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What an Animal III Reading Challenge

Socrates of Socrates’ Book Reviews is hosting the What An Animal III Reading Challenge.   The full rules are on the challenge web page.

The Requirement is to read at least 6 books that have any of the following requirements:

a. there is an animal in the title of the book

b. there is an animal on the cover of the book

c. an animal plays a major role in the book

d. a main character is (or turns into) an animal (define that however you’d like).

The Challenge runs from March 1, 2009 to February 28, 2011 and you are asked to read at least six books that comply with the rules.  I have one or two books with animal theme in it, if I think harder I might come up with a few more but here are some of them:

  1. To Kill a Mocking Bird – Harper Lee
  2. Wild Steep Chase – Haruki Murakami
  3. Marley and me – John Grogan
  4. The Black Swan: The impact of the highly improbably by Nassim Taleb
  5. Birds without wings by Louis De Bernieres. (Not sure about this, will have to re-think, De Bernieres’ books are such a deep read)
  6. Something from Michael Crichton’s work ?…..

The challenge is in its third year but it will be my first. I’ll scour through my TBR pile to find some to add on the list or alter the list if I find something more interesting. I am sure children’s animal books don’t count, because I could have read 30 of them. Surely Vampires are not animal? Because I really like to read Anne Rice’s Inteview with Vampire and what about flies? I like to read “Lord of the Flies by William Golding“, flies are insects right? hmm.. it’s been a tough choice to shortlist my books of animal. 🙂

So bring it on!

About JoV

A bookaholic that went out of control.... I eat, sleep and breathe books. Well, lately I do other stuff.


One thought on “What an Animal III Reading Challenge

  1. Welcome to the challenge and good luck with it!

    Posted by Yvonne | March 4, 2010, 1:20 am

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Ratings Defined

0 = Abandon the book after first chapter

1 = Waste of paper, we will see what the environmentalist say about this!

2 = Skip it, read the book if you have got nothing better to do

2.5 = An average book, easily forgettable.

3 = A good read.

3.5 = A good entertaining read, a page-turner

4 = So glad that I read the book, a book with substance and invaluable for future reference

4.5 = So glad that I read the book, would pester everyone to read it, invaluable, I would want to own it and wouldn't mind a second read (something that I seldom do)

5 = The book is so good that I feel like I am on scale 4 and 4.5, and more, it blew me away and lingers on my head for weeks!

Books Read

JoV's bookshelf: read
Hold Tight
The Fault in Our Stars
The Everything Store: Jeff Bezos and the Age of Amazon
The Thief
Catching Fire
A Tale for the Time Being
Into the Darkest Corner
The Liars' Gospel
Goat Mountain
Strange Weather In Tokyo
Strange Shores
And the Mountains Echoed
Ten White Geese
One Step Too Far
The Innocents
The General: The ordinary man who became one of the bravest prisoners in Guantanamo
White Dog Fell from the Sky
A Virtual Love
The Fall of the Stone City

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Reading, after a certain age, diverts the mind too much from its creative pursuits. Any man who reads too much and uses his own brain too little falls into lazy habits of thinking. - Albert Einstein (1879 - 1955)

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