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May 12, 2010 09:27AM

21757 I just finished Rose Cottage by Mary Stewart for Task 20.9 - Read a Book with the Name of a Cheese in the title. It was a quick, light read. It is an old style gothic mystery, and was thoroughly enjoyable as a light read. I give it 3 stars.

Total pages: 240

Total Pages Read: 5104
Total number of books read: 12
Total Number of tasks completed: 8
Total Points: 110




May 10, 2010 01:18PM

May 10, 2010 11:50AM

21757 I finished Claude & Camille: A Novel of Monet by Stephanie Cowell for Task 15.8 - Your Favorite Artist and I am giving it 4 stars. The book was a telling of the relationship between the Impressionist painter Claude Monet and his wife, Camille Denacroix. I picked up this book because my youngest son, Joe, is a painter, loves Impressionism, and his famous painter is Monet. Due to this I have come to love Impressionism, also, and Monet in specific. That said, even though this book was about his relationship with Camille, I learned a lot about Monet and the other Impressionist, and the tribulations they went through trying to get their paintings recognized as art. In addition, I learned a lot about the life of Monet. It was also a pretty easy read. I would definitely recommend this to people who are interested in the Impressionist movement in France.

Total pages - 400

Books Read: 11
Pages Read: 4512
Tasks Completed: 7
Total Points: 90




May 05, 2010 10:08AM

21757 I didn't get much read this time, maybe because I read a 1276 page book, lol! I am hoping to finish a number of books this month, but not sure how it will go. I will definitely not finish, and I don't really have a point goal. Usually I try to do better than the challenge before, but with reading The Count of Monte Cristo this time, I don't think I will even do that. So I am trying to finish the following books:

American Gods by Neil Gaiman for SP,PR,RI, IN, NG

Pride and Prejudice for 7 Deadly Sins

Claude & Camille: A Novel of Monet for Favorite Artist

Rose Cottage: A Novel for Luck of the Draw, a book with a cheese name in the title

We'll see if I can get to any others.
May 04, 2010 03:45PM

21757 If I had to pick one, I think I would pick the sunglasses, too, but I certainly want to be on the beach in the other one!
May 03, 2010 03:26PM

21757 Another one finished! I just completed Task 25.5 - Read 850 Pages from your TBR: For this task I read:

Sworn to Silence by Linda Castillo - 325 pages
The 13th Hour by Richard Doetsch - 334 pages
Secrets of Eden: A Novel by Chris Bohjalian - 362 pages

Total pages - 1021

Books Read: 10
Pages Read: 4512
Tasks Completed: 6
Total Points: 75




Apr 27, 2010 11:33AM

21757 TASK 15.5 - POETRY


Robert Frost's Poems 288 pages long filled with many of his most loved poems. Frost has two distinct styles, and I vastly prefer one over the other.

Here is my Haiku:

The leaves on the tree
blowing in the fierce wind
tell me to hang on

Total points: 50
Total pages: 4152
Tasks: 5
Books: 7




Apr 26, 2010 10:01AM

21757 TASK 5.10 - Author who lived during Queen Victoria's lifetime

I finally finished another one, The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas, which was a LONG one at 1276 pages . Alexandre Dumas lived from 1802 - 1870, and the book was written in the 1830's. This may seem to be a really long book for just 5 points, but it is well worth the time. I am giving this book 5 stars and highly recommend it to anyone who has not read it. Now that I have finished this one, though, I am hoping to be able to read a number between now and the end of May.

I am also entering this book in the "I like big books" challenge if I can.

Total # Pages Read: 3504
Total # Points Accrued: 35
Total # of Completed Tasks: 4
Total # of Books Read: 6




Apr 02, 2010 08:02PM

21757 Just finished Task 10.10 - "fashions fade - style is eternal." I read Girl in a Blue Dress: A Novel Inspired by the Life and Marriage of Charles Dickens by Gaynor Arnold, using the word "dress" as my article of clothing. The book is told from the perspective of "Dickens" wife, and paints a very interesting picture of Charles Dickens. Now I want to read more about Dickens life to see how much of the book was pure conjecture.


Total # Pages Read: 1808
Total # Points Accrued: 30
Total # of Completed Tasks: 3
Total # of Books Read: 5





Mar 31, 2010 01:19PM

21757 I finally finished another book, WHEW. It has been hard with the boys home for spring break, LOL.

So for Task 10.1 - Arbor Day I read In the Woods by Tana FrenchIn the Woods by Tana French, which has drawings of tree branches on the cover. It was really interesting, and I am looking forward to her second book.

Total # Pages Read: 1394
Total # Points Accrued: 20
Total # of Completed Tasks: 2
Total # of Books Read: 4




Mar 30, 2010 10:52AM

21757 I am about halfway through In the Woods by Tana French,which is a great mystery. I still have no idea where this book will end.

The other book I am reading is the Penguin Unabridged translation of The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas, which is phenomenal.
Mar 19, 2010 07:44PM

21757 Both of these are great!! You guys are so talented.
Mar 11, 2010 11:29PM

21757 Jayme - Seriously. I love the way the words flow, and the pictures it makes. I expected to hate it, but ended up loving it.
Mar 11, 2010 10:52AM

21757 Definitely Shutter Island
Also Neverwhere

But the best one I would never have thought I would like wasLeaves of Grass by Walt Whitman. I liked it so much, I bought my own copy of it.
Mar 08, 2010 02:31PM

21757 I completed my first task, Task 10.4 - Reduce, Recycle, or Reuse

For this task I recycled a book from Task 25.1 of the Winter 2009 - 2010 Challenge and read Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro from the 2006 - 1001 Books you must read before you die list.

POINTS: 10
TOTAL POINTS: 10





Mar 04, 2010 04:22PM

21757 LOl, I was going to ask the same thing, Erin. Not that I am lacking for tasks to work on, but I am OCDing about completing my plan, lol!
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Mar 04, 2010 02:12PM

21757 I reached in and grabbed it. It was a page from some old book, journal, or diary.
21757 I have to say - I read your task and almost choked. I like big books, but three? THEN I got the joke. It took me a while to realize that April Fool's does fall during this challenge, LOL!
Mar 01, 2010 03:03PM

21757 BJ Rose - Thanks for the alternate suggestion. I will check that out, too. That book sounds good.

And I'm sure you could come up with a harder task. This one is really good, it's just that my birthday isn't the best.
Mar 01, 2010 11:51AM

21757 BJ - Could you pick a harder task, LOL. My birthday sucks in this regard. I did find, though that the 4 men accused of the Haymarket Massacre in Chicago were hung on November 11, which is my birthday, so I was planning to read:

Death in the Haymarket: A Story of Chicago, the First Labor Movement and the Bombing that Divided Gilded Age America by James Green Part A (I presume it includes the trial of the men and their eventual hanging), and Changes the new Dresden Files book by Jim Butcher which takes place in present day Chicago and Part B.

Does this work?


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