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Challenges and pics

The lesson to be learned from informally doing the 'chunkster' challenge last year (details on my user page) is that choosing twelve books is too many. I read exactly half of them, which is pathetic really, but I'm a real creature of moods when it comes to choosing what I'm going to read next and, for some bizarre reason, I hardly ever seemed to feel like reading what was on that pile.

Soooo, lesson learned, eh? Well, yes. And no. I'm going to do another challenge next year but at least it only requires six books to be read. It's called 'What's in a Name' and what you have to do will be obvious from the list below:

1. A book with a colour in its title:

Anne of Green Gables - L.M. Montgomery

2. A book with an animal in its title:

River Horse - William Least Heat-Moon

3. A book with a first name in its title:

Kim - Rudyard Kipling

4. A book with a place in its title:

Zennor in Darkness - Helen Dunmore

5. A book with weather in its title:

Frost at Morning - Richmal Crompton

6. A book with a plant in its title:

Compass Rose - Ursula K. Le Guin

And a photo. :-)

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Oh and it's a challenge that lasts all year. So that's okay then. :::snorts behind hand:::

And another photo - recent acquisitions.

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A varied lot, mainly eBay or charity shop buys. The top one is book of essays I got off eBay and was much tattier than I expected when I opened the package. Daughter number two was watching and said rather drily, 'Couldn't you afford a new one then, Mum?' Ever feel misunderstood...


If it's any comfort, I too am a creature of moods when it comes to books. I'd be hopeless choosing books to read during a year - so I don't think six out of twelve is pathetic at all.

That's a rather different challenge - good luck with it.

Daughter number two was watching and said rather drily, 'Couldn't you afford a new one then, Mum?' Ever feel misunderstood...

It could be have been worse, it could have been young S or R *g* Okay, so the former couldn't have yet, but . . .
I'm glad it's not just me that's a creature of moods when it comes to choosing new books to read. And thank you for saying my efforts were not pathetic. :-)

It could be have been worse, it could have been young S or R *g* Okay, so the former couldn't have yet, but . . .

To tell the truth it was funny the way J came out with it and we had quite a giggle. :-) I can definitely see R coming out with the same thing, even now, but we'll see about S.
Oh, not at all. And it's true; they weren't.

I can imagine it was indeed funny. I could see R saying it, yes, come to think of it.
Ooh - I *loved* Zennor in Darkness - and Sweet Thames :-) I don't think I'm going to be doing any challenges next year - I utterly failed at the ones I started this year :-(
Zennor in Darkness looks excellent and is helped by the fact that I know the village a bit. I enjoyed MK's English Passengers so assumed I would like Sweet Thames as well.

LOL about the challenges. I've done four. Failed at two, succeeded at one (Halloween) and am three books down, one to go, with a seafaring one. So my record ain't that great either.
The only challenge I gave myself this year was to finish 100 books before Jan. 1st. I'm only up to 90, so I don't think I'll make it.

I was also going to read more of my shelf-sitters, but I didn't make a specific goal about it, like "read 10 shelf-sitters before the end of the year" or "read 1 shelf-sitter for every 2 library books" or something like that. I get carried away with new books and the old ones that live in my house get shunted to the side. I can read them any time, but library books will have to go back to the library.

Also, I don't think six out of twelve is unworthy. What were the books on your list? I seldom read doorstops because I don't want to spend that much time on one book only.
100 books is going some. I think I'm going to reach 70 and that's the most I've ever acheived in one year as I'm not a fast reader. I don't think there would be any point in me going for 100 as I would never get there unless I read very thin books all the time. :-)

Yes, I borrow from the library too. I've no idea why as I don't need to. I think on the basis of, 'use it or lose it', kind of thing but a new batch of library books on the shelf always thrills me to bits. :-D

Doorstops are offputting I agree. I want to read some Dickens next year but any one of them could easily take me a month to read and that's a lot of reading time. Especially when there are so many other new books to be discovered...
Oh hey, I should have looked in your user info before I posted. So I've read a few of these, and I think some are more intimidating than others.

The Book Thief - Markus Zusak (Read in February) - this book is awesome!
The Earthsea Quartet - Ursula Le Guin (Read in April)- I read these as a kid. There's actually a fifth book now, called [i]The Other Wind[/i].
The Observations - Jane Harris (Read in July) - I read this last year, and it was really good.
Temeraire - Naomi Novik - I haven't read this but I plan to. My housemate has copies of the whole series.
Doomsday Book - Connie Willis - One of my very favorite books. The second time I read it I was just as engrossed as the first time, and I actually read it surreptitiously at work, while I was supposed to be working.
David Copperfield - Charles Dickens _ I read this in Peace Corps. It is indeed long but well worth it.
I'm pretty certain The Book Thief will be in my top ten of favourite books for 2007 which I'll do at the end of the year. It was wonderful.

I'm also pretty certain that I am going to love the Temeraire series of books, I just have to shift my backside and *read* them. So Temeraire is a definite for 2008, probably next month as I have it listed in a seafaring book challenge I'm doing.

And Doomsday Book is another *must* for 2008 as I hear such good things about it and I know it's my kind of thing.

I read David Copperfield in my late teens and loved it and desperately want to reread. Likewise The Old Curiosity Shop and a couple of others. It's time that's stopping me - which is pretty stupid as a good book ought to be worth dedicating any amount of time really. But I keep thinking of all the books I *haven't* read and what I might be missing.