- 101 in 1001
August 28, 2009
Date Started: August 24, 2009/Date Finished: August 28, 2009
Summary: Charlie is writing letters to an unknown person. He's afraid of starting high school. Soon he meets two friends, Sam and Patrick, and learns to grow up. After a while, a repressed memory of his Aunt Helen reminds him of something tragic that happened to him as a child.
Likes: The writing is solid and enjoyable. It's short and to the point and I can imagine the characters very clearly in my head. The story takes place in the early 90's and some of the things they are discussing are nostalgic of the time. Some of the characters don't have names but the people that are important to Charlie are mentioned. It's a fun read to see what kind of trouble Charlie and his friends get into. It's also interesting to read about his panic attacks. He's an odd character, the type of guy who would kick ass and cry about it afterward. He feels like a real character with quirks and flaws.
Dislikes: The ending was strange, it wasn't good or bad, or even surprising, but just odd. It didn't sound like it was leading up to that. I guess I need some more hints, though in retrospect, I guess they were there all along, but since you don't know why he's dwelling on certain things.
Overall: I like the writing. It inspired me to write some bonus stories in this format, it's a really good way to get into a characters head. =)
This is broken up into Authors with more than five books that are not in a series, Series, and Standalone books, or books that are in a series that I have already read, but not finished.
Authors(with more than 5 standalone books to read)
- Haruki Murakami (1/12)
- Hear the Wind Sing by Haruki Murakami
- Pinball, 1973 by Haruki Murakami
- A Wild Sheep Chase by Haruki Murakami
- Hard Boiled Wonderland and the End of the World by Haruki Murakami
- Norwegian Wood by Haruki Murakami
- Dance Dance Dance by Haruki Murakami
- South of the Border, West of the Sun by Haruki Murakami
- The Wind Up Bird Chronicle by Haruki Murakami
- Sputnik Sweetheart by Haruki Murakami
- Kafka on the Shore by Haruki Murakami
- After Dark by Haruki Murakami
- 1Q84 Haruki Murakami
- Kazuo Ishiguro (0/6)
- An Artist of the Floating World by
- The Remains of the Day by
- The Unconsoled by
- When We Were Orphans by
Kazuo Ishiguro Never Let Me Goby Kazuo Ishiguro
- Nocturnes by
- A Pale View of Hills by
Kazuo Ishiguro Julia Alvarez (0/7)
- How the Garcia Girls Lost Their Accents by Julia Alvarez
- In the Time of Butterflies by Julia Alvarez
- Yo! by Julia Alvarez
- In the Name of Salome by Julia Alvarez
- The Secret Footprints by Julia Alvarez
- Before We Were Free by Julia Alvarez
- Finding Miracles by Julia Alvarez
- Ha Jin (0/5)
- In the Pond by Ha Jin
- Waiting by Ha Jin
- The Crazed by Ha Jin
- War Trash by Ha Jin
- A Free Life by Ha Jin
- Salman Rashdie (0/14)
- Midnight's Children by
Salman Rushdie Octavia Butler
- Perdido Street Station by China Mieville
- The Scar by China Mieville
- Iron Council by China Mieville
- Octavian Nothing: Volume 1 by M.T. Anderson
- Octavian Nothing: Volume 2 by M.T. Anderson
- City of Bones by Cassandra Clare
- City of Ashes by Cassandra Clare
- City of Glass by Cassandra Clare
- Fire Logic by Laurie J. Marks
- Earth Logic by Laurie J. Marks
- Water Logic by Laurie J. Marks
- Air Logic by Laurie J. Marks
- Uglies by Scott Westerfeld
- Pretties by Scott Westerfeld
- Specials by Scott Westerfeld
- Extras by Scott Westerfeld
- Trickster's Choice by Tamora Pierce
- Trickster's Queen by Tamora Pierce
- Knife Edge by Malorie Blackman
- Check Mate by Malorie Blackman
- The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya by Nagaru Tanigawa
- The Sigh of Haruhi Suzumiya by Nagaru Tanigawa
- The Luxe by Anna Godbersen
- Rumors by Anna Godbersen
- Envy by Anna Godbersen
- Splendor by Anna Godbersen
- 1984 by
- King Rat by China Mieville
- The Tain by China Mieville
- The Time Traveler's Wife by Audrey Niffenegger
- If You Could See Me Now by Cecelia Ahern
No Country for Old Menby Cormac McCarthy
- The Road by
- Love, Rosie by Cecelia Ahern
- American Gods by Neil Gaiman
- Anasi Boys by Neil Gaiman
- Trash Sex Magic by Jennifer Stevenson
- The Love We Share Without Knowing by Christopher Barzak
- Invisible Monsters by Chuck Palahniuk
Fight Clubby Chuck Palahniuk
- Choke by Chuck Palahniuk
- Kindred by Octavia Butler
- Acacia by
- The Salt Roads by Nalo Hopkinson
- The Between by Tananarive Due
- Notes from the Hyena's Belly by Nega Mezlekia
- Trust Me by Malorie Blackman
- Words Last Forever by Malorie Blackman
- Black and White by Malorie Blackman
- Once Upon a Time in England by Helen Walsh
- The Good
Womenof China: Hidden Voices by Xue Xinran
- Sky Burial by Xue Xinran
- What the Chinese Don't Eat by Xue Xinran
- Miss Chopsticks by Xue Xinran
- The Brief Wonderous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Diaz
- The Way I See It: A Personal Look at Autism and Aspergers by Temple Grandin
- The Autograph Man by
Zadie Smith White Teethby Zadie Smith
- On Beauty by
Zadie Smith Saving Maddie by Varian Johnson Eighth Grade Super Zero byOlugbemisola Rhuday-Perkovich
- Magic Under Glass by Jaclyn Dolamore
- What Would Emma Do? by Eileen Cook
- North of Beautiful by Justina Chen Headley
- Cloud Mountain by Aimee E. Liu
- Wide Awake by David Levithan
- Girl at Sea by Maureen Johnson
- This Lovely Life by Vicki Forman
- Drift by Victoria Patterson
- Mountains Beyond Mountains by Tracy Kidder
- The Twelve Kingdoms by Fuyumi Ono
- 47 by Walter Mosley
- Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet by Jamie Ford
- Naked by David Sedaris
- If I Stay by Gayle Forman
- The Brief and Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Diaz
- The Way I See It by Temple Grandin
- Moonshine by Alaya Johnson
- The Forest of Hands and Teeth by Carrie Ryan
- The Children of Men by P.D. James
- The Giver by Lois Lowry
- Battle Royale by Koushun Takami
- A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess
- The Adoration of Jenna Fox by Mary E. Peterson
- Gringolandia by Lyn Miller Lachmann
- His Own Where by June Jordan
- A Wish After Midnight by Zetta Elliot
- Scarlett Fever by Maureen Johnson
- The Demon's Covenant by Sarah Rees-Brennan
- Ash by Malinda Lo
- Break by Hannah Moskowitz
- The Dark Divine by Bree Despain
- The Dead-Tossed Waves by Carrie Ryan
- Hush, Hush by Becca Fitzpatrick
- The Iron King by Julie Kagawa
- Perfect Chemistry by Simone Elkeles
- The Agency: A Spy in the House by Y.S. Lee
- Love is the Higher Law by David Levithan
- Children of the Waters by Carleen Brice
- The God Box by Alex Sanchez
Projected Challenge End: September 29, 2011
Total Goals: 101
Goals Completed: 24
Goals Remaining: 78
Goals in Progress: 10
Writing (19 Goals)
- Finish Script of Book 1 of It's All Relative by June 2011.
- Write "Letters I'll Never Send" until notebook is full.
- Submit stories to at least 3 literary journals. (2/3)
Mosaic (Jan 31) RuneWright (Jan 31)
- Submit stories to at least 3 competitions (0/3)
- Get a story accepted to a literary journal.
- Apply for 3 scholarships(0/3)
- Win NaNoWriMo for 2011.
- Write a Screenplay.
- Write a musical.
- Find a literary agent.
- Write a query letter and have it critiqued on a well-known critique blog.
- Traditionally publish a book.
- Self publish a book.
21 sex scene(s) without fading to black.
- Write a new serial web novel.
- Write one first draft by the September 2011.
- Earn a certificate in Film Writing Certificate.
- Earn a certificate in TV Writing Certificate.
- Write a series of themed blog posts.(0/4)
- Go White Water Rafting somewhere other than Kern River.
- Go to Colorado.
- Go Kayaking.($63)
- Learn to Surf.($64)
- Learn to Snorkel.($39)
- Hike in Yosemite National Park. (Feb 25)
- Go to Sea World($69) and San Diego Zoo.($37)
- Go Camping in the Wild Animal Park.($139+$37=$176)
- Go to Japan.
- Go backpacking in Europe.
- Go to abroad for a medical/volunteer/humanitarian project.
- Take a road trip.
- Learn to snowboard.
- Go to
Leaky Con 2011or similar convention.
- Go to AnimeExpo and see at least 4 panels.
- Go to Comic Con and see at least 4 panels.
- Go canyoneering.
- Go indoor skydiving.
- Go Real Skydiving.
- Go Cliff Jumping.
- Go Skim Boarding.
- Go whale watching.
- Get a 3.2 g.p.a. or higher (2.982/3.2) by Spring 2011.
- Take GRE. Get a 1200.
- Get a 3.5 for every quarter from now to graduation!
- Apply for graduate schools in Winter 2010.
- Pay off half of student loans before starting graduate school.
- Earn a certificate in Autism Spectrum Disorder and Therapy or similar certificate.($3000)
- Get an B.A. in Creative Writing.
- Get an M.F.A. in Creative Writing.
Personal (28 Goals)
- Draw a comic.
- Take a photography class.
- Take an art class.
- Take a voice acting class.
- Possibly get a tattoo.
- Join a sorority.
- Get Passport renewed.
- Make a purse.
- Do a project for Kickstarter.
- Make a stop motion animation video.
- Make a stop motion video with people.
- Do a Habitat For Humanity Project.
- Get full character designs of IAR characters. (or draw them myself)
- Train a dog for Pet Therapy program.
- Make business cards.
- Design an outfit on Zazzle, buy it, then wear it.(Shoes, Shirt/hoodie)
- Take a modeling class.
- Donate $200 to Kiva.org. ($25 to each featured entrepreneur)
- Find a full-time job.
- Cosplay my character. (purple wig, blue contacts, goth
- Pay off Credit Cards.
- Earn $500 dollars a month through Demand Studios (roughly 33 articles)
- Work out 3 days a week for half an hour for one month.
- Go to a Rave.
- Take a dance class.
- Join Taiko club.
- Have a show on a premium network (like HBO).
- Write an award winning novel.
- Hit the New York Times Best Sellers List.
- Have a cartoon show on a national network.
- Update Wardrobe
- Volunteer two hours a week (African American Health Institute: March 2010)
- Get an medical internship during the summer. (Clinical Care Extender April 2009)
- Get a job during the summer.(Playful Beginnings, Inc. April 2009)
- Get an apartment/buy a house for the summer/next year.(June 2009/May 2010)
- Plot a story once a month. (Completed Dec 2009)
- Research 3 graduate schools a week (during the weekends) (30/30)
- Go to at least 3 fandom conventions and/or festivals.
- DickensFest(Feb 2009)
- Comic Con(July 2009)
- DickensFest (Feb 2010)
- Festival of Books (April 2010)
- Win a writing competition (scholarships count)
- Dr. Prem Reddy Scholarship
- Affiliates of UC Riverside Scholarship
- Meet a nationally known author.
Maya Angelou (October 2009)
- Heidi Durrow (February 2010)
- John Green and David Levithan (April 2010)
- Dolen Valdez-Perkins (May 2010)
- Go to at least 2 Nerdfighter gatherings.
- Hank at the Glendale Library. (Nov 2009)
- John at the Los Angeles Festival of Books (April 2010)
- Get ears repierced and another piercing.
- Change major to Psychology.(May 2009)
- Get new hairstyle.
- Wear make-up.
- Buy a new car. (I had to compromise with my mom to get my car painted. It's as good as new though.)
- Go to Las Vegas.(March 2010)
- Rent a car.
- Go to Happy Hour.
- Have a blog giveaway contest.
- Take a make-up artistry class
- Get a new digital camera (GE something or other, was only $150)
- Get on the Dean's List. (Dean's Honors List 3.925 GPA!)
- Guest post on at least 3 blogs.(2/3)
Scott Pilgrim Series by Bryan Lee O'Malley
The Blue Flower by Penelope Fitzgerald
The Counterlife by Philip Roth
August 27, 2009
Any more questions send them to: ncobb001 at gmail dot com
- Looking for Alaska by John Green
- An Abundance of Katherines by John Green
- Paper Towns by John Green
- Highwire Moon by Susan Straight
- Rebel Angels by Libba Bray
- Five Years on a Rock by Milton Murakami
- 13 Little Envelopes by Maureen Johnson
- Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist by David Levithan and Rachel Cohn
- Tithe by Holly Black
- Valiant by Holly Black
- Ironside by Holly Black
- Naomi and Ely's No Kiss List by David Levithan and Rachel Cohn
- The Far Sweet Thing by Libba Bray
- The Key to the Golden Firebird by Maureen Johnson
- The Realm of Possibility by David Levithan
- Burned by Ellen Hopkins
- Rx by Tracy Lynn
- The Bermudez Triangle by Maureen Johnson
- The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky
- Suite Scarlett by Maureen Johnson
- The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Mark Haddon
- Coraline by Neil Gaiman
- A Certain Slant of Light by Laura Whitcomb
- The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold
- John Dollar by Marianne Wiggins
- Devilish by Maureen Johnson
- Dogeaters by Jessica Hagedorn
- Boy Meets Boy by David Levithan
- Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson
- Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher
62/120 books. 52% done!
* denotes PoC author or main character
- One of Those Hideous Books Where the Mother Dies by
- Love, Stargirl by Jerry Spinelli
- The Demon's Lexicon by Sarah Rees-Brennan
- Notes from the Midnight Driver by Jordan Sonnenblick
- The First Part Last by Angela Johnson*
- The Girl Who Fell From the Sky by Heidi Durrow*
- Going Bovine by Libba Bray
- Liar by Justine Larbalestier*
- The Hunger Games by Susanne Collins
- The Hate List by Jennifer Brown
- Naughts and Crosses by Majorie Blackman*
- Orange Mint and Honey by Carleen Brice*
- If You Come Softly by Jacqueline Woodson
- The Second Summer of the Sisterhood by Ann Brashares
- Girls in Pants: The Third Summer of the Sisterhood by Ann Brashares
- Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins
- Percy Jackson and the Olympians: The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan
- The Secret Year by Jennifer Hubbard
- My Life as a Rhombus by Varian Johnson*
- Behind You by Jacqueline Woodson*
- Will Grayson, Will Grayson by John Green and David Levithan
- The House You Pass on the Way by Jacqueline Woodson*
- Jumping Off Swings by Jo Knowles
- Marcelo in the Real World by Francisco X. Stork*
- Miracle's Boys by Jacqueline Woodson*
- Shine, Coconut Moon by Neesha Meminger*
- Marly's Ghost by David Levithan
- Wench by Dolen Perkins-Valdez*
- Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas by Hunter S. Thompson
- Bleeding Violet by Dia Reeves*
- The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood
- The Help by Kathryn Stockett*
- Scott Pilgrim's Precious Little Life by Bryan Lee O'Malley*
- Graceling by Kristin Cashore
- The Fattening Hut by Pat Lowery Collins*
- Donorboy by Brendan Halpin
- Silver Phoenix by Cindy Pon*
- Franny and Zooey by J.D. Salinger
- Leviathan by Scott Westerfeld
- Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins
- Scott Pilgrim vs The World (vol 2) by Bryan Lee O'Malley*
- Scott Pilgrim and the Infinite Sadness (vol 3) by Bryan Lee O'Malley
- Scott Pilgrim Gets it Together (vol 4) by Bryan Lee O'Malley
- Scott Pilgrim (vol 5) by Bryan Lee O'Malley
- Scott Pilgrim's Finest Hour (vol 6) by Bryan Lee O'Malley
- Harlem Summer by Walter Dean Myers*
- Confessions of a Video Vixen by Karrine Steffans*
- The Body Finder by Kimberly Derting
- Diary of a Bad Year by J.M. Coetzee
- The Blue Flower by Penelope Fitzgerald
- The Wind Up Bird Chronicle by Haruki Murakami*
- The Counterlife by Philip Roth
- Time's Arrow by Martin Amis
- The Giver by Lois Lowry
- Netherland by Joseph O'Neill
- The Journal of Ben Uchida by Barry Denenburg
- The Character of Rain by Amelie Nothomb
- Gilead by Marilynne Robinson
- Mistwood by Leah Cypess
- Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins
- Matched by Ally Condie
- The Explosionist by Jenny Davidison
August 23, 2009
Strange Little Band by Nancy Brauer and Vanessa Brooks
Summary: Addison is an ice hearted single mother living in the strange lab of Triptych. Shane is a hot headed alien half breed. They are both psychic, they both seem to hate each other, and now they are having a baby together.
Likes: This story is bizarre and I mean that in a good way. I started reading this story before it came up into the review queue here on the e-fiction book club. I enjoy this story because I feel that there is something sinister is going on in the background.The characters are inherently unlikable, but they are interesting to read about. Stories don’t always have to have likable characters, but if they are interesting, I’m more apt to read and continue reading. The scenes between the characters are odd, but entertaining. Shane and Addison have a love/hate relationship with each. If they weren’t having a baby together, they’d probably hate each other. It’s interesting to see how that dynamic comes into play and how it affects their relationship with their son, and Addison’s daughter. I can’t wait for the more sci-fi elements to come into play. That’s one of the reasons I keep reading.
Dislikes: I’d like a little more sci-fi and a little less romance. I’m not really a fan of romance and lovey dovey things, and thankfully the story isn’t filled with mushy sentimental moments. At this point though, these characters could just be any couple with an “oops, we’re pregnant moment.” It’s like if someone took the plot for “Knocked Up” and instead made them aliens and psychics. Not a bad things, but I’m just waiting for that sci-fi/paranormal aspect to the story to make it more unique.
Overall: I’m not exacrtly sure why I keep reading this story. It’s not a bad story, but like I said, it’s strange but entertaining. It’ll be interesting to see the more fantastical stuff come into play. It’s a good read if you like the two different people and the only thing in common between them is that they have a baby. It’s more interesting now that the baby is here. It’s only on the 7th chapter with varying parts so who knows where it’s going to go from here.
Cross posted to the E-fiction Book Club
August 18, 2009
Dislikes: The story is that the chapters are broken in parts. I felt like I was stuck on one chapter for a long time. This is just a personal preference and it didn't detract from the actual story itself.
Overall: I found this story enjoyable. It was a little hard for me to get into at the beginning, but once the action comes through, it's non stop and well written. Even if the plot were completely boring, the author is wonderful with characterization.