Category Archives: Challenges

Game On: Piece of Cake (haha)

Okay, so some of you know that I participated in the first round of the Game On Diet this past summer. I was on team Ding Dong and of course, we were victorious as we blew the other snack cakes out of the factory! They didn’t know what hit ’em. This time around, some of them came back for some more but we also have some newbies joining us which makes it all the more fun. Let me tell you, book bloggers can be a fun group but toss in food and reading and well, I can barely contain myself! I won’t be posting every week unless some serious taunting is needed but here’s the group:

To follow progress on the other teams use the #gameondiet hash tag on twitter or visit the blogs teams:

Ding Dongs (the winning team, call me Nostradamus)

Ho Ho’s


If you are wondering how I did personally the last time around,  I lost 23 lbs total, as I extended my own game into 8 weeks. Since then, I have gained back 7lbs. Many of the good habits stuck, but not all, so I am using this round to get back into the swing of things. If you are at all tempted to do this yourself, get the book and join in on the fun.

100+ Reading Challenge 2010

Once again, I am joining J. Kaye’s challenge. It’s a great way to keep track of what I’ve read and it’s very satisfying to see the list at year’s end. I am nowhere near 100 for this year, more like 60 or so, but it’s much more than last year.

1. The goal is to read 100 or more books. Anyone can join. You don’t need a blog to participate. If you’d like to sign-up, click here.

2. Audio, Re-reads, eBooks, YA, Library books, Young Reader, Nonfiction – as long as the book has an ISBN or equivalent or can be purchased as such, the book counts.

3. No need to list your books in advance. You may select books as you go. Even if you list them now, you can change the list if needed.

4. Crossovers from other reading challenges count.

5. Challenge begins January 1st thru December, 2010. Books started before the 1st do not count.

As I read, I will post the titles below:

1. Finn by Jon Clinch
2. The Things That Keep Us Here by Carla Buckley
3. Kitchen Essays by Agnes Jekyll
4. The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
5. Case Histories by Kate Atkinson
6. Life As We Knew It by Susan Beth Pfeffer
7. Moby Dick by Herman Melville
8. Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins
9. What the World Will Look Like When All the Water Leaves Us by Laura van den Berg
10. The Weight of Heaven by Thrity Umrigar
11. Impatient with Desire by Gabrielle Burton
12. Making Toast by Roger Rosenblatt
13. The Boy in the Striped Pajamas by John Boyne
14. Raven Stole the Moon by Garth Stein
15. If You Follow Me by Malena Watrous
16. The Help by Kathryn Stockett
17. Mockingbird by Kathryn Erskine
18. The Dead and the Gone by Susan Beth Pfeffer
19. The Lost Summer of Louisa May Alcott by Kelly O’Connor McNees
20. Beatrice and Virgil by Yann Martel
21. The Queen of Palmyra by Minrose Gwin
22. This World We Live In by Susan Beth Pfeffer
23. First They Killed My Father by Loung Ung
24. Let The Great World Spin by Colum McCann
25. Trackers by Patrick Carman
26. The Perfect 10 Diet by Dr. Michael Aziz
27. Legend of a Suicide by David Vann
28. The Glass Room by Simon Mawer
29. The Passage by Justin Cronin
30. Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte
31. The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest by Stieg Larsson
32. Tinkers by Paul Harding
33. Homecoming by Bernhard Schlink
34. The Space Between Us by Thrity Umrigar
35. The Inn at Lake Devine by Elinor Lipman
36. Labor Day by Joyce Maynard
37. Coming up for Air by George Orwell
38. Strangers at the Feast by Jennifer Vanderbes
39. Invisible by Paul Auster
40. Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins
41. Fever Dream by Douglas Preston & Lincoln Child
42. The Unit by Ninni Holmqvist
43. The Stand by Stephen King
44. I’d Know You Anywhere by Laura Lippman
45. Naked in Eden by Robin Easton
46. The Last Town on Earth by Thomas Mullen
47. Animal, Vegetable, Miracle by Barbara Kingsolver
48. The Angels are the Reapers by Alden Bell (aka Joshua Gaylord)
49. Proof: A Play by David Auburn
50. Atonement by Ian McEwan
51. Everything is Going to Be Great by Rachel Shukert
52. Middlesex by Jeffrey Eugenides
53. Someone at a Distance by Dorothy Whipple
54. Ethan Frome by Edith Wharton
55. Vacation by Deb Olin Unferth
56. Kings of the Earth by Jon Clinch
57. Last Night in Twisted River by John Irving