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Triple 8 Challenge

It's not necessarily a game, but I decided to salvage this literary challenge from the old site and this seemed the best place to put it.

The idea of the challenge was to read 8 books from 8 categories in 2008, hence the Triple-8 title.

This is my current status, with a month to go...

American novels

Travels with Charley, John Steinbeck
American Gods, Neil Gaiman
The New York Trilogy, Paul Auster
Watchmen, Alan Moore
The Talented Mr. Ripley, Patricia Highsmith
Angels and Demons, Dan Brown
Everything is Illuminated, Jonathan Safran Foer
The Hollow Man, John Dickson Carr


Great Expectations, Charles Dickens
Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, Robert Louis Stevenson
Dubliners, James Joyce
Dracula, Bram Stoker
Tender is the Night, F. Scott Fitzgerald
Riddle of the Sands, Erskine Childers

Children's Books

The Story of Tracy Beaker, Jacqueline Wilson
Twilight, Stephanie Meyer
The Subtle Knife, Philip Pullman
Once Upon a Time in the North, Philip Pullman
I Am David, Anne Holm
The Amber Spyglass, Philip Pullman
Kiss, Jacqueline Wilson
Mr. Good, Roger Hargreaves


Judging Dev
Kings of September
Every Single Ball
Irish History for Dummies
Planet Simpson
The Transformation of Ireland
Shooting from the Hip

Big Reader's Cup books

I Capture the Castle

Books not originally written in English

The Tain, Ciaran Carson
The Devil and Miss Prym, Paulo Coelho
Ta Jesus agus Billy ag imeacht go Barcelona, Deirdre Purcell

Crime and Detection Novels

Hallowe'en Party, Agatha Christie
5 Red Herrings, Dorothy L. Sayers
The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency, Alexander McCall Smith
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time, Mark Haddon
Don't Cry for Me, Aberystwyth, Malcolm Pryce
The Hollow Man, John Dickson Carr
Miss Marple's Short Stories, Agatha Christie
The Big Sleep, Raymond Chandler


Julius Caesar, William Shakespeare
A Streetcar Named Desire, Tennessee Williams

I need to read 20 books in a month. Should be fun!

Just for completeness, here's Sykes Mephistophelian's list. If you ever resurface here Sykes, let me know if you finished your list

Graphic Novels
1. 1602
2. Ultimate Spider-Man: Superstars
3. Maus
4. Runaways: The Good Die Young
5. Planet Hulk
6. World War Hulk

Art History
1. The Sculptural Programs of Chartres Cathedral - 2. Katzenellenbogen
2. Impressionism - Taschen (in progress)

1. Woodturning Chessmen - Darlow (in progress)
2. Forging - Jernberg

Ancient History
1. David's Secret Demons: Messiah, Murderer, Traitor, King - Halpern
2. First Historians: The Hebrew Bible and History - Halpern
3. The Israelites in History and Tradition - Lemche
4. The Text of the New Testament - Metzger/Ehrman
5. Stratagems/Aqueducts - Frontinus
6. From Slave to Pharaoh - Redford (in progress)
7. Who Wrote the Bible - Friedman (in progress)
8. The Transformation of Torah from Scribal Advice to Law - Fitzpatrick-McKinley

1. Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead - Stoppard
2. The Persecution and Assassination of Jean-Paul Marat as Performed by the Inmates of the Asylum of Charenton Under the Direction of the Marquis De Sade - Skelton
3. Electra and Other Plays - Euripides
4. The Oresteia - Aeschylus
5. The Complete Plays - Synge
6. The Barber of Seville/The Marriage of Figaro - Beaumarchais
7. The Misanthrope and Other Plays - Moliere

1. Philosophical Essays - Leibniz
2. Whose Justice? Which Rationality? - MacIntyre (in progress)
3. On the Genealogy of Morals - Nietzsche
4. Ethics; Treatise on the Emendation of the Intellect and Selected Letters - Spinoza
5. The Idea of the Self - Seigel
6. An Enquiry Concerning the Principles of Morals - Hume
7. A History of Philosophy vol. IV: Modern Philosophy from Descartes to Leibniz - Copleston
8. On Bentham and Coleridge - Mill

European Fiction
1. The Good Soldier Svejk - Hasek
2. British as a Second Language: Travels Among the English - Bennun (in progress)
3. Complete Novels - O'Brien
4. One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich - Solzhenitsyn
5. Marcovaldo - Calvino
6. Confessions of an English Opium-Eater - De Quincey

1. Orlando Furioso I - Ariosto (in progress)
2. The Song of Roland
3. The Face is Familiar: Selected Poems - Nash
4. The Poem of the Cid
5. Complete Poems - Keats
6. Complete Poems - Jonson (in progress)

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