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888 List

The 888 Challenge:  Choose 8 categories and read 8 books in each category in 2008, 8 can overlap so 56 books total

***Final Count: 46+ books completed***

This is my list for the challenge:

I.  History/Biography/Historical Fiction

  1. Mayflower by Nathaniel Philbrick
  2. Quest for a King: Searching for the Real King Arthur by Catherine M. Andronik 10/22
  3. Most Wise and Valiant Ladies 11/17
  4. Saints at War–I’ll Be Home for Christmas by Robert C. Freeman 12/26
  5. Story of the World, Vol. 1 second half/Vol. 2 first half by Susan Wise Bauer

II.  Church Books/Scripture

  1. The Book of Mormon 6/23
  2. The New Testament 12/1
  3. The Life and Teachings of Jesus and His Apostles 12/2
  4. May 2008 Ensign 12/15
  5. “Not My Will, But Thine” by Neal A. Maxwell 12/29

III.  Classics (including children’s classics)

  1. Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen 7/18
  2. Anne of Green Gables by L. M. Montgomery 3/19
  3. Anne of Avonlea by L. M. Montgomery 3/26
  4. Anne of the Island by L. M. Montgomery 3/28
  5. Beowulf trans. by Seamus Heaney 9/5
  6. Sir Gawain and the Green Knight trans. by Tolkien 10/3
  7. The Canterbury Tales retold by Geraldine McCaughrean 11/22
  8. *The Merry Adventures of Robin Hood by Howard Pyle

IV.  Read-Alouds with the boys (the long ones)

  1. The Voyage of the Dawn Treader by C. S. Lewis
  2. The Silver Chair by C. S. Lewis 6/7
  3. The Magician’s Nephew by C. S. Lewis 3/10
  4. The Last Battle by C. S. Lewis 8/4
  5. Black Ships Before Troy by Rosemary Sutcliff
  6. The Wanderings of Odysseus by Rosemary Sutcliff
  7. The Secret Garden 10/17
  8. The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane by Kate DiCamillo 10/28

V.  Home/Parenting/Homeschooling

  1. Confessions of a Happily Organized Family by Deniece Schofield
  2. 10 Secrets Wise Parents Know by Brent L. Top and Bruce A. Chadwick 7/11
  3. The Well-Adjusted Child, the social benefits of homeschooling by Rachel Gathercole
  4. Using the Piano to Help Raise Your Family by Bill Fifield and Janet Aikele
  5. The Well-Trained Mind by Jessie Wise and Susan Wise Bauer 12/31

VI.  Music

  1. Indivisible by Four by Arnold Steinhardt, about the Guarneri Quartet 5/16
  2. Using the Piano to Help Raise Your Family by Bill Fifield and Janet Aikele
  3. The Soloist by Steve Lopez 8/1

VII.  Books to Movies

  1. Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen 7/18
  2. The Fellowship of the Ring by J. R. R. Tolkien 8/27
  3. The Two Towers by J. R. R. Tolkien
  4. The Return of the King by J. R. R. Tolkien 10/21
  5. Persuasion by Jane Austen 7/15
  6. The Sword in the Stone 12/2
  7. To Kill a Mockingbird 12/13
  8. *The Merry Adventures of Robin Hood by Howard Pyle

VIII. Everything Else/the Fun Books! (Not that everything else isn’t fun, I just tend towards non-fiction and classics unless I trust the author, I like clean reads.)

  1. Austenland by Shannon Hale 7/7
  2. Travels with Alice by Calvin Trillin
  3. Hallowe’en Party by Agatha Christie 6/30
  4. Murder is Easy by Agatha Christie 6/16
  5. Cat Among the Pigeons by Agatha Christie 3/31
  6. After the Funeral by Agatha Christie 4/9
  7. Anne of Windy Poplars by L. M. Montgomery 4/28
  8. Anne’s House of Dreams by L. M. Montgomery 5/5

*what I’m currently reading
what I’ve finished

4 Comments leave one →
  1. February 4, 2008 6:38 am

    Ok I have seen this around, but I guess I need to get on board. My only wish would be that it would 2002 or something like 2 books per category- ha ha ha. Thanks for swinging by the blog

  2. March 1, 2008 1:39 pm

    I tend to be with Angela…I’m way behind on mine. I love the idea, but haven’t started a list yet! I bought the book “Book Lust” to help me out, but so far I’ve only started one category. Hmmm. Maybe something like 10 months, 10 books, 10 categories??

    I guess the point is to just branch out and read!

    Thanks for stopping by on my blog and coming out of lurkdom! It led me to your blog, which I have enjoyed perusing!!

  3. Angilee permalink
    April 4, 2008 8:17 am

    I found your beautiful blog recently and decided to start my own – 888 list and all. Well, I’m working on it. I like your list, but when can we expect reviews? :) Or did I miss them? How did you like Using the Piano to Help Raise Your Family?

  4. November 14, 2008 8:03 pm

    Look at your list! It’s almost completely finished. Amazing. I’d like to find a ’09 challenge and get a head start! ;)

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