Carmenere's (Lynda's) 2017 TBR Challenge
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Rather than joining ROOTS again in 2017 I'm going to attempt this challenge. I like the specificity and the inflexibility of it and hopefully it will really prod me into getting old ER's off the shelf. So, here goes..............
1. Across Many Mountains ER 2011 CURRENTLY READING
2. The Burgess Boys ER 2013
3. USA Noir: Best of the Akashic Noir Series ER 2013
4. The High Divide ER 2013
5. Why Homer Matters ER 2014
7. I Am No One ER 2016
8. Among the Ten Thousand Things ER 2016
11. Vinegar Girl ER 2016 Crazymamie rec'd this book as an ER and passed it on to me. Still consider it ERish
ALTERNATES: (These are books within a series that I really need to move off my shelf!)
1. Dark Fire
5. Dead to the World
6. Dead as a Doornail
7. Definitely Dead
8. All Together Dead
9. From Dead to Worse
10. Dead and Gone
11. Dead in the Family
12. Dead Reckoning
Bakers Dozen 13. Dead Ever after
Good luck to all!
Specificity yes, inflexibility .... mmmmm well ... you're throwing in with a bunch of rule-breakers here, lol. But yes, I find it helpful to keep me focussed and it ensures I don't go too far down any one reading path (which I always regret later).
Looks like you have a whole series you want to knock off in your alternates. Many times we've had the chat here, what happens if you read the first one and it's terrible? Or the second or third goes way downhill, etc.? I'll cross my fingers for you.
Yep, this challenge definitely helps keep focus on pushing through that TBR pile. Touchstones are being weird for some of your titles.
We are so glad you have joined us. Great idea to get those ER books read.
I usually read one book each of several series each year. Reading the whole series in one year seems like a good idea.
>2 Cecrow: Yeah, then, I fit in! I'm a rule breaker, for sure, as I've been a member of the 75 book Challenge for 8 years or so and only achieved 75 books one year. They are so kind to let me stick around.
>3 majkia: Thanks, Jean!
>4 Narilka: Thanks Gale, I fixed most, if not all, of the touchstones. I was in a bit of a hurry yesterday morning :0/ (Cute kitty on your profile page)
>5 billiejean: Thank you for the warm welcome! I feel terribly bad when I don't finish an ER on a timely basis. Hopefully, I'll get on the straight and narrow with this challenge.
>6 Carmenere: Thanks! That's one of my girls :) I always wonder how the touchstone algorithm goes so wrong. Sometimes they're not even close!
Welcome to the group! I also quit ROOTS and stuck with this group, but several years ago. ;) I love it here, it's my favorite group on LT! :D
Goodness gracious, how do you keep winning ER books if you have all those yet to review? I get behind sometimes too (right now I've got one from a few years ago I never got around to that's still waiting, and one from a couple mos back), it can be hard to keep up with that along with other reading, especially if by the time you get it you're not really feeling in that sort of mood, or you pick it up and it turns out not to grab you like you thought it would!
>7 Narilka: Because it goes by weight - the super popular books (like HP) come up on top, and it doesn't matter what the winning title is - if someone does something asinine like putting whole sentences in the title field (e.g. "Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone: The Illustrated Edition (Harry Potter, Book 1) Harry Potter is a magical boy, who goes to Hogwarts. Harry Potter has a strange suspicion that someone will steal something special from Hogwarts. Harry goes down to the depths of Hogwarts to investigate and finds the mischievous person. Read the book to find out who it is and what they want to steal. I liked this book because it is a magical world. I recommend it to whomever likes magic." Yes, this is actually real), and you use any of those words for your title, then... :|
Indeed, it's a nice cozy little group, I find it very homey - like sitting down in the living room before a fire in some comfy chairs with a good group of friends! ;D
>8 .Monkey.: A ha! And that would explain the seeming randomness of how some titles link.
I agree with everyone above. I love this group :) Very cozy and we all enjoy cheering each other on as we go through our goals.
>11 .Monkey.: Sounds perfect! Hope I can bring the outdoors in good weather and read by the lake.
>12 Narilka: I've got my pom poms out and ready to cheer!
>13 LittleTaiko: Hi Stacy! I've recently read Lucy Barton and know Strout has done better so I'm looking forward to Burgess Boys. I'm interested too as I read Jacobson's installment of Hogart and blah! Pearl ruled that baby.
Welcome to the group! I am very gun-shy about ER books since the one (and only one) I got last year ended up screwing up my reading schedule a bit last year.* I would have to be pretty much convinced that it was worthwhile to take a break from my normal reading to read it before I put in for another one.
Anyway, looks like you have a nicely varied list of books there. Good luck and happy reading! :D
*was actually just discussing this over on my Challenge thread: https://www.librarything.com/topic/242657#5846379
>18 artturnerjr: Ack! don't tempt me, Art! I must ignore any mention of gutenberg and feedbooks. Nope, I didn't see anything at all.
If your Kindle has a web browser, it's much easier to go the mobile site (http://m.gutenberg.org/) and download them directly from there than it is to download them to your computer and transfer them to your Kindle.
If you're having problems, message me and I'll do my best to help you out. :)
Thank you! Do I need a kindle app on my desktop? I do have one on my phone. I guess that would work? I have been wanting more classics on my kindle.
I'm heeeere! :)
You don't need the app on your desktop unless you're going to read books on it. If you have a browser on your Kindle, you should be able to go directly to the mobile site on it and download the books onto your Kindle from there.
Hope that helps. :)
Hark, the starter's pistol is fired and someone is quick off the mark! I'm still on the starting line, trying to verify that was indeed the pistol I heard.
>30 billiejean: That's exactly why I'm off to a great start, billiejean. The Invoice is a mere 204 pages.
>31 majkia: Thanks, Jean!
>32 Cecrow: I'm not sure about anyone else but I heard the pistol at 12:01am January 1st! I'm an eager beaver in January and by mid May, a tortoise.
I'm thinking, since N Korea's been in the news of late, I'll begin Without You, There is no Us. But first I'll finish A Gentleman in Moscow which is not part of this challenge.
>34 artturnerjr: Yes sir! Don't be all that impressed, seriously :0)
>35 Narilka: That's right, Gale. Are you acquainted with the author, Jonas Karlsson? As with his previous novel, The Room the story reads somewhat like an episode from the Twilight Zone making it rather thought provoking and oblique.
>35 Narilka: Nope. I was thinking Room but that's a completely different author. So I looked it up. That's a very different idea and, I agree, one that would be thought provoking. Interesting.
I was curious how you figured a three quarter star. I've seen half a star for a book that falls between categories but never one as precise as that other than being an average of many reviews. Does that mean it's really close to being a 4 star book for you?
What did you think of it? It's been on my radar for quite some time and wondered if it was worth it? Really loved Nothing to Envy and didn't know how it compared.
>41 LittleTaiko: Well, I haven't read Nothing to Envy and now that you've mentioned it I may look it up however I'd rate Without you 2.5ish out of 5. I'm not entirely sure what her objectives/motives were in impersonating a Christian english teacher at the Pyongyang University of Science and Technology or if she had achieved what she set out to do. Of course, as a journalist, she observed some things which are consistent with a country ruled with an iron fist but it's certainly not investigative reporting. That said, the teachers were watched constantly by the Christian church they were working for as well as the students and government. Without the opportunity to question others, there's just nothing new here.
BTW: I just looked at the reviews for NtE and it seems much more informative and highly rated. Looks like something I would like to read.
I don't recall, in 1980, hearing about South Korea's Gwangju Uprising. Back on May 18th of that year, the story was probably covered with the ashes from Mount St. Helen's eruption, which I remember quite clearly.
Author, Han Kang, takes a brush to those ashes and reveals how young, vibrant men and women, some merely boys and girls, were slaughtered. Some of them were pro-actively seeking Democratic reforms, others caught in the cross hairs. Kang focuses on several individuals in this slim work and overall it is enlightening but sometimes her story telling method is a bit confusing, still, I admire her tenacity in revealing the thoughts and despair of those who remain affected by their loss.
>45 Carmenere:, I don't think you touchstone for "Mexico" is right, and I'm curious about it. If you got it through ER, then it's definitely not James Michener's (and his was not short stories). I read all of Katherine Ann Porter last year, she had a few stories in that setting.
>46 Cecrow: Thanks, I fixed it by adding "Stories". Ha, even that touchstone came up as "The Iliad". Crazy!
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