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message 1: by Rachel (new)

Rachel (livinglighthouse) | 7 comments Mod
Introduce yourself and tell us about your list. Post your books on the site and give us reviews and tell everyone what you think.

message 2: by Rachel (last edited May 27, 2009 09:47AM) (new)

Rachel (livinglighthouse) | 7 comments Mod
My name is Rachel and I did a 888 list last year and finished over 40 books for the year. This year I have expanded my list to include non-reading categories but my two reading categories are "Classics" and "Other Books"

Classics to Conquer
1. Les Miserables
2. Portrait of a Lady (done)
3. Republic by Plato
4. Wuthering Heights
5. 1984
6. Frankenstein
7. Dante's Inferno
8. The Grapes of Wrath
9. Paradise Lost

Other Books As I Go...
1. Hidden Places
2. Scarpetta
3. Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin
4. The Golden Tulip
5. Stiff: The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers
6. The First Man in Rome

message 3: by Cindy (new)

Cindy (cmbohn) Howdy! I am Cindy, and I'm the creator of this whole 999 business, so you can blame it all on me. I am on my 2nd set of books. The first one had these categories:

1. From Library Thing/Good Reads
Dewey: The Small Town Library Cat
The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society
The Graveyard Book
The Corpse in the Snowman
The Lost King of France
We Have Always Lived in the Castle
Hattie Big Sky
The Uncommon Reader
The Spellman Files

2. Biography
Lavoisier in the Year One
Man's Search for Meaning
I Am a Mother
The Hiding Place
Founding Mothers
The Long Walk
John Adams
The Sea for Breakfast
The Bright Red Bow

3. New Authors
Africa Explored
Defending Angels
Barchester Towers
The Wooden Overcoat
A Doll's House
An American Childhood
The Trial

4. Teen Books
The Company of Swans
The Ruins of Gorlan
The Bar Code Tattoo
The Faerie Path
The Warrior Heir
Alfred Kropp: The Thirteeth Skull

5. LDS Books
No Doubt About It
Carthage Conspiracy
Doctrines of Salvation, Volume 3
Our Heritage
History of Joseph Smith by his Mother
The Faith of a Scientist
Lectures on Faith
Though Your Sins be as Scarlet
A Marvelous Work and a Wonder

6. Short Stories
The Queen in Winter
The Green Man
Life's Handicap
Murder and Other Acts of Literature
Sherlock Holmes Through Time and Space
Twelve Impossible Things Before Breakfast
Death Dines In
Fragile Things
The Canterbury Tales

7. Audiobooks
Living Faith
Fer de Lance
The Body in the Billiard Room
The Silent Speaker
In the Frame
These is my Words
We Free Men
James Herriot's Dog Stories
Surely You're Joking, Mr. Feynman

8. Just for Fun
A Devilish Dilemma
Men at Arms
The Language Instinct
Withering Heights
The Sword Thief
The Open House
Thou Shell of Death
The Beast Must Die
No Time for Goodbye

9. Food/Cookbooks
Real Food Revival
Eat This, Not That - Supermarket Survival Guide
Food Network Favorites
Mendel in the Kitchen
New Recipes from Moosewood Restaurant
I'm Just Here for the Food
How to be a Domestic Goddess
Everyday Cooking with Jacques Pepin

Sorry for the long post! I didn't realize how huge it was going to be.

message 4: by Sarah (new)

Sarah (sarahj) Hello -
Here's my list of nine books and nine categories. I admit that I'm kind of lukewarm about reading a couple of these, but that's why they're on the list - to get me to do it.

1. The Crimson Petal and the White – Michel Faber (Historical Fiction)
2. Down and Out in Paris and London – George Orwell (Non-Fiction)
3. Like You’d Understand Anyway – Jim Shephard (Short Stories)
4. Evocative Objects: Things We Think With – Sherry Turkle, ed. (Essays)
5. My Mother, My Self – Nancy Friday (Feminism/Psychology)
6. Wallace Stevens: Words Chosen Out Of Desire – Helen Vendler (Literary Criticism)
7. Manhunt: The 12-Day Chase For Lincoln’s Killer – James Swanson (History)
8. Winter’s Bone – Daniel Woodrell (Contemporary Fiction)
9. Butcher’s Crossing – John Williams (The American West)

message 5: by Rachel (new)

Rachel (livinglighthouse) | 7 comments Mod
Well I thank you for starting it, it has been nice to have a goal and has definitely jumped up my reading so thank you and thanks for commenting on this little list here.

Cindy wrote: "Howdy! I am Cindy, and I'm the creator of this whole 999 business, so you can blame it all on me. I am on my 2nd set of books. The first one had these categories:

1. From Library Thing/Good Reads

message 6: by Laura (last edited Jun 20, 2009 03:13PM) (new)

Laura (lauraring) | 4 comments Hi,
My name's Laura. This looks like fun. Here's my reading list:

1.Classics I never read in high school:
Fahrenheit 451 - Ray Bradbury
Slaughterhouse-five - Kurt Vonnegut

2.Sacred texts:
Bhagavad Gita: a new translation by Stephen Mitchell

3.Postcolonial literature:
The Moor's last sigh - Salman Rushdie

Coming of Age in Second Life: An Anthropologist Explores the Virtually Human - Tom Boellstorff

5.Popular science:
Your inner fish: A Journey into the 3.5-Billion-Year History of the Human Body - Neil Shubin

Alcools - Guillaume Apollinaire

7.Books about books:
The history of the siege of Lisbon - Jose Saramago

8.Books recommended by friends:
The Book of evidence - John Banville

9.Wacky (and not so wacky) adaptations
Alice in Sunderland - Bryan Talbot
Pride and Prejudice and Zombies - Austen/Grahame-Smith
Finn - John Clinch

message 7: by Cindy (new)

Cindy (cmbohn) Those look like fun, but I wanted to say that the original challenge was 9 categories with 9 books in EACH category, for a total of 81 books. Then you could have an overlap of 9 books, making a total of 72 books. (9 books would count in 2 categories instead of just one).

message 8: by Laura (new)

Laura (lauraring) | 4 comments Oh! Well, this will be my first installment, I guess. Not sure if I can stomach 9 survival stories, though. :)

message 9: by Sarah (new)

Sarah (sarahj) My misunderstanding, Cindy. I thought it was 9 books in total and invited some folks to join... hope this is ok. Otherwise, we can form a splinter group!

message 10: by Charmi (new)

Charmi | 2 comments Oh, boy! A splinter group! I've always wanted to be in a splinter group.

BTW, I'm Charmi, a writer in Indiana. I'm still working on my categories. However, May in Indiana is turning out to be too gorgeous to stay inside. I'll be as diligent as rain.

message 11: by Charmi (last edited May 28, 2009 04:06AM) (new)

Charmi | 2 comments This is going slow. I do have a first category, though, and a first book:

1. Poetry from Nine Different Countries (U.S. excluded)

Alphabet - Inger Christensen

2. Classics

The Road - Cormac McCarthy

message 12: by Rachel (new)

Rachel (livinglighthouse) | 7 comments Mod
I think what is most important is giving yourself a goal.....even if you don't reach 81 books, I know that for me, just having a list and a goal really encouraged me to read more. So just get started and let the rest work itself out

message 13: by Zoe (new)

Zoe | 1 comments I'm glad to see this group here! I'm starting to make the transition from LibraryThing to GoodReads, and I thought that this challenge would be one of the things I missed most--there's a really active 999 group there.

I'm another one of the people who's more concerned with having a goal than with actually reaching it--considering that I only read 40 books last year, 81 is a long way off!

My categories are:

Dewey Decimal Challenge (reading books from Dewey categories that I've never read before)
Ancient World
Fairies and Fairy Tales
Arabian Nights and the Arab World
Children's/YA Fiction
Just Because

message 14: by Cindy (new)

Cindy (cmbohn) I love the Fairy Tale category. That's some of my favorite books! My daughter is loving the Once Upon a Time series. I enjoy Jessica Day George's books.

Laura - Have you read the Alice in Sunderland book yet? I haven't heard anything about that one. What did you think?

message 15: by Laura (last edited Jun 16, 2009 01:58PM) (new)

Laura (lauraring) | 4 comments Hi Cindy,
No, I haven't read Alice in Sunderland yet. I've recalled it at my library - still waiting for it to be returned. Looks fascinating, though.

message 16: by Rebecca (new)

Rebecca Waring-Crane | 1 comments hi,
of the "close reading" school (also meaning very slow reader) i'm up for the splinter group reading 9 books from 9 categories since 81 titles just won't fit in my year...
i'm still cogitating on my categories. slow on that too...
think i'll try memoir, science fiction (not my usual cuppa) and history to start.

message 17: by Rachel (last edited Jul 02, 2009 07:21PM) (new)

Rachel (rmariem) Hi!
I'm a Rachel, too. Here's my list of categories, along with the books I've read for them so far:

Classics I probably should have read in high school:
1. Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain

Russian novels (and short stories?):
1. Dead Souls by Nikolai Gogol
2. Fathers and Children by Ivan Turgenev
3. Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoevsky
4. The Idiot by Fyodor Dostoevsky
5. Demons by Fyodor Dostoevsky
6. The Brothers Karamazov by Fyodor Dostoevsky
7. Notes from Underground by Fyodor Dostoevsky

Novels in translation (from a language other than Russian):
1. The Elegance of the Hedgehog by Muriel Barbery (French)
2. The Stranger by Albert Camus (French)

Poetry in translation:
1. Stray Dog Cabaret edited & translated by Paul Schmidt (Russian)
2. The Captain’s Verses by Pablo Neruda (Spanish)

Books in genres outside my usual habits:
1. Watchmen by Alan Moore
2. Fear and Trembling by Soren Kierkegaard

Recommended books:
1. Jayber Crow by Wendell Berry
2. A Moveable Feast by Ernest Hemingway
3. My Life at Grey Gardens: 13 Months and Beyond by Lois Wright

Books written pre-1900s:
(nothing yet)

Books I’ve owned for over a year, but somehow haven’t read yet:
1. Walking to Martha’s Vineyard by Franz Wright
2. The River at Wolf by Jean Valentine

Published in 2008 & 2009:
1. A Mercy by Toni Morrison (2008)
2. Ours by Cole Swensen (2008)

I'm going to try reading 9 books in each of those categories (with no duplicates), but we'll see.

So - what was everyone's favorite book that they read in high school? I feel like I missed out on some of the obvious stuff, even though I was an English major in college. Seriously, when did they stop teaching Huck Finn in public schools?

message 18: by Cindy (new)

Cindy (cmbohn) I don't remember if we read Huck Finn in high school or not, but I took a Shakespeare class in high school that I loved.

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