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75 Books Challenge for 2009

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1break
Jan 1, 2009, 1:07pm Top

In 2008 I managed to finish my 75 challenge, only by including the 43 children books I read. On the plus side, with the exception of 3 books, I wrote at least a paragraph long review of every books I read.

In 2009 I plan to read more than 75, at least 81 non-children books. 81, because I signed up for the 999 challenge too. Here is my item for that. In this topic here, I will post the books in the order I am reading, while over at 999 They will be thematic too. Meanwhile, just like last year, I am sure I will end up reading lots of children books as well. So, just like last year, I will put a serial number for them in parentheses.

2alcottacre
Jan 1, 2009, 11:48pm Top

Welcome back, break! Glad to see you here.

3Whisper1
Jan 3, 2009, 7:33am Top

Welcome back. I'm looking forward to reading your posts.

4break
Jan 13, 2009, 1:23pm Top

Thank you both

I just posted my reviews for the fiurst three books I read this year:
1. The Genizah at the House of Shepher by Tamar Yellin
2. The Wonder Spot by Melissa Bank
3. Go Tell It on the Mountain by James Baldwin

Books in progress:
Dreams of being eaten alive by David Rosenberg
The Centaur in the garden by Moacyr Scliar
Things fall apart by Chinua Achebe
Up From the Underground: The Culture of Rock Music in Postsocialist Hungary by Anna Szemere

5suslyn
Jan 14, 2009, 6:35am Top

So nice to see 'books in progress' -- no way can I seem to read just one at a time. Of course, this is helped by the fact that I lose my books at least daily within the house and pick up another...

6arubabookwoman
Jan 14, 2009, 2:31pm Top

I'm looking forward to your thoughts on the Centaur in the Garden. It's on my shelf and I'm wondering whether to move it closer to the top of the TBR pile.

7break
Jan 16, 2009, 2:33pm Top

Suslyn, do you live in a big house. I think my place is too small to lose anything.

Arubabookwoman,I will probably finish the book by Tuesday,so I will get back to you.

Meanwhile I finished and wrote up a little review for
Things fall apart by Chinua Achebe

I have to admit seeing that the book already 87 review decreased my interest of adding one more. I prefer to be the first reviewer. But going through the 1001 list I will probably encounter many books I plan to read with numerous reviews.

8suslyn
Jan 16, 2009, 4:29pm Top

>7 break: At present we have a stupidly big company-provided rental. But we lived 5 years in 34 square meters and I had the same problem there!

9break
Mar 18, 2009, 9:54am Top

I have no time to read books and write reviews. But here is what I finished since the last post:
4. Things fall apart by Chinua Achebe
5. The Wave by Walter Mosley
6. The Centaur in the garden by Moacyr Scliar
7. Dr. Noha történetek by István Eörsi
8. Szonyecska by Lûdmila Evgen'evna Ulickaâ
9. The Ugly Little Boy by Isaac, and Robert Silverberg Asimov
10. Rashi's Daughters, Book I: Joheved by Maggie Anton
11. Dreams of being eaten alive by David Rosenberg
12. Up From the Underground: The Culture by Anna Szemere

10alcottacre
Mar 18, 2009, 8:12pm Top

#9: Looks like some pretty good reading there, break!

11break
Mar 21, 2009, 11:59pm Top

13. Jerusalem: One City, Three Faiths by Karen Armstrong
14. Coraline by Neil Gaiman

12alcottacre
Mar 22, 2009, 3:38am Top

#11: Definitely putting Jerusalem on Continent TBR. I just finished reading The Faith Club not long ago, so it sounds right up my alley.

13suslyn
Mar 26, 2009, 10:19am Top

looks like a varied list :) Hope you're enjoying some of them.

14break
Jul 31, 2009, 1:55am Top

15. Transcendent (Destiny's Children) by Stephen Baxter
16. Halálugrás a szakadékon át by Béla Balázs
17. Visszakézbol by István Csörsz
18. Csendes forradalom a golyóstoll regénye by László József Bíró
19. A Graveyard for Lunatics by Ray Bradbury
20. My Antonia by Willa Cather

15alcottacre
Aug 1, 2009, 1:04am Top

#14: My Antonia is my favorite by Cather. Have you read any of her others?

16break
Aug 4, 2009, 4:15pm Top

Not yet. But I really enjoyed this one. I listened to its audio version while working out in the gym. The descriptions of the hot summer plains along with its animal, plant and human inhabitants made me sweat more, which was good. :-)

17break
Aug 5, 2009, 11:11am Top

21. A zsido menyasszony (The Jewish bride) by Patrícia Eszter Margit (my review, in English)

18break
Aug 8, 2009, 10:24am Top

22. 1632 by Eric Flint (my review)

19break
Aug 23, 2009, 9:43pm Top

23. To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
24. The Inheritance of Loss by Kiran Desai

(Posted short reviews for both, but I probably didn't add much new content to the hundreds of existing reviews)

20break
Aug 25, 2009, 12:24pm Top

21break
Aug 26, 2009, 4:50pm Top

This was a great Victorian dys and u topia. I like to read books where I have to think and even formulate arguments.

26. Erewhon by Samuel Butler (added/read 8/26/2009)

22alcottacre
Aug 27, 2009, 2:39pm Top

#21: I have not read that classic. Looks like I need to get to it. Thanks for the recommendation.

23break
Aug 31, 2009, 2:42pm Top

I read a light scifi/alternate history over the weekend.

27. The Sky People by S.M. Stirling (added/read 8/31/2009)

24break
Edited: Sep 21, 2009, 10:44am Top

Since I last posted I finished another 6 boxes. Reviews are up for all of them here.

28. Lord John and the Hand of Devils by Diana Gabaldon (added/read 9/20/2009)
29. The other queen by Philippa Gregory. (added/read 9/20/2009)
30. Jewish Tales of Mystic Joy by Yitzhak Buxbaum (added/read 9/20/2009)
31. Kabbala: A Dictionary of Terms, Practices and Applications by Rephael Yedidya (added/read 9/20/2009)
32. Ecstatic Kabbalah by David A. Cooper (added/read 9/20/2009)
33. Cry, the Beloved Country by Alan Paton (added/read 9/20/2009)

25suslyn
Sep 23, 2009, 9:32pm Top

I'm so glad you enjoyed Flint's 1632 -- me too.

If you're looking for more in the category, may I suggest Household Gods by Tarr & Turtledove and Pastwatch by Card? They're both really quite good. I'm thinking that if you stretch the category a teensy bit Doomsday Book would also fit. And it too, is superb, imo.

Enjoying your reviews -- thanks for including the links.

26break
Oct 6, 2009, 12:35pm Top

Thank you suslyn for the recommendations. I read Pastwatch when it came out. I am glad to see that two more volumes are coming out on that series.

Meanwhile I finished a few more:

34. Fort Pillow: A Novel of the Civil War by Harry Turtledove
35. Kabbalah: A Love Story by Rabbi Lawrence Kushner
36. Empire by Orson Scott Card
37. The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins

27break
Oct 8, 2009, 2:57pm Top

28alcottacre
Oct 10, 2009, 5:37am Top

#27: That one looks interesting. I will look for it. Thanks for the review and recommendation.

29break
Oct 28, 2009, 10:46pm Top

I had no time to write reviews. Maybe after we move this weekend. But I finished a few books in October:

39. The Jade Cat by Suzanne Brogger (added 10/12/2009, read 10/10/2009)
40. Magic Street by Orson Scott Card (added 10/12/2009, read 10/12/2009)
41. Ask the Kabala Oracle Cards by Deepak Chopra (added/read 10/12/2009)
42. The Kabbalah Deck Edward Hoffman (added/read 10/12/2009)
43. This Crowded Earth by Robert Bloch (added 10/28/2009, read 10/16/2009)
44. The Poison Belt by Arthur Conan Doyle (added 10/28/2009, read 10/18/2009)
45. Csodaidok : az ogfák vöröse by Etelka Görgey (added 10/28/2009, read 10/22/2009)

30alcottacre
Oct 31, 2009, 2:15am Top

Good luck with the move!

31break
Nov 25, 2009, 8:36am Top

Thank you alcottacre. We'r all settled and most of the books are out. But, as usual, we ran out of shelves before all fo them could got unboxed.

Still no time to do reviews, but here are the few books I managed to read in November.

46. The Historian by Elizabeth Kostova (added 11/25/2009, read 11/13/2009)
47. The Man in the High Castle by Philip K. Dick (added 11/25/2009, read 11/16/2009)
48. The Years of Rice and Salt by Kim Stanley Robinson (added 11/25/2009, read 11/19/2009)
49. The Lemon Tree: An Arab, a Jew, and the Heart of the Middle East by Sandy Tolan (added 11/25/2009, read 11/22/2009)
50. The Birth of Venus: A Novel by Sarah Dunant (added 11/25/2009, read 11/24/2009)

32alcottacre
Nov 28, 2009, 12:42am Top

Congratulations on reaching 50 books for the year!

33break
Jan 2, 2010, 11:22am Top

Thank you alcottacre. It's quite far from the 75. I could cheat and count the dozens of children books I read, but instead I acknowledge that I failed. On the other hand I managed to read 58 books, including this last batch:

Looking Backward from 2000 to 1887 by Edward Bellamy
The Kabbalist by Geert Kimpen
A New Life by Bernard Malamud
Csodaidok: Kiszakadtak by Raana Raas (Görgey Etelka)
Csodaidok: Arulas by Raana Raas (Görgey Etelka)
Moonstone by Wilkie Collins
One Year Off: Leaving It All Behind for a Round-the-World Journey with Our Children by David Elliot Cohen
A Hundred And One Days: A Baghdad Journal by Asne Seierstad

34alcottacre
Jan 2, 2010, 11:44pm Top

58 is still pretty darn good!

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