Lyn (Readinghearts)'s Comments
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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
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
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, NGPride and Prejudice
for 7 Deadly SinsClaude & Camille: A Novel of Monet
for Favorite ArtistRose 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.
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!
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 pagesThe 13th Hour
by Richard Doetsch
- 334 pagesSecrets of Eden: A Novel
by Chris Bohjalian
- 362 pages
Total pages - 1021 Books Read: 10
Pages Read: 4512
Tasks Completed: 6
Total Points: 75
TASK 15.5 - POETRYRobert 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 onTotal points: 50
Total pages: 4152
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
. 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
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
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
In 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
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.
Both of these are great!! You guys are so talented.
Jayme - Seriously. I love the way the words flow, and the pictures it makes. I expected to hate it, but ended up loving it.
Definitely Shutter Island
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.
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
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!
I reached in and grabbed it. It was a page from some old book, journal, or diary.
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!
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.
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?