fuzzi's Ten-squared Reading Challenge in 2019
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My reading is eclectic, and I review EVERY book I read, so do stop by often.
Oh, and I don't "spoil", so read my reviews without fear!
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Reading Register 2019 is here: https://www.librarything.com/topic/301181#6672966
Welcome back! I always enjoy reading your review and following your eclectic list. Happy reading in 2019!
Hi Fuzzi. Best wishes for a great 2019, and good luck with your reading challenge.
I look forward to following your progress and picking up some recommendations.
>2 jfetting: >3 Eyejaybee: thank you, both! I enjoy people stopping by, and often giving encouragement.
And away we go...
I was disappointed with how badly I failed at reading my Bible last year, so I decided to start the new year right by reading Matthew first...and since everyone else slept late, I finished it!
#1 Matthew (King James Bible)
Matthew, the first book of the New Testament, is full of familiar tales of Jesus’ ministry, beginning before His birth. The retelling of Herod’s mass murder of innocents is located here, as well as the Beatitudes, two instances of feeding the masses, and Jesus’ denunciation of the religious leaders of the day.
>4 fuzzi: Matthew is one of my favorites - I love the Beatitudes. I've been meaning to read the KJV of the Bible one of these days - my copies are the New International Version and the Revised Standard Version. The KJV has all the beautiful language that has permeated the culture, though. Maybe I'll make that one of 2020s goals.
>6 jfetting: the prose of the KJB is melodic, flows so smoothly.
Begat: The King James Bible and the English Language by David Crystal is a non-Christian’s look at the language of the KJB. I really liked that one.
Oh, that Begat sounds really interesting. Book bullet! :D
Good luck with your 2019 reading goals, fuzzi!
#4 Happy Times in Noisy Village by Astrid Lindgren
Noisy Village is the name given to a group of three farm houses due to the ruckus created by the six children who live there. Lisa, who is nine years old, narrates the fun and adventures she and her brothers and friends have all throughout the year. Woven within the story are a number of Swedish traditions such as dancing around the Mid-summer Eve pole. I first read this as a child but still loved the humor of situations and the personalities of the children upon reading it as an adult.
#5 Mark (King James Bible)
Mark is the second book of the New Testament, and is a shorter retelling of many of the same events in Matthew, including the two instances of feeding the masses (5000 and 4000 respectively). One of Jesus’ strongest “hellfire” sermons can be found in this book as well.
#6 The Daybreakers by Louis L’Amour
Tye and Orrin Sackett head west from the Tennessee hills, to make their fortune as well as find a home for their ma. They have their share of trials with herding longhorns, fighting Utes, and standing up to lawless gunmen.
This was the first published book about the Sackett family, and I think it’s one of the best. The situations are genuine, the characters are fleshed-out, real, and it was a great pleasure to spend time with them and their riding partners again for this reread.
#7 Luke (King James Bible)
The third book of the New Testament, Luke is more detailed than the previous two books, plus it has the very familiar story of the shepherds abiding in the fields, who go see the baby Jesu in the manger.
#8 Rocket Ship Galileo by Robert A. Heinlein
I've been valiantly attempting to finish this book, but at the halfway point I've given up, and admitting that I'm not interested in what happens. The story is not engaging at all, and the writing isn't up to par with this author's other works, including his other early "juvenile" books I've read.
#9 Finity's End by CJ Cherryh (reread)
It's been almost 7 years to the day that I read this book, and it's even better than I recalled. I'm upping it to .
Here's my review from January 16, 2012:
I enjoyed this book tremendously as a reread this year. It's a little bit of a "growing up" sort of book, as the main character does a lot of that within the pages, but it's also a very good science fiction novel.
#10 Alliance Rising by CJ Cherryh
Cherryh has done it again. In Alliance Rising she has given us a deep, interesting, and satisfying prequel to her Hugo award winning Alliance universe books, full of three-dimensional characters and the usual political intrigue. I'll be anxiously awaiting the next book in this new series.
#11 John (King James Bible)
John is the fourth book of the New Testament, and starts with the same words as Genesis ("In the beginning"), then skips over Jesus' birth, going instead straight into John the Baptist's ministry. The first miracle is found in chapter 2, the verse often referenced at sporting events "John 3:16" is in chapter 3, the woman at the well story is found in chapter 4, and the Good Shepherd attributes are described in chapter 10. This is also considered one of the first books any new Christian should read, for various reasons.
#12 Old Men at Midnight by Chaim Potok
I've read other works by this author, loving the characters surrounded by an authenticity that settled deep, putting me in the stories. In the three novellas contained within the covers of Old Men at Midnight I found myself, again, within the stories, immersed to the exclusion of outside distractions...but I had a hard time finding something to like about the people within his tales. Four stars for execution, three stars for likability.
#13 Double or Quit by Joyce Stranger
In this final book of the series, author Joyce Stranger has to make a decision: to double her "pack" by adding another dog, or quit field trial and obedience work altogether due to her dog Chita's advancing age. She takes on Josse, a young dog who with issues due to having several owners within a few months. Josse needs help adjusting, and how Joyce brings him closer to "normalcy" makes for an interesting and enjoyable story.
I wish there were more books about Josse.
#14 Little Otter is Missing by Kenneth Grahame (abridged)
Decent retelling of a chapter from The Wind in the Willows, but the illustrations are both good and awful.
#15 The Wild Wood by Kenneth Graham (abridged)
Well-done retelling of a chapter from The Wind in the Willows, and the illustrations are good, for the most part.
Both of these are headed for my granddaughter!
#16 Acts (King James Bible)
Acts (of the Apostles) is the 5th book in the New Testament. It is believed that the author of Acts is Luke, Apostle Paul's friend, a physician, who also wrote the book of Luke. Acts reads more like a traditional "story", with very little doctrine but mostly "he went here and did this" sort of narrative.
My "comfort" reread last night, review from 2013 included:
#17 A Horse Called Mystery by Marjorie Reynolds
Owlie is lame, wears glasses, and has a deaf mute mother, which makes him the object of taunts and bullying. He spends his spare time with his dog or visiting the worn down horses for hire in town. When one of the horses is slated to be sold for slaughter because it is lame, Owlie acts upon impulse and buys it, even though he has never ridden before. How he grows and matures while caring for Mystery is believable and enjoyable.
The story is aimed at adolescents but is a good read for adults who don't mind a "happy" ending.
#19 Lando by Louis L'Amour
As a child Lando is left in the care of a faithless neighbor, but within a few years strikes out on his own, heading west. His travels take him eventually to Texas and Mexico, competing with outlaws and relatives on a quest for gold. Standard but enjoyable fare from this author.
#20 Wave Without a Shore by CJ Cherryh
Wow. Just wow. In this short novel Cherryh does what she usually does in her stories, creates a world, and culture, both alien and familiar...but this time it's on a scale that even she rarely attains. With virtually no fighting or other actions so common in SciFi, she hurls the reader along in this story of an artist who went too far and threatened a society conditioned to be blind to reality. Superb.
#26 Texas Vendetta by Elmer Kelton
I believe this was my first read by author Elmer Kelton, but it won't be my last. In this tale from the late 1800s we see a glimpse of Texas Rangers' jobs, and also the lives of those they were sworn to capture. Never sensational, but believable, this book was entertaining. The characters were well-written, and the violence was not graphic. Recommended for anyone wanting a "good story".
Now to find the rest of the books in the series...
#27 1 Thessalonians (King James Bible)
#28 2 Thessalonians (King James Bible)
These two short books in the New Testament are probably the oldest of the Pauline epistles, letters written around 50AD to a young (new) church located in Thessalonica.
One of the descriptions of the rapture of the Church is contained in these writings, as well as some prophetic information.
Each of these books is a simple yet informative read, and especially helpful to a new Christian.
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