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message 1: by Narma (last edited Dec 20, 2015 10:07PM) (new)

Narma | 49 comments Hi, I just joined today, so I'm going to jump to the third week, and play catch-up later when I have more time.

Anyways, below is my book list for the challenge. I'm going to fill some of the out as I go.

✔ 1. a book with more than 500 pages- Missed this week
The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle by Haruki Murakami (Completed 2/23/2015)

✔ 2. a romance- Missed week
Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro (Completed 2/11/2015)

✔ 3. a book that became a movie-
The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood (Completed 1/21/2015)

✔ 4. a book published this year-
The Enchanted by Rene Denefeld (Completed 1/26/2015)

✔ 5. a book with a number in the title-
Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury (Completed 1/29/2015)

✔ 6. a book written by someone under 30-
The Sun Also Rises by Ernest Hemingway (Hemingway was 27 when he wrote this) (Completed 2/10/2015)

✔ 7. a book with nonhuman characters-
The Metamorphosis by Franz Kafka (Completed 2/13/2015)

✔ 8. a funny book-
The Importance of Being Earnest by Oscar Wilde (Completed 2/23/2015)

✔ 9. a book by a female author-
A Tale for the Time Being by Ruth Ozeki (Completed 3/7/2015
The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath (Completed 3/7/2015)

✔ 10. a mystery or thriller
Chronicle of a Death Foretold by Gabriel Marquez (Completed 2/19/2015)

✔ 11. a book with a one-word title-
Kokoro by Natsume Soseki
Candide by Voltaire (Completed 3/10/2015)

12. a book of short stories-
Ficciones by Jorges Borges

✔ 13. a book set in a different country-
A Fine Balance by Rohinton Mistry
After Dark by Haruki Murakami
To Live by Yu Hua (Completed 4/2/2015)

14. a nonfiction book- Due 4/8
Media Control: The Spectacular Achievements of Propaganda by Noam Chomsky

15. a popular author's first book- Due 4/15
One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest Ken Kesey

✔ 16. a book from your favorite author that you haven't read yet- 4/22
The Strange Library by Haruki Murakami
(Completed 5/13/2015)

✔ 17. a book a friend recommended- Due 4/29
Invisible Monsters Remix by Chuck Palahniuk (Completed 5/16/2015) ★☆☆☆☆

18. a Pulitzer-prize winning book
Interpreter of Maladies

19. a book based on a true story- Due 5/13

20. a book at the bottom of your to read list

21. a book your mom loves
Mother by Gorky Maxim

22. a book that scares you- Due 6/3

23. a book more than 100 years old- Due 6/11
The Art of War by Sun Tzu

✔ 24. a book based entirely on its cover- Due 6/17
The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman (Completed 2/4/2015)

25. a book you were supposed to read in school but didn't- Due 6/24

26. a memoir- Due 7/1
What I Talk About When I Talk About Running by Haruki Murakami

✔ 27. a book you can finish in a day
Death of a Salesman by Arthur Miller
The Death of Ivan Ilych by Leo Tolstoy (Completed 5/20/2015)
Tao Te Ching by Lau Tzu

28. a book with antonyms in the title
Fathers and Sons by Ivan Turgenev
29. a book set somewhere you've always wanted to visit
30. a book that came out the year you were born
Hard-Boiled Wonderland and the End of the World by Haruki Murakami
The Garden of Eden by Ernest Hemingway
Love in the Time of Cholera by Gabriel Marquez
31. a book with bad reviews
32. a trilogy (the first)
33. a trilogy (the second)
34. a trilogy (the third)
35. a book from your childhood
36. a book with a love triangle
37. a book set in the future

✔ 38. a book set in high school
Real World by Natsuo Kirino (Completed 9/29/2015)

39. a book with a color in the title
The Unbearable <u>Lightness</u> of Being by Milan Kundera
Blood Meridian, or the Evening <u>Redness</u> in the West by Cormac McCarthy
The White Tiger by Aravind Adiga
40. a book that made/makes you cry
41. a book with magic
42. a graphic novel

✔ 43. a book by an author you've never read before
Imperial Bedrooms by Bret Easton Ellis
(Completed 12/21/2015)

44. a book you own but have never read
45. a book that takes place in your hometown
46. a book that was originally written in another language
47. a book set during Christmas (or similar holiday)
48. a book written by an author with your same initials
49. a play
50. a banned book
Mein Kampf by Adolf Hitler
The Satanic Verses by Salman Rushdie
51. a book based on OR turned into a tv show
52. a book you started but never finished

Below is a link to my challenge shelf, with ratings, reviews, etc:
My 2015 Reading Challenge Shelf

message 2: by Cait (new)

Cait (clickcait) | 480 comments Looks like a good list so far. And one of the weeks is a book you can read in a day, so I'm sure you'll find time to squeeze in the earlier books later. :-)

Good luck with the challenge.

message 3: by Yasmina (new)

Yasmina | 74 comments I like your choices! and I love Naom Chomsky :)

message 4: by Narma (new)

Narma | 49 comments Can someone help me find some books pertaining to the topics I haven't completed.

I'm really into magical realism in literature and/or anything related to politics/philosophy/classics, so I kind of want to hone my list down to books satisfying those conditions. If you guys can recommend some books for me, it would be great!

message 5: by Cait (new)

Cait (clickcait) | 480 comments If you like magic realism then I have to recommend Neil Gaiman. I don't think I've ever read anything of his that I haven't totally loved (including Anansi Boys which I struggled with mainly because my copy has a big picture of a spider on the front cover *shudder*). I'd especially recommend The Ocean at the End of the Lane which is incredible.

I think Kate Atkinson has written some magic realism genre stories, though I've not read much of hers. The one I read was a short story in a collection.

In terms of classics with politics and philosophy, I studied Candide a couple of years ago and I also read The History of Rasselas, Prince of Abissinia which reminded me of Candide. Both deal with philosophy and the politics of the time. Gulliver's Travels is another books which was a satire of the politics of the time as well. It's held up surprisingly well and all three of these books have bits that made me laugh, which I wasn't expecting given their ages.

All three of them are also available for free through Project Gutenberg or on Amazon if you've got a Kindle. :-)

message 6: by Narma (new)

Narma | 49 comments Cait wrote: "If you like magic realism then I have to recommend Neil Gaiman. I don't think I've ever read anything of his that I haven't totally loved (including Anansi Boys which I struggled with m..."

Thanks for the recommendations Cait. I actually just purchased the ocean at the end of the lane. The cover alone makes me want to read it!

message 7: by Narma (new)

Narma | 49 comments For the "banned books" week, are we to read a currently banned book? Or a book that was once banned? For example, All Quiet on the Western Front was banned during Nazi Germany, but it's now ok to read in Germany...

And is it (or was it) supposed to be banned in the country you're currently residing in?

I found a list of banned books in wikipedia, and the countries that banned them. The reasons are pretty fascinating.


message 8: by Zaz, Mood Minion (new)

Zaz | 1387 comments Mod
Books banned once, somewhere, so you'll have plenty of choice ;)
I'll read a Roald Dahl book which was banned once in a US state if I remember well.

message 9: by Narma (new)

Narma | 49 comments Zaz wrote: "Books banned once, somewhere, so you'll have plenty of choice ;)
I'll read a Roald Dahl book which was banned once in a US state if I remember well."

I think this will be a very exciting category ;)

message 10: by Narma (new)

Narma | 49 comments For the week with authors with our initials, does anyone know an author with initials NL?

Can't think of anyone.

message 11: by Sara (new)

Sara (justsarahere) Let's see..I found Nancy Livingston. She's a crime writer. There's a few books on GR.

message 12: by Sara (new)

Sara (justsarahere) Wow! You have a great variety of books and you are keeping up really well! I need to go back through and edit my list better.

message 13: by Narma (new)

Narma | 49 comments Wow guys. I'm really sad I didn't get to complete this as I had hoped. I hope I can read a few more books than this in the 2016 challenge.

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