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I decided I'd do her Read Fifty Books in a Year Challenge foor my current mission101 and frankly, so far I'm not doing very well having only read 11 terrific books, when I should have read around 20 or so terrific books to meet my goal by November 1, 2016. Hurumph :(

Still,what's read is read.

1_The Aspirin Age: 1919 to 1941 Edited by Isabel Leighton_short essays about various American events, political, social, religious, that take place from 1919 to the 1940s written by various writers, some professional, some not. Well written and informative. Made me realize that in many ways, Americans have always been a little nuts.

2_Anathem by Neal Stephenson_a 1200 page sci-fi tome, time-consuming and so worth it; it's about, ultimately, the multi-verse.

3_Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman_a strange tale of above and especially below ground in London where the oddest people live. I call it fantasy.

4_The Hobbit by JRR Tolkien_my fourth, fifth who-even-knows reread

5_Lord of the Rings: Fellowship of the Ring by JRR Tolkien_my third reread

6_The Martian by Andy Weir_described as a love story to science, while different, it is entirely worth reading before or after viewing the movie.

7_Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers_see Fellowship

8_Lord of the Rings: Return of the King_see Fellowship

9_The Left Hand of Darkness by Ursula Le Guin_one story from a future time when humans, sort of ala Star Trek, are making first contact with inhabited planets.

10_A Street Cat Named Bob by James Bowen_a true story and so easy, so engaging a read that I finished it in one day. It's the story of how James survived the streets of New York because he needed to take care of Bob, the cat he found on his neighbor's doorstep one fine day.

11_The Little Prince by by Antoine de Saint-Exupery_a reread, the first since I originally read it a long while ago and I found it to be just as engaging as I did then. I am often nervous about rereads. With this little book I needn't have been.

12_Pull Yourself Together, Baby by Sylvia of Hollywood_a reread because I so enjoy this long-gone woman's advice on how to live well if you happen to be living in the 1940s. Some of her advice is pitch-perfect, don't eat fried foods, do eat veggies and fruit, and some is not, wash your hair every TEN!!! days. She is charming and I so want her to think I am too :)

Also, I just happened to visit her jounral only to notice that fansee has added to the mix as follows:

Book published this year
Book that can be finished in a day
Book I've been meaning to read (I only read books I've been meaning to read but...whatever)
Book recommendation by librarian or bookseller
Book first read in school
Book recommended by spouse, child, or friend
Book published before I was born
Book that has been banned
Try again a book that was previously abandoned
Book I own but have not read
Book that intimidates me
Another book that I've already read

Even though I could, I am not going to satisfy any of the above with what I've already read. THAT would be cheating somehow. Somehow that just wouldn't be right and so, ON WITH THE CHALLENGES!!

I'm also doing the Watch 100 Movies in a Year Challenge, another idea taken from fansee, but I'll leave all that chatter for another day.



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Mar. 30th, 2016 12:28 am (UTC)
Ho, ho, ho, I love reading about your reading! Your thoughtful approach is so different from my rather haphazard method.

I too have read The Hobbit and the Fellowship trilogy. I read The Hobbit in 1948 or 49, when I was about 10 or 11, and liked it but was not swept away. No doubt a lot went over my head. Then, about ten years later, I read the trilogy and only really enjoyed the first book. The next two books bored and appalled me; I did not 'get' them.

Around 2000, just before the movies started coming out, my Dunnett group did an on-line reread, and this time I got them. However, the timing was off. I could appreciate the scholarship and brilliance behind them, but in my 60s I was not swept away into the sort of obsession I'm capable of.

I've also read, several times but not recently, The Left Hand of Darkness and (I think) everything by Neal Stephenson except Anathem. Oh yes, and I read Neverwhere but should read it again as I can't recall much about it.

Initially, I thought there was no overlap in our reading but apparently, yes, we do indeed lap, just not with anything recent. FanSee

P.S. Onward to the moving picture shows?

Edited at 2016-03-30 12:29 am (UTC)
Mar. 31st, 2016 12:42 am (UTC)
Movies probably next week :)

I am so glad we have so much overlap. I also was just a little sad because I am dominated by sci-fi/ fantasy whilst, it seems to me, you're a bit more of a mystery gal. Correct me if I misspeak. For me the Tolkein books were first encountered in my mid-teens and struck home immediately and, apparently, forever. Of the rest, all will probably, no will definately, be reread again. I once thought rereading was a waste, so many books, so little time, but not anymore. So much more is understood the second time around.
Mar. 31st, 2016 12:50 am (UTC)
Also, Anathem is dense, very dense and is the main reason why I've only racked up 11 books so far. Otherwise, I've only read his Cryptonamicon. Can you recommend another you especially liked?
Mar. 31st, 2016 03:38 am (UTC)
If you want to dedicate a large portion of your life to reading Stephenson, I loved his Baroque Trilogy: Quicksilver, The Confusion, and The System of the World. Each is, I would guess, about 600 pages long. On a slightly lighter note, I also loved Snow Crash whose protagonist is named...wait for it!...Hiro Protagonist.

Stephenson is something of an acquired taste. FanSee
Apr. 1st, 2016 12:10 am (UTC)
On myto read list. Thanks.
Mar. 31st, 2016 01:25 am (UTC)
I used to read far more SF and then, maybe twenty years ago, I began to find it more and more difficult to find 'hard' SF: space travel and alien life forms. Fantasy began to interest me less and less, and I stopped keeping up with the field. I got out of the habit. Now I definitely read more mystery genre: police procedurals as well as plain, old whodunits.

I have always been a rereader, both because how much I get out of rereads and because sometimes I need the comfort of knowing how it's all going to come out.

Looking forward to the movies! FanSee

Apr. 1st, 2016 12:19 am (UTC)
That was my impression.

I just google up top ten-twenty-fifty hard sci-fi and read them. As we speak, I'm reading another from C. J. Cherryh, who you rec-ed to me a while bck, her Downbelow Station: The Company Wars. My only problem with all this is that so few of the really good books are standalones, are instead mainly seriously long series. I imagine when you've expended that much time, gone to that much trouble creating a whole new world/universe-system, you'd want to populate it with as many stories as you can. Only seems fair :)
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