Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Tamora Pierce Reading Challenge

Tamora Pierce Reading Challenge 2011 Hosted By The Shady Glade

Yep, I've delved into insanity at last. I've decided to dedicate the next 3 months to one of my all-time favorite authors. Some of you followers will probably remember my various gushings about her in my reviews, Top Ten Tuesdays, or my post about her visit last October. So I think I'll let the challenge host explain what this particular insanity is all about:
So why this challenge? Well, Tamora Pierce is one of my all-time favorite authors, and she has a new book coming out October 25: Mastiff, the last book in the Beka Cooper trilogy. To celebrate, from now until October 31 I'm going to reread all of the Tamora Pierce books!

So I thought it would be fun to have others join me. I know I'm not the only one out there who's a Tamora Pierce fan, after all. So set a goal to finish a set, or re-read your favorite. And if you haven't tried her books yet, maybe you want to give them a try? She has 27 "full" books currently published, not including books that she's edited, contributed a short story to, or her comic book series for adults. So there's a little something for everyone out there.

This reading challenge is totally low pressure. You can set a goal as big or as little as you want. Choose your challenge from the list below. Some of her books are quite small and quick to finish, while others are more hefty. So pick a goal you think you can reach:

Page - A good start for beginners. Complete 1-4 books
Squire - For those ready for the next level, complete 5-8 books
Knight/Lady Knight - A steady challenge at halfway, complete 9-14 books
Duke/Duchess - For serious fans, complete 15-20 books
King/Queen - This level is for serious fans, and comes complete with a royal title, complete 21-26 books
Emperor/Empress - For diehard fans, think you can finish all 27 books?
~ Alyssa @ The Shady Glade

As for myself, I'm insane enough to attempt the Empress Level and will be reviewing all the books from now up until I receive a copy of Mastiff from the library (hopefully one of the first - I'm only 8th in queue!).
Tamora Pierce Series Collection Book Shelf 2011
That's right, I'm tackling my entire shelf of Tamora Pierce, plus little help from the library. Really, I'm only 'missing' 3 books...and by missing, I mean haven't bought because they're not in Mass Market Paperback. Yes, I'm anal like that.

Anyway, here's my planned order for the challenge:

Circle of Magic Quartet
1. Sandry's Book
2. Tris's Book
3. Daja's Book
4. Briar's Book
The Circle Opens Quartet
5. Magic Steps
6. Street Magic
7. Cold Fire
8. Shatterglass
The Circle Reforged Novels
9. The Will of the Empress
10. Melting Stones
Song of the Lioness Quartet (Alanna)
11. Alanna: The First Adventure
12. In the Hand of the Goddess
13. The Woman Who Rides Like a Man
14. Lioness Rampant
The Immortals Quartet (Daine)
15. Wild Magic
16. Wolf-Speaker
17. Emperor Mage
18. The Realms of the Gods
Protector of the Small Quartet (Kel)
19. First Test
20. Page
21. Squire
22. Lady Knight
Trickster Duet (Aly)
23. Trickster's Choice
24. Trickster's Queen

Short Story Collection
25. Tortall and Other Lands: A Collection of Tales

Tortall (Past)
Provost's Dog / Beka Cooper Trilogy
26. Terrier
27. Bloodhound
Of course, my insanity wouldn't be complete without me trying to set an impossible challenge for myself BESIDES 27 books in 3 months... So, I'll be trying to clean out my pending-review list before tackling the Pierce challenge. I'm hoping to get everything (10 books) read and reviewed by August 5th.

I suppose I could try pushing it back another week...but that's going to make it tough to take that week off in September for my Flordia vacation. Ah well, we'll see what happens. In any case, be on the lookout for a slew of reviews coming your way!