Challenge: 50 Books discussion

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message 1: by Kate (new)

Kate (katiebobus) | 20 comments I still have like 7 books to go by Jan 1 to make it to 50!! Anyone else feeling the heat? Are you giving up, changing your goal, or trying to cram it all in? I think I'm going to have to go with novellas to make it!

message 2: by Jane (new)

Jane Try graphic novels, too, if you can't get your hands on them, from the library or wherever else. I recommend Jason. It'll take a half hour to read his books. Word of warning, though, he can be a little bleak, a little, uh, cynical. Good luck!

message 3: by Danine (new)

Danine (dulcemea) In the spirit of David Sedaris I will say, you can do it, Kate! Reread some Dahl. Always rewarding and short.

message 4: by Kate (new)

Kate (katiebobus) | 20 comments Ha ha, the last thing I finished was a graphic novel. Dahl IS a good idea (as always)! I also picked up a few juvenile-level novels.

message 5: by Bishop (new)

Bishop (a_bishop) | 152 comments I was realistically thinking I'd hit 80 this year. For some dumb reason, for #78 I started reading Dostoevsky's, The Idiot. I think it will end up being the third or fourth book I finish NEXT year. Oh well...

message 6: by Mary Todd (new)

Mary Todd (marytodd) | 924 comments hmmm...I'll refrain from the obvious and not mention the title...Dostoevsky's tough!

message 7: by Bishop (new)

Bishop (a_bishop) | 152 comments Mary Todd wrote: "hmmm...I'll refrain from the obvious and not mention the title"

Yeah, I know, I know. I was thinking the same thing when I wrote that... :)

It's pretty darned good though. I have avoided Russian lit. for my entire life and I am now wondering why.

message 8: by Brianah (new)

Brianah (mrsbrianah) I was 4 books short this year, but I am darn proud of myself. In the past I have never kept track of my reading but probably only ever finished 10-20 books in a year. I'll try again for 50 next year :)

message 9: by Becca (new)

Becca (lupingirl) I was starting to feel pretty down a week or so ago because I thought I couldn't make it, but then I remembered I had several days off from work to read, read, read.

Anyway, I just finished #50 about 20 minutes ago!

message 10: by Jessica (new)

Jessica | 47 comments Congrats to all who hit 50 books in 08! I am officially giving up for 2008, having completed only 43 books. I have never kept track of my yearly reading list either. Turns out, I don't actually complete a lot of books I start reading, particularly the ones assigned in my history seminars. Oops!

But I am ready to start afresh with high hopes for 2009! Hurrah!

message 11: by Kate (new)

Kate (katiebobus) | 20 comments Jessica, I didn't make it either - unless you count started and unfinished ones! Interesting exercise. I'm so gonna make it in 2009!


message 12: by Mary Todd (new)

Mary Todd (marytodd) | 924 comments Good job anyway! (Personally, life is too short to read books you don't love, good for you for not settling for mediocraty)

message 13: by Danine (new)

Danine (dulcemea) Kate and Jessica, you are still loved. I think the bigger picture is that you have a significant number of books read in a year's time. Congrats.

Becca-Congrats. Just in the nick of time too :)

message 14: by Liz B (new)

Liz B (lizb) | 104 comments I agree about the life is too short comment. (I usually say "life is too short to read bad books." With the understanding that "bad" is utterly subjective.

I also abandoned several books along the way (*counts*)--at LEAST 5. And there was at least one I shouldn't've bothered finishing.

I find I read faster overall when I abandon the bad books sooner. There was a month when I kept trying and trying to read Conquistador (which I still might pick up again sometime)--or rather, I kept avoiding and avoiding reading it. I think I read only 3 books that month.

message 15: by Camila (new)

Camila I feel your pain!!! I was working towards 50 just with a friend (who did make it to 50) without even being in this group (I just joined today). But sadly, the year was over so fast and I had only made it to 41!!! So close yet so far... But think about it- 41 or 43, that's still WAY more than most people read in one year!

message 16: by Blair (new)

Blair | 5 comments For some reason I chose Don Quixote as my 50th book for the year. It was a great book, but 940 pages combined with time pressures in December equals me not finishing. I actually finished it on the 2nd of January, but I'm still counting it as my 50th for 2008.

Cheating? Probably, but who cares, it's my list dammit!

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