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    Sat Nam! (Literally "Truth Name"--a Sikh greeting)

    Don't worry, CJ. It's only August.

    By the standards of mrsmig and oneblindmouse, I'm a slowpoke too.

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    I think it was well into November last year before I finished. And the only challenge is to yourself, not others!
    Join any time! Take the 2017 AW Reading Challenge. Pick 12 books from a list of topics and read/discuss with us throughout the year.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Siri Kirpal View Post

    My current updated list:

    1. Loose Ends: Truth & Beauty by Ann Patchett. Done. [Beautifully written memoir of Patchett's friendship with Lucy Grealy. Liked the writing; didn't like Grealy.]
    2. What You Read: Mopsa the Fairy by Jean Ingelow. Done. [Episodic and sometimes confusing, but lovely details.]
    3. What Your Great-Grandparents Read: The Sketch Book by Washington Irving. Done. [Could also be Bits & Pieces, a mixed bag, some soporific, some delightful.]
    4. You Really Shouldn't Have: Ladder of Years by Anne Tyler. Done. [How I got it was more dramatic than the book. Book is now out of the house.]
    5. No Cliff Notes This Time: Othello by William Shakespeare. Done.
    6. Bits & Pieces (or No Hablo): Forty Poems by Juan Ramon Jimenez translated by Robert Bly. Done.
    7. I've Met Them: Playing with Fire by Tess Gerritsen.
    8. Ripped from the Headlines: The Suspicions of Mr. Whicher by Kate Summerscale.
    9. Support the Home Team: Of Marriageable Age by Sharon Maas [AKA aruna] Done. [Complicated, but worth the read.]
    10. Fired from the Canon: The Late Scholar by Jill Paton Walsh Done.[A fun read, but not true to the canon.]
    11. Better Known For...: The Toughest Show on Earth by Joseph Volpe. Done. ​[Frank, fearless, funny and inspirational.]
    12. Enter, Stage Whichever it was : Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them by JK Rowling. [Or maybe it should be whatever the category was named with the book based on a movie.]

    Extra-curricular:
    1. Becoming Finola by Suzanne Strempek Shea Done. [Fun, but not well edited.]
    Sat Nam! (Literally "Truth Name"--a Sikh greeting)

    Just finished my Better Known For... selection. Joseph Volpe is the only person to become general manager of the Met Opera from the back of the house. He started there as an apprentice carpenter. (He'd also worked as a stagehand on Broadway.) He -- and his cowriter Charles Michener -- is/are frank and fierce and funny. I'm a huge fan of opera, but the story might appeal to anyone who likes a story of someone who's worked their way up the ladder.

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    Siri Kirpal
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    I took a short break from this list to do some other reading - finished THE NIX, BORN SURVIVORS (a nonfic about three young wives who not only survived the Nazi death camps, but each had a baby during the final throes of the Third Reich) and THE INDIFFERENT STARS ABOVE (another nonfic, about the Donner Party). I started OSLO but can't seem to get up a head of steam on it, so since I'm nonfic'd out at the moment, I'm going to try A MAN CALLED OVE next and see what all the fuss is about.

    Still haven't chosen my They've been watching us title - I should go back through this thread and see what others recommend.

    [x] 1. East meets West: THE MAN WHO WOULD BE KING by Rudyard Kipling
    [x] 2. No hablo: MEMOIRS OF A POLAR BEAR by Yoko Towada
    [x] 3. My hometown: AMERICAN FIRE: LOVE, ARSON & LIFE IN A VANISHING LAND by Monica Hesse (from the DC Metro area; close enough)
    [x] 4. Namesakes: THE LITTLE FRIEND by Donna Tartt
    [x] 5. Out of this world: TUF VOYAGING by George R. R. Martin
    [ ] 6. Enter stage right: OSLO by J.T. Rogers
    [x] 7. Counting your chickens: STATION ELEVEN by Emily St. John Mandel
    [ ] 8. They've been watching us: TBD
    [x] 9. Crossing the (Color) lines: THE WOMAN WARRIOR by Maxine Hong Kingston
    [ ] 10. Who was that, again?: FALL FROM GRACE: THE TRUTH & TRAGEDY OF 'SHOELESS' JOE JACKSON by Tim Hornbaker
    [x] 11. Holy moly some authors like to use lots of words: BETWEEN A ROCK AND A HARD PLACE by Aron Ralston
    [ ] 12. What everyone else was reading: A MAN CALLED OVE by Fredrik Backman
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    Finished A MAN CALLED OVE. I thought it was thoroughly predictable and awkwardly written, but I got a tad choked up at the end because it's still a sweet story.

    [x] 1. East meets West: THE MAN WHO WOULD BE KING by Rudyard Kipling
    [x] 2. No hablo: MEMOIRS OF A POLAR BEAR by Yoko Towada
    [x] 3. My hometown: AMERICAN FIRE: LOVE, ARSON & LIFE IN A VANISHING LAND by Monica Hesse (from the DC Metro area; close enough)
    [x] 4. Namesakes: THE LITTLE FRIEND by Donna Tartt
    [x] 5. Out of this world: TUF VOYAGING by George R. R. Martin
    [ ] 6. Enter stage right: OSLO by J.T. Rogers
    [x] 7. Counting your chickens: STATION ELEVEN by Emily St. John Mandel
    [ ] 8. They've been watching us: TBD
    [x] 9. Crossing the (Color) lines: THE WOMAN WARRIOR by Maxine Hong Kingston
    [ ] 10. Who was that, again?: FALL FROM GRACE: THE TRUTH & TRAGEDY OF 'SHOELESS' JOE JACKSON by Tim Hornbaker
    [x] 11. Holy moly some authors like to use lots of words: BETWEEN A ROCK AND A HARD PLACE by Aron Ralston
    [x] 12. What everyone else was reading: A MAN CALLED OVE by Fredrik Backman
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    FISKUR: Releasing November 2017 from Fiery Seas



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    Thanks for the take on A Man Called Ove. My wife started it, and although she thought it was funny she also thought it was starting a bit too heavy. I'll let her know your take.

    I finished my first Extra Credit: The Handmaid's Tale. Thoroughly rewarding! I loved how she varied up the fertility symbolism of eggs, flowers, birds, etc. It wasn't the same old symbols over and over, they were different each time but still conveyed the message. The last 5% of the version I had was what looked like a fictionalized anaylsis of the book. I gave up after a few pages. Is this bit worth reading?
    Join any time! Take the 2017 AW Reading Challenge. Pick 12 books from a list of topics and read/discuss with us throughout the year.

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    Still stalled out on my last couple of books. I've decided to swap out two of the categories for ones that suit my current mood, so instead of They've been watching us I'm going with Steady there, cowboy (selection: E.L. Doctorow's WELCOME TO HARD TIMES) and I'm changing up my Who was that, again? choice for Elie Wiesel's NIGHT. (I know who Wiesel was but I never read his actual story.) Sticking with OSLO even though I can't seem to get going with it right now.

    [x] 1. East meets West: THE MAN WHO WOULD BE KING by Rudyard Kipling
    [x] 2. No hablo: MEMOIRS OF A POLAR BEAR by Yoko Towada
    [x] 3. My hometown: AMERICAN FIRE: LOVE, ARSON & LIFE IN A VANISHING LAND by Monica Hesse (from the DC Metro area; close enough)
    [x] 4. Namesakes: THE LITTLE FRIEND by Donna Tartt
    [x] 5. Out of this world: TUF VOYAGING by George R. R. Martin
    [ ] 6. Enter stage right: OSLO by J.T. Rogers
    [x] 7. Counting your chickens: STATION ELEVEN by Emily St. John Mandel
    [x] 8. Steady there, cowboy: WELCOME TO HARD TIMES by E.L. Doctorow
    [x] 9. Crossing the (Color) lines: THE WOMAN WARRIOR by Maxine Hong Kingston
    [ ] 10. Who was that, again?: NIGHT by Elie Wiesel
    [x] 11. Holy moly some authors like to use lots of words: BETWEEN A ROCK AND A HARD PLACE by Aron Ralston
    [x] 12. What everyone else was reading: A MAN CALLED OVE by Fredrik Backman

    ETA: Finished WELCOME TO HARD TIMES in a single day. Bleak enough to compare to Cormac McCarthy, but I think it's one of Doctorow's best books.
    Last edited by mrsmig; 08-28-2017 at 10:22 PM.
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    Sat Nam! (literally "Truth Name"--a Sikh greeting)

    My current updated list:

    1. Loose Ends: Truth & Beauty by Ann Patchett. Done. [Beautifully written memoir of Patchett's friendship with Lucy Grealy. Liked the writing; didn't like Grealy.]
    2. What You Read: Mopsa the Fairy by Jean Ingelow. Done. [Episodic and sometimes confusing, but lovely details.]
    3. What Your Great-Grandparents Read: The Sketch Book by Washington Irving. Done. [Could also be Bits & Pieces, a mixed bag, some soporific, some delightful.]
    4. You Really Shouldn't Have: Ladder of Years by Anne Tyler. Done. [How I got it was more dramatic than the book. Book is now out of the house.]
    5. No Cliff Notes This Time: Othello by William Shakespeare. Done. [A classic take on jealousy, gullibility and trust.]
    6. Bits & Pieces (or No Hablo): Forty Poems by Juan Ramon Jimenez translated by Robert Bly. Done.
    7. I've Met Them: Playing with Fire by Tess Gerritsen.
    8. Ripped from the Headlines: The Suspicions of Mr. Whicher by Kate Summerscale.
    9. Support the Home Team: Of Marriageable Age by Sharon Maas [AKA aruna] Done. [Complicated, but worth the read.]
    10. Fired from the Canon: The Late Scholar by Jill Paton Walsh Done.[A fun read, but not true to the canon.]
    11. Better Known For...: The Toughest Show on Earth by Joseph Volpe. Done. ​[Frank, fearless, funny and inspirational.]
    12. Enter Stage Right: Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them: The Original Screenplay by JK Rowling. Done. [Fantastic! ]

    Extra-curricular:
    1. Becoming Finola by Suzanne Strempek Shea Done. [Fun, but not well edited.]

    So, I've just finished my Enter Stage Right selection, which could also be Holy Moly or Coming to a Theater Near You. I didn't expect to like this one very much. I didn't expect Rowling's ability to convey the teeming madness of life with vividness and humor to translate well into theatrical works. I hadn't liked the HP movies much and stopped at #4. So I was pleasantly surprised by how good this was; it's my favorite for the year so far.

    Blessings,

    Siri Kirpal
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    Great to see more progress! I'm getting caught up on a couple other reading projects, including beta reading a fellow (lapsed) member's novel. I'm looking forward to my last two extra curriculars.

    mrsmig: I know very little about Doctorow. I might check this one out.

    Siri: Thanks for the review of Fantastic Beasts. I too gave up after the fourth HP movie or so, and never had a chance to read the books. I remember Roger Ebert remarking when the first HP movie came out that he didn't think the quiddich scene could be filmed (he was very impressed), and that Rowling really excelled at action scenes. It's good to see this is true.
    Join any time! Take the 2017 AW Reading Challenge. Pick 12 books from a list of topics and read/discuss with us throughout the year.

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    Oh jeez, I'm way behind but I think I want to do this.

    Let's see what I can do! : D
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    Sat Nam! (literally "Truth Name"--a Sikh greeting)

    Chris, I've read all the Harry Potter books and loved them. Just didn't think they translated that well to film.

    Daniel, maybe you could do short books or find enough kids picture books that hit 12 categories. Anyway, welcome!

    Blessings,

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    Finished my Who was that, again? choice: Elie Wiesel's NIGHT. Short, but devastating. I swear I'm going to finish OSLO before next week ends, but I keep finding other books to read. I'm on a nonfic kick at the moment.

    [x] 1. East meets West: THE MAN WHO WOULD BE KING by Rudyard Kipling
    [x] 2. No hablo: MEMOIRS OF A POLAR BEAR by Yoko Towada
    [x] 3. My hometown: AMERICAN FIRE: LOVE, ARSON & LIFE IN A VANISHING LAND by Monica Hesse (from the DC Metro area; close enough)
    [x] 4. Namesakes: THE LITTLE FRIEND by Donna Tartt
    [x] 5. Out of this world: TUF VOYAGING by George R. R. Martin
    [ ] 6. Enter stage right: OSLO by J.T. Rogers
    [x] 7. Counting your chickens: STATION ELEVEN by Emily St. John Mandel
    [x] 8. Steady there, cowboy: WELCOME TO HARD TIMES by E.L. Doctorow
    [x] 9. Crossing the (Color) lines: THE WOMAN WARRIOR by Maxine Hong Kingston
    [x] 10. Who was that, again?: NIGHT by Elie Wiesel
    [x] 11. Holy moly some authors like to use lots of words: BETWEEN A ROCK AND A HARD PLACE by Aron Ralston
    [x] 12. What everyone else was reading: A MAN CALLED OVE by Fredrik Backman
    KINGLET: Now available from Fiery Seas Publishing: Amazon Barnes & Noble iBooks Kobo
    FISKUR: Releasing November 2017 from Fiery Seas



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    Quote Originally Posted by DanielSTJ View Post
    Oh jeez, I'm way behind but I think I want to do this.

    Let's see what I can do! : D
    Or pick a mini-challenge. The only requirement is that you expand your horizons to whatever degree you are comfortable and have time for (with a modicum of effort to make it an actual challenge, of course ). I thought a book a month was realistic for most people, and although I am way ahead this year, I struggled to get last year's done.

    And yes, there will be one in 2018 too. I'm revising the category list and welcome any and all suggestions.
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