The Kool-Aid Mom cracks the whip! 75 challenge
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So my goal for next year is to read 75 books between January 1st and December 31st, 2010. However, I've got a few more caveats on that. I've joined the "Books off the Shelf Challenge," and have committed that 35 of the 75 (a little less than half) are books that I already own. Also, I've been remiss with my ER books so those are first, followed by outstanding review books.
My January line-up as planned right now are:
The Mom's Guide to Growing Your Family Green
The Blue Notebook
Any Given Doomsday
All of these are long overdue ER books.
Beyond those are:
First Daughter, Red Letters, The Art of Listening Prayer and The Brutal Telling. All of these are overdue for review and I've received email reminders.
LOL... of course, that'll probably take me into February... the end of the month, even... But, a good plan is half of succeeding, right?
Of Bees and Mist by Erick Setiawan - It was kind of weird, but was magical. It had a way of sweeping me up and depositing me back a couple hours and 50 pages later like the mists did with Gabriel. It's a ghost story and a love story and a fairy tale of good versus evil. It's written from and Oriental mind, which is a very interesting switch up after so many Western culture books. I think The Namesake was my last Asian novel, and even then, Jhumpa Lahiri grew up in the Western world. There was something a bit Grimms-like with this book, and it ends perfectly.
I'm still reading Fruits Basket, volume 5 with Maggie, and we have fun and laugh a lot at Kyo's antics.
I've started my own challenge on my blog called The Welsh Reading Challenge, and will try to read one Welsh-related book a month for it, probably as a reward for reading the ARCs for the month. I'm not sure which one I'll pick for this month yet.
Finished 1, 74 more to go. NEXT UP: Any Given Doomsday by Lori Handeland. If it's as bad as you say, dk_phoenix, I'll get it out of the way right away... besides, I did get it in February '09's ER batch, so... It's well past-due, anyway.
editted to change "Occidental" to "Oriental"... der! I started to fall asleep when I realized my mistake and had to change it.
I'm about halfway through Any Given Doomsday, and 2/3 the way through Fruits Basket, volume 5. Funny story... I couldn't find my Doomsday book because Maggie was in my bed, which is where I was last reading it. She didn't really want to look for it because she was watching a TV show. So I pulled out Fruits Basket and told her I was going to read ahead without her, and *POP* wouldn't you know it! She found my book... lol.
#13 cameling: I've actually watched all the anime episodes AND signed some online petitions for them to make a second season :-D Maggie LOOOVES Fruits Basket, and even named the orange tabby that followed us home Kyo. And BOY! is he a little butthead! He scaled the Christmas tree several times a day. I've never taken the tree down so early, lol, but I did buy him a little kitty jungle gym and even put his favorite ornament, a silver bell, on it. Now he goes crazy around 2 every morning and bats the bell for a good 15 minutes until he's sure I'm wide awake. Then he goes to sleep... and I glare at him. LOL. We all love him lots :-D
Here is our little Kyo-Kun :-) Such a stinker, and bigger now. This was taken a couple days after he adopted us... lol.
Finished 2, 73 to go. I'm about 60 pages from the end of Any Given Doomsday. I actually like the book, which may be because I wasn't expecting much. I may get the next book in the series, even.
Our sweet little baby Kyo. Don't let the adorable face fool ya, he's a real BRAT! :-D
By the way, I did get my Fruits Basket vol. 5 review written and posted.
I started reading Ranma 1/2 volume 1 yesterday and am enjoying it. It's pretty much like the anime show so far.
For my next ARC book I think I'll read Islands Apart by Ken McAlpine. Maybe I'll be able to forget all bad-bookiness.
Finished 3 72 more to go. It feels a little depressing and deflated to only have 3 read... lol. It'll get back up there ;-)
According to the LibraryThing "Will I like it?"
I will love Any Given Doomsday (Craptastic)
But I will hate Dune Messiah and Fruits Basket volume 5, which are a couple of my favorite books.
That's why I always wait until AFTER I read the book to find out if I'll like it. ;-)
To each their own, I guess...!
And that's something I very rarely have to do ;-)
I love Charlie and the Chocolate Factory! It's fun, and has the element of fantasy. It's a fable, not an entirely "safe" book, and has an elemet of music to it, too. The best part of it, though, was cuddling with Maggie, who will be too old and unwilling to do that all too soon.
I'm a little over halfway through Islands Apart, my current ER/ARC book. It requires a bit of thought, so it's been a little harder to read and think about it with the kids around. I also started re-reading Nim's Island with Mags, who fell asleep on it and never picked it back up last year. I'm liking Nim a little more this time around.
Finished 4, 71 to go.
First, I finished Nim's Island with Maggie. Since I had read and reviewed it before, I thought I'd give her a whirl at writing a review.
It was like pulling hen's teeth! Check out her first review... lol.
I enjoyed it more this time around than I did last time. Maybe it was that I hadn't watched the movie recently or that I picked up on different things this time. I suspect, however, it had something more to do with the little giggling girl cuddled up with me throughout the book ;-)
I also finished Islands Apart, and reviewed it here. Hmm. This book wasn't my normal fare, and there was a spot where I almost abandoned it. The "San Miguel Island" chapter was interminably boring! But the chapter after was the best of the whole book and was worth pushing through. It's a bit of introspection, nature, psychology, sociology, society of today, and philosophy rolled up with a bit of humor. OH, and McAlpine is a Cancer, as am I. I wonder if he's left-handed, too?
Finished 6, 69 to go. Woo-hoo, I'm on a roll. LOL. Next ER ARC is The Blue Notebook
I don't know what I'm reading next, maybe The Hobbit, I know I like it, and it's a nice comfort read for me. I've got two more ER books to read, one of which is a non-fiction, the other is a memoir. I don't really want anything emotionally overwhelming right now. UNDERwhelm me, PLEASE.
I've read Maggie all your praise for her review, but she's still steadfastly refusing to write another... lol. jasmyn9: That's how I started Mags out, just a few sentences about the book. Her writing skills aren't exactly represented there, though, as I was her ghostwriter. It was all her thoughts, feelings and ideas, but I made sure it was in good order.
Finished 7, 68 to go :-) Right on track for 75.
I'm also about 1/2 through Graceling, which I had simply picked up because I have Fire on my ARC-alanche pile, but I'm seriously enjoying all on it's own. I love Katsa and Po and Oll and Raffin. I feel a bit sorry for Giddon, and hope he's found a wife by the time Katsa gets back, which probably won't be until after nasty Randa's death. Ooh, and I bet King Leck is a graceling, too, and isn't wearing a patch because he's missing an eye.
I'm also reading James and the Giant Peach with Mags, and am like it better than Charlie, even.
Fantasy beats harsh reality anyday!
Finished 8, 67 to go. And let them all be fun, happy and comforting reads (which, I know they won't ALL be, but here's to wishing, right?)
I also read Push by Sapphire, which was an amazing book. It's on my top ten all-time favorite books, as well as most likely will end up on my top reads of 2010. My review is here, and I was really impressed by the book and am having a giveaway for a copy and $10 gift card to amazon if I get more than 50 entrants.
Finished 10, 65 to go. I'm working on Fellowship of the Rings, Graceling (almost done with that one, and loving it), and James and the Giant Peach.
I've been re-reading LOTR and the Hobbit since the 80s and they never grow old!
If only we had a bookstore here and I could just buy a copy... hmm.
I think that's the only book I've4 finished in the last 2 weeks. Yikes, that's not going to get my goals accomplished, now is it!
Finished 11, 64 more to go. I'm about halfway through Holy Roller, which I like but is definitely a "You'd probably like this better if you're a Christian, because if not, you'll go apoplectic reading it" book. Pentecostal Christianity is not for the faint of heart, I don't think. Also working on Tainted for a blog tour (my day's tomorrow and I'm about a fourth the way through... EEEP!), which I'm really loving. Holly is definitely my literary twin soul, let me tell you.
When I had my copy, it was also from the library, and I kept it as long as I could like you. I kept re-reading that scene where Katsa tries out the mind-hearing thing for the first time. I nearly died laughing the first time. I'm scared to read Fire, as I heard it's a disappointment :(