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88888888 Challenge

December 15, 2007

88888888 Challenge: Read from eight categories with eight books in each during this year. 

Category 1: Eight of the Top 100 Sellers of 2007 Barnes and Noble

1. Water for Elephants –  Sara Gruen

2.      Double Bind  – Chris Bohjalian

3.      For One More Day – Mitch Albom

4.      Night – Elie Wiesel

5.      Sisters – Danielle Steele (yeah, I am giggling over this one!)

6.      A Thousand Splendid Suns – Khaled Hosseini

7.      The Choice – Nicholas Sparks

8.      The Glass Castle – Jeannette Walls

Anyone know how hard it is to pick ten from the BN bestsellers that aren’t about How To Make You Better? Argh

Category 2: Graphic Novels, some Manga (or Illustrated Novels)

1.                  The Gunslinger Born  – Stephen King 2.                  Blankets – Craig Thompson

3.                  Bone  – Jeff Smith

4.                  The Dark Knight Returns – Frank Miller

5.                  Snakehead  – Anthony Horowitz

6.                  The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen – Alan Moore

7.                  300 – Frank Miller

8.                  Sweeney Todd – Mark Salisbury

Category 3:  Historical Fiction

1.      Rhett Butler’s People – Donald McCaig 2.      Anthony and Cleopatra  – Colleen McCullough

3.      One Thousand White Women – Jim Fergus

4.      The Queen’s Food  – Philippa Gregory

5.      An Assembly Such as This:  A Novel of Fitzwilliam Darcy  – Pamela Aidan

6.      Outlander  Diana Gabaldon

7.      Finn: A Novel – John Clinch

8.      Cotillion – Georgette Heyer

Category 4: Myth-like and Fairy Tale-esque Stories

1.      Son of A Witch – Gregory Maguire 2.      Leaping Beauty – Gregory Maguire

3.      Mirror Mirror – Gregory Maguire

4.      Crispin: The Cross of Lead – Avi

5.      The Lightening Thief – Rick Riordon

6.      Christmas in Camelot – Mary Pope Osborne

7.      Cirque De Freak – Darren Shan

8.      The Capture – Kathryn Lasky

Category 5: Science fiction and fantasy books

1.      Armageddon’s Children – Terry Brooks

2. Once Bitten, Twice Shy – Jennifer Rardin

3.      Dog Days – John Levitt

4.      Working for the Devil –  Lilith Saintcrow

5.       A Lick of Frost – Laurell K. Hamilton

6.      Saint City Sinners – Lilith Saintcrow

7.      Snow Crash – Neal Stephenson

8.      Infiltrator – S.M. StirlingCategory

6: Non-Fiction

1.      Eat, Pray, Love – Elizabeth Gilbert

2.      Marley and Me – John Grogan

3.      Three Cups of Tea… – Greg Mortenson

4.      Julie and Julia  – Julie Powell

5.      Sex God  – Rob Bell

6.      Stepping Up – Beth Moore

7.      Experiencing God – Henry Blackaby

8.      Men Are Like Waffles, Women Are Like Spaghetti – Bill and Pam Ferrell

Category 7:  Horror

1.      Duma Key – Stephen King 2.      For A Few Demons More – Kim Harrison

3.      The Terror – Dan Simmons

4.      Mister B. Gone – Clive Barker

5.      Day by Day Armageddon = J. L . Bourne

6.      Fool Moon – Jim Butcher

7.      Night Watch – Sergei Lukyanenko

8.      Lullaby – Chuck Palahniuk

Category 8: Young Adult Books

1.      Wildwood Dancing – Juliet Marillier

2.      Wicked Lovely – Melissa Marr

3.      Twisted – Laurie Halse Anderson

4.      Undercover – Beth Kephart

5.      Just Listen – Sarah Deesen

6.      All Hallow’s Eve: Vivian Vande Velde

7.      Blind Faith – Ellen Wittlinger

8.      Road of the Dead – Kevin Brooks

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