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SqueakyChu's 2019 PURRfect Reading Year - 4th quarter

75 Books Challenge for 2019

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1SqueakyChu
Edited: Oct 16, 7:44am Top

Continued from here with my 2019 reads.

Goal: 75 books



52 books

Goal: 14,000 pages



10,060 pages

Goal: 365 days



289 days

This thread is dedicated to feral cats.

2SqueakyChu
Edited: Yesterday, 11:03pm Top

OCTOBER:


Photo by Patricia Pierce - Flickr, CC-A

COMPLETED:
50. American Splendor: Ego & Hubris, The Michael Malice Story - Harvey Pekar - TIOLI #1: Read a book whose cover pictures at least one person in a position other than standing (man flying or falling) - 152 pages
51. Melanie's Song - Joanna Biggar - TIOLI #2: Read a book from your favorite genre (literary fiction) - 357 pages
52. The Age of Wonders - Aharon Appelfeld - TIOLI #4: Read a book in translation (Hebrew/English) - 270 pages

CURRENTLY READING:
53. Pretender - Steve Piacente - TIOLI #14 : Read a book in which the ISBN contains a 10 or 13 or 19 or 44 (19) - 77/353 pages = 22%
54. Medical Medium - Anthony William - TIOLI #7: Read a book where there is an embedded word of 4 letters or more in the Author’s last name (WILL) - 15/365 pages = 4%
55. Permanent Record - Edward Snowden - TIOLI#7: Read a book where there is an embedded word of 4 letters or more in the Author’s last name (SNOW) - 11/339 pages = 3%

TO READ:
???

3SqueakyChu
Edited: Sep 26, 7:58pm Top

NOVEMBER:


Photo by Michele Dorsey Walfred - Flicr, CC-A

BOOKISH HAPPENINGS
1. TBD

CURRENTLY READING
None.

4SqueakyChu
Edited: Sep 26, 11:07pm Top

DECEMBER:


Photo by Ariosvaldo Gonzáfoles - Flickr, CC-A

BOOKISH HAPPENINGS
1. TBD

CURRENTLY READING
None

5drneutron
Sep 26, 6:53pm Top

Happy new thread!

6SqueakyChu
Sep 26, 7:48pm Top

>5 drneutron: Thanks for the wishes. I forgot to finish it. Guess I'll do that in a bit.

7fuzzi
Sep 26, 8:23pm Top

Love the kitties!

8SqueakyChu
Sep 26, 9:12pm Top

>7 fuzzi: Me, too! :)

9jessibud2
Sep 26, 9:18pm Top

Happy new thread, Madeline! Love those faces!

10SqueakyChu
Sep 26, 10:54pm Top

>9 jessibud2: Thanks! They are pretty sweet!

11FAMeulstee
Sep 28, 2:44pm Top

Happy new thread, Madeline!

>3 SqueakyChu: I like the tabby cat picture, amost blending in.

12figsfromthistle
Sep 28, 3:28pm Top

Happy new thread. Adorable cat photos!

13PaulCranswick
Sep 30, 2:49am Top

Happy new thread, Madeline.

14SqueakyChu
Edited: Sep 30, 8:21pm Top

>13 PaulCranswick: Thanks, Paul.

15SqueakyChu
Edited: Oct 7, 5:36pm Top

50. American Splendor: Ego & Hubris, The Michael Malice Story - Harvey Pekar


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October 2019 TIOLI #1:
Read a book whose cover pictures at least one person in a position other than standing (man flying or falling)
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I'm uncertain what to say about this graphic novel. I did not get the message it was trying to convey, despite the Ayn Rand quote on the bottom of the last page. I felt that most of it was over my head. I did not like the protagonist, but I did like the panels and how the story was told.

I found the man in this story was mostly misunderstood. He failed to care for others, and was therefore treated badly by them in return...especially in his many and varied work situations. I understood (and agreed with him) about not bearing up in an untenable work situation.

This is probably one of the graphic novels I liked the least of those I've read. The artwork is great as is theh format of the book, but the story is not complelling and the main character I did not like at all.

There is a real Michael Malice. However, I'm not sure it's someone I'd particuarly like to know.

Rating - 3 stars

16SqueakyChu
Edited: Oct 7, 5:38pm Top

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17SqueakyChu
Edited: Oct 7, 5:36pm Top

51. Melanie's Song - Joanna Biggar


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October 2019 TIOLI #2:
Read a book from your favorite genre (literary fiction)
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I think the author did a terrific job with this novel. It's of a newpaper journalist who did a series of stories about the women with whom she spent a year in France. Her editor wants her to do another series about the same women, only quite a few years later. Here's the rub. One of the original women has now completely disappeared. It's up to this journalist to try to figure out what happened to the missing woman, Melanie, while finding and interviewing the other remaining women.

I loved how the author created this story in small chapters, making it fairly easy to read although there are many characters. The characters are vivid and interact in various ways in an impressive display of managing a complex plot.

A fun aspect of this story was that it took place originally in the late 1960s, early 1970s, so it took me back to a time to which I could well relate.

This novel was based on a previous novel by the same author with the same women friends. If this novel is any indication of how good the previous novel was, I need to go back and read that one, too!

Rating - 5 stars

18Berly
Oct 8, 7:32pm Top

Wow, I lost you there for a while. Found and starred!!!

19SqueakyChu
Oct 8, 10:48pm Top

>18 Berly: Glad you stopped by to visit!

20Berly
Oct 10, 2:44am Top

My pleasure. : )

21SqueakyChu
Edited: Oct 16, 3:04pm Top

52. The Age of Wonders - Aharon Appelfeld


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October TIOLI Challenge #4:
Read a book in translation (Hebrew/English)
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I found this to be a well-written yet sad story about a Jewish boy’s experiences in Austria prior to World War II. Although the boy’s Father was a well-known writer and secular Jew, that made no difference to the boy and his family as attitudes toward Jews declined in the pre-war years. Later the boy, then a grown man, returned from his current home in Jerusalem to visit the town in which he grew up. That turned out to be a melancholy and unsatisfactory experience.

Appelfeld does an amazing job of pulling the reader into the emotional space of the protagonist, although it’s a place the reader might rather not be. Reading books of this kind tend to be depressing yet I feel compelled to read them. This one, like others of Appelfeld’s I’ve read, deals with pre-WWII antisemitism, a topic which makes me uncomfortable. The atmosphere presented in the book felt so true that it frightened me. I was actually relieved when the story ended so Bruno could return to Jerusalem.

Rating - 4 stars

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