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My name is Joyce and this is my humble playground in cyberspace where my insanity runs amok. I created this book blog with the intention of using it for my thoughts,opinions, and reviews on the books I've read and the books I want to read. This is also where I'll keep a tab of all the reading challenges I decide to participate in, and interesting excerpts from the books I'm reading, as well as any odds and ends related to books and reading.

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I’m a voracious reader and I enjoy a variety of genres including young-adult, romance, classics, mystery, fantasy, and historical fiction.

I would love to hear book recommendations from fellow booklovers. So if you want to share a recommendation or two, you can check out my Never-ending Reading List and leave me any suggestions in any of the comments section below.

Saturday, October 24, 2009

2010 Books to Read Before I Die Challenge

at Bibliophile by the Sea has come up with a low-pressure and fun reading challenge called which will help us take a chunk of our TBR pile and read the books we want to read before we die. As a result, the 2010 Books to Read Before I Die Challenge was born.

I admit that I’m a very compulsive book buyer, and that I have more books than my shelf could handle. I have so many books in my shelf that I want to read but I always end up not reading them. I was actually thinking of joining the 1001 Books To Read Before You Die Reading Challenge but the list was so enormous and I found that most of the books on the list I don’t really care about. So when I found out about this challenge, I knew I had to join. So for 2010, I plan on taking this challenge as a project. I have a lot of reading challenges for 2010 but I just couldn’t resist joining this one. If you want to join, here are the guidelines:

1. Between now and December 31, 2009, make a list of between 10 and 20 Books to Read Before You Die. (depending on interest, this may be an annual event challenge).
2. The books on your list can come from your stacks or the library, and be in print or audio format.
3. Once you've created your post with tentative titles, then sign up by pasting the link to your post, along with your name/blog name. This is how you will be registered. Finalize your list by 12/31/09 (no changes to the list after 12/31/09).
4. NOTE: If you don't have a blog, you can still sign up and join in the fun.
5. All bloggers who complete the challenge will be entered in giveaway to win an Amazon Gift Card.
6. Questions/comments, please feel free to comment or email me.

I’m gunning for 20 Books. I know that’s a lot but I found out I have so many books on my TBR List that I want to read. The titles on my list is subject to change unti 12/31/09. But for now, here’s what I’ve got. And I will be reading all of these:

1) Animal Dreams by Barbara Kingsolver
2) The Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver
3) To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
4) The Road by Cormac McCarthy
5) Sherlock Homes by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
6) Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen
7) Persuasion by Jane Austen
8) Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier
9) The Awakening by Kate Chopin
10) Breakfast at Tiffany's by Truman Capote
11) Anne of Green Gables by Lucy Maud Montgomery
12) Never Let Me Go – Kazuo Ishiguro
13) Mary Barton by Elizabeth Gaskell
14) Blonde by Joyce Carol Oates
15) Atonement by Ian McEwan
16) Choke by Chuck Palahniuk
17) Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy
18) A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess.
19) The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Luis Zafon
20) The Reader by Bernhard Schlink

I'm so excited for this challenge! I can't wait for it to start.♥




  1. Joyce ...

    Thanks so much for joining in on this challenge. I loved so many of the books on your list: 3,4,8,12,17,19 and 20.

    I have Poison wood Bible on my list to read for this as well. HAVE FUN and ENJOY

    what a beautiful blog you have! I will be back to visit. Thanks again.

  2. Hello Diane,

    Thank you for stopping by! I was truly very ecstatic when I found out about your reading challenge. I have a lot of challenges lined up for me next year but I know I can't just pass up this one. ♥

    I'm so glad you enjoyed reading most of the books on my list! I hope I'll like them too. These books had been sitting on my shelf for quite a while. And now, I have no excuse to not read them. I can't wait for the challenge to start. ^_^

  3. I've read The Poisonwood Bible, To Kill a Mockingbird, Rebecca, The Awakening and A Clockwork Orange from your list. I am reading The Shadow of the Wind right now. Great list. I enjoyed all the ones I've read.

  4. @ Dana

    Thanks for dropping by my blog. I can't wait to read these books. I've been hearing a lot of great reviews about them. And these books are considered to be Must Reads for booklovers.

    I hope you enjoy Shadow of the Wind!

    Have fun reading. ;)