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Christy's comments from the The Seasonal Reading Challenge group.

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Aug 31, 2010 07:41PM

21757 Task 15.2 Sacred Games by Vikram Chandra

15 task points
+20 jumbo (947 pages)

points for this post = 35
grand total = 625

And I'm done! All of you folks with over 1000 points just amaze me. And I thought I read a lot! Can't wait to start all over again with a new set of tasks tomorrow, and see if I can beat my score from this round.
Aug 30, 2010 07:15AM

21757 Task 15.6 The Invention of Air by Steven Johnson I am interested in the intersection between science and religion. This book was about Joseph Priestly, an English chemist, theologian, and political thinker who influenced Thomas Jefferson among others. Interesting, very readable for non-fiction.

15 points
+ 5 combo 10.9 Elemental

total this post = 20
grand total = 590

I'm still working on Sacred Games and hope to have finished it by Tuesday, but that will be it for me for this challenge.
Aug 25, 2010 07:26AM

21757 I just wanted to add my congratulations to Krista on the new job, and my thanks to both Krista and Sam for all their work organizing this challenge. It's my first challenge too, and I've loved it. I've also managed to clear 15 books off my shelves --a small dent, but our local library book sale is coming up in a few weeks, so I needed that shelf space!
Now if I can just finish Sacred Games before next Tuesday... what was I thinking starting a +900 page book this late in the game??
Aug 23, 2010 11:48AM

21757 Task 10.1 Julius Caesar by William Shakespeare

10 task points
+10 Combo 20.6 (set before 1450) and 20.9 Roman empire
+25 Exclusive finish

total points this post = 45
grand total = 570
Aug 20, 2010 02:40PM

21757 10.10 Square Peg
Some Tame Gazelle by Barbara Pym

style points +5 Oldie (1950)

total points this post = 15
grand total = 525
Aug 16, 2010 09:08AM

21757 Task 15.1B Elizabeth Street: A novel based on true events by Laurie Fabiano (the book is about Italian immigrants to the US and is set primarily in New York)

15 points
no style points

grand total = 510
Aug 11, 2010 09:32AM

21757 Task 20.3 I read White Noise by Don DeLillo. Igolder gave this book 5 stars; connecting book is Infinite Jest.

20 task points
+10 Canon
+5 Combo 15.4 (White Noise is on TC Boyle's top ten list. I've read his Tortilla Curtain and Drop City)

points for this post = 35
new grand total = 495
Aug 09, 2010 09:25AM

21757 Task 15.3B Père Goriot by Honoré de Balzac

15 task points
+5 combo 15.4 (Pere Goriot is on Tom Perrotta's top 10 list, and I've read Perrotta's Little Children.)
+15 Oldie (1835)
+10 Canon
+10 Translation (French)

Task 15.3A
The Family: The Secret Fundamentalism at the Heart of American Power by Jeff Sharlet

15 task points
+5 Combo 15.6 Learning. I was interested in learning more about religious fundamentalism and its impact on American politics. Now I am just thoroughly depressed by this subject. :-)

total points this post = 75
new grand total = 460
Jul 26, 2010 09:32AM

21757 Task 15.10 - People of the Book by Geraldine Brooks

task points: 15
style points: +5 Combo 15.7 Anniversary (this is my first challenge so my category is paper or clocks)
+ 5 Combo 10.5 (many characters are Jews who face discrimination and persecution)
+5 Combo 10.7 Indies Choice

total points this post: 30
grand total: 385
Jul 12, 2010 09:36AM

21757 Task 20.2 Wall Street. I read The Leopard by Giuseppe Tomasi di Lampedusa. This book was on the 3/24/07 list of Five Best Fiction and Food.

task points = 20
+ 10 Translation (Italian)
+ 10 Canon
+ 5 Oldie (1958)

Task 20.4 - Mean and Lowly Things: Snakes, Science, and Survival in the Congo by Kate Jackson. This was the true account of a field biologist's adventures on various expeditions to the Republic of Congo collecting snakes, frogs and lizards.

task points = 20
+ 5 combo for task 15.6 - Learning. I am fascinated to learn more about the lives of field biologists, although I can't claim an overwhelming interest in snakes! :-)

total points this post = 70
Grand total = 355
Jul 06, 2010 07:17AM

21757 Task 10.9 The Great Fire byShirley Hazzard
+5 Combo 10.2 Heat Wave

Task 10.6 Dandelion Wine by Ray Bradbury
+5 Oldie (1957)

I have to say that Dandelion Wine was the perfect summer read.

Total = 30
Grand total = 285
Jul 04, 2010 09:22AM

21757 Task 20.6 The Name of the Rose by Umberto Eco (set in the 1300's)

task points = 20
+10 Combo (10.5 - Franciscan monks and other sects faced discrimination by the Catholic church and its inquisitors over their "heretical" view that Jesus preached poverty; and 20.8 - first person narrative)
+10 Translation (Italian)
+5 Oldie (1980)
+5 Jumbo (611 pages)

Task total = 50
Grand total = 255
Jun 29, 2010 07:23AM

21757 Task 15.8 Professor Snape - Lord of the Flies by William Golding

task points = 15
+ 10 Combo (15.4 - This book is on Stephen King's top 10 list. I've read several of King's books including The Stand. Also, 10.6 - all of the main characters are young boys. Ralph is identified as being 12.)
+ 5 Oldies (1954)

total task points = 30

grand total = 205
Jun 28, 2010 02:06PM

21757 Task 20.9 Roman Empire - Claudius the God and His Wife Messalina by Robert Graves

20 task points
+10 Combo (20.6 set before 1450 AD and 20.8 first person narrative)
+5 Oldie (1935)
+5 Jumbo (over 500 pages)

Total task points: 40
Grand total so far: 175
Jun 26, 2010 06:37AM

21757 Task 15.6 Learning - How We Decide by Jonah Lehrer I learned about the neuroscience of decision-making, when we rely on emotions versus rational thinking. Really interesting, fun read.

Task 20.8 First Person Narrative - Little Bee by Chris Cleave

task points: 35
style points: 0
grand total: 135
Jun 21, 2010 08:34AM

21757 Krista - Thanks for the warm welcome! This is proving to be a great way of clearing some books off my TBR shelves that have been around WAAY too long.

20.7 (D. How and Adverb in Title)

How the Garcia Girls Lost Their Accents by Julia Alvarez
Very Old Bones by William Kennedy

Task points: 20
Style points for How the Garcia Girls Lost Their Accents
+5 Combo (10.5 - The Garcia girls faced racial discrimination when immigrating from the Dominican Republic to the US)

Style points for Very Old Bones
+5 Combo (15.1 B- set mostly in Albany, New York)
+10 Canon (Very Old Bones is part of Kennedy's Albany Cycle, which is on Bloom's list)

Task total = 40
Grand total so far = 100
Jun 18, 2010 12:45PM

21757 Task 20.10 The White Whale

The Savage Detectives byRoberto Bolaño. A long (648 page) book I'd been wanting to try for a long time.

Style points: +10 Lost in Translation (Spanish)
+5 Combo - 20.8 (first person narrative)

Task total: 35
Grand total: 60
Jun 18, 2010 12:36PM

21757 Hi - This is my first challenge, and first post, so let me know if I leave something out.

Task 20.1 I Think We Can Handle The Truth
A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius
by Dave Eggers who also writes fiction.

Style points: +5 Combo - 20.8 (first person narrative)

Task total = 25

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