E-book Challenge

I’ve had my nook for a little over half a year now, and although I wasn’t using it too much at first (the price of ebooks is ridiculously high, and none of the libraries in my area offer ebook downloads), I’ve since built up a massive collection of ebooks. Anyway, I’m now using my nook a lot more. Although ebooks will never take the place that actual books hold in my heart, I do want to get more use out of my nook.

I’ve downloaded a lot of books–mostly classics and older texts–for several challenges I’m participating in, so I’m shooting for the Addicted level (12 ebooks).

Challenge Guidelines:
1. Anyone can join. You don’t need a blog to participate.

2. There are four levels:
— Curious – Read 3 e-books.
— Fascinated – Read 6 e-books.
— Addicted – Read 12 e-books.
— Obsessed – Read 20 e-books.

3. Any genre counts.

4. You can list your books in advance or just put them in a wrap-up post. If you list them, feel free to change them as the mood takes you.

5. Challenge begins January 1, 2011 and lasts until December 31, 2011.

I’ll probably be drawing most of my books for this challenge from these lists:


  • Backlash: The Undeclared War Against Women by Susan Faludi
  • Hitch-22 by Christoper Hitchens
  • No Mexicans, Women, or Dogs Allowed by Cynthia Orozco
  • The Female Eunuch by Germaine Greer
  • The Beauty Myth by Naomi Wolf
  • The Good Women of China by Xinran
  • The Purity Myth by Jessica Valenti
  • The Subjection of Women by John Stuart Mill
  • The Turquoise Ledge by Lesli Marmon Silko


  • An Object of Beauty
  • Blindness
  • Catch-22
  • Glorious
  • Matterhorn
  • Room
  • So Much for That
  • Soul Mountain
  • The Children’s Book
  • The Elegance of the Hedgehog
  • The Finkler Question
  • The Long Song

Books read for this challenge:

  1. Running the Books: The Adventures of an Accidental Prison Librarian by Avi Steinberg
  2. The Elegance of the Hedgehog by Muriel Barbery
  3. A Widow’s Story by Joyce Carol Oates
  4. Making a Killing: Femicide, Free Trade, and La Frontera ed. by Alicia Gaspar de Alba and Georgina Guzmán [review]
  5. The Good Daughter: A Memoir of My Mother’s Hidden Life by Jasmin Darznik [review]
  6. The Education of Women and The Vices of Men trans. by Hasan Javadi and Willem Floor [review]
  7. Cleopatra: A Life by Stacy Schiff [review]
  8. Cinderella Ate My Daughter: Dispatches from the Frontlines of the New Girlie-Girl Culture by Peggy Orenstein [review]
  9. Say Her Name by Francisco Goldman [review]
  10. Salvation City by Sigrid Nunez [review]
  11. Bumped by Megan McCafferty [review]
  12. Jane Austen: A Life Revealed by Catherine Reef [review]
  13. Galore by Michael Crummey [review]
  14. Miss New India by Bharati Mukherjee [review]
  15. The Raising by Laura Kasischke [review]
  16. Plastic: A Toxic Love Story by Susan Freinkel [review]
  17. The Final Testament of the Holy Bible by James Frey [review]
  18. Arab & Arab American Feminisms: Gender, Violence, & Belonging ed. by Rabab Abdulhadi, Evelyn Alsultany, and Nadine Naber [review]
  19. My American Unhappiness by Dean Bakopoulos [review]
  20. A Room of One’s Own by Virginia Woolf
  21. The White Woman on the Green Bicycle by Monique Roffey [review]
  22. Tomatoland: How Modern Industrial Agriculture Destroyed Our Most Alluring Fruit by Barry Estabrook

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