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Hmmm

I just finished Gone, which was really interesting, when I noticed that it was 558 pages long. This means that I DID finish the Chunkster Challenge. It was four books over 450 pages. The only thing I did not do is stick to my original list of books. Oh, and I broke my own rule of no YA but everyone else did too! Did you see how many Breaking Dawns are on that list? I read that too, but didn't count it.
Anyway, Gone was really cool. The world ends in this way: everyone over the age of 15 is "gone" and several kids in the story have acquired special powers a la Heroes (lightning speed, shooting lasers out of one's hands, etc). The animals have mutated too. Talking coyotes anyone? I thought the pace was rather page turning and the characters pretty believable for 14 year olds stuck all alone. One manages to run a McDonalds all by himself, and I thought that was funny. I think this book would make a great movie.
So, wrapping up the Fall semester at school and I ha…

Bring 'em on!

It's not even Christmas yet, and already I'm getting ready for my 2009 reading challenges. Yes! I found the20 in 2009 Challenge(easy peasy), the50 Books in 2009, the New Author Challenge, theRead Your Own Books Challenge(which is brilliant-because I never read anything I own because I have to read my library books first),The Ride the Reading Wave 2009 YA BookChallenge, and thePub Challenge 2009. I like reading challenges because they give me an extra sense of satisfaction when I finish a book. I don't do it for a prize, or for the glory. Mostly I do it to see what other people in the challenge are reading.
I do hate when people cheat at challenges. For example, I did the Chunkster Challenge last year (4 books over 450 pages long) and I was unable to complete it. Someone read The Invention of Hugo Cabret which is a rather large childrens book that happens to be 75 percent illustrations. Whoo! That must have taken them a whole hour!
I do want to thank all of those kind …