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message 51: by Janice (new)

Janice (JaMaSc) Barb wrote: "OK! I figured one out.
Imma gonna read in order of the alphabet.
The authors last name must start with the correct letter, going in order from A to Z, and I'll try to pull them from my existing ..."


I like that challenge, Barb!


message 52: by Barb (new)

Barb | 11266 comments Mod
Thanks, Janice. I have some Atwood I picked up in the summer, I guess she'll be first up.


message 53: by Phil (new)

Phil | 11390 comments Barb wrote: "The authors last name must start with the correct letter, going in order from A to Z, and I'll try to pull them from my existing TBR mountain."

Wouldn't that be from "A to Zed?"


message 54: by Sally, la reina (new)

Sally (MrsNolte) | 17267 comments Mod
Zed's dead, baby. Zed's dead.


message 55: by Phil (new)

Phil | 11390 comments Sally wrote: "Zed's dead, baby. Zed's dead."

The Link.


message 56: by janine (new)

janine | 7715 comments Other challenges I've done this year: I sometimes like to read all of the nominees (or some) from a prize that catches my eye. If you pick the right one you're set for a year in discussing literary prizes because they all nominate from the same pool of books.


message 57: by janine (new)

janine | 7715 comments I think I've come up with a challenge for next year: read more non-fiction. I'm thinking of aiming for 10%, up from 2% this year.


message 58: by ~Geektastic~ (new)

 ~Geektastic~ (atroskity) | 3207 comments Gabby wrote: "I am not convinced about the idea of setting up challenges for reading books. If reading is a hobby and a source of enjoyment, why bother about reading a minimum number of so and so books within su..."

I think it's just the fun of setting a goal and living up to it. It's not a serious goal like "have a new job by February" or "lose 10 pounds before vacation," so it doesn't have any of that pressure but you still have a rewarding feeling of accomplishment on the other end. Plus, it can help motivate you to read something that you may have put off or has been collecting dust on your shelf. I like LG and Barb's challenges, because there's a goal but the means are not restrictively specific.


message 59: by Barb (new)

Barb | 11266 comments Mod
Yes. What Amber said.


message 60: by Janice (new)

Janice (JaMaSc) I agree with Amber and add another consideration. Challenges may get you reading books you might not normally read.

Last year, one of our challenges was to read steampunk. As a result, we had some great discussions about what steampunk is and a couple of us have discovered a new genre to enjoy.


message 61: by Charly (new)

Charly Gabby, to a certain degree I agree with you, however i have set my classics challenge for myself and a group I'm in for two reasons. First to take advantage of the leisure time I now have to get to some of the classic works I didn't have time for before. Second to hopefully explore writers that I never got to before or who were force fed at an early age when I didn't understand them.


message 62: by ~Geektastic~ (last edited Jan 31, 2012 01:20PM) (new)

 ~Geektastic~ (atroskity) | 3207 comments Ok, I think I've come up with a decent challenge to track on TC, and that may help me make a dent in my enormous TBR.

The TC 10 for 2012

1. A volume of literary criticism not focused on Jane Austen or Victorian writers
2. A non-fiction art history book
3. A book by an author I've never read before
4. A book about religion- fiction or non-fiction
5. A book of poetry
6. A book in translation
7. A book about a place or culture I've never experienced before
8. A non-fiction study of myths and/or fairytales
9. An essay or journalism collection
10. A book by PG Wodehouse
Thank You, Jeeves


message 63: by Jonathan (new)

Jonathan Lopez | 4728 comments That looks like a great but daunting list, Amber. I'd start at 10 and then work backwards.


message 64: by ~Geektastic~ (new)

 ~Geektastic~ (atroskity) | 3207 comments Jonathan wrote: "That looks like a great but daunting list, Amber. I'd start at 10 and then work backwards."

That's the plan. I have a PG Wodehouse Anthology sitting at home, itching to be read. I may have to kick-off the challenge before the new year.


message 65: by Jonathan (new)

Jonathan Lopez | 4728 comments Wodehouse is good fun.


message 66: by Barb (new)

Barb | 11266 comments Mod
Amber. It looks like Jonathan's book would fit into the #2 slot ... just sayin'.


message 67: by Jim (new)

Jim | 6485 comments Barb wrote: "Amber. It looks like Jonathan's book would fit into the #2 slot ... just sayin'."

Is this a euphemism?


message 68: by ~Geektastic~ (new)

 ~Geektastic~ (atroskity) | 3207 comments Barb wrote: "Amber. It looks like Jonathan's book would fit into the #2 slot ... just sayin'."

Oh, good idea! I've had it on my TBR since before we were friends.


message 69: by Phil (new)

Phil | 11390 comments Jim wrote: "Barb wrote: "Amber. It looks like Jonathan's book would fit into the #2 slot ... just sayin'."

Is this a euphemism?"


Got to be very careful about what you put in that #2 slot.


message 70: by Barb (new)

Barb | 11266 comments Mod
Jim! Phil!
Ficus.


message 71: by Jonathan (last edited Dec 20, 2011 02:12PM) (new)

Jonathan Lopez | 4728 comments Amber ~Geektastic~ wrote: "Oh, good idea! I've had it on my TBR since before we were friends."

It would be really wonderful if you read it, and incredibly flattering...but if you're only going to read one art history title during the course of the year, I would honestly feel remiss if I didn't mention some other possibilities--real classics of the genre that are also personal favorites of mine and that, together, cover a lot of ground:

Three essentials:
Art and Illusion by E. H. Gombrich
Nothing if Not Critical by Robert Hughes
Leonardo da Vinci by Kenneth Clark

Also enjoyable and meant for the general reader:
The Rembrandt Book by Gary Schwartz
Edward Hopper by Gail Levin
A Life of Picasso by John Richardson, 3 vols. (so far, with vol. 4 on the way)
Off the Wall by Calvin Tomkins
"David Hockney by David Hockney" (That's the full title--a terrific book but out of print, so you would need to find it in the library)

Somewhat drier stuff but very valuable:
Dutch Painting 1600-1800 by Seymour Slive
An Outline of 19th Century European Painting by Lorenz Eitner
A History of Impressionism by John Rewald
Painting in Renaissance Venice by Peter Humphrey
Mannerism by John Shearman
Painting and Experience in 15th Century Italy by Michael Baxandall


message 72: by Phil (new)

Phil | 11390 comments Barb wrote: "Jim! Phil!
Ficus."


Butt....

Butt......

It was Jim's fault!

My challenge is to make time every day to read. I generally read a newspaper or two, but I'd like to spend more time with fiction.


message 73: by Lobstergirl (new)

Lobstergirl | 21710 comments Gabby wrote: "I am not convinced about the idea of setting up challenges for reading books. If reading is a hobby and a source of enjoyment, why bother about reading a minimum number of so and so books within su..."

My challenge has no time limit. If I decide to read 10 non-challenge books in the middle of it, that's fine. I'm in no hurry to read these particular 10 books. I promise, this particular challenge does not detract from my enjoyment of reading. If I set myself a challenge of reading books about circuses, or protein diet cookbooks, or peewee football, that would feel like a chore.


message 74: by Lobstergirl (new)

Lobstergirl | 21710 comments Kevin "El Liso Grande" wrote: "Lobstergirl wrote: "People. Please. Could we have a clean thread and limit our discussion to book challenges?

Thank you."

well, better not catch you making off topic comments anywhere...."


Truly, the only reason I wanted to stay on topic in this thread is because people are going to be coming back and editing their challenge posts, and I don't want to have to scroll through pages and pages of off-topic comments to get to those posts.


message 75: by janine (new)

janine | 7715 comments Jonathan wrote: "Amber ~Geektastic~ wrote: "Oh, good idea! I've had it on my TBR since before we were friends."

It would be really wonderful if you read it, and incredibly flattering...but if you're only going to ..."


I'll keep that list in mind for my non-fiction challenge.


message 76: by ~Geektastic~ (new)

 ~Geektastic~ (atroskity) | 3207 comments Jonathan wrote: "Amber ~Geektastic~ wrote: "Oh, good idea! I've had it on my TBR since before we were friends."

It would be really wonderful if you read it, and incredibly flattering...but if you're only going to ..."


Thanks Jonathan, I will definitely be tracking some of these down. And I doubt I will read just one, now that I know some good ones to look for.


message 77: by Jim (new)

Jim | 6485 comments Phil wrote: "Barb wrote: "

It was Jim's fault!

"


Thanks for not throwing me under the bus Phil.


message 78: by Barb (new)

Barb | 11266 comments Mod
Bewaaaaare the hammer.


message 79: by Louise (last edited Dec 23, 2011 02:21AM) (new)

Louise | 501 comments I'm doing the Around the World (in 52 Books) challenge
I found all books except 12 on my shelves at home :-)
If I feel like reading something else instead - or don't finish on time - it doesn't matter. It was fun fun fun to make the list, and I see this as a way of reading different stuff, and get some of my tbr books at home read :-)

Here's my list:

Fantasy Land/ Myth
I can't go a year without reading fantasy, so...
*Neil Gaiman Anansi Boys

EUROPE

Albania
*Ismail Kadare Broken April

Belgium
*Amélie Nothomb Fear and Trembling

Bosnia-Herzegovina
*Aleksandar Hemon The Question of Bruno: Stories

Channel Islands:
*Annie Barrows The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society

Denmark
*Lene Kaaberbøl KADAVERDOKTOREN

England
*A.S. Byatt The Children's Book

Finland
*Mikael Niemi Manden der døde som en laks

France
*Mathias Malzieu The Boy With the Cuckoo-Clock Heart

Germany
*Günter Wallraff Aus der schönen neuen Welt. Expeditionen ins Landesinnere / Fra den fagre nye verden

Greece
*Aristophanes Birds

Hungary
*Antal Szerb Journey by Moonlight

Iceland
*Sjón Splinten fra Argo

Ireland
*Colm Tóibín Mothers and Sons

Italy
*Italo Calvino De kosmikomiske historier / The Complete Cosmicomics

The Netherlands
*Cees Nooteboom The Foxes Come at Night

Norway
*Per Petterson Aske i munden, sand i skoen

Poland
*Bruno Schulz Kanelbutikkerne/The Street of Crocodiles

Portugal
*Robert Wilson A Small Death in Lisbon

Russia
*Boris Akunin Murder on the Leviathan

Scotland
*Christopher Brookmyre Attack of the Unsinkable Rubber Ducks

Spain
*Antonio Muñoz Molina Winter in Lisbon

Sweden
*Johan Theorin The Quarry

Switzerland
*Pascal Mercier Perlmanns Schweigen

Turkey
*Orhan Pamuk The New Life

NORTH AMERICA

U.S.A.
*Craig Thompson Habibi

Canada
*Robertson Davies The Rebel Angels

Cuba
*Leonardo Padura Fuentes Havana Red

CENTRAL/SOUTH AMERICA

Argentina
*Jorge Luis Borges Seven Nights

Brazil
Jorge Amado Gabriela, Clove and Cinnamon

Colombia
*Evelio Rosero Good Offices Done!

Jamaica
*Patricia Duncker Hallucinating Foucault

Mexico
*Octavio Paz The Labyrinth of Solitude / Ensomhedens Labyrint

Peru
*Mario Vargas Llosa ""In Praise of the Stepmother: A Novel

ASIA/ARABIA

China
*Qiu Xiaolong The Death of a Red Heroine

Japan
*Haruki Murakami The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle

India
*Salman Rushdie The Enchantress of Florence

Indonesia
Y.B. Mangunwijaya Durga/Umayi: A Novel

Israel
Meir Shalev The Blue Mountain

Iran
Azar Nafisi Reading Lolita in Tehran: A Memoir in Books

Nepal
*Samrat Upadhyay Royal Ghosts

Pakistan
*Shaila Abdullah Beyond the Cayenne Wall: Collection of Short Stories

Saudi Arabia
*Turki Al-Hamad Adama

Syria
*Rafik Schami Damascus Nights

AFRICA

Algeria
*Assia Djebar A Sister to Scheherazade

Morocco
Joydeep Roy-bhattachary The Storyteller of Marrakesh

Nigeria
*Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie The Thing Around Your Neck

Egypt
*Ahdaf Soueif The Map of Love

Botswana
*Alexander McCall Smith Morality for Beautiful Girls

South Africa
*Rayda Jacobs Postcards from South Africa

AUSTRALIA

*Garth Nix Drowned Wednesday

New Zealand
*Ngaio Marsh Death in Ecstasy


message 80: by ~Geektastic~ (new)

 ~Geektastic~ (atroskity) | 3207 comments Wow, Louise, that's one hell of a challenge! Good luck, I'll be very interested to see how it goes.


message 81: by Scout (new)

Scout (goodreadscomscout) | 2558 comments I need to lie down.


message 82: by Barb (last edited Dec 24, 2011 06:36AM) (new)

Barb | 11266 comments Mod
Wow, Louise! That is ambitious! Good luck with your challenge.


message 83: by Barb (last edited Jan 05, 2012 04:07PM) (new)

Barb | 11266 comments Mod
Ok - so this looks like it's going to be my list. There's some utter trash mixed in, and some classics that I need to catch up on.

Alcott, Louisa May - Little Women
Bradley, Alan - The Weed That Strings the Hangman's Bag
Cleave, Chris - Little Bee
DeGeneres, Ellen - Seriously ... I'm Kidding
Evanovich, Janet - One For The Money Endicott, Marina - Good to a Fault
Fitzgerald, F. Scott - The Great Gatsby
Gaiman, Neil - Anansi Boys
Hale, Shannon - Book of a Thousand Days
Irving, John - A Prayer for Owen Meany
Jones, Diana Wynne - Enchanted Glass
Kay, Guy Gavriel - The Summer Tree
Lutz, Lisa - Revenge of the Spellmans
Martin, George R.R. - A Game of Thrones
Nolan, William F. - Logan's Run
Orwell, George - 1984 (re-read)
Phillips, Christi - The Devlin Diary
Quintana, Anton - The Baboon King
Roberts, Nora - Black Hills
Steinbeck, John - East of Eden
Tademy, Lalita - Cane River
Udall, Brady - The Lonely Polygamist
Valente, Catherynne M. - The Girl Who Cirumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making
Wells, Rebecca - Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood
Xinran - Sky Burial: An Epic Love Story of Tibet
Yu, Charles - How to Live Safely in a Science Fictional Universe
Zusak, Markus - The Book Thief

* They were all taken from my TBR shelf, but I didn't have anything for I, Q, X and Y ... any suggestions?


message 84: by Sally, la reina (new)

Sally (MrsNolte) | 17267 comments Mod
How about Never Let Me Go?


message 86: by janine (new)

janine | 7715 comments Y: Charles Yu - How to live safely in a science-fictional universe
Banana Yoshimoto


message 87: by janine (last edited Dec 31, 2011 04:08AM) (new)

janine | 7715 comments If you read Dutch I'd have a great Q for you: Anton Quintana, but I don't think he's been translated.

Edit: you might be able to find The Baboon King, not my favourite of his books but still good.


message 88: by Barb (new)

Barb | 11266 comments Mod
Sally wrote: "How about Never Let Me Go?"


Intrigued ... it has lots of mixed reviews. It's on my I short list.


message 89: by Barb (new)

Barb | 11266 comments Mod
janine wrote: "Y: Charles Yu - How to live safely in a science-fictional universe"

Added! Y is done.
Thanks J9.


message 90: by Barb (new)

Barb | 11266 comments Mod
janine wrote: "If you read Dutch I'd have a great Q for you: Anton Quintana, but I don't think he's been translated.

Edit: you might be able to find The Baboon King, not my favourit..."



I like the sound of The Baboon King. Added.


message 91: by Barb (new)

Barb | 11266 comments Mod
Janice wrote: "How about John Irving, A Prayer for Owen Meany"

Added. Thank you kindly, Janice.


message 92: by Barb (new)

Barb | 11266 comments Mod
Ok - I found an X author. My list is now complete.


message 93: by Riona (new)

Riona (rionafaith) | 488 comments Barb wrote: "janine wrote: "Y: Charles Yu - How to live safely in a science-fictional universe"

Added! Y is done.
Thanks J9."


I'm reading this right now and really enjoying it.


Next year I want to challenge myself to read more nonfiction and at least a few classics. I'll also continue my ongoing personal challenge to read more science fiction by female authors.


message 94: by Janice (new)

Janice (JaMaSc) I decided to challenge myself to read more new releases. Every time one of those "Vote on this year's best" lists come out, I don't recognize any of the titles.

Today, the January 2012 newsletter was in my inbox. I decided that I would read a new release each month.

January 2012 selection is The Last Nude. I have it pre-ordered on my iBook. It's release date is expected to be tomorrow.


message 95: by janine (last edited Jan 06, 2012 06:52AM) (new)

janine | 7715 comments I've decided to read more non-fiction (I'm aiming for 10 books) but since I hardly ever read non-fiction I'm not sure where to start. So far I have:

- either Eating the Dinosaur or Killing Yourself to Live: 85% of a True Story

- something from Jonathan's list (message 72 in this thread)

Do any of you have suggestions for me?






Edit: storing the suggestions

The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks
Fingerprints of the Gods


message 96: by Barb (last edited Jan 06, 2012 06:48AM) (new)

Barb | 11266 comments Mod
The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks is supposed to be really good. I've got it on my TBR.

Oh, I started reading this one years ago ... and intend to get back to it. Fingerprints of the Gods


message 97: by ~Geektastic~ (new)

 ~Geektastic~ (atroskity) | 3207 comments janine wrote: "I've decided to read more non-fiction (I'm aiming for 10 books) but since I hardly ever read non-fiction I'm not sure where to start. So far I have:

- either Eating the Dinosaur or ..."


Through the Language Glass: Why the World Looks Different in Other Languages was a really interesting anthropological (as well as linguistic) examination of the use of language. I gained some valuable perspective on how limited our understanding of language really is, and he's a good writer that keeps you interested.


message 98: by Sarah (new)

Sarah | 13812 comments Owen Meany is one of my favorite books - enjoy!

My suggestion for Y would have been Jane Yolen since we were discussing fairy tale retellings. I really like her Briar Rose.


message 99: by Barb (new)

Barb | 11266 comments Mod
I added it to my TBR for later, Sarah.
Thanks!


message 100: by ~Geektastic~ (new)

 ~Geektastic~ (atroskity) | 3207 comments Barb wrote: "I added it to my TBR for later, Sarah.
Thanks!"


It's really good.


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