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Aug 31, 2009 01:56AM

1218 I have finished Des os de corail, des yeux de perle (Coral bones, pearl eyes) by Natsuki Ikezawa for 25.4.
As this is the last book I'll read for this challenge, here is my final list of books I've read:

5 POINTS
1. Andy Griffith: Animal Dreams by Barbara Kingsolver
4. Going To The Chapel And They’re Gonna Get Married: Une pièce montée by Blandine Le Callet
5. Farmer’s Market: The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer
8. Let’s Hit The Beach: On Chesil Beach by Ian McEwan
9. July 27, 1858: First Use of Fingerprints as a Means of Identification: The Big Sleep by Raymond Chandler

10 POINTS
3. Hans Christian Anderson: Contes des femmes qui veillent by Marie Faucher
5. Bastille Day: Chagrin d'école by Daniel Pennac
7. 6/7/and 8th Months in the Year – La huitième couleur (The Color of Magic) by Terry Pratchett
10. Dog Days Of Summer: Ojos De Perro Azul ("Eyes of blue dog") by Gabriel García Márquez

15 POINTS
1. Dream Vacation: The old man who read love stories by Luis Sepúlveda (Equador)
2. Casting Call: Arlington Park by Rachel Cusk
3. The Great Outdoors: Summer crossing by Truman Capote

25 POINT TASKS
2. Ashley ID's Task - Read a Dystopian novel: V for Vendetta by Alan Moore
3. Cait's Task - Mod Squad: The Road by Cormac McCarthy (Lori's bookshelf) and The Joy Luck Club by Amy Tan (Cynthia's bookshelf)
4. Amy MA's Task - The Birthstones: Des os de corail, des yeux de perle by Natsuki Ikezawa
6. Sharon's Task - Edinburgh International Festival: A year in the merde, by Stephen Clarke (Paris)
7. Bonnie's Task - Read a Book with 900+ pages: Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell by Susanna Clarke
10. Kristina GA's Task - Secret Society: La Nostalgie des dragons by Démosthène Kourtovik

30 POINT TASKS
3. Wendy's Task - Summer Peace Accord - Brick Lane by Monica Ali and Le chat du rabbin by Joann Sfar
8. Leora’s Task – 2 Books From The '1001 Books To Read Before You Die' List: Cloud Atlas by David Mitchell and Like Water for Chocolate by Laura Esquivel
9. Lizzi’s Task – Judge a Book by Its Cover: Les Animaux Célèbres by Michel Pastoureau

Current points: 350/580
Books read: 24/46


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Aug 29, 2009 02:44AM

1218 I have finished The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer for 5.5. I really enjoyed it, except I thought it ended a little abruptly.

Current points: 325/580
Books read: 23/46

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Aug 26, 2009 01:32AM

1218 I have read Brick Lane by Monica Ali and Le chat du rabbin by Joann Sfar for 30.3, Wendy's Task (Summer Peace Accord)
Current points: 320/580
Books read: 22/46

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Aug 25, 2009 05:05AM

1218 I finished 2 challenges this week-end:
- A year in the merde, by Stephen Clarke for 25.6, Sharon's Task - Edinburgh International Festival (I live in Paris). I was very doubtful at first (only criticising french, and since I'm french...), but I actually enjoyed it.
- Les Animaux Célèbres by Michel Pastoureau for 30.9, Lizzi’s Task – Judge a Book by Its Cover: it's an essay about famous animals, such as the Minotaur, the snake in Eden's garden, Teddy Bear or the Loch Ness monters: very interesting, although I would have liked it with longer explanations.
I chosed it because its cover features a beautiful illustration of the Alice in Wonderland rabbit (you can see the cover here)
Current points: 290/580
Books read: 21/46

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Aug 20, 2009 12:12AM

1218 I finished task 25.3: The Road by Cormac McCarthy (from Lori's bookshelf), amazingly depressing and The Joy Luck Club by Amy Tan (Cynthia's bookshelf), really lovable.
Current points: 235/580
Books read: 19/46

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Aug 17, 2009 01:36AM

1218 I have finished V for Vendetta by Alan Moore and David Lloyd for 25.2
Current points: 210/580
Books read: 18/46

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Aug 08, 2009 05:49AM

1218 I just finished task 30.8, where I've read Cloud Atlas by David Mitchell (loved it) and Like Water for Chocolate by Laura Esquivel (a bit disappointing).

Current points: 185/580
Books read: 17/46

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Aug 04, 2009 03:41AM

1218 I have finished reading Chagrin d'école by Daniel Pennac (one of my favorite french authors) for 10.5, which is about french scolar system and "bad students".

Current points: 155/580
Books read: 16/46


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Aug 03, 2009 02:44AM

1218 I finished Une pièce montée by Blandine Le Callet (a french novel about a wedding related by different persons) for 5.4. It was ok.

Current points: 145/580
Books read: 15/46


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Jul 27, 2009 02:03AM

1218 Hello,
I finished Ojos De Perro Azul ("Eyes of blue dog") by Gabriel García Márquez for 10.10.

Current points: 140/580
Books read: 13/46


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Jul 07, 2009 03:19AM

1218 I finished La Nostalgie des dragons by Démosthène Kourtovik for 25.10 (book about secret society).
This book is an archaeological mistery/thriller about a greek professor, Ion Dragonas, curator of Athens' prehistory museum, and its quest to retrieve a stolen mummy who is said to be the oldest assasinated mummy ever found.

He is accompanied by a young woman police officer, Andromaque Koutroubas, as he is accused of helping stealing the mummy. Together, they are travelling through Europe in order to attend an anthropology congress where groundbreaking informations are supposed to be released by an unknown scientist. Their journey will cross path with several secret societies and sects.

I enjoyed this book, as it is thriller-like it's very easy and fast to read, and I thought it had some good ideas, but I found it confusing and lacking informations when it came to explaining the mummy theft and the secret societies' beliefs.

Current points: 130/580
Books read: 11/46


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Jun 30, 2009 10:49AM

1218 Elizabeth (NC) wrote: "Marie wrote: "I've finished The Big Sleep by Raymond Chandler for 5.9 (First Use of Fingerprints as a Means of Identification:).

What did you think of this? I'm planning to use it for the birthday task, but I've never read anything by him. "


I might have overestimated this book, since I heard about it a lot, but I still really enjoyed it: it reads easily, and you really feel the 40's hollywood "film noir" vibe! It made me want to see the movie.

Jun 30, 2009 10:46AM

1218 I've finished the well-named for this challenge The Summer crossing by Truman Capote for the Great Outdoors challenge. It was almost a short story (my edition was 152 pages), but I really liked it.

Current points: 105/580
Books read: 9/46


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Jun 29, 2009 01:21AM

1218 I've finished The Big Sleep by Raymond Chandler for 5.9 (First Use of Fingerprints as a Means of Identification:).

Current points: 90/580
Books read: 8/46


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Jun 22, 2009 12:13AM

1218 I finished On Chesil Beach by Ian McEwan for 5.8., which was pretty short but has an interesting subject, and great writing (I had never read an Ian McEwan book before).
So:

Current points: 85/580
Books read: 7/46


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Jun 20, 2009 06:50AM

1218 I finished The old man who read love stories by Luis Sepúlveda for 15.1.
Here'd be my itinerary in Ecuador:
I'd go around October/November ; 2 weeks in Equador and one week in Galapagos (where I'd dive):
- Quito (capital, colonial city and first UNESCO world heritage site)
- Otavalo (market)
- Baños (natural pool)
- Puerto Misahualli (jungle trips)
- Riobamba (mout Chimborazo)
- Cuenca and national park of Las Cajas
And the Galapagos:
- Isla Santa Cruz
- Plaza Sur
- Seymour
- Bartolomé
- San Salvador

I also changed the book for Dog Days Of Summer (10.10) from Yellow Dog by Martin Amis, to
Ojos De Perro Azul by Gabriel García Márquez (Eyes of blue dog), which tempted me more.

Current points: 80/580
Books read: 6/46


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Jun 18, 2009 09:19AM

1218 Hello,

I finished Animal Dreams by Barbara Kingsolver, which takes place in small fictional town Grace, for 5.1 - Andy Griffith.

Current points: 65/545
Books read: 5/42


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Jun 17, 2009 08:01AM

1218 Hello,
I have a question for Cindy: for the Jerry Garcia task, I have this book I've had and been wanting to read, Plus célèbres que le Christ (sorry it's in french ; means More famous than Christ), which is interviews and biographies about several rock musicians (Miles Davis, Led Zeppelin, Bob Dylan or the White Stripes for instance): since there is not just one musician, would this book count for this challenge?
1218 Hi!
I love lists, so here's mine:

1 Pride and Prejudice - Jane Austen *
2 The Lord of the Rings - JRR Tolkien x+
3 Jane Eyre - Charlotte Bronte *
4 Harry Potter series - JK Rowling
5 To Kill a Mockingbird - Harper Lee x+
6 The Bible
7 Wuthering Heights - Emily Bronte *
8 Nineteen Eighty Four - George Orwell x+
9 His Dark Materials - Philip Pullman x+
10 Great Epectations - Charles Dickens *
11 Little Women - Louisa M Alcott x
12 Tess of the D’Urbervilles - Thomas Hardy *
13 Catch 22 - Joseph Heller *
14 Complete Works of Shakespeare *
15 Rebecca - Daphne Du Maurier *
16 The Hobbit - JRR Tolkien *
17 Birdsong - Sebastian Faulks
18 Catcher in the Rye - JD Salinger x+
19 The Time Traveller’s Wife - Audrey Niffenegger x+
20 Middlemarch - George Eliot *
21 Gone With The Wind - Margaret Mitchell
22 The Great Gatsby - F Scott Fitzgerald x+
23 Bleak House - Charles Dickens
24 War and Peace - Leo Tolstoy *
25 The Hitch Hiker’s Guide to the Galaxy - Douglas Adams x+
26 Brideshead Revisited - Evelyn Waugh *
27 Crime and Punishment - Fyodor Dostoyevsky *
28 Grapes of Wrath - John Steinbeck *
29 Alice in Wonderland - Lewis Carroll x+
30 The Wind in the Willows - Kenneth Grahame *
31 Anna Karenina - Leo Tolstoy *
32 David Copperfield - Charles Dickens
33 Chronicles of Narnia - CS Lewis (only the 1st, so no)
34 Emma - Jane Austen *
35 Persuasion - Jane Austen *
36 The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe - CS Lewis x
37 The Kite Runner - Khaled Hosseini *
38 Captain Corelli’s Mandolin - Louis De Bernieres
39 Memoirs of a Geisha - Arthur Golden x
40 Winnie the Pooh - AA Milne
41 Animal Farm - George Orwell x
42 The Da Vinci Code - Dan Brown x
43 One Hundred Years of Solitude - Gabriel Garcia Marquez x+
44 A Prayer for Owen Meaney - John Irving x
45 The Woman in White - Wilkie Collins x
46 Anne of Green Gables - LM Montgomery
47 Far From The Madding Crowd - Thomas Hardy
48 The Handmaid’s Tale - Margaret Atwood *
49 Lord of the Flies - William Golding *
50 Atonement - Ian McEwan *
51 Life of Pi - Yann Martel x+
52 Dune - Frank Herbert *
53 Cold Comfort Farm - Stella Gibbons
54 Sense and Sensibility - Jane Austen *
55 A Suitable Boy - Vikram Seth
56 The Shadow of the Wind - Carlos Ruiz Zafon x+
57 A Tale Of Two Cities - Charles Dickens *
58 Brave New World - Aldous Huxley x
59 The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time - Mark Haddon x
60 Love In The Time Of Cholera - Gabriel Garcia Marquez x
61 Of Mice and Men - John Steinbeck x
62 Lolita - Vladimir Nabokov x
63 The Secret History - Donna Tartt x+
64 The Lovely Bones - Alice Sebold
65 Count of Monte Cristo - Aleandre Dumas *
66 On The Road - Jack Kerouac x+
67 Jude the Obscure - Thomas Hardy
68 Bridget Jones’s Diary - Helen Fielding x
69 Midnight’s Children - Salman Rushdie *
70 Moby Dick - Herman Melville *
71 Oliver Twist - Charles Dickens *
72 Dracula - Bram Stoker x
73 The Secret Garden - Frances Hodgson Burnett x+
74 Notes From A Small Island - Bill Bryson
75 Ulysses - James Joyce *
76 The Bell Jar - Sylvia Plath x
77 Swallows and Amazons - Arthur Ransome
78 Germinal - Emile Zola *
79 Vanity Fair - William Makepeace Thackeray *
80 Possession - AS Byatt
81 A Christmas Carol - Charles Dickens *
82 Cloud Atlas - David Mitchell *
83 The Color Purple - Alice Walker *
84 The Remains of the Day - Kazuo Ishiguro *
85 Madame Bovary - Gustave Flaubert *
86 A Fine Balance - Rohinton Mistry
87 Charlotte’s Web - EB White x
88 The Five People You Meet In Heaven - Mitch Alborn *
89 Adventures of Sherlock Holmes - Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
90 The Faraway Tree Collection - Enid Blyton
91 Heart of Darkness - Joseph Conrad *
92 The Little Prince - Antoine De Saint-Eupery x+
93 The Wasp Factory - Iain Banks
94 Watership Down - Richard Adams *
95 A Confederacy of Dunces - John Kennedy Toole (never finished it)
96 A Town Like Alice - Nevil Shute
97 The Three Musketeers - Alexandre Dumas x
98 Hamlet - William Shakespeare x
99 Charlie and the Chocolate Factory - Roald Dahl x+
100 Les Miserables - Victor Hugo (never entirely) *

35 read
18 loved
39 to read
Jun 17, 2009 02:47AM

1218 Hi,
I just finished Contes des femmes qui veillent (Tales of women who watch over) by Marie Faucher for 10.3; I wasn't really found of it, and found it very misogynous (but well, since those are old-school tales...)

Current points: 60/545
Books read: 4/42


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