog, you can send any reviews or thoughts to me, via email, and I will be happy to share them here. If you have ideas for challege themes, then please, pass those along too. This isn't MY blog. It is Nattie's.

Thank you for visiting. Happy reading!