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Jan 16, 2014 12:06PM

24794 Wow, Don Quixote is a challenge. I finally read it last year, all 1118 pages of my paperback edition, and of course there were enjoyable parts, but there were also some very tedious parts ... when he took a page and a half to basically say "Sancho fell asleep." Veeeerrrrry descriptive, sometimes very boring, but all in all, a good one to have under my belt.
Feb 21, 2013 09:02AM

24794 In reference to 'Prashant" who reads in the cab ... I have a delightful picture of my daughter, on a subway, in New York City, holding onto the pole and reading a book. She can read anywhere! And I, too, always have multiple books going ... one for my devotion time, usually a Chicken Soup or other book of compiled short things to read at bedtime or in the bathroom :), and the novel I'm working on. I also sometimes have a deep or difficult book, that I read so much of each week ... took me over a year to finish Don Quixote that way. And then, I have extra books in my car, so if I am waiting somewhere, and forgot the book I'm currently reading, I can pick up something and at least have something to read. So I end up with a huge list of "currently reading" ... was so glad to get it all cleaned out in January!
Feb 21, 2013 08:58AM

24794 Lisa, you might also check with a local library ... I don't know where you live, but I live in a very small town, and our library would probably appreciate some of those texts added to their non-fiction section as resource material.
Feb 20, 2013 08:50PM

24794 I have not checked in with this group for quite some time, and thought perhaps I would enjoy some of the challenges and group reads here again. January was my month for cleaning up my currently reading list. I read several good books, including Tipperary by Frank Delaney ... and finally (after almost a year) finished Don Quixote! Now in February I am reading some love stories ... a couple Debbie Macomber, a couple of my favorite author, Robin Jones Gunn, and I re-read The Great Gatsby. In March I plan to read as many of the Irish books on my shelf as I can get finished.
Feb 20, 2013 08:40PM

24794 It depends on how old they are. You can try selling them to Amazon ... if they accept them they will issue you an Amazon credit. Use the ISBN # to see if they take it. Otherwise, you can take it to a used book store (Do you have Half Price Books where you live?) Also most colleges have some type of book bin where you can donate used textbooks ... even if they are out of date as texts, they might be useful to someone for research.
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Feb 20, 2013 08:36PM

24794 I haven't checked in with this group for some time, but just was doing some catching up and saw that you are reading Hans Brinker ... which is, coincidentally, on my "to read" shelf for February. It will be the last book I read this month, probably, but I will start it in the next couple of days. My copy came from a used book store that is wonderful ... over crowded shelves, can hardly walk through, lost of nooks, crannies and corners to look in, and some great treasures just waiting to be found. I read the book when I was a child, and loved it, as well as the movie. I am eager to read it again.
Jun 09, 2011 07:46AM

24794 Although I'm not sure yet how much I'll be able to participate, this sounds like a fantastic schedule to me. Right now I'm reading light stuff, due to dealing with my parents' ailing health (possibly going to nursing home)... my sister's daughter's wedding ... plus they have had to evacuate their antique shop due to possible flooding ... plus a heavy summer semester in school. But I'll read as many of these classics as I can. The Count is on my reading list, Animal Farm sounds fun and easy, always up for Jane Austen ...
May 25, 2011 04:47PM

24794 I found The Scarlet Pimpernal at Target for $2.50 in the "dollar aisle". So I'll be reading it a bit late, too.
May 24, 2011 08:00AM

24794 Marna, I never cared for Dickens in high school ... but last fall read Great Expectations for a college class and loved it! I'm hoping to read more Dickens, too, but right now trying to clear my own shelf.
May 23, 2011 05:38AM

24794 I know what you mean, Amy. I'm trying to read Outlander by Diane Gabaldin, and can't seem to find enough time to get it finished. Hopefully this week I can read a lot, as I'm behind on getting my May challenges finished.
May 11, 2011 08:30AM

24794 Keep your book handy so you can read if there is a brief recess. Good luck with the trial ... I always thought that would be interesting, though, of course, it is an inconvenience.
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May 08, 2011 01:17PM

24794 Welcome, Aiza. Another interesting name! Do you know the meaning of your name? I am very intrigued by names!
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May 08, 2011 05:53AM

24794 I, too, enjoyed Jane Eyre, and that makes me eager to move Rebecca up on my list. Maybe I can get to it this month.
May 08, 2011 05:51AM

24794 Way to go, Amy! You chose some tough ones! Good job!
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May 04, 2011 11:14AM

24794 Welcome to Amanda and Kelly. Hope you enjoy the group!
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May 04, 2011 04:40AM

24794 Welcome, Laura. I think you'll love this group. I have enjoyed reading the classics, and discussing them. I look forward to getting to know you!
Apr 29, 2011 05:48PM

24794 My husband is enjoying these books ... I just bought him the brand new one that came out a few weeks ago. I might give them a try sometime.
Apr 29, 2011 11:50AM

24794 I have one more comment about this. I agree, life is too short to read "bad" stuff, and only YOU can decide what is bad. But if it's something I'm determined to get through, a classic, or a group read I want to be able to discuss, I sort of "scan". I read much faster, and get the main idea of the story, and everything important, though perhaps not every single detail. When I'm really enjoying a story, I read every word, sometimes more than once, and savor it.
I have also found that seeing the movie first can help because I'm not always confused about who is saying what, and having to re-read parts of a book to figure it out.
Apr 29, 2011 06:23AM

24794 I do agree ... if it's absolutely not your thing, don't feel bad about not reading it! Certainly don't let it be a point of stress ...
Apr 29, 2011 05:12AM

24794 When I have a book like that I usually start another book. I have found that what doesn't engage me at one time, may at another time ... so I'll read a few things I enjoy, and then go back and tackle the book that I just can't stand to not finish. I don't leave enough time to forget it, so I don't have to begin all over again ... just enough time to enjoy reading for a few days so I can go back and get another part of the way through the not so enjoyable book.
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